Troubled Waters Review

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Okay, so I’ve been anticipating Ian and Sierra’s story since I’ve been introduced to them in the prequel to the entire series. I waited patiently through three novels, (and I say this jestingly because those books were phenomenal.) But finally, after almost a year of expectancy, I got to enjoy these two in the spotlight. AND I wasn’t disappointed.

Here’s the Blurb:

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.

My thoughts:

I LOVE Sierra’s character. She’s tender-hearted, smart, self-less, and basically all the qualities you’d want in a bff. Her honest conscience wouldn’t allow her to violate her promise to Ian’s niece. Ian is the overprotective guy, teetering on the line of wanting to control everything to realizing his hands couldn’t bear the weight of it all. He and Sierra have a spark-filled past and, as things progress, a potentially explosive future. But the determining factor of whether their relationship goes up in smoke or kindles something more enduring is based on the cruise Sierra organizes to save the Peak Rescue Team.

This story kept my eyes glued to the page and reading well past my bedtime. The plot twists, the engaging exchanges between characters, the fast-paced danger elements that kept me rooting for the characters, all of these factors create a five-star read!

What I enjoyed the most about this story, besides the sweet romance, was the thread of trusting God, allowing Him to be the one in control. It doesn’t matter if we experience seasons of smooth sailing or troubled waters, He delights in taking care of us.

Interested in this fabulous story? Purchase your copy here!

I received this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust. 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 http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

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Holding the Fort Review

 

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Okay, so ever since I read the blurb for Regina Jenning’s Holding the Fort, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. And the story did NOT disappoint!

Here’s the blurb:

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she’s able to make ends meet, but lately he’s run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn’t find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she’ll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she’s mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess–they’re not supposed to be so blamed pretty–but he’s left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess’s methods. Louisa’s never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

 

My thoughts:

Regina Jennings is on my list of favorite authors. She’s a master at blending romance, history, and humor. Her stories have a fabulous balance of giggles and sighs.

I’ve lived in Oklahoma for over a decade so the setting was of great interest to me. I was able to sympathize with Daniel when he lamented over the sweltering climate because man-oh-man it got blistering hot some days!

I loved the setup for the main characters—the heroine being a saloon singer and the hero a strict army captain. You know there’s going to be a battle—and it’s NOT going to happen with guns and swords—but with confrontations and secrets. And the booming sparks between Daniel and Louisa had nothing to do with the cannons! It was so fun to read!

Ms. Jennings painted a beautiful backdrop and weaved a plot that gripped my attention until the final word. I can tell this series is going to be on my reading radar, and I can’t wait to discover what the next story will entail.

About the author:

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of numerous novels, including For the Record, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She has won a National Readers’ Choice Award and been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at http://www.reginajennings.com.

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My One Word for 2018

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Happy New Year! Okay, so I’m like two weeks late, but I have several good excuses, um reasons, for my tardiness to 2018. Obligations both to family and work had delayed me, but I’m here now!

As I reflect on my 2017 one word—brave—I can confidently say God had my back. Several circumstances leap to the front of my mind of how God had strengthened me with His courage. One HUGE example would be the decision we made to place my daughter in public school. I have homeschooled her previously and had been hitting the proverbial wall as to the best way possible to teach her. She’d been diagnosed with autism when she was small, and I’ve been the protective mama bear ever since. Okay, maybe sometimes OVERprotective, but still. It was a colossal struggle for me to shy away and let others help with her education, but I knew God was stirring me, that His hand was on this. He helped me—sometimes through tears—to be brave. To trust Him more. And I’m so so glad we enrolled her. She has the best teacher, an understanding aid, and welcoming classmates. She loves attending her “red school” as she calls it. And I’m thankful that fear didn’t eclipse my faith when it came to this crucial decision. To God be the glory!

Now, back to the present. In regards to this year, I debated back and forth whether to reveal my word. I was perfectly comfortable coddling my word in my heart’s palm, hurriedly tucking it into the pocket of my soul if by chance someone would try to sneak a glance. Why, because it’s personal. It stretches me to trust God more. It nudges me to embrace what He’s been trying to convey to me for years.

Breakthrough.

My approach to life for an embarrassingly long time had been to just get through. If I can only get through this month. This day. This attitude ranged from the small occasions to the large. Whatever this world threw at me, I would tighten my fist, grit my teeth, and pray that I just. Get. Through.

But God wants me to breakthrough.

So little by little, day by day, I’m going to trust Him to peel the layers from this reasoning and replace each steely shred with a band of truth. That He’s the God of the Breakthrough. He puts me over. He gives me the success. He places in me His very nature, and that’s why I can overcome. And yes, breakthroughs can be monumental, but they can also be slight. I need to learn to celebrate each victory no matter how trivial it may seem. Cultivate a heart of thankfulness. And soar on wings as eagles.

Breakthrough, my friend.

What about you? Do you have one word to carry throughout the year?