A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Series #3)

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Series #3)

by Susan May Warren

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Overview

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing—or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret—one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder—and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other—even when disaster happens again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727451
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Montana Rescue Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 294,430
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. 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 www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

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A Matter of Trust


By Susan May Warren

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Susan May Warren
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2886-1


CHAPTER 1

Gage Watson blamed the trouble on the bright, sunny day. A day when the sun arched high against a cloudless blue sky, and light gilded the snow-frosted, razorback mountain peaks with showers of gold.

Days like this lied to people, told them they could fly.

The air wasn't so cold as to frighten the hordes of skiers into their condominiums or the après-ski bars, nor so warm as to turn the mountain into a river of slow-moving slush. Instead, a perfect day, rich with the fragrance of white pine and cedar, the powder dusting up behind him as he shredded the fields of untarnished snow, as his board carved through the white, soundless and free.

Dangerous. Because this kind of weather seeped into the bones of the extreme skiers who dared the back bowls and mogulled faces of Blackbear Mountain and turned them ... well, as his father would describe it, reckless.

Or, more precisely, into idiots out to get themselves and others killed.

Like the kid dressed in an inflatable T. rex costume that Gage had chased down the mountain this morning.

Once upon a time, Gage had been that reckless T. rex. Maybe not wearing that ridiculous outfit — not when he had sponsor gear to display — but chin-deep in the lifestyle of the epic snowboarder, grinning for the cameras, basking in the limelight and cheers that came with the sport of backcountry skiing called freeriding.

Now he'd turned traitor, donning the red coat of a ski patrol and chasing down the renegades who sneaked past the roped-off areas for the run of their lives.

He stood at the edge of the perimeter of Timber Bowl, binoculars pointed to the tree-rutted, cliff-cut powder, scanning the undesignated area, just to make sure that hotshots like T. rex and his buddy hadn't returned for a late-afternoon run.

The sun glistened off snowfall so deep it could bury a man, a condition unbearably tempting for a true powder hound. Gage could hear it calling to him, the vast, crystalline fields of white, feel his board cutting through the snowpack like it might be frosting.

Never mind the deadly, concealed ledges, drop-offs, and steel-edged boulders.

Or the threat of avalanche. No one thought about death chasing them down a hill as they attacked the powder, but with the five inches of fresh, heavy snow layering the snow pack, the cornice ached to break free and rush down the hill in a lethal wave.

And if tonight's forecast was correct, he and the avalanche control team would be blasting another layer of powder off this slope come morning.

Gage had risen early with the rest of the Blackbear ski patrol, ridden the gondola up, and bombed the crust, the snow falling behind him, scarring the bowl. Then he'd skied through the layers, cutting into the pack to loosen it.

Still, it posed enough of a danger that they'd closed the slope and put up an orange safety line cordoning off the area from the early morning skiers sliding off the Timber Bowl express lift.

And that's when T. rex showed up. Gage pegged the snow-boarder at about nineteen or twenty. His buddy was attired with the appropriate GoPro, which made their intentions clear.

Gage had caught them just as they edged near the tape.

"Dude — the bowl is closed," Gage said, keeping it easy.

T. rex gave him a face, like, C'mon, really, and Gage saw himself, not so long ago. So he put a growl into his reply and threatened to confiscate their tickets.

Which apparently meant nothing, because not fifteen minutes later, as he'd scanned the mountain, he'd spied the duo some two hundred feet downslope, cutting through the pristine powder, catching air off a cliff, then disappearing into the treed perimeter below.

The dinosaur had slipped out of his radar, but Gage promised himself that he'd hunt the two hotshots down and kick them off his mountain if it was the last thing he did today.

"Ski patrol, we have a downed snowboarder just below the Timber lift, tower 37."

Gage lifted the radio attached to his jacket. "Ski patrol, Watson. I'm just below the lift, on Timber Bowl."

"Roger, Watson. The lift stopped, and apparently he jumped for the pole and missed. Possible fracture. We have another hanging from the chair."

Oh, for crying out loud. "I'm en route. Watson out."

Gage clipped on his radio, then unsnapped his splitboard and pulled out his skins.

Faster to climb his way to the top and ride his board down through the trees.

He put oomph into his climb and in a few moments spied the tower through a scrim of pine trees.

"Ski patrol, Watson. I'm on slope and heading down to the victim." Gage snapped his splitboard together and shoved the skins into his backpack.

Sheesh, he could have found the boys with his eyes closed, the way they were shouting. Keep it up and the Blackbear patrols wouldn't have to set off charges to bring down the mountain.

Gage snapped into his bindings, then pushed off, cutting through the soft, albeit dangerous, treed terrain. He ducked under a branch and emerged into the free, catching air. No fancy stuff, just necessity, and he landed easily.

Two more turns and he'd reached the first victim.

The kid had fallen nearly forty feet. His screams echoed through the valley of the Timber Bowl, bouncing off the edges and back to the terrified passengers of the stalled lift who were witnesses to the carnage as he lay broken below his chair.

