Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward. EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he's no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wildernesswith murderous intent. Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he's learned to find Jess and Esmeand pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving.
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, A Matter of Trust, Troubled Waters, and Storm Front. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She makes her home in Minnesota. Find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.
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He wasn't looking for trouble, but if Pete didn't act right now, at least one person was going to die.
And more than anything, SAR incident commander Pete Brooks was sick of failing, of seeing lives destroyed. Especially on his watch.
"You should wait." His co-rescuer, Aimee, grabbed the back of his shirt, as if to keep him from sliding down the slope into the churning black floodwaters of the Meramec River. The 218-mile river had overflowed its banks two days ago under a torrent of rain caused by the tail end of a Cat 4 hurricane that ravaged the Gulf Coast, then traveled northward. All six Ozark highland counties, nearly three thousand square miles, sat under grimy waters, and the rain continued to fall.
Pete and his disaster team had spent the past twenty-four hours hauling people off roofs, pulling them from debris, and searching for the unaccounted.
Now, heading back to their hotel in their SUV, they'd come upon a washed-out bridge. And in the frothing waters, a caravan, drowning fast in the swift current.
Please, let there not be a family inside.
"We don't have time. We need to move, now." The SUV's headlights scraped over the bridge, most of which was submerged, having taken a hit after an old railroad bridge from upstream slammed into the girders.
Pete had watched it happen, wanted to scream at the caravan edging its way over the swollen waters. He'd pumped his brakes, slammed the SUV into park, and was halfway out when the bridge collapsed.
"You can't go in there alone," Aimee said, scrambling up the bank after him.
"I'm not an idiot," Pete snapped, and instantly regretted it. It wasn't Aimee's fault he'd had barely four hours of sleep in the past day and a half. Everyone on his team was functioning on raw, serrated nerves, their veins pumping more coffee than blood. "Sorry." He turned to Jamie Walsh, who was climbing out of the SUV. "Walsh — throw me that rope and tie it off."
The recruit, ex-navy, all muscle and get-'er-done, pulled the coil of line from the back end and secured it to the jack. He tossed the rest of the coil, plus a harness, to Pete.
Pete pulled the harness on, one eye on the gray caravan as Aimee shined the Maglite on his movements.
"Don't lose them!" he said to Aimee. He could buckle on his gear in his sleep, for Pete's sake.
She directed the light across the frothy waters.
He clipped on the carabiner, buckled on a helmet, and grabbed the life jacket Walsh handed him. "Give me two more."
Walsh loaded him up, and Pete also grabbed another harness.
The roar of the river drowned the thunder of his pulse.
Maybe he should wait. Going in the water was always the last choice. The waters frothed, choked with debris and who knew what lethal underwater booby traps.
But now the caravan lay on its side, half-submerged, trapped fifty feet downstream against a cement pylon that could give way at any moment.
"Turn the truck and keep the lights on the river," he said to Aimee, then glanced at Walsh.
Good man. He'd anchored himself in with webbing to a nearby tree and would belay Pete into the wash.
Don't let go. He wanted to say it, but it sounded, well, weak.
Afraid. As if he expected disaster.
Although, with his recent run of luck ...
Instead, "Call for backup," he said to Aimee, because, well, he wasn't an idiot. His simple plan in this torrent was to get whoever was trapped in the car out and wait for help.
The night sky was dark as ink, the drizzle insidious as it soaked his shirt, his canvas pants, and sent a shiver down his back.
He waded into the wash. The current nearly swept his feet out from under him.
He should wait. He nearly turned back, except for the voice lifting from the vehicle, haunting across the waters.
"Help!" A man had crawled out of the van and was waving his arms, screaming, the words eaten by the violence of the storm.
Pete still made out the word child. Went cold.
"Stay put! I'm coming for you!"
A tree with stripped arms twisted past him. Pete let it go, then plunged into the frigid water. It rose to his shins, then his knees. When it hit his waist and higher, he sprang out, swimming hard for the other side.
He'd always been a strong swimmer, but he was no match for the flow as it caught him up, tumbling downstream. Walsh belayed out his line, and twenty feet from the vehicle, Pete turned onto his back, feet downstream, and let the current have him, paddling hard with his arms for the right trajectory.
