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A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Series #3)

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Series #3)

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by Susan May Warren

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly
★ 05/22/2017
Warren adds another winner to her popular Montana Rescue contemporary romance series (following Rescue Me). Extreme snowboarder Gage Watson can’t seem to escape his past. After a fatal incident occurred on his watch on the infamous cliff called Terminator Wall, he left racing and spent three years reinventing himself; now he rescues endangered skiers as a member of PEAK Rescue. Ella Blair, a young lawyer and politician, feels guilty about representing the family of the deceased snowboarder and contributing to the downfall of Gage’s racing career. When her brother recklessly decides to attempt Gage’s record-setting stunt, she heads to Montana to try to stop him. Gage joins her efforts and their old resentments and revived romantic feelings well up. The emotional content gets second billing to their dangerous attempt to save Ella’s brother from his daredevil escapade. When the rescue goes sideways and their own lives are imperiled, Gage and Ella are forced to put their faith into action and confront their past. Everything about this story sparkles: snappy dialogue, high-flying action, and mountain scenery that beckons the reader to take up snowboarding. Readers will recognize familiar friends introduced in earlier Montana Rescue novels, who round out a lively crew with engaging subplots of their own. (July)

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A Matter of Trust

By Susan May Warren

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Susan May Warren
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ISBN: 978-0-8007-2886-1


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."


"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.