His buddy, clearly possessed with the same tankful of smarts, had probably tried to stop him, lunging forward and slipping off the chair. The hero now dangled half on, half off the chair, his arms wrapped around the bar, his leg hooked on the seat, his boot wedged in to the side rail to secure him. Still, the kid was perilously close to joining his buddy below in a pile of broken bones.

Gage snapped out of his gear in seconds, lifted off his goggles, and dropped beside the kid who writhed in pain in the snow, his leg brutally twisted under him.

"Ski patrol. I'm here to help," Gage said. He didn't want to move the kid or splint his leg until he could get a neck collar on him. However, blood already saturated his gray ski pants, and the protruding bulk of bone from above his knee suggested a compound fracture.

"What's your name?" Gage pulled off the kid's mitten and reached for a pulse.

"Hunter Corbin." He wore a ski helmet, and blond hair trickled out the sides and back.

"How old are you?" Gage timed the beats. A little high and thready.

"Fifteen. It's my first time out West."

"Your parents around?" Gage kept his voice even, calm.

In the meantime, Hunter's friend dangled, screaming, forty feet overhead.

Gage wanted to feel sorry for Hunter, but whatever had possessed the kid to —

"They're at the bottom." He groaned, tears filling his eyes. "My cell phone. It fell — I wanted to get it before it got lost. It's a brand-new iPhone."

Gage took out his radio. "Ski patrol, this is Watson. I have a fifteen-year-old male with what looks like a compound femur fracture. Possible neck injury. I need a dual sled, a neck collar, leg splint, and a lift rescue team." He looked up. "And fast."

"Copy, Watson. We have a team on the express lift en route."

The express lift, on the other side of the mountain. Ten minutes, at least.

Gage glanced up at the dangling victim, assessing. "What's your friend's name, Hunter?"

"Adam. He was just trying to help me."

"Right." He got up, cupping his hands over his eyes. Overhead, spectators watched in silence, two or three to a chair, probably traumatized by the tragedy that had occurred on their vacation. A few held up their phones, and he wouldn't be surprised if the event made YouTube.

Hopefully no one would recognize him, or worse, tag him.

Just when he'd put the past to rest. Or tried to. "Adam, how you doing up there?"

A stupid question, but he hoped to keep the kid calm.

"I'm gonna fall!"

"Keep holding on, we're going to get you out of this."

Gage could see the lure of the stunt — the chair had stopped parallel to the tower, a mere three feet from the lift. And, with the rungs affixed to the side, Hunter might have landed that leap if he hadn't been wearing snowboarder boots and bulky mittens.

Or, if he were a trained mountain climber.

Gage had a lift letdown system in his pack, a weighted ball attached on one end, a sling on the other, but he strongly doubted that Adam could either catch and throw the rope over the lift cable or get the sling around his body.

"Don't let go!" Gage yelled again and grabbed his pack, retrieving the assembly. Then he headed over to the tower. "I'm coming to you, Adam." He jumped and grabbed on to the lower rung, pulled himself up to the next rung, and got his feet on the lowest bar. He began to climb.

The kid was swinging his body in an attempt to slide back onto the chair seat. The chair began to sway, moving the other chairs around it. Screams lifted from the riders.

"Stop swinging, dude!" Gage yelled, seeing in his mind the entire rig detaching and crashing to the ground, crushing Adam's already injured friend.

In fact, they might have an entire mountain full of injuries.

Gage pulled himself up parallel to the kid. He could just barely reach out and touch him when he extended himself. His grasp wasn't enough to pull the kid in, but he could help secure him.

He threw the weighted ball over the ski lift cable. It fell to the ground.

"Listen up, Adam. I'm going to put this sling over your head, and very carefully you're going to work it down under your armpits, one arm at a time. Then I'm going to climb down and secure the line to the tower. The sling will keep you from falling."

"Aren't you going to lower me down?"

He had hooked the sling over the boy's head, a little nervous at the way the kid turned to him with big, terrified eyes. Adam was a stocky kid in gray snow pants and a yellow jacket, and Gage had to give him kudos for hanging on as long as he had. He drew back fast, however. He couldn't get any closer or Adam might grab him, pull them both down.

"Wiggle it over yourself," Gage said.

The kid put one elbow up, through the opening in the sling.

"Good job, kid," Gage said as he scrambled back down the ladder and hiked over to the weighted line.

No sign of his patrol buddies on the ridge above.

Dragging the line back over to the tower, he glanced up and saw that Adam had worked the sling under both arms.

Gage threw the line over the bottom rung and slowly began to pull it taut. It tightened around Adam's chest.

"Don't let go! This is just to catch you if you fall." He secured the line to the tower.

"Let me down!"

"Help will be here soon. I can't lower you on my own."

Well, maybe he could, if he used the tower as both leverage and an anchor. But for now, Adam wouldn't fall, and Hunter was running out of time.