The river had yanked the caravan around, and the passenger side was downstream, submerged. Pete slid by, grabbed the bumper, and wrestled himself around. He jammed his feet against the carriage as the water crested over him, filling his eyes, his mouth.
Gulping a breath, he forced himself up onto the vehicle's side. A man lay on the side of the car, reaching inside. He didn't look at Pete. "I can't get them out!"
A woman was wedged inside against the dashboard, her belt pinning her, her mouth just above the rising tide.
A toddler screamed in a seat just behind the driver's side, still above the rising waters, but —
"I got 'em." Pete pulled the man up and buckled his life preserver around him. "You need to get to safety."
"Not without my family!"
Okay, Pete understood that tone. And didn't have time to fight him. "All right. But put this on." He unhooked the second harness and handed it to the man. Then he took his belay rope and hooked it to the harness. "Stay put. I'll get your wife."
The man obeyed, his face grim in the shadows.
Shouting came from shore, probably from Aimee.
Pete unbuckled his helmet, shoved it into the man's hands, took a breath, and climbed in, submerging himself next to the woman. His hands scraped over her writhing body. Her grip clawed into his arms as he searched for her buckle and the other debris that imprisoned her.
Her legs were pinned against the dashboard, but if he could unbelt her, move the seat back —
His lungs burned, and he came up gasping.
The man was screaming. "It's over her head!"
Pete took another breath and plunged back into the depths. She clawed at him, frantic.
He found the buckle, popped it, and she floated up.
But not enough. Her feet were still trapped. He came up for air, gasping, as her hand clutched his shirt.
"You have to let me go, ma'am."
"I'm scared —"
"I know — trust me!"
She shook her head, but he grabbed her hands, wrenched them away — yeah, he probably hurt her, but it was better than dying — and plunged back in.
The seat was electric. Foolishly, he tried to move the seat back, then, in desperation, grabbed her and tried to tug her out.
His lungs turned to fire before he surfaced. The water had crested over her again.
Above him, into the night, the man was screaming, his hands entangled with his wife's. "Save her!"
Pete went back under.
He couldn't open his eyes and cursed his lack of equipment. But he'd see nothing in this darkness, and maybe damage his eyes in the dirty water and debris. Feeling his way around her body, his hand landed on the seat tilt-back lever. Miraculously, it was manual.
He popped it and gave the seat a push. It fell back.
She released, just enough for him to grab her around the waist.
He pulled with everything inside him.
Please let him not be breaking bones.
She came free and he propelled her up.
He surfaced, the water now at the level of the driver's seat. The woman kicked him in the face as her husband dragged her out through the window. Pete shoved the second life jacket at her. "Put this on!"
She coughed, doubling over. "My baby!"
Below, in the depths of the car, the baby was screaming.
He spotted more lights panning across the water, heard shouting. A glance toward the lights suggested more vehicles had arrived.
The tumult rocked the van.
"You both need to get to shore. I'll get the baby."
The man pulled his wife into his arms. "He'll get her," he said to his wife, talking of Pete.
And yeah, he would. Because when he said he'd do something ...
Pete unclipped his harness and worked it over her legs, around her waist. "Belt her in and clip her to yourself," he told the man.
He climbed into the back. The water lipped the bottom side of the car seat, rising fast. The child — maybe less than two years old — was wedged into the seat, facing backward, arching her back, screaming.
Pete found the buckle and unlatched it, pulling the child free and holding her above the rising tide.
The entire van shook as he climbed to the front. Pete shoved the child into waiting arms, and when he followed, he discovered that another man wearing a life vest and rescue gear had reached them. Pete recognized him from the private crew of volunteers out of Minneapolis. Somebody Jones. Military build, a grim set to his lined face.
A guide rope strung along the opposite bank. Another man from their team was maneuvering a raft into the water. Walsh still had hold of the belay attached to the husband.
Jones had unhooked the wife from her husband and was re-hooking her onto the rescue line, not an easy feat with the husband clutching her.
Pete climbed up onto the seat, tried to reach for the baby, to hold it while Jones hooked the woman onto the line. "Trust me, ma'am. We've got her." She trusted him. He saw it in her eyes as she loosened her hold. He started to ease the child from her arms.