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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 (Montana Rescue Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
VJoyPalmer 7 hours 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 18 hours 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 1 days 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 2 days 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 6 days 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 8 days 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 12 days 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.
SemmieWise 15 days ago
** “Don’t think for a minute 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.” ** Just what is a hero? That’s what Susan May Warren’s “A Matter of Trust” asks again and again. Who is a hero? What makes someone a hero? And who deserves to be a hero? PEAK Rescue member Gage Watson is rescuing skiers and saving lives in the mountains of Montana after a devastating fatality ended his career as a superstar snowboarder three years ago. But when Ella Blair, the woman who stole his heart but was partially responsible for taking his career away from him, walks back into his life, he knows there is going to be trouble. When Ella’s seemingly irresponsible brother, Ollie, decides to follow Gage’s renowned and very dangerous ride down the mountain, Ella begs Gage to go find him. She is steeped in fear that Ollie, too, will meet a fatal ending. What follows is an intense journey down a mountainside as Gage and Ella freeride down an insanely dangerous mountain — dodging near blizzard conditions, avalanches, crevasses, high potential for injuries, and even wild animals. Gage and Ella must learn to trust each other, as well as trust in God and his protection. They must overcome the bitterness of their past, and rely on each other. Will they be able to recover the relationship they had three years ago? Warren’s latest novel also circles around the story of Ella’s journalist friend, Brette, and Ty, a fellow PEAK member who is still recovering from a helicopter crash. As each has secrets to hide, they find themselves growing closer to each other while keeping an eye on the rescue operation from PEAK’s base of operation. “A Matter of Trust” is an intense, action-packed dish with a side of romance — but it’s so much more than that. The concept of a hero and who makes a hero is a major theme running throughout the story. It also deals with so many other goodies, like the power of prayer; learning to trust God, time and time again; the importance of faith — in God, one’s self, and in others; dealing with how we hope people view us; the fact that we make mistakes, but thankfully God doesn’t; what happens when we careen full speed into life; how fear can hold us back; that accidents do happen, and sometimes good can come out of those accidents; and God will always save us. I loved this quote from Ella: “It reminds me of something my dad used to say. That God proved his love for us even before we asked for help, when we were still not only a mess but his enemies. We didn’t trust him … but he didn’t let that stop him from saving us.” Susan May Warren never disappoints. She always does a great job developing and blending her characters, so much so that you wish you could hang out with them, having a slice of pizza and throwing some darts. And she always manages to perfectly blend the amount of romance with just the right amount of action. I can’t wait for book #4! Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
KatrinaEpperson 18 days ago
What an amazing adventure that takes the reader deep into Glacier Mountain Park in Montana!! I loved this book. It has elements of edge of your seat suspense, romantic tension, turmoil, imagery, and the thrill of adventure. The cover is very inviting. Of course the plot is a fast paced adventure that immediately pulled me in from page one. For me this was a one setting read. The author weaves words together that bring both characters and setting to life. I loved Gage. He captured my heart from the beginning. His character showed emotions that were both raw and real. He has tried to put his past behind him and not repeat it. Ella's character was endearing and I loved how she was trying to protect her brother from making a bad decision. When she enlists Gage to help her with her brother I have to say Gage shows his true strength of character. I felt the characters fear and joy. I also must say even though this is part of a series this book is definitely a stand alone story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved a good suspenseful adventure. **I received this book from the author via the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
WildflowerMom 18 days ago
Another exciting installment in the Montana Rescue series, an action-packed story of second chances, full of faith and romance! Book three focuses on Gage and Ty, two members of the PEAK rescue team, who find themselves involved in a life and death situation in snowy Glacier National Park. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gage and Ella's story, plus getting more background on Ty, and additional clues in the ongoing investigation from book one (and the prequel). Gage and Ella dance around each other, dealing with their past, and learning that forgiveness and honesty free them up to start over. Loved how they encouraged each other to believe in God's grace, love and desire to help them. It was a good example of learning to trust Him, as well as each other, as they struggled to survive their ordeal on the mountain. This author has a talent for describing the snowy ski scenes and the peril they were facing so well, it made me shiver reading this in the summer! Love all of the discussions of faith connected to the storyline too, drawing parallels between their physical and spiritual struggles. So many uplifting quotes! "...maybe that was the reason God sent him up there...to remind him that whatever line he cut behind him, grace always lay before him. A pristine, white, unblemished future." "... don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says he is." Recommend reading this series in order, starting with the prequel, to fully enjoy it. Looking forward to the next book, with more of Ty's story. 4.5 stars (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
WanderingPages 19 days ago