Gage knelt next to Hunter and checked his pulse. Gray, clammy skin, dull eyes. A pool of blood formed under his leg, saturating the snow.

The kid could lose his life to shock long before he bled out.

He lifted the radio. "Ski patrol, Watson. Where's my sled?"

"Just getting off the lift," came the answer.

Perfect. Gage pulled his pack over to himself and pulled out scissors and a tourniquet.

He took the scissors to the boy's pants, cutting away the bloody fabric to get to the source.

The jagged edge of his femur jutted out of his skin just above the knee.

Gage searched for a radial pulse from the posterior tibial artery and found none. The broken bone had cut off blood supply to his foot.

First, he had to stop the bleeding and then get the kid down the mountain before Hunter lost his leg.

Gage threaded the tourniquet under his leg and worried when Hunter didn't move. In fact, the kid had stopped writhing altogether.

"Hey, Hunter, stay with me here. Tell me, is that your Lib Tech board? A Snow Ape C2 BTX? One of the best power freestyle sticks on the planet. It's a dream on the snow, right?"

Hunter opened his eyes, tried to find the voice.

Gage finished the tourniquet and leaned up, meeting Hunter's eyes. So young and rife with fear. "Don't worry, I'm going to get you down the mountain. And I know this awesome doctor that will fix you right up. You'll be doing a half-cab quadruple backflip by this time next year."

"A what?" Hunter whispered.

"Google it and then come back here and I'll teach you myself."

"Really?"

"yep." "Ski patrol, Remington at the ridge." Ty's voice came through the walkie. "I see you, Gage. Coming down."

Gage looked up and spotted the two ski patrollers, red jackets against the glare of light and brilliant white, carving a trail through the powder. One of them guided a two-person sled.

They slowed before they reached the accident site, leaving the powder drifting safely away, and snapped off their skis. Ty reached him first. "Hey there, kid," he said to Hunter, pulling off his gloves and kneeling next to Gage. He carried the splint as the other patroller brought over the sled.

One of their rookies, Skye Doyle — Gage recognized her as she brought the sled closer. Blonde, in her early twenties, she'd joined the patrol as a volunteer. Gage didn't ask why Ty had let her lead the sled — probably practice. But she didn't have nearly enough experience to steady it going downhill. And she'd never be able to lower Adam on her own — she'd need Ty's strength.

"Let's load him up. Then we need to get Adam off that lift." Gage reached for the splint, a high-tech, emergency fracture response system. It moved to the shape of Hunter's fractured leg, and Gage strapped it into place to keep it immobilized as Ty affixed a neck collar on him. Skye brought over the backboard, and they eased it under Hunter, sliding him onto it and strapping him in.

Ty and Gage moved Hunter to the sled and zipped him inside the emergency blanket. Skye secured the boy onto the sled as Gage and Ty returned to the problem of Adam.

"How are we going to get him down?" Ty said.

"We could use the pole as leverage, with you wearing the descender. I could lower him down while you let out the slack."

"And what about Hunter? He's looking pretty pale." This from Skye, who'd joined their conversation. "I can take him down on the sled."

"No," Ty said, as if reading Gage's mind.

Skye had the good sense not to argue.

However, "Skye, you have climbing experience, right? Can you run the rappler?" Gage asked.

She nodded.

"Ty, you lower him down, Skye can brace against the pole and make sure the slack doesn't go out too fast. I'll take Hunter down to the bottom."

Ty glanced at the sled, up to Adam. "you sure you can handle the sled alone? Technically we're above the snow guns — it's too steep. You sure you won't get yourself — and this kid — hurt?"

Maybe it was the bright blue sky, the onlookers, the taste of adrenaline, but in Ty's question, Gage heard the past rise. Heard the voice, quiet, pleading. Female. "Please, Gage, don't do this. You're going to get somebody hurt."

It jarred him.

Then, Hunter groaned, and Gage came back to himself.

"Yes," he said. He hiked over to his board, glancing up at Adam. "My friends are going to get you down. Don't worry, kid!"

He happened to look at the onlookers just then. Yes, cell phones were tracking his movements.

Once upon a time, he would have waved; even now he felt the old habit stir inside him.

Then, three chairs down he spotted the T. rex.

And behind him, the buddy with the GoPro.

"You've got to be kidding me."

Ty glanced at him, but Gage shook his head. His rant would have to wait.

Skye was climbing into the belay harness when Gage snapped his boots into his board. He stepped between the brake handles of the sled, and Ty helped him out with a push.

Don't lose control. Don't overcorrect.

Don't get anyone killed.

He glanced up again at the T. rex and shook his head. "Hang in there, Hunter. We'll be down in no time."


* * *

The colder it got up here on top of the mountain, stalled on the Timber Bowl chair, the more the T. rex next to her threatened to jump.

"I could make it. The only reason that punk missed was because he didn't have enough launch."

