Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)

Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)

by Susan May Warren

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Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4) by Susan May Warren

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727468
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Montana Rescue Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 178,850
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust. 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 Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

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CHAPTER 1

Sierra Should have brought marshmallows.

Maybe set up camp chairs.

Asked Ben King, country music star and fiancé of her best friend, Kacey, to show up and croon out a ballad, something about a gal down on her luck.

Then she could have sold tickets to the gawkers watching the Mercy Falls fire department douse the wreckage of her collapsed house with fuel, cordon off the area with their fire hoses, just in case, and set on fire the only place she'd really called home.

Sierra had to joke, had to find a reason to laugh, or she would dissolve into tears. All of eastern Glacier National Park was on fire, her team was on a fire-related callout, and she was here watching her house burn to the ground.

"It's just a house, sweetie." Blossom, her mother, put her arm over her shoulders. She looked fresh out of the sixties in a paisley sleeveless maxi dress and her long brown hair in two braids.

"Yes, but it was my house," Sierra said, and tried not to let a sigh creep into her voice. Her mother would simply tell her to snap out of it. There wasn't a problem Blossom couldn't solve, a happenstance that she couldn't figure a way through.

Even if she had to change her name, her residence, even her boyfriend ...

That wasn't fair. Because for all her quirks, Blossom had been a good mother.

She'd taught Sierra how to survive, how to just keep moving forward.

Even though she'd shown up to watch — well, along with a horde of other neighbors, the entire volunteer fire department, and even a few kids from Willow's youth group — as the pile of rubble that used to be her home turned to ash.

"you could live in a yurt."

"Blossom."

"They're bigger than they look."

Sierra turned to her, and Blossom held up her hand. "Fine. For the record, I liked your house. It was ... creative."

"It was old. The floors sagged, the walls barely had any insulation left, and the kitchen addition tilted to one side."

"But you filled it with love."

No, she'd filled it with garage sale specials.

But she had painted all the walls, fashioned furniture out of scraps, and generally turned the house into a place that felt cozy.

Safe.

A place where she belonged.

"yeah, I suppose." Sierra folded her arms over her chest, took a long breath in as she heard the rumble of the dozer churning its way up the alley.

The firemen wore their turnout pants and helmets, leaving off their jackets for this ho-hum fire exercise. They dragged hoses around the house to the backyard, which had eroded away in last summer's flood.

A few of the neighbors had hooked up their own hoses, just in case embers landed on their roofs.

One of the firemen lit a torch, and a murmur rippled through the crowd. She glanced behind her, longing to spot one of her PEAK teammates.

But no — they'd been called out this morning to rescue a couple of firefighters who'd been injured trying to outrun a raging fire in eastern Glacier National Park.

The fire had ignited near Saint Mary Lake, in the drought-dry forest in the eastern part of the park, and a week later over four hundred wildland firefighters from across Montana, Idaho, Washington, and even Minnesota battled to control nearly four thousand acres of inferno.

Separated from their team, two firefighters had outrun a spur of flame, jumping over a cliff to escape the blaze.

Into that inferno, her PEAK rescue teammates flew to rescue them.

Really, they weren't her teammates. She stood on the outskirts of the team; she was the assistant, the one who filed reports, paid the bills, cleaned the office, and yes, sometimes baked cookies.

All the same, it hadn't stopped Sierra from swiping a radio from PEAK HQ, just to keep up with the rescue. Not that they needed her, but recently Chet had let her man the squawk box, taught her the rescue codes, and generally upgraded her from all-around Girl Friday to a quasi member of the team.

Maybe someday she'd even get to ride along in the chopper.

Rescue the lost, just like Pete, Gage, Ty, Jess, and Kacey.

Even superstar country music star Ben King had his SAR creds, helping out when he wasn't on tour.

Which meant that just because she could bake a mean batch of chocolate chippers didn't mean that someday she wouldn't be one of them, saving lives, swapping stories, dusting off from near-misses.

Becoming someone who changed lives. Not left on the sidelines.

"Sierra, you need to sign here to authorize the fire department to, well, burn your house down."

Deputy Sam Brooks had sidled up to her, holding a pen and an authorization form. He glanced at Blossom, gave her a quick smile. "Hello, Blossom."

"It's nice to see you, Sam."

Sierra never thought her mother would take sides after Sam broke up with Sierra for her kid sister, Willow. Still, the way Blossom grinned at him, slipping her arm around him even as he tried to hand Sierra the authorization, seemed a tad too forgiving.

Oh, it wasn't Sam's fault he fell hard for Willow, with her long brown hair, beautiful hazel-blue eyes, winsome smile. Willow never made waves, had an encouraging word for everyone, and frankly had been the best thing that happened to Sam.

Sierra had never belonged with Sam, and everyone knew it.

Except maybe the one person she wished had noticed.

"Where do I sign?"

Sam indicated the line, and she scribbled something, hopefully her name.

He nodded the go-ahead to the fire chief, ironically one of the deacons at church, who then walked up to the remains of her life.

Lit it on fire.

