The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts Series #2)

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts Series #2)

by Mary Connealy

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ISBN-13: 9780764219306
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 92,007
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

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The Reluctant Warrior 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BethErin 24 days ago
The frigid conditions and dangerous circumstances sent a chill to my bones as the adventure continues in this second installment of High Sierra Sweethearts. Winter weather and rugged terrain provided an awe-inspiring backdrop for this exciting, humor-filled romance. Gwen and Cam could nearly qualify as a “beauty and the beast” pairing with her sweet compassion and his gruff thundering persona. Gwen is a natural homemaker, healer, and the kind of person who keeps things moving in the background. Cam is a former army officer who is having a hard time embracing the “former” bit of his reality. I love that both characters, despite their differences, are willing to learn, grow, and change. This is an entertaining series and I definitely recommend it for readers who enjoy humor and adventurous romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads 3 months ago
This second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series continues the adventure in the wilds of Nevada. I love the absolute remoteness of the setting, and in winter it's especially isolated. Cam is stuck in the rut of his officer persona, and it's pretty humbling for him to realize that he has to change in order to win the affections of the children. Gwen is the mother figure in the lives of the children, and it's humbling for her to help a difficult man who will soon take them away from her. There is plenty of humor blended in the circumstances, though, and I chuckled every time Gwen literally smacked Cam upside the head to let him know he needed to chill. The danger and suspense continues with Raddo terrorizing the group in order to silence the witnesses to his crimes. I liked that he was a bit more complex and unpredictable in this book, and it was challenging for Trace, Cam, and the others to secure the homestead. The romance that develops between Cam and Gwen is hesitant and sweet, and it was nice to see them find a happy ending together. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
sandralb 4 months ago
The only hard thing about reading one of Mary's books, is finding something new to say about how wonderful they are. She is one of my top favorite Christian Romance writers, so I tend to gush. I have loved this new series of hers, High Sierra Sweethearts. I especially enjoyed these new characters in The Reluctant Warrior, Cameron Scott, a former officer is used to being obeyed. He barks out orders, so he has a very strong loud voice. Therefore his daughter and young nephew are scared of him. Gwen, a young lady and her married sister Deb have taken care of the little ones since their parents were killed in a wagon train massacre. They are always running to Gwen and screaming when Cameron comes in the room. She and Cameron want the same thing, the best for this little girl and boy. But they both think they are the answer, so they are at odds with each other. Penny is Cameron Scott's tough as nails, outdoor loving sister. She too is a new character to this series. She has worked with Cam at the Army forts. She can ride and shoot better than a lot of men. She for the most part wears men's clothes, but will wear a dress for a few hours on Sunday during the Sunday service. Just like all of Mary's books, The Reluctant Warrior is full of action, adventure, love and laughter. I can not wait for book # three. We will learn more about Penny Scott and John, a Pinkerton Guard. Sounds like it is going to be a winner.
MissKnu 4 months ago
The second book in Mary Coonnealy’s High Sierra Sweethearts trilogy finds much of the cast of book one, The Accidental Guardian, snowed in and fighting for their lives. When injuries sideline Cameron Scott, the father and uncle of the two children who survived a wagon train attack along with Gwen and Debra Harkness, Gwen is called on to tend to him and her heart finally begins to soften as she sees the pain his daughter’s rejection causes. And while chafing to be up and in charge of hunting down the last of the three men who killed his brother, it is also when he begins to learn how to function as something other than a Union Army officer. While this is a romance, somewhat a blend of the enemies to (married) lovers and marriage of convenience tropes, it is also an adventure. And while I did enjoy the taming of Cam Scott into a gentler version, and the adorable bonding scenes with the children, it was the danger, excitement, and the growing confidence of Gwen as a frontier woman that kept me reading. The Reluctant Warrior is very much an ensemble piece, with Debra, Trace, and Trace’s ranch hands in the thick of all the action, so reading this trilogy in order will definitely enhance the reader’s enjoyment. Cam’s slightly unconventional sister Penny plays a larger role, and her Pinkerton love interest for book three is introduced. I feel like a broken record with Mary Connealy’s books, but it holds true: if you enjoy Western historicals with heroic cowboys, peppery women, romance, action, adventure, and an author who is a dab hand at mixing in faith and humor, I recommend you give her books a try – and the High Sierra Sweethearts trilogy is a fine place to start. I was approved to read an advanced digital galley through NetGalley, then won a finished print copy from the publisher on GoodReads. This review refers to that finished paperback copy. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