"Are you kidding me?" Ella Blair curled her fingers into a ball inside her mittens. She already couldn't feel her toes, and she'd snugged her nose into her neck gaiter, a film of fog covering her goggles.

Three chairs ahead, at the tower, the two ski patrollers had anchored themselves around the pole and were using a kind of belay system to lower the skier. She still couldn't believe the bravery of the first responder — climbing up four stories on the pole to fix the kid into the sling. For a second there, she thought the terrified teenager might just leap into the patrol's arms.


(Continues...)

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A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust is the third book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series, coming after Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. I have been a really big fan of Susan’s for quite some time now, so I’ve been excited for every release in this series. And the more I read, the more excited I get for the next installment, as the Montana Rescue series is full of secrets, and not all of them are resolved at the end of each novel. This book in particular has left me hanging the most, and I am so ready to read the fourth book—Troubled Waters—which is already waiting on my bookshelf. There are so many threads of this story, relating to multiple different characters, that I really want to see tied up, but I doubt I will find the resolution to all of them until the end of the sixth and final novel of the series. Either way, I’ve been enjoying every single book in this series, especially this one. Susan always does a wonderful job of creating action and drama in her novels without making them seem like there’s too much drama, like there’s always something bad going on and you’re on a roller coaster with no way off. She keeps her novels full of plot twists—and this series is obviously full of its share of “rescues” (it is the Montana Rescue series after all)—but it doesn’t seem like she’s trying too hard or has too many different things going on. And I know that is difficult to accomplish, so I praise her highly for that. I also love the way she really describes what is going on in her novels. I know absolutely NOTHING about snowboarding or skiing or any other snow related sport (I’m a born and raised South Carolinian if that tells you anything), but I didn’t really feel lost or confused about what was described throughout this novel. Since Gage was a champion snowboarder, and he snowboards on many different occasions in the course of this novel, I thought I might be a little unsure of what was going on at certain times, but Susan made it simple enough that even someone like me could understand, and yet still made it technical enough that it was believable that the characters had been doing that for years. Let me also take a minute to praise Susan for her character development. Every single one of the six books in this series boasts at least one main character who was introduced in the very first novel, and I love how she is able to grow them as secondary characters in the novels before the one where their own story is the focus. Take Gage for example. While I didn’t know of Ella or his secret past before I read this book, I knew about Gage, and loved him, from the first two installments. And Ty. I’ve been getting glimpses of him throughout these three novels that have helped me to understand who he is, and I really got a picture of him as a secondary thread in this one, but his own story won’t be told until book 5. That is such a great way to keep readers anticipating the rest of the series! All in all, I really loved A Matter of Trust. Though, I expected that I would, every one of Susan’s books that I have read is on my all-time favorites list. And this story is no exception. I happily give it a place on that shelf, and all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading! Or even if you don’t, read it and then maybe you will! (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This series is so EPIC. I was pulled right into the story and felt like I was there on the mountain in the snowy powder cutting a line and dropping off cliffs. I loved the backstory between Gage and Ella, the way they connected and felt like they could be themselves with each other. There is plenty of conflict and angst as they are reunited and work together in tense and strenuous circumstances. Being thrown together again made them face parts of their past that they had tried to forget, and they had great discussions about faith and God while resolving their difficulties. Their chemistry was amazing and I loved the way Ella could keep up with Gage on the mountain and the joy they found in the extreme sport, even as they raced against a storm to find her brother. Themes of trust, family, and finding one's purpose are strong in this story with fast-paced adventure and toe-curling romance! Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
This story pulled me right in from the start and wouldn’t let me go until the last page. What a fantastic adventure featuring Gage Watson and Ella Blair—both are amazing characters, but each with their own haunted pasts. It was intriguing to see their story unfold. Susan May Warren is a master at creating vivid, engaging, and lovable characters. She also knows how to paint settings with just the right words to let you see them in your mind. I loved the appearance of some of the characters from previous books, but this book can also be read as a stand-alone. If you enjoy romance, suspense, and action, with some inspiration, faith and trust thrown in, I would recommend you read this story. I voluntarily reviewed a copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and packed with emotion, tension, romance!
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Mountains, snow, skiing, friendships, helping others, and love… what a great mix of things this book has to offer to the reader. I found that the author pulled me in to the world of skiing and the beauty of it along with the danger. It makes you want to schedule a journey to the mountains of Montana for some intense skiing. This book is well named because there are trust issues all over the place. Made for a great read and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Matter Of Trust ( Mountain Rescue #3 ) By: Susan May Warren A Matter of Trust is book three in Mountain Rescue series. Susan May Warren Writing just keeps getting better. She grabbed me right at the start and I was hooked. The story and the characters both were well developed and so real. The US Senators brother is missing and who but Gage and his team are called in to find and rescue him. The young beautiful senator happens to be the one that destroyed Gage’s life three years ago. Gage is not so sure that he wants to help her or not. Can Gage and his team save the seniors brother? A Matter of Trust will have you on the edge of your seat trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. I was given a complimentary copy , but was not told that Had to give a positive review.