The house went up with a whoosh of flame, which then trickled up the broken boards and ignited the remnants of curtains, furniture, fabric. She'd spent a little time sifting through the debris to find pictures, but the house so completely tumbled in on itself, folding after the flood of the century took out the foundation, that recovering any surviving memorabilia meant risking her life.

It was just stuff.

Smoke lifted, billowed, darkening the sky and turning the air sooty. Her eyes began to water.

A fine mist from the fire hoses defended the nearby houses.

"I don't understand why you had to burn it," her mother said.

"Why couldn't you just bulldoze it away?"

Because she already owed the bank thousands of dollars on her home, and having it bulldozed meant sinking more cash into land that she might never pay off.

"The fire department said they'd burn it down for free if they could use it as a training exercise." The dozer would bury the remains, and then she could sell it.

And maybe make enough to walk away, free and clear.

How she hated insurance companies and their fine print.

As if on cue, the giant dozer began to push the debris into a tight pile.

Something exploded, perhaps a canister from the kitchen, and the crowd gave a collective gasp. Sierra stepped away as the flames reached two stories, a hum to the fire now. Growing.

"I gotta run. The team is on a callout, and I have to check in," Sam said, glancing at her. "you okay?"

Sweet. But that was Sam. She should have loved him. Wished, sometimes, that she had.

Because then she'd have her happy ending neatly tied up. A future with someone who couldn't live without her.

A home. Family.

Someone to belong to.

"yeah, I'm fine," she said and managed to keep her voice even.

"I'll be in when they finish turning my house to ash."

Sam gave her a small, pitying smile, disentangled himself from Blossom's hold, and jogged to his cruiser.

The dozer continued to push the house in a pile, toward the hole in the earth.

"He's going to propose to Willow," Blossom said quietly. "He asked me, like he needed my blessing."

Sierra glanced at her mother, who now affected a tight smile. So maybe she did harbor the smallest bit of deference to her oldest daughter's wounds, however healed.

But it had never been Sam who left the scars on her heart.

"That's Sam. He always does things right," Sierra said. And Willow, well, the sun just shone on her, even when the clouds seemed to close in.

Willow had gotten all the things Sierra longed for, without even trying.

"I told him that Willow wasn't likely to want to do anything that permanent —"

"Blossom!"

Blossom caught Sierra's hand, grinned. "I'm kidding. Of course Willow will say yes. I just don't understand you two. Willow, getting married. you, buying a home, setting down roots."

"I'm officially homeless."

"No. Home is where your heart is. Nothing wrong with letting the wind carry you. You just might find someplace you never want to leave." Blossom pulled her daughter in for a hug. "By the way, you can always come and live in the commune —"

"I'm fine at Jess's house. I even have my own bedroom now."

"Talk about a house that just might collapse." Blossom let her go, hitched her fringe purse onto her shoulder. "Any house you buy for a dollar ..."

"She's proud of it. And at least it's paid for." She cast another look at the now-charred pile. Flames continued to lick through the black smoke.

Blossom gave her a kiss and headed for her truck, on loan from the commune.

Sierra crossed the street to her little hatchback, waving to the family across the street that was sitting on the porch, eating cookies.

She opened the door, sat in the front seat. She used to have a porch.

In fact, on that porch, she'd nearly told her former boss, Ian Shaw, that she loved him. Right before he said that perhaps they should just stay friends. Professional friends.

Not the kind who shared kisses she should probably forget.

She only had herself to blame for the wreckage of that relationship.

Maybe it was best the memories burned to the ground.

She picked up her phone, checking for calls.

No, checking for the call.

Exactly thirty-one days since she'd found Esme Shaw.

Er, Shae Johnson.

Every call she'd made to Shae since then went to voicemail. Which meant that Shae probably wasn't coming home.

For a moment, Sierra wanted to climb into her car and just ... start driving. Let the wind carry her, like her mother suggested. End up somewhere far, far away.

Start over.

Home is where your heart is.

How she wished that were true.

Ian wasn't likely to forgive her for not telling him about Esme, regardless of Esme's request. She should simply resign herself to the truth that she'd obliterated any flimsy remnant of their friendship.

And she should start rebuilding from the ashes of her life. She had the PEAK team, after all.

She clicked on her handheld radio from PEAK, hoping to get an update on the rescue.

Jess's voice came over the line. "Ten feet, can you bring it in closer?"

She hated this part — waiting, listening, not able to do anything but pray. Especially since sometimes it felt like her prayers were akin to throwing a pea at a mountain and expecting it to move.

Sierra tried not to hold her breath, wince, or even grab the radio to what — interject some encouragement? Right. Just listening to Kacey and Jess made her palms sweat.

Then, finally, Jess's voice. "Ready to load."

Sierra was watching her house sizzle when the explosion ripped through the coms. A terrible tearing of metal and wood.

Followed by a scream, keening and high.

"Jess!"

The coms cut to static — boneless white noise that crackled through Sierra like electricity. Jess!