rkfall 4 months ago
The Reluctant Warrior is the second book in a series by Mary Connealy. I think you could read this book without reading the first one but at the same time, there are a lot of things that make more sense to me having read the first book which I much enjoyed. I found in this book, that there are many people who find themselves held up for the winter months on a man’s property and with that comes suspense, romance, danger, adventure, learning to communicate with those you are placed with, and vision to face head-on the struggle around them. I find all those items to be a great strategy for an entertaining fictional book. Another great one by this author. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
TrixiO 12 months ago
Welcome back to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1868! I have been really looking forward to this book after finishing “The Accidental Guardian”! Mary Connealy never disappoints and I'm always ready for a new book written by her. Cowboy stories laced with wit & humor, adventure and a little bit of danger are what gets my heart racing! I loved getting to know Cam & Gwen in this second installment of the High Sierra Sweethearts series. Cam is used to giving orders having been in the Army and Gwen has a softer approach to life. When it comes to young Maddie Sue and Ronnie—Cam's daughter and nephew—he has to learn the hard way what it will take to win their hearts. When danger edges close to the Riley family where he's been staying and threatens them all, they must band together to thwart a killer. You'll find plenty of action, many moments of laughter, knife-edge danger, two people trying to resist falling in love, and just an all around great story to immerse yourself in. I really enjoyed catching up with Trace, Deb, Cam's sister Penny, Utah, Adam and the two young children. I can't wait for the third book, because Penny is up next! “Two reluctant warriors, glad to finally set aside the danger that had stalked them and to have found faith, home, family and love.”
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
***Just Ok*** Sierra Nevada Mountains – Apr 1868 – Cameron Scott has recently returned from the war but can’t seem to give up barking orders as if everyone is a soldier. Cam and his sister Penny have come to the home of Trace and Deb Riley to claim his daughter Maddie Sue and nephew Ronnie. He had only planned to be gone from his new homestead a day or two. But, the weather takes a terrible turn and an interfering woman named Gwen Harkness seems determined to keep him from children. In addition to that, Raddo Landauer, the vile outlaw who led the massacre on the wagon train that killed everyone but Gwen, Deb and the children (book one) seems determined to leave no witness behind. Gwen is trying to figure out her place in a new world but has become bonded to the children she helped save and will do anything to protect them. Cam is not the only one with a claim on the children. Some not-so-nice grandparents also have an interest and hire a Pinkerton Agent to fetch him. This story is fast paced as pioneer life was hard and dangerous. I found some details overly long for inconsequential scenes. It was also a bit odd to have the story switch to the outlaw’s point of view, particularly when he is quite evil. It’s natural for people to become drawn together in snowed in with cramped quarters over a long winter and the romance was sweet as each person fumbled through the practicality of a future together. The book was not my favorite, and I certainly enjoyed the first one more. I would recommend it for someone wanting to know what happens next in the series. Positive Faith Quote: "Think about it, Cam. Whatever happens, God promises to be with us. So, Be not afraid. He goes before us in this life and the next. I'd say that sounds exactly right." Copy provided by Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley with no other compensation. I am not required to provide a favorable review and my opinion is my own. It is not my intent to color your opinion about the story or author so please read other reviews for a more well-rounded purchasing decision. High Sierra Sweethearts Series: 1 – The Accidental Guardian – April 2018 2 – The Reluctant Warrior – October 2018 3 – The Unexpected Champion – coming in 2019
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
This book was an absolute joy to read. While danger was lurking around almost every corner, I totally enjoyed the ride. The Reluctant Warrior kept my interest the entire time. I was hooked and turning pages late Into the night. If you've read The Accidental Guardian you know how great these characters are. I love their endurance, passion to keep going, and their love for each other. Connealy had me chuckling at their interactions and loving every minute of it. There were times I was almost biting my nails not knowing what would happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in book three of this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance. Connealy is one of the best and she doesn't disappoint. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