And that was when the cement pylon shifted.
The current caught the vehicle, tearing the child from his grip. The baby!
The woman jolted from her perch as the van jerked hard into the current. She crashed into the water.
The van rolled over.
Pete was suddenly trapped, half in and half out of the window, under the car.
How he'd managed a breath, he didn't know, but the vehicle pinned him as the force of the water corkscrewed the vehicle into the wash.
And then he was slamming against boulders, darkness and water filling his eyes, his nose, his throat.
Not. Like. This!
He wouldn't die with blackness choking him, the river twisting him, pummeling him.
And not without seeing Jess one more time.
Even if the sight of her with another man might drown him more than this moment.
Pete kicked against the car, straining to shove himself away, his lack of breath searing his lungs.
Air. He ached for it, the burn compelling him to take a breath, draw in the lethal water.
Not ... yet ... His hand dragged against something firm, a pole — maybe rebar from the cement pillars that had buttressed the bridge. He gripped it.
The momentum of the vehicle, carried away in the torrent, tore Pete free.
His feet found bottom, and he surged to the surface with everything inside him.
Sweet, glorious air. He drank it in even as he fought the churn of rapids surging him downriver. The frothing water roared in his ears as the gulf crested over him, swamping him. His shoulder sparked as his body slammed against a boulder.
He'd break a leg like this. Or worse.
Lay back. Defensive swim.
Pete fought to get his legs around, to sit back, to turn his body to ride on top of the water.
He'd never been good at surrender.
Calm down. He willed himself to take even breaths, despite the water sloshing over him, burning his eyes. Float. Just for a moment, to get his bearings. The roar filled his senses, the surge of it turning his body to ice.
He'd been in enough training scenarios to know that if he just kept his head, he could find a way to shore.
But wow, he was tired. The kind of fatigue that poured through him, turned his body to a rock. Probably the adrenaline of wrestling his way to the surface now dropping hard.
Or maybe the fatigue went deeper. The kind that seeped through his bones to his spirit. The weariness of striving. Wanting. Failing.
Of trying to break free of his broken heart.
"I choose you, Pete."
Jess Tagg. Her voice had the audacity to linger in his head, and he hated it.
No, no she hadn't chosen him.
Not that he should have been surprised, really, in the end. He didn't know why he'd let himself believe in happily-ever-afters.
Ahead, a great shape burgeoned in the darkness, lights on it reflecting out onto the river. A bridge. Which meant submerged girders and lethal footings.
He'd break every bone in his body.
The voice echoed over the rim of wave and froth, lifting then bouncing into the night.
He searched for it, thrashing. The roar of the river deepened.
"Pete!" A light skimmed across him, and he followed it.
A raft. Speeding down the river in pursuit. A man — he recognized him from the other team — knelt at the helm, swinging a rescue throw bag.
The orange bag arched over Pete and dropped into the water past him. The rope shifted over him, the roughness against his legs, and he grabbed it.
But his frozen hands couldn't grip the slippery line. It ripped at his skin as it reeled out, the current wrestling him away from rescue.
Don't let go!
Maybe someone shouted, but the words rooted, found his bones. Galvanized him. He rolled over, kicking, winding the rope into his hands and tightening his grip.
"I got you!" The man on the raft was reeling him in toward shore. "Roll over! Put the rope on your inside shoulder."
His training kicked into his brain and he obeyed, letting the rope ease him to shore. The earth scraped his legs, and as he bumped onto the rocks, he rolled over to grip them.
The raft motored up to assist.
But Pete had already crawled his way into the mud and grass to pillow himself on land.
He rolled over, breathing hard.
The man piled out of the raft and kneeled beside him. "You okay?"
Pete put a hand to his chest. Alive. Yeah, his heartbeat confirmed it.
In fact, it might be the first time he'd felt it beat since the woman he loved walked out of his life into the arms of another man.
He just needed to lie here awhile and try to figure out how to get back up.
* * *
Jess Tagg had nowhere else to run.