Sierra caught her breath. In her mind's eye, she could see it. Ty Remington in the copilot seat, maybe EMT Gage Watson in the back, clutching the strapping in the cargo bay as the chopper spun out of control, careening toward some jagged gorge or granite mountainside, leaving Jess stranded on the cliff.

"Mayday! Mayday!" Kacey's voice broke through. "Mayday! We lost a rotor, and we're going down!"

Static again.

Sierra pressed her hand over her mouth, closed her eyes as the silence stretched out, leaving only the terrible thundering of her heart.

Oh, please —

Chet's voice came over the line. "Air Rescue, come in."

She pressed the radio to her forehead, her eyes closed, her heart slamming against her chest.

Come in, come in!

The static buzzed through her as, across the yard, the dozer pushed the ashes of her house into its grave.

*
After all his other failures this summer, Ian just couldn't let his best friend die.

"Dex —"

"Listen," Dex said, strapping on his helmet. "you showed up here yesterday all moody. If anyone needs to do something crazy, it's you, dude."

"I'm not —"

"I know you, bro. Something's eating at you, and usually that means you need adrenaline. Escape. Speed, right?"

He made a face. Dex was right. The faster Ian went, the more dangerous the stunt, the higher the risk ... the more he escaped his memories.

And today, Ian wanted to forget it all.

Starting with the choking, acrid oil fires of eastern Montana that had turned once-lush prairie land to ash and incinerated an entire town.

On his watch. The software he'd developed was supposed to stop these kinds of drilling pressure accidents. His fail, his fault.

Then he'd erase the last four fruitless years of searching for a girl who didn't want to be found, especially by him.

And if he went fast enough, rode that adrenaline high enough, he might even destroy the brutal remorse over letting Sierra Rose walk out of his life.

So, yeah, probably he should get on his bike and gun it down the canyon as fast as his WR450F trail bike could go.

But jumping over Crawford Creek?

Ian had an inkling of where Dex might be taking them when they'd topped the bluff that overlooked the vast two hundred thousand acres of cattle and oil land in south Texas owned by the Crawford family since the land grant of 1897. Ian loved this view — the place where he first dreamed big, longed for his own spread. His own legacy.

He'd always hoped to return to Texas, but not this way. Not after watching everything he loved slide through his fingers.

Right now, he needed to feel anything but helpless.

He stared out to the track Dex had suggested they run. "This is insane."

"I know. I've been waiting to do this since our senior year in high school." Dex hiked his leg over his bike.

"C'mon, Dex."

"Don't tell me you haven't been planning this for years, Shaw. Nobody likes to go down listening to his own screams. You're aching for another go."

Ian sighed. He worked on his gloves, scanning the trail ahead.

"Okay, whatever," Dex said to his silence. "I'm doing this with or without you."

With. Ian's jaw tightened. He'd never been good at deterring Dex. But maybe he could keep him alive. "Fine. But I'm going first."

Dex raised an eyebrow.

Dex had the ability to make the jump. A thrill-seeker like Ian, he'd been the one who introduced Ian to the high of epic sports. Still ...

"Like you said, I've been planning this for, well, years. I'm going first, and you're going to stay on my tail and do exactly what I say."

Dex beamed at him. "No problem, dude. I've been doing that all my life."

Hardly. Dexter Crawford, son of billionaire rancher John Crawford, marched to his own beat. But he had been listening to Ian since high school. Brilliant but dyslexic, Dex managed to stay in school by getting his foreman's son, Ian, to tutor him, even after they both headed to Stanford.

Ian studied the route. Once they got off the bluff, they'd hit it hard, cutting down over the rutted hillside, through the tangle of mesquite and juniper brush, bushy walnut and desert willow. At the bottom, they'd shoot out into the canyon, picking up speed as they cut through the lotebush and blueweed grasses, the downed and gnarled cottonwoods that lay along the edge of Crawford Creek.

The creek turned into a river during the spring, when the rainy season filled the draws and riverbeds. But now, the water ran shallow, with boulders protruding from the surface of the spring-fed creek.

The bank on each side rose twenty feet, and the rock face was striated with evidence of the water levels.

Ian knew exactly the place where they'd cross — a lip that arched just over the creek, adding lift to their takeoff. Only sixty feet, but ...

He still had the scars from the pins in his collarbone.

Not this time.

He needed this moment, this triumph. Could nearly taste it — not just the soaring, but the landing. Upright and not skidding across the dust to end up tangled in devil-weed.