Wow! This book was a nonstop, edge of your seat, adventure, full of surprising twists. The stakes are high both physically and emotionally in this book and it definitely kept me on edge all the way to the end. I enjoyed coming back to this series because we've really gotten to know a lot about the PEAK team and their background at this point and it's fun and interesting to watch all the relationship dynamics and drama play out between everyone. I enjoy the genuine friendships Susan May Warren writes as much as the romances. In this book our main characters, Gage and Ella have physical as well as emotional and spiritual battles to face. I loved learning a little bit about freeriding, something I haven't heard much about before, as well as seeing Ella and Gage learn to work together as a team, while also working toward healing for themselves and their relationship both with God and with each other. The idea of not trusting God because you feel like, you've failed Him and why would He ever help you? Or feeling the need to earn His love and care is something that I think most Christians will relate to a lot. My favorite thing about reading books by Susan May Warren is that I always find unique, exciting plotlines, genuine characters that start to feel more like friends, and spiritual lessons that touch my heart and encourage me in my own walk with God. In all of these aspects, this book does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for the next installment in this series. *I received an ARC of this title from the author. All opinions are my own.
Fala19 19 days ago
Susan May Warren has done it again! 'A Matter of Trust' was another spectacular addition to the Montana Rescue Series. I've been super eager to read this book, it's been one of my most anticipated books of the year. Gage was a bit of a mystery to me in the first two books, so I was excited to learn more about him. Gage, a former champion snowboarder, lost it all after the death of one of his fans. Now on the ski patrol and the PEAK Rescue team, he's still trying to put the pieces of his life back together. Ella, one of the country's youngest senators, is in Montana to track down her wayward brother. When their paths cross, Gage is shocked to see Ella again, the woman who had a hand in destroying his career. Can they put the past behind them and work together to find her brother? Warren is a master wordsmith. I felt as though I was standing right there in the middle of this story beside these characters. I could feel the chill on the mountain, the biting wind, snow falling all around me (which is saying something because it was over 100 degrees outside while I was reading it.) I loved Gage. He's super endearing... and not to mention majorly swoonworthy! Ella's got a lot of self doubt, but she's someone who really cares about helping those in need, making the world a better place. They're both living with major regrets. It was great watching them try to work through their struggles and emerge stronger for it. I loved getting to catch up with all the characters from the previous books and meet new ones, too. Pete's one of my favorite characters, so I'm super happy that his and Jess' journey continued. Ty's got a bigger supporting role in this story, which I really loved. He was always in the background in the previous books, so it was nice to get to know him better. This could probably be read as a standalone, but I'd recommend reading the series from the beginning in order to get the full enjoyment out of it. There's a lot of characters whose story arcs continue to grow with each new book and even though the author does a great job of recapping previous books, I think it's best to start with 'Wild Montana Skies'. With each new book I read of Susan May Warren's, she further cements herself as one of my all time favorite authors. Each book in this series seems to get better and better. 'Wild Montana Skies' and 'Rescue Me' are some of my favorites that I've read this year and I can add 'A Matter of Trust' right there with them. I seriously can't wait for Ian and Sierra's story in 'Troubled Waters'. It's been a long time coming and I'm so anxious to read it! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.
Britney_Adams 20 days ago
A Matter of Trust is an action-packed adventure! Susan May Warren sweeps readers away to Glacier National Park and shares the beauty and brutality that can be found atop its rugged mountain peaks. Gage Watson is a great hero, working hard to forge a new path for himself and his career. I really enjoyed Gage’s courage and determination and the central theme of trust that carries through his and Ella’s journey. With dramatic stories of risk and romance, it is always a pleasure to revisit the PEAK Rescue team. Warren has brought to life a dynamic cast of characters whose camaraderie is tangible, and I eagerly await their next adventure! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Heart2Heart 20 days ago
"No one in trouble should be worried about whether they deserve help. They need help, and that's the point." For Gage Watson, a member of the PEAK Blackbear Ski Patrol, find the lost was just another day at work. Being a former national free-riding snow boarder, this was all that remained of his time as a champion. But that didn't mean that in the world of social media and YouTube, that younger adults didn't dream of following in his proverbial footsteps. With enough research, the things that Gage achieved in his former lime light, he now had to find those thrill seekers before they did something foolish and got hurt or even worse, killed. That was the past Gage was still trying to recover from. The day when Dylan was killed trying to follow in Gage's line along Outlaw Mountain. Even though he tried to dissuade this kid from trying the same thing he had success at, this time, an unfortunate avalanche claimed Dylan's life, but also the life Gage had known. Lawsuits lead to a settlement that cost him sponsorships, awards and his future as a professional snow boarder. Now he spent his hours saving those who got caught up in that fame to prevent another death from occurring if he could help it. He just never thought that Ella Blair would waltz back into his life three years later. Ella was always trying to convince her younger brother Oliver that his need for thrills might just get himself killed. When she followed him to Montana, the last person she expected to run into was Gage Watson again. He had revoked Oliver's season pass along with his buddy Bradley who thought dressing up as an inflatable T-Rex and videotaping it was the thing to begin their own road to fame and garner some viral videos. Ella knew that Oliver wanted to try the same thing as Dylan had done but this time with success. So when she awoke the following morning and discovering that Oliver and Bradley were missing, she knew exactly where he was headed and who she needed to ask for help. The only one brave enough to find her brother especially when a blizzard was just hours away from them and they discover that a helicopter had already been charted to drop the two off at the top of the summit. Gage knew that there was no one else to go after them but himself. He was the only one who possessed the skills needed to find two amateurs lost in Glacier National Park with a blizzard only hours away. When Ella insisted that she be allowed to accompany Gage on this mission, she knew she had to convince him to let her come. She could lose the only family she had left and the one man she loved but had never managed to tell him. She was the one responsible for taking him to court as a junior attorney working for a large firm that Dylan's family had hired. She knew that some of the evidence that was uncovered would exonerate Gage from all the charges and even if it meant losing her law license she knew she would need to tell him the truth, if he will let her come with him. I received A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. Since this is the third novel in the Montana Rescue Series, there were some back stories that I missed because I picked this one up without reading the prior novels, Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me, but I hope to pick those up and enjoy reading it from beginning to end. As a random group of people that make up the PEAK rescue team, each of them has their own novel dedicated to their story as they weave into
