Monday, January 1, 2018

"Troubled Waters" by Susan May Warren

Is it too soon to have a candidate for my best books of 2018 list? Because I do. Troubled Waters is every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be!

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series just keeps getting better and better! Troubled Waters finally (finally!) gives readers Ian and Sierra's story, which began back in the prequel novella If Ever I Would Leave You. It also continues Pete and Jess's story, which we've been given glimpses of in multiple books.

This is the first book in the series to leave Montana, as a large chunk of the action takes place in the Caribbean. I found I didn't mind, though—it was a nice change of venue while keeping us with our beloved characters and introducing us to others. (Also, can Ian's friends get a spin-off series? I'd totally read about them.)

In previous books, while I really wanted Ian and Sierra to be together, I wasn't a huge fan of Ian as a person. But in this book, we get a look at Ian's past (it was not at all what I expected), and he became much more sympathetic. I also appreciated that the Esme story (which began with her disappearance in If Ever I Would Leave You) largely wrapped up, though there's still a bad guy to get in the next book!

Troubled Waters does a great job of concluding one story (Ian and Sierra) while moving the action along in another (Pete and Jess). It ends on less of a cliffhanger than some of the other books have, but it still leaves you wishing you could pick up the next book, Storm Front (which will feature PEAK member Ty and reporter Brette, whose story began in A Matter of Trust), immediately. 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), Rescue Me (5 stars), and A Matter of Trust (5 stars); the Christiansen Family novels When I Fall in Love (5 stars), Evergreen (a 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."


  1. Not reading this review (because I have to read this one yet), but it sounds like (from your opening and rating) you REALLY liked this one. I'm SO glad. Makes me all the more aware that I need to catch up on my reading of Susan's books. The only one I've read in this series in Wild Montana Skies, but I do remember enjoying it. :)

    1. I did like it--but when do I NOT love Susan's books? This one's my favorite of the series so far. I'm sure you'll love it once you get to it!


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