(Continues…)



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MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Wow, I’m so glad I’m not one of Susan May Warren’s characters. She really knows how to make their lives go through the spin-cycle both physically and emotionally. This book has so much suspense, action, and drama that you’ll be thankful your life is easy compared to theirs. However, true to Ms. Warren’s style, through it all there is the ever presence of God’s unending love and care. Plus, there’s a bit of romance to keep you going. This book kept me reading and reading, yet there were a couple of time I needed to come up for air because it was so intense. I loved it! I could go on and on about this book and the parts which really grabbed me, but I don’t want to spoil your fun. I truly loved this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series. I know there will be more and can’t wait to read them. Susan May Warren is a gifted writer. She has the most fantastic way of weaving stories together and drawing us in with all the vivid word pictures she paints. She is one of my favorite authors. Whatever Ms. Warren writes I’ll read, because I know I’ll be captivated. I was given this book by the author for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Once you jump in and read Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren you will be knee-deep and you won't want to put it down! This book is the fourth book in Montana Rescue series. Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose are meant to be together, or at least so it seems. Sierra plans an excursion in the Caribbean to help raise funds for a new PEAK chopper, but a rogue wave sinks the yacht and all aboard are struggling to survive. Knowing that their chances of surviving are slim, will Ian and Sierra be able to patch their relationship, put the past behind them and rely on God's strength to see them through? Could a secret tear them apart? This must-read novel will have you on the edge of your seat. There are surprises around every corner! Susan May Warren does a great job of bringing the characters to life; they experience circumstances that we can all relate to including: guilt, frustration, anger, hope, faith and love. This is an excellent series and I cannot wait until the next book in the series is released! Make sure you leave time when your first start reading it, because you won't be putting it down anytime soon! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Troubled Waters ( Montana Rescue #4 ) By; Susan May Warren Troubled Waters is Book four of Five in Montana Rescue series. Ms. Warren really did out do herself on Troubled Water. She writes a powerful story with Spirit fill messages . This story has been long coming. The author did not disappoint. I was captured at the start till the end. There were times when I had tears rolling down my face. This is Ian and Sierra’s story. Ian’s Niece , Esme, is missing and Sierra knows that there is no room in Ian’a heart as long as Esme is missing. Sierra is hiding a secret from Ian .This is one of those page turners that I cannot read fast enough to see what is going to happen next. Hold on to your seat for the ride of your life. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review .
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of Susan May Warren and will read anything with her name on the cover. She has, in this 4th book in her Montana Rescue series, completely outdid herself. Knocked it out of the proverbial ballpark, so to speak. I finished with tears streaming down my face. One of the things I love so much about Warren's books is the powerful spiritual messages she includes. It's like a precious sermon, God speaking to your heart, helping you to grow in your own walk with Christ. She is amazing at that and it's truly a blessing. This book, Troubled Waters, is the long-awaited conclusion to Ian and Sierra's story. Fans have been rooting for them for a very long time, waiting for their story to finish. Ian fired Sierra from her job as his personal assistant after kissing her when he learned she'd lied to him about his missing niece. A year has passed and both Ian and Sierra just can't seem to get each other out of their minds. But it seems as if there is a giant wall between the two of them. Then the PEAK rescue is about to go under and Sierra decides to do a fundraiser. The three day excursion she plans aboard Ian's yacht with wealthy clients turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave washes the passengers overboard, leaving Ian and Sierra scrambling for survival. Will a huge secret keep them apart when they both want to be together forever? Readers get more of Pete and Jess's story here, too, and it's heartbreaking. I love how Warren always includes characters from her previous books in her stories. I've grown to love all these folks! And we know there are more stories to come also. She combines faith, danger and relentless romance in a powerful way. Warren has a way of developing characters that is totally unique to her, making them seem real enough to leap off the page right into her readers' hearts. Parts of this book broke my heart, made me weep as I watched characters struggle, both with their own lives, their heartbreaks and their walk with God. Each book has a powerful theme. We have grown accustomed to Warren's rescue stories, both with fire and snow; now she takes us to the high seas and what a ride it is! I was completely captivated by this tale. She knows how to tell a tale well indeed. We come away with a sense of knowing that everything we do is a choice, a choice to trust, to have faith, and to allow God to take the reins, even during the troubled waters of life. I was sad to close the cover on this book. But I know the joy of awaiting the next two books! *I was given a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Francine Weber More than 1 year ago
I've been eagerly waiting for this book since I first read the prequel novella. It did not disappoint! Finally, some answered questions about Esme's disappearance, further developments in the Jess-Pete storyline, and, of course, Ian and Sierra's story. I couldn't put it down and finished it the same day I started! Ian Shaw feels that he has nothing left in Montana and that everything has been taken away from him–he signed away PEAK Rescue, Esme left and doesn't want to be found, and Sierra has been avoiding him. He's ready to sell out and try to move on with his life, away from Montana and his memories there. Sierra Rose has a secret about Esme, and the last time that happened, Ian drove her away. His obsession with the search for Esme didn't leave room for her in his life. She's tired of feeling left behind, and now that a helicopter crash has threatened the future of the PEAK team, she's willing to do anything to save it–even if it means a fundraising junket on Ian's yacht. When a rogue wave strikes, Ian and Sierra are forced to come to terms with their greatest fears. When everything is stripped away, they must decide if they will choose faith and love. Like all of the Montana Rescue books, this one is full of exhilarating adventure, sweeping romance, and courageous heroes who are still relatable. This is my favorite Susan May Warren series, and I can't wait for the next book! And maybe a spinoff story about Dex is in the works? ;) I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