I love the writing style of Mary Connealy, She keeps you interested with plenty of action, laughter, sparks and so much more. This is book two in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. I would recommend you reading book one, Accidental Guardian, first just to get an understanding of what is happening in this book. This novel also will leave you waiting for book three (which I can't wait to read). I fell in love with many of the characters in book one and was excited to see them stay involved in book two. This novel focus is on former Union army officer Cameron Scott. He must learn to soften up to gain the love of his daughter and nephew and perhaps a beautiful woman in the process. Gwen Harkness, is a beautiful, stubborn woman who has fallen in love with the kids, and they her. Will she be able to put aside her fears and help Cameron or is he just to mean. There is lots of action, drama, love and more in this book. I look forward to book three.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, I was involved in this story and the lives of these characters. I found myself thrown into the action and holding my breath to find out what would happen next. Gwen is spunky and not afraid to say what’s on her mind and tell things like they are. She doesn’t hold back, and you know where you stand with her. She loves the children and comes to realize that by helping them get to know their father, it will make their lives easier. Little does she realize that her heart may be changed in the process. Cam is battle-hardened. He is used to giving orders and having them followed without question. But he quickly comes to realize that what has served him well thus far, is now the very thing that is causing him problems. Will he be able to admit his short-comings and ask for help? Survival is difficult enough on its own in the high Sierra's, but with a murderer lurking, things have only gotten more difficult. It is only by working together as a team that they can all survive. But will their own personalities get in the way? I enjoyed my time spent reading this newest book by Mary Connealy. These characters are full of personality and I couldn’t help but feel like I was part of the story right along with them. I would recommend reading the first book, before this one as you would miss out on some back-story. I give this book 4.5 stars and look forward to reading more from Mary Connealy in the near future! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He's come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children. When danger descends on the cabin where they're huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection--and in the process he might just win her heart as well. This is the second book in the High Sierra Series. It can be a stand alone book but some of the details from the first book help fill in the gaps in this book. The Reluctant Warrior starts off several months after The Accidental Guardian ends. They have been trapped in the mountains all winter by snow. Snow so high it covers the doors and windows. We see the first attempt on their lives in the opening pages where someone plugs the chimney's in hopes they will die from the smoke. Gwen does not like Cam. The reason being that he is there for the sole purpose of taking his daughter and nephew back with him when the snow melts. There's a problem with that. The kids don't like Cam. They don't know him and he's loud and gives orders. Against her better judgement, Gwen helps Cam learn how to soften up so the kids will like him. During all this time they are being drawn together. As well as someone is trying to kill everyone. This is a typical Mary Connealy book. That said I loved it and can't wait for Penny's story. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Reluctant Warrior By Mary Connealy This book is stand alone, however, I imagine it reads best as a series. I read this book first so I have to say the beginning was a bit challenging to understand who was who but it was easy enough to catch on. This historical romance is set in the west where things can get dangerous. Survival and love don't seem to be a match made in heaven but that fight or flight instinct can certainly direct our hearts to those who are important to us even if we don't realize it. Cam was not looking for love, only his daughter and nephew, but fighting a murder leads him to love along the way. I enjoyed the characters in this book and their common sense in solving problems. The setting was described well allowing me to picture the snow and hardships these folks would have faced. The characters were likable and easy to read about. Overall this was a good book for me to escape to each evening.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Adventure in the High Sierras The saga of the Sierras continues with all my favorite characters from The Accidental Guardian. Battling not only the blizzard that cocooned the cabin and bunkhouse but also the man who attempted to burn them alive and the woman who turned his children against him, Cam realizes that he needs to change and he can’t do it by himself. I liked Cam and thought it was amazing that he loved his daughter enough to be willing to humble himself for her sake. With his gruff manner and the way he barked orders at everyone as he had been accustomed and even expected to do in the army, the children were terrified of him. He had to learn to be gentle and Gwen was the perfect person to teach him. As the children needed to learn to trust Cam, he and Gwen needed to learn to trust in the Lord and in His strength. I loved that the message to not be afraid was not because God will rescue us from any type of harm but that we can trust Him to keep our souls safe no matter what happens and that we have eternal security in Him. A new plot twist surfaces as new antagonists make cameo appearances. It appears they will be playing a much larger role in The Unexpected Champion, (which releases in March and is available for pre-order now), I won’t give you too many details, but suffice it to say that Cam’s sister Penny will get her own story. This series is designed with each book containing information that will be referenced in the following stories. Though the story comes to a satisfying conclusion, there are cliff-hangers to set things up for the next one. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Erin Gellos More than 1 year ago