KathrynVoss More than 1 year ago
Susan May Warren has yet again written an outstanding novel in her latest release, A Matter of Trust, book 3 in the Montana Rescue series. A page turner until the end, this book will take you on a ride where you will encounter a cast full of unforgettable characters, a plot thick with tension, and a resounding message of trust and forgiveness. True to all Warren books, this novel derives its strength from complex characters, struggling with all too relatable problems amid a resounding plot that keeps you turning page after page. I especially loved how this book builds on the plots of the previous books. As I moved through the first few chapters, I felt like I was coming home to family, getting reacquainted with their lives and digging deeper into what makes them tick. Warren does an outstanding job of developing these characters, for it is through this development that her message rings clear. The power of forgiveness, second chances, and redemption flows off the pages in a way that challenged and touched me. There is something about Warren's style that impacts and gives a promise of hope amid even the darkest of circumstances. I am thrilled that this is not the last book in the series. Warren closed this novel with a teaser that will keep me coming back for the next two installments. If only they could release sooner! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
VJones More than 1 year ago
Susan May Warren is a very talented author and never fails to delight with her writing style. While A matter of Trust was not my favorite, it kept my attention and was a good read. Susan May Warren’s books are normally filled with attraction at first sight leading into budding romances, living with past regrets, and forgiveness. Her characters develop as the stories progress. I am glad she writes series as by the end of each book it is tough to say goodbye to those who Susan May Warren causes us to love. A matter of Trust was filled with adventure and really was pretty intense. I was fascinated by all the information she provided about search and rescue. It is impossible not to respect and admire those who are involved in such an occupation and risk their lives to rescue others in distress. This book is not the first in the series. However, it was written in such a way that even though I had not read the first book, it did not appear necessary. I did go back and read the first in the series which was just as good as A Matter of Trust. I think Susan May Warren’s books will especially appeal to those who enjoy romance. But even for people like myself who don’t particularly like that genre, her books hold my attention and keep me coming back for more. I received a copy of A Matter of Trust from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust is Crisp, fast, self-pitying, fear, danger, guilt, regret, trust, faith and healing. Greg, was a fast speed junky champion of freestyle, snowboarder, but there was something sick and serious that happened that made him run away from what he loved the most. He went to P.e.a.k. and became a snow patrolman (still a junky but unconsciously) and rescues other's - then there is Ella who is a long lost love who is coming after him because of what happened before he left snowboarding, but I digress - Will there be a romance come up again with all that in between them? Will he go back to snowboarding again? Will He accept a rescue? We all know "GOD can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens them" Amen? , but will he Let GOD heal him? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my very own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust is Crisp, fast, self-pitying, fear, danger, guilt, regret, trust, faith and healing. Greg, was a fast speed junky champion of freestyle, snowboarder, but there was something sick and serious that happened that made him run away from what he loved the most. He went to P.e.a.k. and became a snow patrolman (still a junky but unconsciously) and rescues other's - then there is Ella who is a long lost love who is coming after him because of what happened before he left snowboarding, but I digress - Will there be a romance come up again with all that in between them? Will he go back to snowboarding again? Will He accept a rescue? We all know "GOD can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens them" Amen? , but will he Let GOD heal him? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my very own.
CK119 More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren is an engaging story of learning to trust in all circumstances. Gage Watson was a champion freeriding snowboarder until his career was destroyed by a bad decision. He allowed Dylan McMahon to follow him on a dangerous run that cost Dylan his life and the family sued Gage costing him everything. He now works at PEAK rescue to save people who get in trouble on the slopes. Ella Blair had tried to talk Gage out of taking Dylan with him and later was one of the attorneys for the family. She has a secret that could have saved Gage but was unable to share the information due to confidentially issues. She has now followed her daredevil brother to the slopes to try to stop him from making a dangerous run he has seen Gage complete on video. What will happen when she and Gage meet again? Will Gage be willing to help her talk her brother out of making the run? Will her brother need to be rescued after attempting the run or will he surprise his sister by completing it successfully? I loved this book and couldn’t put it down! It was full of excitement and action that moved quickly from page one to the end. The PEAK team are a bunch of misfits who all have their own personal demons to deal with while working together to save lives. I felt I got to know every one of them and was rooting for them to be successful in rescues and their personal lives. As with many stories, and real life, things are not exactly as they seem. I give this book 5 of 5 stars. I think everyone who enjoys an action filled story with Christian attributes will love this book. I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Each time I read another book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series, I want to visit Montana and see all the beautiful scenery. I realize the likelihood of seeing it all is miniscule because I am not a skier or mountain climber and do not possess the skills or physical prowess that would enable me to do those things. But the word pictures she uses draw me into the scenes. The story is packed with action and riveting conversations. Trust really does matter and it seems the PEAK Rescue team had more than its share of people with trust issues. I appreciate that the characters are continually brought back to the real source of trust. When they sought to go it alone, they had problems trusting others but as they learned to trust God, trusting others grew easier. Most of us will never face the situations faced by Gage, Ella, Brette, Ty, Jess, and the others, but we can learn from them and apply the truth to our own lives. Hang on to your seats as you go backcountry snowboarding with Gage and Ella in some of the most dangerous terrain in Montana. You are in for an adventure.