You know, we all have those favorite authors where we eagerly await their next release, knowing that before you even begin reading the book, it is going to be good. Susan May Warren is one of those; I know from the minute I first hold her newest book, it is going to be a great ride! Troubled Waters is just like that, good from the first word to the last; so good, in fact, you begin eagerly awaiting the next release in the series! While each book could conceivably be read as a standalone, I ask why would anyone want to miss out on it all? It is Ian and Sierra's story Warren writes about in Troubled Waters; a story full of danger and rescue; romance and misunderstandings, and cookies! When Sierra is troubled about something, whether it is the high stakes rescue of the team members following the crash of their helicopter in the midst of rescuing a firefighter during a dangerous mountain fire or her relationship with Ian. The state of the art helicopter used by the rescue team is severely damaged in the crash and it will take hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix it. The team doesn't have that kind of revenue nor do they have anyway of obtaining it, until Sierra comes up with the idea of a celebrity cruise on Ian's yacht, a very big yacht, a yacht that even he has not taken out yet. Designing a cruise for celebrities and the very rich is nothing new to Sierra, who has her own secrets that she refuses to reveal, not even Ian. The 3-day cruise is going well and everyone is having a great time, but secrets have a way of coming to light when people from one's past suddenly show up on a yacht. When a giant rogue wave hits the yacht, what happens next is... Ah, I cannot tell you that, you must read the book for yourself! I will tell you that I read this book in less than 24 hours, within which I also worked 6 hours; slept 8; family time/meals, etc., yet...I still could not get Ian and Sierra out of my mind. I simply had to know.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
"It's not what happens to us, it's how we respond. Being broken, being empty is part of life. But how we fill up those empty places, how we heal - that's what matters." If I had thought Susan May Warren went above and beyond with A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3), I was absolutely mistaken. This book takes it up another notch. Reading it was like going to my favorite bakery to try out a new item on the menu and being blown away.... completely and utterly....by the richness, complexity, and surprising layers found in the treat. And totally satisfied because I knew I would get a wonderful treat coming to one of my favorite places. If you're a fan of Susan May Warren's books, this book is a must. If you've never read any of her books, this book will hook you in and not let you go. Troubled Waters tops my list of contemporary romance reads. The story unfolds as Ian, a billionaire with a terribly broken past, tries to rebuild his life - yet again - after another disaster strikes. Sierra, his previous assistant, now working for the PEAK rescue team, has loved him for quite a few years but can't seem to bridge the chasm created by lies of omission and misplaced distrust and hurt. Fans of Montana Rescue series, like myself, have been waiting for quite some time for Ian and Sierra's story to unfold since they were introduced in the prequel novella (we're talking about 3.5 books here, people). I thought I knew everything I needed to know about Ian and Sierra's pasts but, again, the author throws in quite a few surprises to paint a better picture of how they became to be who they are. Ian is more multi-dimensional than I had previously thought and his fears and dreams come alive in this book. Sierra's fears and dreams are opened up in this book as well. And Ian's best friend Dex is introduced in this book; I'm hoping there will be a book about Dex sometime soon....he's an incredible character who deserves a storyline and a happy ending of his own. And......the tension between Pete and Jess, who are pulled apart by their pasts and haunting mistakes (much like Ian and Sierra), builds in this story until my heart just couldn't take it anymore. I wept with Pete and I don't think I'll be right again until I read their story. I know their story is under way, but please write faster, Susan, so that my heart can stand upright again! The story is well-crafted and it moves very swiftly with no lagtime. The ocean scene and subsequent rescue following are intense and fraught with emotion. Ian's encounter with God is real, heart-felt, and sincere and Sierra's unending prayers for him and gentle encouragement definitely are something to model after. Some of the mystery surrounding Esme's disappearance (Ian's niece) is explained in this book, but the given explanations just open up more doors for the continuation of the intrigue and mystery... I can't wait for the next book, Storm Front, where Ty will get his own story. Ty has been the silent and loyal sidekick of everyone's for too long! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! This novel was packed with action, packed with drama, packed with decisions, packed with attraction, and packed with heart! The action sequences were so intense that I found myself having to set the book down and take a breather because the characters were being put through so much. But their intense struggles were all worth it in the end, and I was left eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Troubled Waters ramped up the plot between Ian and Sierra, the main characters of this novel. They have both struggled with so much hurt and unresolved feelings toward each other in the previous books in the series. It was fulfilling to finally see how things came out for them as I turned the final pages of this book. Jess and Pete’s relationship ramped up in this story, as well. Decisions were made and more questions raised. I am really looking forward to eventually seeing how things come out for them. I have a real soft spot for Pete in this series and want him to find his happily ever after. Troubled Waters is book four in the Montana Rescue series. I suggest reading all of the books in this series, in order, including the prequel novella. Otherwise, I believe that the ongoing storylines that thread throughout all of these novels won’t be able to be adequately enjoyed or understood. This is definitely a favorite series of mine and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