tiggeruoSO 21 days ago
Gage has finally got his life back together after somebody destroyed his career. With the snow creating avalanche like condition he has to protect his mountain and his team, it seems though the past has a way of catching up with you when you least expect it. Ella has not been back in Montana since the last time she saw Gage. This trip is to save her brother from himself before he does something stupid. However it seems that she might be to late. Can she protect the one last person who is related to her, or will Gage send her away even though she is hiding a huge secret? This book did not disappoint at all. The author has a way of writing suspense thats different then your normal murder mystery. How ever she has a way of getting the readers attention and keeping you on the edge of you seat waiting and wondering what is going to happen next. The other thing I really enjoyed in this book was the way that the author created a mental picture you could almost see yourself there in the thick of the action holding your breath along with the characters instead of reading an account of whats happening. When Gage is forced to face a choice your also reminded with choice that sometime you have to face in order to get pass the past. This book seriously was pack full of action and in the end leads up to the next book which I can not wait to get my hands on. I truly can't wait to see where this group goes next. I also hope to there is a lot more to come. I highly recommend this book. Its the perfect summer read, and if you haven't read the other books in the series grab them to because you won't want to put them down.
BethErin 21 days ago
A multilayered storyline and complex characters give this story an intensity and depth worthy of Glacier National Park’s impressive peaks. Beneath the chill surfer dude façade, Gage Watson is plagued by past regrets and shame. Besides carrying a heap of guilt, formerly fun-loving Gage is also suffering from a broken heart. Since their whirlwind romance and devastating courtroom encounter three years ago, Ella Blair has been praying for an opportunity to apologize and make amends. Next up, BOATING!? I highly recommend this book and I'm eagerly anticipating the release of book 4 in January 2018! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
PEMiller 21 days ago
Gage's life and career were derailed three years ago, including the betrayal from the woman he loved, Ella Blair. He now serves on a ski patrol and the PEAK Rescue team, and who shows up but Ella herself, needing Gage to rescue her brother. Susan May Warren never fails to deliver and this book is no different. The best in the series thus far. It grabs you right at the beginning and sucks you in until the end. SMW is a master at making you feel what the characters are feeling. I loved this book and I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the series. I received this book from the author free of charge and all opinions expressed are my own.
LGHudson 21 days ago
TOP NOTCH SUSPENSE!! A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue Book #3) joins the members of the PEAK Rescue Team during another suspenseful & intense rescue attempt. An added complication is a heart stopping rescue of another type - that of forgiveness & grace. While the PEAK Team Members are as close as a family, several of them are carefully guarding deep secrets that could threaten them as individuals and the Team as a whole if they are revealed in the wrong manner. Each Team Member is learning to trust God more and to trust their Team. Action packed from beginning to end! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this opinion is strictly my own and without Influence.
TrixiO 21 days ago
How can a book series get any better, the characters dig deeper in your heart and make you want more like a bad addiction? I seriously don't know how this author does it! Heart-pounding adrenaline ride from the first mention of snowboarding down the mountain. You can literally feel the spray of snow in your face, the biting cold down your neck & your stomach dropping after each jump. Gage is definitely in his element! I could not wait to meet him in this book and I was not disappointed. Flawed, hurting, and riddled with guilt, he leapt off the pages as someone I connected with. Trying to make up for a past by becoming part of the PEAK team and burying the man he once was. Until he meets up with the lawyer who prosecuted him years ago after he fell in love with her. These two definitely clash! With a common mission to save her brother Ollie from making the same mistake he did, they must learn to work together. I enjoyed catching up with the other members of the PEAK team and their unbreakable bonds. There are many layers to this as the story progresses. I also love the strong faith theme and reminders that in spite of our past mistakes, God doesn't stop loving us. If you love stories full of depth, flawed characters you can connect with, reminder of God's love, and romance rising out of the ashes of the past, then you'll want to pick up this one! I highly recommend reading previous books to get the full effect of this series. Lastly, like a good reader friend of mine says “I'll be waiting on tenterhooks until the next installment”! * I received a copy through Netgalley and wasn't required to leave a review. All opinions are strictly my own*
BrittanyMc 21 days ago
Wow! A simply amazing addition to the Montana Rescue series. I enjoy these stories so much! Gage and Ella were great characters. I really liked Gage and felt for him and all that he had lost. He was such an admirable character. He pushed on, even though he carried some guilt and regret, and worked hard to help others. I have to admit that I resented Ella some when I first met her on the pages. But I quickly became a fan of hers, as well! These two were perfect for each other in so many ways and this book was packed with danger, romance, and thrilling situations! Once I started reading, it was almost impossible to stop. The Montana Rescue series has ongoing situations and characters that build on each other, however, I think A Matter of Trust can stand alone pretty well. The author does a good job of mentioning some past events to catch the reader up. I highly recommend the entire series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SusanKC 21 days ago