JusticeReads More than 1 year ago
This Montana Rescue series just keeps getting better, as I knew it would! I actually received the second in the series first and loved it so then I bought the first one! Well now, I’m back on track with the third and absolutely loving this journey with the amazing characters that Warren has invented for us! Warren build the world of ice and snow and you feel that you are right there with them, snowboarding or skiing and having the time of your life in the beginning and wishing you could see this on the t.v. screen just so you can visualize it! I always think to myself I couldn’t love a character more than I did the last one, but Gage Watson stole my heart from the first chapter! His personality was crafted so perfectly that you feel like you know him! And Ella… well as much as I wanted to hate her, I wanted to be her too. We all make mistakes in life and sometimes we can atone for them and sometimes we can’t. The PEAK Rescue team tries to fix all of the mistakes that happens in their territories and it’s such an exciting thrill ride for every story that they’re in! I think that bonds and friendships that are described in Warren’s books are so intricate and real that her stories draw you in and feel you like you’re in a Hallmark or a good Lifetime movie. I love characters are mentioned in each book from the book before, because it really makes you feel like the stories are continuing and the relationships are moving forward and not just ending. I don’t ever want this series to end!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren is officially my favorite series by her. In the newest installment, A Matter of Trust, we get better acquainted with and get Gage Watson’s story. What an adrenaline rush this one was. With snowboarding! Yep, I learned some things about that sport- I do not think I want to try it but it was fun reading about anyway. This story just really added to this whole series, layer upon layer. I like how we not only get the major love story, but the side ones as well. And we must not forget the overreaching story arc that has been going on since book one. The romance was sublime (ah Gage) and the gospel message was well ingrained within the story. It was not preachy at all. We get some questions answered and then we get some more to keep us on the edge of our seats. I am really looking forward to book four. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Trust me with your life? Sure! Trust me with your heart? Maybe. What an exciting book! A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren intrigued me from the very beginning! First, I love rescue team adventures because they are so varied. And this is a rescue team in the mountains—even more exciting. I’m a wannabe skier—I mostly managed to ski down hills sitting on my skis, and once, most embarrassedly, had to walk out from an extremely high, extremely icy slope. So, Susan had me hooked. Gage Watson was once a champion backcountry snowboarder, but after an accident that left someone following his line dead, he’s abandoned that life and is now on the PEAK rescue team. Not only did he leave behind his dream, but he left behind the woman he was falling in love with, Ella Blair. On the job, he runs across two young daredevil boarders who are attempting to go into an off-limits territory. He catches them and takes away their passes to the mountain. When he apprehends them in a local bar, one of them recognizes him and relates he’s going to follow Gage’s line down the mountain that ended Gage’s career. Trying to find and stop Oliver, Gage and Ty Remington go to his condo—where Gage comes face to face with his almost love, Ella. You will thrill to the love story, but even more, you’ll thrill to the rescue scenes when Ella and Gage head down that same mountain to rescue Oliver and his friend, Bradley. Gage and Ella became real to me, as did the rest of the team, especially Brette, Ella’s best friend, and Ty. The entire team has stories to tell and we learn fragments of each of them. Warren has done a fantastic job of telling Gage’s and Ella’s story—I can hardly wait to hear the stories of the rest of the team. A resounding five stars! Susan May Warren is a bestselling, much-awarded author of several series. She is a USA Today bestselling author and has won the HOLT, RITA, and numerous Christy Awards. She writes historical, contemporary, mystery-suspense, and comedy—all laced with a healthy dose of romance. Find her at susanmaywarren.com Revell Books gave me a copy of A Matter of Trust, but I was in no way obligated to write a good review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fun romance with a twist of suspense. I have not read the first two books in this series but it was not a problem to understand what was going on in this book. Gage and Ella are very personable people and I liked the rwst of the characters in the book. I like the Peak rescue team and look forward to learning more about the ongoing mystery within this series. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Danger and action abound in this book by Susan May Warren! You will feel like you are snowboarding down the cliffs in Glacier National Park! Both protagonists are well written and sparks are flying between them! I especially enjoyed this book as I was ready to leave for a trip including Glacier when I read it! I recommend this exciting book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction. I received my e-book through Net Galley. This is my honest opinion.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