WanderingPages More than 1 year ago
High stakes adventure, tender romance, and spiritual insights combine to make this another awesome addition to the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. I have been waiting for Ian and Sierra's story since we first met them, and this book did not disappoint. This fourth book of the Montana Rescue series was an unexpectedly exciting thrill ride. It was good to see the inner workings of Ian and Sierra and their relationship up close. I appreciated getting to know the characters better as we learned more about their personal quirks and insecurities, and how those things informed their decisions and behavior, as well as tangled their personal relationships. There were times Ian and Sierra drove me completely crazy, being stubborn and determined to do things their own way, even when it might hurt someone else. And yet, who can't relate to that? I love the way Susan May Warren makes her characters flawed and accessible so that you feel as though you're going through the same journey and growth that they are. I don't want to say anything about the exciting and shocking direction of the plot, because I don't want to spoil anyone. But it was awesome and I didn't want this book to end. Obviously I loved Ian and Sierra, but we also get some good insight into Pete and Jess in this novel. I am very excited to see their story unfold. There was so much going on with several characters in this one and I'd really like to see more of them and find out what their stories are. Specifically Hayes and Vanessa, and Ty. And Dex. Dex came out of left field and surprised me. I didn't care much about him in the beginning, but by the end he might've been one of my favorite characters. I'm pretty sure we don't have a good reason to see too much of him again in the near future, but I would totally read a spin-off starring Dex. Susan May Warren is one of my all time favorite authors, and I'm so grateful for so many uplifting, exciting, heartrending reads from her. If you're looking for something touching, unique, and exciting, I recommend the Montana Rescue Series. I'm looking forward to the next installment, Storm Front.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
This is a much anticipated read for me as I've been following along with each book in the Montana Rescue series by Susan. I finally have a conclusion to Ian & Seirra's rocky relationship, though it takes the entire story to tell it! But that's the fun part of it all, because sometimes a life and death situation can bring out all the intense emotions and make us realize what's really important! Ian's been so obsessed with finding his niece Esme that it consumes every fiber of his being. Nothing or no one comes before that goal, it's the whole reason he started the PEAK rescue team. Sierra, on the other hand, wants a more central role in his life. Plus she's been keeping the secret of knowing where Esme is from him. Not great circumstances for a relationship! Taking a break from each other has only intensified those feelings between them. When they find themselves stranded on a remote island after a boating accident, they begin drawing close to each other again. Even then, they must work through a lot of their past history to have a happy ending. I also loved seeing the relationship between Pete and Jess develop more, another couple I've been watching and rooting for! And readers like me FINALLY get the mystery of Esme solved. Susan also gives us hints and pieces as to what will come in the next book, making it impossible to wait until “Storm Front” releases. Lots of emotion, intense scenes, characters so real you can picture them in your mind, and faith-filled with reminders of God's work in our lives are some of what readers will find in this novel. I'd recommend reading all the books in this series to get the full effect of emotions and characters! Susan knows how to completely capture her readers with her unique and vividly rich writing. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on behalf of the author. No favorable review was required. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island. Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian. When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore. It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship. I think that, by not reading the first books in this series, I missed out on a lot of the backstory. Usually, books that are part of a series can be read as a standalone (and, technically, this one can, too), but this one just didn’t work very well by itself. This is the fourth book in the Montana Rescue series. The characters are already established and connected, and have little character development. I felt as though we were expected to already know them, and after a while, I was able to catch up some. The two leads, Ian and Sierra, don’t really seem like they should go together, but you know that they will. There are tragedies to overcome and personal struggles to cope with at the same time. When the hurricane overturns Ian’s yacht, it’s more than just a part of the story – it’s a metaphor for life. It’s the journey that really makes the book, but the two struggle with faith and forgiveness, love and trust, and come out on top. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CindyFW 7 months ago
Susan May Warren is one of the best Christian contemporary authors in the market today. She always delivers heart-stopping adventure and toe-curling romance that grips me from page one to the end. I finally caught up with this series and I'm loving it as I knew I would. In this book, Ian and Sierra are finally able to get over hard obstacles to find their happy ending. It hasn't been an easy journey for either one of them, especially with Ian's niece disappearance still in the way. I also love catching up with the other characters and couples to see where they are and/or how they're getting there. Highly recommend this series! I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley from the publisher and this is my own opinion.
CindyFW 7 months ago
Susan May Warren is one of the best Christian contemporary authors in the market today. She always delivers heart-stopping adventure and toe-curling romance that grips me from page one to the end. I finally caught up with this series and I'm loving it as I knew I would. In this book, Ian and Sierra are finally able to get over hard obstacles to find their happy ending. It hasn't been an easy journey for either one of them, especially with Ian's niece disappearance still in the way. I also love catching up with the other characters and couples to see where they are and/or how they're getting there. Highly recommend this series! I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley from the publisher and this is my own opinion.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