Susan May Warren has produced another great novel in the Montana Rescue series. For those readers who are new to the series, there is enough information given to provide the back-stories that will allow new readers to jump right in. The Montana Rescue series centers around a heroic team of search and rescue members. The themes of grace and forgiveness are skillfully threaded in Gage and Ella’s story in A Matter of Trust. Gage and his team are called to rescue Ella’s missing brother and friend on one of the most dangerous peaks in Glacier National Park. Not only do they have to battle the elements in this dangerous setting, they have to fight personal demons from the past as well. Can Ella and Gage put past mistakes and hurts behind them long enough to work together? It will take both of their combined skills to not only stay alive but to provide a rescue of the missing snowboarders. As they work together, can they learn to forgive and trust again? Can they learn to trust God? Not only did I enjoy Gage and Ella’s story, my interest was peaked by hints at possible future storylines. I cannot wait to read more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
LucyMR1 21 days ago
This is book three in the Montana Rescue Series but I didn't have a problem reading it as a standalone. This book leaves you feeling like you have skied the rugged mountains with Gage and Ella and felt the snow, as it is so descriptive. This book deals with love and forgiveness for yourself as well as others and acceptance of God's grace. It is so well written that it draws you into the story quickly. The characters are well developed and lesser characters are ones you want to know better. I look forward to reading more in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 21 days ago
When a US senator's brother goes missing, Gage Watson is tasked to save him. He's only got one problem: the bossy and beautiful young senator wants to come with them. The same woman who tore Gage's life apart 3 years earlier. Can these two learn to trust each other and, more importantly, trust God, on the snow-filled mountains where danger seemingly awaits nearly every moment? Susan May Warren again takes us on a journey that will nourish us spiritually as she explores the depth of God's grace and forgiveness. I absolutely love Warren's books. She is one of my all time favorite authors. Has been since I read the first book of hers. I never, ever, miss her stories. One thing I enjoy about Susan May Warren's work is that she is always bold enough to proclaim the message of Christ. She never shies away from that. I know that when I pick up one of her books, I am going to be blessed and I am going to carry away from that reading a deep spiritual nugget to encourage me in my walk with Christ. This book, as in her others, tells the story not only of the two main characters, but is populated by the stories of their friends. And we know that each of those friends will most likely have a book of their own to star in at some point! I love every single bit of Warren's books. When I begin one, the world just kind of fades away into the background and I'm lost in her world. This one taught me a lot I didn't know: snowboarding, skiing, freeriding. Well, I didn't know anything about it, but I learned a lot. And it was very exciting! Her descriptions are so vivid, I felt as if I were out there on those mountains, soaring through the air on a snowboard. Seriously, I loved every single minute of this book. I highly recommend it and I don't think you will be disappointed. *I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. I was not pressured to leave a positive review and my opinions are my own and honest.
SBMC 21 days ago
Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down. I just finished the book 5 minutes ago and my heart is still pounding. Wow. The Montana Rescue series is the first series I've read from Susan May Warren. I have to say that I'm proud of myself for having read the series in order - from the prequel to this book. Each book keeps getting better and better. And now I'm fidgeting to read the next book! Though I don't particularly have interest in skiing and/or snowboarding, the details of these two sports and freeriding were educational and fascinating. The beautiful description of the snow-covered mountain and the grace and beauty in the sport totally created vivid pictures throughout the book. Gage and Ella. Ella and Gage. They are such amazing characters. Despite broken pasts and perceived sins, they rebuild their lives and emulate strength, compassion, and integrity. Their story is heart-gripping and a tear-jerker. This book also has more subplots dedicated to the other PEAK Rescue team members, namely Ty, Jess, and Pete. Ian and Sierra stay far in the background, but I'm sure every bit of their story is being saved up for the next book ;) And there is a strong thread of faith, hope, and redemption in this book, as in all her other books. What a delightful read! The writing sucked me right into the story at page one, the fast-moving plot kept me turning the pages in anticipation, the wonderfully flawed yet lovable characters made me swoon, cry, hurt, and laugh with them as they found their path. I received an ARC from the author and Revell in exchange for an honest review as a part of the author's Superstar Influencer group. I was not required to give a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
ytcruz 21 days ago
Once again, Ms Warren gives us a thought provoking story. While others will give you the summary of the story, I will go a different direction. This is a story about faith in God, about keeping secrets that can affect many lives and not always in a good way, About misunderstanding , and about the pressures parents put on their children and also on how some individuals , in order to please the parents, will try to be the “perfect” offspring. It’s also a story about fears and past mistakes that can hinder the individual’s future. A story about regrets, and hurts. But it is also a story about hope, love and putting our faith in God. In the midst of all of this, the author’s description of snowboarding down a treacherous mountain will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ms Warren gives us plots within the main plot. We revisit with the rescue crew who are keeping more secrets than the CIA. Definitely more stories to come out of this group of complex and interesting individuals . All with a past from which they are trying to recover and/or overcome. Kudos once again to Ms Warren for another winner. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.