Susan May Warren returns with another adrenalin-packed adventure/contemporary romance in her Montana Rescue series, featuring rescue professionals living in a close-knit community. In A Matter of Trust, Gage Watson, former snowboarder champion and now a member of the PEAK Rescue team, finds himself struggling to face both his past and his future. Senator Ella Blair, former attorney whose firm handled Gabe’s negligence lawsuit after the death of a snowboarder fan and eventually cost Gabe his sponsorships, follows her brother to Montana. Ella begs his help in rescuing her brother from one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks. Gage is reluctant to search for her brother when he goes missing because Gage believes Ella betrayed him and destroyed his life. When Ella insists on joining him in the search, Gabe vows to keep her safe, even when the weather turns against them. As they work together to find her reckless brother and his friend, old feelings resurface and emotions run high. What will happen when Ella’s secret is revealed? Will the fragile trust Gage and Ella rebuilt be strong enough? Warren excels at creating flawed characters the reader cares about, as well as building a suspenseful adventure. Characters from earlier stories make reappearances, and their stories continue to move along. Warren draws vivid word pictures in her stories, with a faith element that is present but not preachy. Readers will be engaged from the first page until the last.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Looking for you next thrilling read? Then you must read A Matter of Trust because Susan May Warren has done it again! First of all, I loved all the skiing/snowboarding lingo! I grew up skiing, so it was a lot of fun to see that piece of my world included in a novel!
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"It's those we love who have the power to hurt us most . . ." (back cover) A Matter of Trust, the third installment of Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren focuses on the Montana Rescue Team. A team with "a country singer who moonlights as a rescuer, a billionaire cowboy hiding out in Montana after the tragic loss of his family, a snowboarder rewriting his life as a rescuer, and a war hero dedicating her life to saving civilians." (123) In this installment, we dive into the story behind Gage Watson and what brings him to the team. And boy, was it as thrilling as the sport he was once famous for! Just as a warning, this review will be a long one. There are so many great things about it! "No one in trouble should be worried about whether they deserve help." (168) "That's the point. You gave me a line. A safe one. It was my job to ride it. And if I didn't, it wasn't your fault." (165) A Matter of Trust has it all - action, romance (make that two!) and message of love, forgiveness and sacrifices just oozes in between the lines. This series just keeps getting better and better, and I can't wait to dive into Ty and Brett's story, Ian and Serena, Jess and Pete and can't leave out Kacey! Yes, I'm throwing a lot of names out there, but you'll fall in love with them just the same with each book. And you can read each book by itself, but I tell you, you will want to read the full series for sure! Everyone has secrets, and if you look hard enough, we're all just hiding behind how we hope people view us." (124) As we see from the back cover quote I started this post with, love is at stakes, especially when betrayal takes hold. And that's what readers get to experience along with the characters in A Matter of Trust. A theme of betrayal, as well as trust plays a pivotal role in giving our characters the journey to freedom. "You're sorry because you knew the truth but let me burn anyway." (259) "I hear God saying, 'You messed up, but that doesn't mean I did. Trust me.'" (187) I love Gage and Ella's story, but Ty and Brett's meeting to understanding was also a strong pair that gives the story a little more, allowing the theme of trust to continue its rounds. Yes, we're talking about trust with each other, a key element in any relationship, but how the author personifies and strengthen the message of trust in God was just superbly done. And with that, I leave with you the final quote that just embodies the title and the story of A Matter of Trust, and pray that you and I, all will believe and trust, always. "Don't for a minute think that God has forgotten about you or doesn't have your back. And don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says He is." (112) Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
Engaging story, complex characters with painful wounds, a MUST read! This was the first of the Montana Rescue Series by Susan May Warren that I've read, and I simply adored it. I tend to like more of a cozy romance, but I should have known better! I didn't think I'd enjoy reading about snowboarding, but again, I should have known better! Susan May Warren had me hooked from the first page, though I must admit up front that I adore her writing. I can always count on her words to engage me, and she did it again. Gage and Ella were practically four-dimensional they were so complex, their wounds so painful I felt for them each time their past was torn open a little. The subploy of Ty and Brett was expertly woven in, can't wait to read a bit more about them in a later novel. The premise of this book doesn't disappoint, Suzie writes such BIG books with BIG characters, and she somehow does it over and over again in fresh backdrops with unique characters. She is a master storyteller. Can someone fall in love in just three days? Pick up A Matter of Trust and find out!
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
Champion snowboarder Gage Watson had lucrative sponsorships, his dream career, and a budding romance until the death of a fan. These days, he makes his life in Montana's rugged mountains as a ski patrol and emergency rescuer. In the past three years, he's not been able to forgive himself or make peace with his past. Then Ella Blair, his former love interest who betrayed him, arrives and insists on helping rescue her brother. As they work together, Gage is forced to acknowledge his past and finds hope for a future with Ella. But a secret still lies between them. Will buried secrets keep Gage and Ella apart or could the truth set them both free? Read more in A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren. A Matter of Trust is the third full-length novel in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue Series. It is not necessary to read the prior two novels, but they are excellent reads and I do recommend them. As usual, Susan May Warren's writing style was captivating. Within the first chapter, Warren introduces Gage and Ella separately, as they are in the present, but with hints of their rocky past that engage the reader's curiosity. The story ushered me into it at page one and held my interest throughout. The sizzling tension, unwarranted forgiveness, secret betrayal, heady romance, and self-sacrifice created quite a story. I loved it and can easily recommend it to fans of contemporary Christian romance. My only warning is that, if you are, like me, a native Floridian with little knowledge of snowboarding, you might have to google some snowboarding terms. :) Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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."
