Monday, July 13, 2020

Review: "The Heart of a Hero" by Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren fans are sure to be delighted by this second installment in the Global Search and Rescue series!

Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. rescue team. Saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. Now he can't get her out of his head, and when he hears she is in the path of a hurricane down in Key West he can't help but jump on a plane to rescue her.

Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Now driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn't been for Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he's also dangerous, and she's already lost one person she loves. She can't bear it again.

It's not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love?

Adventure and romance abound in The Heart of a Hero, book two in Susan May Warren's Global Search and Rescue series. This series is one that really should be read in order, as this books flows directly from book one, The Way of the Brave.

The Heart of a Hero focuses on Jake and Aria, who met when Aria climbed Denali with two friends. Following their harrowing time in Alaska, they returned to their respective homes, unsure if they'd see each other again. But of course, they're thrown together ... in a hurricane ... because why not?

This is a book that I have some mixed feelings about. I loved Jake and Aria, both separately and together, and I enjoyed seeing them grow throughout the story. I also really enjoyed the subplot involving Global SAR founder Ham and his quest to find out what happened to his wife (I am 100% ready for his novel!). I also enjoyed the glimpse into the events that took place in Warren's Montana Marshalls series—it's not necessary to have read that series before reading this one, but the series do run concurrently, so the connections are fun. The part that I didn't love was that Jake and Aria were constantly going from one life threatening situation to the next, to the point of stretching credulity. That's not necessarily a problem, but it became a bit much for me. Overall, though, I really did enjoy the story, and I definitely liked it more than the first book. 4 stars.

Buy the book (affiliate link).
Read my reviews of The Way of the Brave (3-1/2 stars), the Montana Marshalls series, the Montana Rescue series, and the Christiansen Family series.

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 from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and 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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