But it didn't mean she couldn't try. Except for the grip her fiancé, Felipe St. Augustine, had on her hand, she would have already been fleeing out the front door of the seven-story mansion located in the heart of what used to be called Billionaires' Row on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Right into the throng of paparazzi just waiting to pepper her with questions, trail her every move, splash her grimaced face onto Page 6, and turn her into clickbait for a syndicated slew of tabloids that lit up the internet.
So, no, she couldn't flee out the gold-gated front door.
And she'd already tried escaping to the red-tiled roof patio earlier, where more guests had gathered for cocktails. Unfortunately, she'd spotted a couple cameras from the high-rise across the street. That was what she got for attending a fund-raising event that also included the likes of George Clooney and Ivanka Trump.
Thank you, Vanessa White and her philanthropy-minded superstar chums.
"Champagne, ma chérie?" Felipe set his empty glass on one of the skirted tables and motioned for a gloved and tuxedoed waiter to swing by with his tray.
"No, thank you," Jess said, her stomach too empty for anything bubbly. Or any of the canapés. The wasabi shrimp and avocado on the rice cracker churned in her gut.
What she wouldn't do for a ham sandwich.
Felipe glanced at her, his dark brown, nearly black, eyes running over her, a crease in his brow. "Are you all right?" He lifted his other hand, as if to touch her cheek, and she gave a quick nod.
His hand dropped away, just a flicker of something she couldn't place in his gaze. He squeezed her hand, however. "I'm sorry about earlier. We'll go out the back, or —"
"It's okay, Felipe. I'm used to it."
His mouth tightened, but just then a woman slid up to him, her hand finding his tuxedoed arm. A tall drink of water, the brunette probably walked the runway for one of the haute couture houses in Paris. She wore a dress that gloved her body, black, with a slit that hit her high on the thigh. The high neck made of sheer lace only added to her regal demeanor. Jess felt a little garish in her red strapless asymmetrical sweetheart gown. Nor was she in possession of the fluent French that rolled off this woman's elegant tongue. Jess hadn't a hope of understanding the words, but she did notice Felipe's strange expression, the way he kept glancing away from her, anywhere but on the woman's face, on her curves, even as he answered her.
His hand heated, slicking with just a hint of sweat, in hers.
Or maybe he hated being here just as much as she did.(Continues…)
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I picked this book up and quite literally could not put it down until I finished reading it. Wait for Me is worth every hour of sleep sacrificed and then some! There isn’t anything boring or predictable about this highly anticipated romance. Pete is irresistibly charming and courageous to boot. His surprising vulnerability makes me love him even more. When those tough (and a little bit wild) rescuer types are willing to reveal their raw and honest selves, that is to be cherished. Jess is torn between two lives and two fiancés. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a guidebook for reconciling two very different lifestyles while keeping everyone in your life happy and bless her heart, that’s exactly what tender-hearted Jess wants to do. The delightful complexity and pulse rocking adventure readers have come to associate with Warren’s expansive fictional universe shines once more in this exciting Montana Rescue series conclusion. I personally plan to binge read the entire series at my earliest opportunity! 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.
