Troubled Waters (Susan May Warren) – Review

5 stars

~ About the Book ~

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.

Series:  #4 Montana Rescue
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Release date:  2 January 2018
Pages:  352
Publisher:  Revell Books

Amazon US  //  Amazon AU  //  iBooks  //  Goodreads  //  Koorong

~ Excerpt ~

Ian’s mouth tightened. He shook his head. “I should have never given PEAK over to Mercy Falls.”
Sierra stared at him. “What?”
He was pacing now, an old habit that always tied her in knots. “I hate being this far out of the loop. I used to be involved, part of every callout, at least appraised, step-by-step, by Chet. Now I have to find out about a chopper crash by text from Sam.”
Sierra tried not to hear indictment. Because maybe she should have been the one to text him.
Except, no—because he’d fired her. And since then, he hadn’t exactly chased her down, begged her to come back.
Besides, his obsession with finding Esme left no room for anything else. Ian’s life was about Ian, and filling his broken, hollow places by finding Esme. By redeeming himself. Even if he didn’t want to admit it.
He turned to her, his hands shoved into his pockets. In the pooled lamplight of the office, he looked . . . tired. She tamped down the crazy, inappropriate urge to walk over and put her arms around him.
“Not being involved is killing me, Sierra.”
Oh. And she had nothing for that, because it was the most honest he’d been with her since . . . well, since he wept over the loss of Esme.
Maybe even since over a year ago when he’d caught her up into his arms and kissed her like a hungry man, weaving his fingers into her hair, his heart beating under her palms as she pressed them to his chest.
And too quickly, too vividly, she was swept into the memory of kissing him back.
Oh, Ian. Her throat thickened.
“I’m thinking that I should just leave.”
His words yanked her out of the moment. “I signed over PEAK to the Mercy Falls EMS department because I was going to leave it behind and, well, move to Texas. I was going to tell you on our trip to NYC last year, if you remember.”
She remembered him fumbling to talk to her about something after his close encounter with anaphylactic shock in New York City. But that occurred right about the time Deputy Sam called about the discovery of the body of Esme’s boyfriend washing to shore.
Which only ignited Ian’s hope.
His desperate search.
And now her thoughts returned to Esme, and the fact she was alive. Living a new life in Minneapolis. And Ian deserved to know it.
She might have nodded, because he continued.
“I’ve spent the past year in denial.” He walked over to the radar screen. “I’m never going to find her, and if I stick around here, not being in charge of the PEAK team is going to turn me inside out. I need to walk away, Sierra. Not look back. Start over.”

~ Review ~

Do not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, make the mistake of picking this book up just as you’re getting into bed for the night. “Just one chapter,” I told myself. “I’ll just give myself a sneak peek before I go to sleep.” Hah! Mmfthbph chapters later I was guilted into putting it down and going to sleep, *smiles sheepishly at husband* but then I was supposed to be writing a review for a different book the next day, and do you think I could get my head out of this one? Nuh-uh. Good thing we women are excellent multitaskers! 😉

But seriously, Ian and Sierra’s story has been stewing since the prequel novella to this series. It developed further in book one, Wild Montana Skies, and we’ve been able to follow developments in the search for Esme across the series, but it’s been a long wait for these two to finally get their happily ever after. And it turns out their relationship is the least of their worries!

Once again, Susan May Warren proves herself a master at creating harrowing man vs nature experiences for her readers. Not only that, but she uses them to challenge and grow her characters as individuals rather than just pushing them together as a couple. And Ian and Sierra definitely have some issues of their own to work through before they will survive as a couple!

And Pete and Jess! Oh man. Their story is hitting me in all the feels. My heart is still in a vice over that one, but in a good way, not an angsty way. I love the way Pete has matured over this series, especially to get to where he is in this book. ❤ ❤

This book fulfilled every crevice of my anticipation and then some. If you love romantic suspense, you really need to check out this series!

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

~ Previous Books in the Series ~

If Ever I Would Leave You 

Read my reviews: Wild Montana Skies // Rescue Me // A Matter of Trust

~ About the Author ~

SusanGrowing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.

Here’s my “Official” Bio.

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over forty-five novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill, and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. She’s a three time RITA finalist and an eight time Christy Finalist.

Of her books, Publisher’s Weekly has written, “Warren lays bare her characters’ human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.”

And Library Journal adds, “Warren’s characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance…”

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of and, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.

Connect with Susan:  Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

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6 Responses to Troubled Waters (Susan May Warren) – Review

  1. Winnie Thomas says:

    I’m loving this series, too! This book was awesome, but I can’t believe all the things Susie May put her characters through! Poor things!! 😀

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