This is book 4 in a series of adventure, intrigue, and romance by Susan May Warren. I’ve personally read a couple of the others in this series. This was a book that could stand alone but adds on to the other 3 if you’ve read them. I found myself very drawn into this one. The characters are loveable for the most part and “real.” I love it when a book teaches me while I’m enjoying a fiction read and this book did just that for me. Now every time I see a wave I think about what this book has taught me. I also love the dialogue between a couple characters and one of them is saying, what happened to you and how did you come into relationship with God all of a sudden. The reply was, I went through a hard thing just like you did and God provided just what I needed. OH so true! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book four of the Montana Rescue series, I have only read the prequel and this one and had no issues keeping up on what was going on. It is a series though and written like one, you will have some unfinished things to look forward to in the next book. I do feel I probably missed out on some important information in the series but still enjoyed this read. Ian Shaw is a handsome, wealthy man. He is a take charge kind of guy. So when things fall apart and he truly only has God to turn to, you wonder if he actually will. Sierra Rose is a very organized, beautiful woman. When put to a challenge she meets it head on. Yet she must rely on more than her own strength to face the storms ahead. This book is full of mystery, suspense and since it is a series some question get answered from previous book, which I would assume left you with a little cliff hanger at the end of those books. I look forward to reading more from this series, and maybe going back to read those I missed.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Troubled Waters is a story of lying (Sierra lied to Ian about his precious niece.) Survival (when Ian and Sierra are tossed overboard by a massive wave.) Firing (Ian fires Sierra from being his personal assistant.) Romancing (the feeling they have for each other. Did it really go away?) Heartbreak (Ian and Sierra love each other but because of the deceit they still yearn for that love again. Will that ever happen? Or will they become friends after all this time apart?) Multiplication (there are more to this story than the story of Ian and Sierra going on-Jess and Pete and Ty and Brette's are also involved in this.) I received a copy of this review from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions in this review are all of my own. If you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
DM_Lunsford More than 1 year ago
Each time I complete a book in this series I think something along the lines of, "I can't possibly love the next one as much as I did this story!". Then I read the next book, and I end up loving it even more. I don't think it's a situation of each story is necessarily *better* than the previous one. But Warren has a way of crafting not only a great, solid read, but every narrative is so perfectly suited to the individuality of the primary characters that it simply sings. And there are several characters in this series. I've come to adore each and every one of them - hurt with their struggles and cheer with their successes. It's the mark, I think, of an excellent storyteller to be able to weave such heart-felt stories that can connect you with each character in a unique way. This series also does a great job of communicating grace, the potential of faith, and different attributes of God's character. This story in particular focuses on the struggle - and reward - of fully letting go and trusting God; of allowing him to be in control as we choose to trust in his goodness and love rather than attempting to earn his love and try to fix our life and things around us. There's a theme from the book: You're the most important thing to me. Even for people of faith, those who have chosen to trust in God, that can be a truth that we fight against. It's one thing to believe God loves you. It's another to step out in faith and trust completely that each of us, with all our strengths and our weaknesses, is an individual God can look at and say with complete, divine honesty: you're the most important thing to me. What a beautiful truth, and one of which I appreciated being reminded. In this series, we've traveled with Ian and Sierra as secondary characters over quite a few hills and valleys. It was so rewarding to get to read *their story*.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
In this book Ian is torn on what to do next with his life. He loves Montana and he Loves his niece but he feels like maybe that chapter of his life is done. However it seems he can get Sierra out of his heart, mind and he just doesn't want her out of his life. Sierra needs to do what ever is possible to save her Peak. She feel like this is the only "family" she has. Can they work together or is it best for them to just part ways? I love the cover of this book it really does sum up the story. I Loved this book a lot the story held my attention and I had a hard time putting it down. I seriously can't wait for more from this team, I want to know what happens with Jess, Ty, and Pete and some many more things that were revealed in this book. I felt like with Ian's story it felt a lot like Job from the bible and he felt completely relatable in some sense. I loved Dex and Sierra there fighting spirit and the way they seemed to be open and bounce back a lot made me feel more like friends. I love this series it feels truly like a great group of friends who your catching up with and the author throws in a ton of suspense that keeps you turning each page and leaving you wanting so much more in the end, of course in a good way. I loved that this book is a good clean read also.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The book is listed as a contemporary romance but I sensed much more suspense than romance, which is great for me. I especially enjoy a lot of suspense and action with some romance. I was pleased with the mix in this story and grateful for the faith element that was present. Many stories may have the characters begging God to get them out of a jam but the prayers of these characters went much deeper than that. The characters actually began living their lives based on their prayers for help and a new or renewed commitment to God. In other words, they were not foxholes prayers as is so often seen in life. Besides the circumstances that the guests on the Montana Rose encountered that kept the tension running high through much of the story, the secrets that Sierra, Ian, Jess, and Pete were keeping bottled up added to the tension. Each book in the series is building on the previous books, so I encourage you to start with the first book in the Montana Rescue series. I am looking forward with anticipation to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Warren has done it again! Another book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love the way she brings elements together from past stories/series and weaves them into the current story line. This story focuses on Ian and Sierra where Susan does a great job of sharing the flaws of these 2 and how we are so like them in our own ways. Beautiful ending bringing the reader full circle. Love the way she shows how full surrender to God is the answer to our problems. There is also the sub story of Jess and her men Pete and Felipe, will Jess ever figure out her heart? And is there another book coming where we will delve into Ian's friend Dex? Once again we are left hanging for the next story!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
