Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: "Ford" by Susan May Warren

After reading Knox and Tate a couple months ago, I couldn't wait to dive back into the Montana Marshalls with Ford!

Family…country…or the woman he loves…

Navy Seal Ford Marshall isn’t the kind to stand by and let a woman get hurt—especially when it involves his twin sister, RJ. So, when she makes the news, accused of sparking an international incident, he doesn’t care what it takes—he’s going to find her and bring her home.

But he might need a little help, so he calls on the woman who has had his back during the last three years—Petty Officer Scarlett Hathaway, former communications expert-turned Rescue Swimmer candidate. She’ll help him get into the country, watch his back, and…well, they might be able to have one last mission together before she leaves for a new life, a life he very much wants to be a part of now that she is off his team. Maybe he can convince her to give them a chance to kindle the spark that’s simmered between them for years.

Scarlett Hathaway isn’t sure what future she wants—not when she suddenly has to care for her little brother. Maybe she should quit the Navy and start a life with the man she can’t seem to get out of her heart. So yes, she’ll help Ford find his sister. And maybe, along the way, figure out if they have a future.

But finding RJ somewhere in the vastness of Russia with the FSB chasing them will push Scarlett beyond even her courage and make her question everything she thought she wanted…including Ford. What will it cost her to love a man who saves the world?

And when Ford is asked to choose between saving his sister, saving the world from a war, and rescuing the woman he loves…can he live with his decision?

Ford continues Susan May Warren's excellent Montana Marshalls series. As the youngest Marshall brother, Ford has always felt the need to prove his worth, which led him to become a Navy SEAL. When his twin sister Ruby Jane (RJ) becomes the prime suspect in the assassination attempt of a Russian diplomat, Ford enlists his former teammate (and current love interest) Scarlett, and they head to Russia to find RJ.

A CIA analyst, RJ gets herself tangled up in an assassination plot and ends up on most wanted lists worldwide. York, a mysterious security specialist, swoops in to help get her out of Russia, and the two quickly fall for each other. As they try to escape, they come face to face with someone from RJ's past who has secrets of her own.

Once again, Warren has written a book with two love stories—Ford and Scarlett's story continues from Tate, and RJ and York's story begins. (Plus, there's Wyatt, whose love story is just hinted at but will get top billing in the next book, Wyatt.) I don't always like books with more than one love story, but Warren's "two for the price of one" romances never disappoint!

As for the non-romance part of the story, the plot is rather intricate and convoluted, but when you read it, it works. In fact, I enjoyed this particular story far more than the stories in Knox and Tate (and I liked those books very much). Ford marks the halfway point of this five-book series, and it's while reading it that I realized everything regarding the bombings in the first two books would carry through the series. (Perhaps I should've picked up on this sooner 😂.) Ford has a completely different feel from the first two books—maybe because of the setting and the involvement of the CIA and the FSB, the stakes just seem higher. I felt like the suspense aspect was amped up in Ford while still keeping all of the romance, and the result is a really good book!

Yes, you should read Knox and Tate first (though if you're going to jump in partway through the series, Ford would be a good place to do it), but the series is so good that you'll want to start from the beginning, anyway! 5 stars

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Knox (4-1/2 stars) and Tate (4-1/2 stars).

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook:
The Story Equation. She is also the founder of, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from JustRead Publicity Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small 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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