First, of all, I love this cover. Just look at that scenery! I think I'm appreciating the snow covered mountains on the cover and in the story more right now than usual because while other parts of the country seem to be cooling a little, Florida is seeming to get even hotter and muggier than usual. This book picks up soon after the first book in the series, The Accidental Guardian, leaves off. Since that book left me hanging, I was delighted to continue the story. And I loved it! The characters were fascinating. Gwen was so sweet and gentle, yet she also had determination and courage and kept a good attitude through everything. She is a character who I would love to meet if she were a real person. I must be honest, that Cam annoyed me at first. He was too militaristic and demanding However, as the story progressed, I learned the reasons why he acted the way he did. And I was happy to see him grow and learn that while being a leader can be a good thing, leading gently is usually better than demanding control. The characters were just one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book and one of the reasons I think you would enjoy this book. Especially, if you need a snowy setting to take your mind off the heat! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction set in the west, humorous stories, or romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
“If it isn’t outlaws, then it’s wolves or green-broke horses, stampeding cattle or wild, unpredictable weather. Being on guard constantly is just the way of life in the West for those who want to survive.” --Cameron Scott Once again we meet up with the Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen; however, Deborah is no longer a Harkness having married the cowboy of her dreams, Trace Riley, in the first novel in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. The story sets us down once again in the Sierra Nevada Mountain area outside Lake Tahoe a few months later in the spring of 1868. Trace, Deb, and Gwen work to do their best for the two young children, Maddie Sue and Ronnie, from the wagon train attack when Cameron Scott, Maddie’s father and Ronnie’s uncle, arrives at the Riley Ranch along with his sister, Penny to claim the kids. Given the difficult situation, Cam and Penny decide to stay awhile to give the children time to get acquainted with them, and they wind up stranded for the winter. And what a winter it becomes! As Cam basically said in the quote above, if it isn’t one thing in the west trying to get you, it is something else. The winter spins into an adventure of its own as a blizzard and their old enemy, Raddo Landauer, show up at the same time. Another unlikely romance peeks from between the pages of this story as well as adventure and action! An enticing story packed with frontier action and filled with themes of family, friendship, faith, and good versus evil. A fine read for lovers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction! Enjoy book two in the series! I’m impatiently waiting on book three. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Mary Connealy continues her High Sierras Sweethearts series with this second offering and it's so good! Cameron Scott, former Union army officer, is used to barking out orders and having men obey his every word. But now he's come to the High Sierras to take his daughter and nephew home with him and the folks that have been caring for them don't want them to leave. And to make matters worse, both children are scared to death of him. He's been trapped by a blizzard all winter with these folks, characters from the previous novel, and one of them, Gwen Harkness, is determined that he is not going to take the children away from her. Then danger arrives at the cabin where they are all huddled to wait out the winter. Cam is injured trying to protect them and now Gwen has to care for him. He's pretty sure she'd just as soon let him die as to save him, too. Then he begins to realize why these children love her so much. But the danger is not going away and they must all stay on high alert if they want to stay alive. Mary Connealy has once again brought her readers a book worthy to be placed on the keeper shelf! I know her books sit on mine. This one really touched me with its spiritual message, too. We don't have to fear when we know Christ as our Savior. She has also left enough intrigue to draw readers back for the third book in the series. I can't wait. *My thanks to Bethany House publishers for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Mary Connealy continues her High Sierras Sweethearts series with this second offering and it's so good! Cameron Scott, former Union army officer, is used to barking out orders and having men obey his every word. But now he's come to the High Sierras to take his daughter and nephew home with him and the folks that have been caring for them don't want them to leave. And to make matters worse, both children are scared to death of him. He's been trapped by a blizzard all winter with these folks, characters from the previous novel, and one of them, Gwen Harkness, is determined that he is not going to take the children away from her. Then danger arrives at the cabin where they are all huddled to wait out the winter. Cam is injured trying to protect them and now Gwen has to care for him. He's pretty sure she'd just as soon let him die as to save him, too. Then he begins to realize why these children love her so much. But the danger is not going away and they must all stay on high alert if they want to stay alive. Mary Connealy has once again brought her readers a book worthy to be placed on the keeper shelf! I know her books sit on mine. This one really touched me with its spiritual message, too. We don't have to fear when we know Christ as our Savior. She has also left enough intrigue to draw readers back for the third book in the series. I can't wait. *My thanks to Bethany House publishers for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.