The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts #2) by Mary Connealy

Synopsis:

Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.

When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection–and in the process he might just win her heart as well.

My Thoughts:

From the very first page, I was involved in this story and the lives of these characters. I found myself thrown into the action and holding my breath to find out what would happen next.

Gwen is spunky and not afraid to say what’s on her mind and tell things like they are. She doesn’t hold back, and you know where you stand with her. She loves the children and comes to realize that by helping them get to know their father, it will make their lives easier. Little does she realize that her heart may be changed in the process.

Cam is battle-hardened. He is used to giving orders and having them followed without question. But he quickly comes to realize that what has served him well thus far, is now the very thing that is causing him problems. Will he be able to admit his short-comings and ask for help?

Survival is difficult enough on its own in the high Sierra’s, but with a murderer lurking, things have only gotten more difficult. It is only by working together as a team that they can all survive. But will their own personalities get in the way?

I enjoyed my time spent reading this newest book by Mary Connealy. These characters are full of personality and I couldn’t help but feel like I was part of the story right along with them. I would recommend reading the first book, before this one as you would miss out on some back-story. I give this book 4.5 stars and look forward to reading more from Mary Connealy in the near future!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

MaryConnealy    Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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  The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts #2)

Available for Pre-order:

The Unexpected Champion (High Sierra Sweethearts #3)

Don’t miss the first book:

  The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts #1)

Recap – September 2017

As September draws to a close, and we herald in October, let’s take a look back at the books reviewed, the author’s interviewed, book covers revealed, and a book to watch for in the coming month!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Book’s Reviewed:

TheOutlawsSecondChance The Outlaw’s Second Chance

InconvenientBeauty  An Inconvenient Beauty

MagnoliaStorms Magnolia Storm

LHC Love Held Captive

Miranda Warning Miranda Warning

TheReluctantGuardian  The Reluctant Guardian

HerCherokeeGroom Her Cherokee Groom

TheKeeperOfHerHeart  The Keeper of Her Heart

 

Author’s Interviewed:

pepperbarnsmile Pepper Basham

AngieDicken Angie Dicken

BrandyBruce Brandy Bruce

2754194 Michelle Griep

 

Cover Reveal:

image1  Charming the Troublemaker

 

Book Spotlight:

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

 

Bonus Teaser:

IMG_1324Lady Jayne Disappears  Available: October 3, 2017

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in October?

 

First Line Fridays (9/22/17) The Reluctant Guardian

Welcome to another Friday and a fun chance to share a first line of any book you choose. A book you just finished, a book you are looking forward to reading soon, maybe even a book that you enjoyed many years ago.  Click here to enter this week’s giveaway.

I’m so happy to be sharing with you a book I just recently finished reading. The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze. If you haven’t yet read this fantastic story, run to your nearest book seller and grab a copy. You won’t want to miss this book! Click here to read my review.

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When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

This week the first line can be found in the photo below. Enjoy!

Hampshire, England, 1817

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //  A Brighter Destiny // Sprinkles and Pink //

Join me in giving a warm welcome to our newest member: Susanlovesbooks

Would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog? Contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

 

The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

Synopsis:

When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story has all the elements that I love! A swoon-worthy hero, a strong capable heroine, tender moments that make you sigh in contentment, a touch of mystery and intrigue, that kept me turning pages, and most of all threads of faith that remind us that forgiveness isn’t something we can earn, it is a gift we need only accept.

These characters are so well written, that I felt like I was in the story with my friends. From early on I found myself invested in their story and swept away with the engaging storyline.  If you haven’t read this book yet, I’d encourage you to find a copy.

Gemma Lyfeld isn’t a shrinking violet. She knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it. While she does have one fear, she faces it with determination. I found myself cheering for her. I appreciated her spunk and her tenacity.

Tavin Knox is a government agent, he isn’t interested in attending parties, rubbing shoulders with the upper crust, and he certainly isn’t interested in dancing or escorting a lovely lady around London. Especially not one who takes chances and distracts him from his job.

Just when you think you have the mystery solved, new facts come to light that will keep you guessing and turning pages. I give this captivating story 5-stars and encourage you to take time to read this story! I’m going to find more stories from Susanne Dietze to share with you.

(I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and options I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“Will you dance with me, Gemma?” His voice sounded tremulous. “Again?”
The squeeze of her fingers assured him of her assent.
“Until my slippers are worn through”

About the Author:

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:

 

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I’d love to hear from you:

What elements do you look for in a story?