There are very few books that make me want to hurl them across the room. Only a handful and Troubled Waters by author Susan May Warren can now be added to that list. No, I did not throw it, I never have but the frustration with a certain character (Ian) made me seriously consider it. If you have read this series from the beginning like me, you may have had an interest in the rocky relationship issues between billionaire Ian and his fired assistant Sierra, sweet Sierra. We finally have their stories. Past, present, and I hope a picture of the future. Ian is a character that I will remember for a while just by how complex he is. Noble, yet stubborn, protective, yet controlling, strong in mind and body, yet weak in forgiveness, I could go on. Sierra is a very sweet person who may just want to fix things too much. They really are a great couple, if only they both could open up. I was pleased that another couple’s relationship was continued in this story, that of Pete and the very secretive Jess. Theirs is a story that has been just as rocky as Ian and Sierra’s, but Pete is just a different kind of hero than Ian. The overarching theme of the story is continued as well, and even though each book has its own story, we get more of that theme coming into focus like puzzle pieces making a picture. This was pretty action packed. The beginning started with a bang and then we had a lull before the real storm hit. I was glad that we had a different setting other than Montana, something a little more tropical but no less dangerous. I was glued to this book and stayed up well past a decent hour. I am glad the series is getting a fifth book. There are more loose ends to be tied up and I look forward to Ty’s story as he comes to the forefront in the next book. I received a copy of this novel for free from the publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
amvkv More than 1 year ago
Troubled Waters is a book which will hold your interest from the beginning until the very end. Warren has done a great job developing an interesting plot with a man and woman who love each other, but the triangle part of it is his love for his missing niece. This realistic romance will be a hit with Christian romance readers. Sierra Rose is a very likable protagonist. She has been in touch with Ian's niece, Esme, and could solve his dilemma of finding her, but she keeps her promise and does not reveal that Esme and she have been in touch - not even when they are stranded after a yacht mishap. Others were on the yacht, too, and readers will hunger to know what happened to each person. I received this book from the publisher and this is my honest opinion of the book.
amvkv More than 1 year ago
Troubled Waters is a book which will hold your interest from the beginning until the very end. Warren has done a great job developing an interesting plot with a man and woman who love each other, but the triangle part of it is his love for his missing niece. This realistic romance will be a hit with Christian romance readers. Sierra Rose is a very likable protagonist. She has been in touch with Ian's niece, Esme, and could solve his dilemma of finding her, but she keeps her promise and does not reveal that Esme and she have been in touch - not even when they are stranded after a yacht mishap. Others were on the yacht, too, and readers will hunger to know what happened to each person. I received this book from the publisher and this is my honest opinion of the book.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Putting this book down became a chore. Something I was not looking forward to, and actually dreading. I wasn’t even finished with this story and was already dying to read the next one. But I also wanted to savor each page and not finish too fast. If you love books like me you totally get what I’m saying. Everything I’ve read by Susan May Warren makes me feel this way. If you have read any of the other books in the Montana Rescue series you couldn’t help but be dying for this book to come out. We were tortured hoping and praying for Ian and Sierras story to be told. There was a lot to live up to making us wait so long, and Warren did not disappoint. If you have yet to read any of them, you might as well go get them all now. That being said, this book is also great as a stand alone novel. Sierra loves every member of the Peak Rescue Team. In a sense they have all become her family. When the team loses their helicopter, the key to most of their rescues, she knows she must do everything in her power to fix it. Ian offering his yacht seems like the perfect way to woo some of his rich friends into writing a big check. Ian coming along was not part of her plan, and being around him isn’t easy. They used to work so good together, but secrets and obsessions have pushed them apart. Will another tragedy force them to put aside the past? Or will it only intensify the hurt between them? I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. I was kept on the edge of my seat worried about what was going to happen next. Crossing my fingers that the team made the rescue in time. Anyone who enjoys contemporary and romantic suspense will fall in love just as I keep doing. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Review of Troubled Waters by Susan May Warran. I love the series. I have read all the books in the series and you would probably have trouble (no pun intended) keeping up if you have not read the previous books. The author does an amazing job of having a lot of characters in the series and although two characters will have the spotlight you’ll have a secondary couple with a significant portion of the book too. This book had a main focus on Sierra and Ian with Pete and Jess taking the secondary role. More information develops regarding Esme and the mystery that we’ve been following with her disappearance. Troubled Waters was not my favorite book in the series. Sierra just seemed too mousey and I was just tired of her moping about Ian. In addition, the trouble at sea was too much like the titanic that I just could not enjoy those scenes. One of my favorite scenes was Sam and Pete realizing their mother is in love. I was very impressed with how the author brought it around to Ian and his control issues. The last chapters with Ian and Jax’s conversation made the book for me.