Monday, July 3, 2017

"A Matter of Trust" by Susan May Warren

Each time a Susan May Warren novel lands in my mailbox, I feel a bit giddy, as I know I'm in for a great read. A Matter of Trust, the latest book in Warren's Montana Rescue series, is just that ... a great read!

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing--or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him. 

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track. 

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain. 

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder—and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other—even when disaster happens again?

I've really been enjoying Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series, and I think that A Matter of Trust just may be my favorite installment so far! (It's not my favorite book cover, though—that would be Rescue Me, with the upcoming Troubled Waters a close second!)

One thing that I've loved about all of the books so far—and this one in particular—is that they feature multiple romances. Sure, Gage and Ella are the main romantic pairing in A Matter of Trust, but Pete and Jess (whose romance started and flamed out in Rescue Me) and Ian and Sierra (whose story began in the prequel If Ever I Would Leave You) might not make gigantic relationship strides in the novel, but their romances are present. And then there's Brette and Ty. Brette is Ella's reporter friend who accompanies her to Montana, and Ty was the PEAK Rescue pilot before a crash sidelined him. Their story is full of secrets and miscommunication, and it's not resolved at the end of the novel in the way that Gage and Ella's story is. In fact, it's pretty much a cliffhanger. Still, I found this relationship to be the most compelling part of the novel, and I can't wait to see it continue! (This seems to be Susan May Warren's pattern for this series: the main couple gets their story told to a satisfying conclusion, while the other couples' stories are drawn out through multiple books. It could be annoying, but I find that I don't mind it. At all. And I'm practically giddy that the next book is finally about Ian and Sierra!)

Besides the romances, there's also plenty of action and danger, as well as themes of guilt, regret, and redemption. The four major characters—Gage, Ella, Ty, and Brette—are fleshed out and compelling, and I enjoyed checking in with the other PEAK Rescue members, as well.

This is one series that you definitely want to read in order (otherwise you won't understand what's going on with several of the relationships!), so if you haven't started yet, get yourself a copy of If Ever I Would Leave You (it's perpetually free for Kindle) and see what all the fuss is about! And if you have read the previous novels in this series, you'll definitely want to read A Matter of Trust. This series just keeps getting better! 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of the Montana Rescue books If Ever I Would Leave You (4 stars), Wild Montana Skies (5 stars), and Rescue Me (5 stars); the Christiansen Family novels When I Fall in Love (5 stars); Evergreen, a Christiansen family novella (5 stars); Always on My Mind (5 stars); The Wonder of You (5 stars), and You're the One that I Want (5 stars); and a variety of Warren's other novels.

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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