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“Don't for a minute think that God has forgotten about you or doesn't have your back. And don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says he is.” A Matter of Trust is book three in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. This book centers on PEAK Rescue team member Gage Watson. Gage was a champion backcountry snowboarder who was forced to end his career after a fan was killed while following Gage down Outlaw Mountain. Since then he has been working as a ski patrol in Montana. While at Outlaw Mountain Gage met a fan, Ella Blair. Ella was part of the legal team working for the dead fan's family. Now she has come to Montana to try to talk her brother, Ollie, out of dropping out of college to be a snowboarder. Ollie has been training and studying Gage's videos. Now he and his friend are going to snowboard Gage's route on Heaven's Peak. When Ella finds out she insists Gage go after them and she insists she goes with him. Ella has brought along her friend, Brette. Brette is a freelance writer that is out to get any good story she can. While Gage and Ella are on the mountain, Brette meets the rest of the PEAK Rescue team members and realizes there are hero stories for each of them. This is a great action packed story that is full of suspense right from the beginning and continues to the end. The story keep me reading to see if the snowboarders would be able to make the jumps without getting hurt. And if they could beat the weather conditions to safety. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story was reconnecting with the PEAK Rescue team. I also liked the theme of forgiveness in the story. Gage struggled with forgiveness when he learns more about the incident that changed his career. This is a contemporary Christian romance story written in such a way it could be enjoyed by anyone. Written by award winning author, I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories will enjoy this story. I really like reading Warren's stories and this series does not disappoint. While this is part of a series, and would be best read in order, it is not necessary as background is given from previous stories. I am very thankful this story was available for review from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
As usual when picking up a book by Susan May Warren, I was unable to put this book down. Believe me when I say my daughters tried to distract me, but it only worked for a minute here and there. A Matter of Trust is the third book in the Montana Rescue Series. I was blessed to read the other two in this series, but don't feel it's necessary to enjoy this book. That being said, Warren is my favorite author, so I totally suggest you read the other two. We meet Gage in the first book, as well as the other members of the PEAK Rescue team. They are an amazing and interesting group of people who save lives. This story follows Gage as he tries to figure out what he's meant to do with his life. Gage was meant to be on a snowboard. His numerous awards and medals prove it. But one little mistake can change your life in a heartbeat. He was on top of the world one minute, and the next everything he loved was taken from him. Trying to figure out what his purpose is now, Gage joins the PEAK Rescue Team. Time has passed, but he still holds on to the anger and blame for of the death of another snowboarder. Gage has a chance to help rescue a kid who wants nothing more than to be just like him. Following Gage's world famous trail down a dangerous mountain, everyone worries the kid will get hurt and stuck up there. Only Gage has ridden this mountain, and knows just how dangerous it is. But what will he do about it? Being a hero is no easy thing. Ella knows that Gage can do anything he sets his mind to, and she intends to set it on saving her brother. Asking such a favor from the man whose world she helped tear apart seems crazy. You can call her crazy, but she knows that Gage is a good man. Forcing her way in the rescue mission seemed like a good idea at the time, but Ella quickly learns she is in over her head. Danger is around every corner, and her being so close to Gage is bringing up all kinds of feeling on both sides. Can they find common ground and get the job done? Or will their lack of trust cause them both to fall? It was so much fun reading his book. Warren transported me to the cold Montana mountains and I was shivering while waiting to see what would happen next. I loved getting to know more about Gage, who can resist a hunky snowboarder? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust is a non-stop thrill ride in the wintry Montana Mountains. Susan May Warren is a master of characterization and description, and the writing style and dramatic plot will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat. A Matter of Trust has many characters, but following their lives becomes effortless as you navigate their personalities, back stories, and relationships. You can read the books in the series in sequence, but this one can definitely stand alone. The characters are engaging, and the drama throughout is gripping and full of revelations, tense moments, and courageous rescues. While some of these rescues take place on the snowy mountainside, a few other “rescues” involve forgiveness, honesty, and, of course, trust. I know next to nothing about skiing or snowboarding or pretty much anything to do with snow, but the author describes the scenery and action so beautifully that you can almost feel the chill of the wind and snow as the main characters, Gage and Ella, race down Heaven’s Peak to rescue Ella’s brother and his friend. As the title implies, trust is the main theme: trust in each other, trust in oneself, and trust in God. Hang on because A matter of Trust is a wild jaunt of daring and self discovery as many of the characters let go of their secrets and open their hearts to truth, acceptance, and trust. I am definitely adding more of Susan May Warren's books to my to-read list.