I have always really enjoyed Susan May Warren's books and was excited to read this book but it was a struggle for me to get through this one. Pete Brooks is totally in love with Jess Tagg but after a lot of promises on her part that haven't panned out, he's starting to realize that she doesn't feel the same way about him. She is back in town for the marriage celebration of mutual friends and, after an argument with Pete, she takes off with friends to get away from him. This starts a series of frightening things that have everyone trying to find her. There is a current fiance and a past fiance in this story and a lot of really bad decisions that had me rolling my eyes. I was actually surprised by this story as the author's stories have not been this way in the past. I almost felt like she was rushing this story to finish up the series. I got so aggravated by some of the dialogue as well. I really wanted to like this book more but it just didn't resonate with me. I will definitely read future books by this author but this one fell flat for me. I give it 2 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell Reads. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Pete Brooks has had possibly the worst year on record. Mistakes on the job have cost lives which has caused him to second guess his career choices. As if that wasn't bad enough, it has been almost a year since Jess Tagg returned to New York, promising to come back and marry him as soon as she can. However, all indications are that she has gone and gotten engaged to her former fiance, leaving Pete broken-hearted. When he tries to move on, she finally shows up, telling him he shouldn't believe everything he reads in the paper. All Jess wants is to make everybody happy. The problem is, to do that, she has to crush Pete's heart, and her own in the process. When she attends Ben and Kacey King's wedding reception, she hopes to make things right with Pete, only to find him kissing another woman. Their fight sends her running again, this time with Esme Shaw, herself no stranger to running away. As they leave the party with Esme's (Shae's) new boyfriend, they are horrified to be forced off the road and kidnapped. Escaping the kidnapper is their first priority, but all of them are injured in some way. How long can they survive a Montana December with a killer on their trail? PEAK Rescue, with Pete Brooks in the lead, puts their impressive talents to work to find Jess, Ned, and Shae before the killer on their trail can finish them off. Will they make it in time? Susan May Warren pulled out all the stops on this, the final book of her Montana Rescue series. The suspense builds from the beginning, and let me tell you, by about 80 percent in the book, it is screaming! I loved that every member of the PEAK team checked in at some point of this story, and that all of the others are well into their happily-ever-afters. I also loved how much Pete changed from the beginning of the series to the end. He became a man of honor, when he was pretty much a player at the start. He was definitely a worthy hero for this story. If you have read any of the rest of this series, you will NEED to read Wait For Me. If you just like amazing suspense, where you won't know who the bad guy is for sure until the end, you will enjoy Wait for Me. Personally, I would recommend starting at the beginning and reading all six books, but Wait for Me can be read as a stand-alone, if you must. I absolutely recommend this one!
When Pete hears that Jess is missing, he doesn’t think twice about going out to find her. Because that is what love does. It rescues with no thought of cost or whether the love will be returned. Though it wasn’t referenced specifically in the story, as I read of his desperate search for her, I couldn’t help but think about the scripture that talks about how the Good Shepherd leaves the ninety-nine sheep who are safe to go find the one who is lost. My entire picture of that passage changed from a view of a relatively simple search to one more like the kind that went on here - through perilous circumstances, sacrificing everything to save the lost sheep. Wow! Because the things Jesus went through to rescue me weren’t easy or simple. In case you haven’t figure it out yet, I was profoundly touched by this story. The sacrificial kind of love shown by Pete, who had no hope of having his love returned, was also shown by Ned. Ned first appeared in Storm Front and he returns in this story to see if the attraction he felt was returned. And in the process, he is severely injured along with Jess and the love of his life. As they escape from a kidnapper, he fights through his pain to carry his love, who is now close to death, to whatever safety they can find. (I won’t reveal her name in case you haven’t started the series yet - that could be a spoiler.) Every page I turned had another twist. Each time they thought they were safe, they found out they weren’t. Floods, kidnappings, attempted murder, jealousy. Yep. It is all here, and more. With the stories from the previous novels being so closely linked to this one, it was necessary for the author to do some recapping. She did a marvelous job in providing the backstory in a manner that flowed well and didn’t feel even remotely like an information dump. It seriously may have been the best I’ve ever seen. In addition, details from the past year from both Pete and Jess’ lives needed to be revealed, and again, the way that was done was masterful. This was an amazing conclusion to an already thrilling series! Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
I have a horrible habit of putting off reading the last book in a series I've loved because then that would mean there are no more books to look forward to. Completely irrational, since I know the author has another exciting series coming. All the books have been full of adventure, action, and angst, and this one is no different. Pete and Jess have provided some of the relationship drama in the previous books, and it was satisfying for them to finally grow, communicate, and have a resolution. They had quite the build-up! There is also a romance between Esme/Shea and a young man she met in the previous book, which gave us a nice break from the Pete and Jess drama. The murder case involving Esme's friend also comes to an end with the unexpected villain made known and it brought the elements of suspense and danger to the plot. It was nice to have everything wrapped up, and I'm ready for some fresh love stories from the author! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Non-stop action from the very first page! You will get to visit with all the old characters and get that happy ever after with some new ones. Suspense abounds, danger lurks on every page and you won’t see the twists that come. I couldn’t put this down! Well written characters with real flaws that endear you to them and make you root for them to win in the end. Quite a few times I wanted to shake Jess into stop being so stubborn. Pete has to move on but he struggles with his past and wanting a different future. I would definitely categorize this as an up-all-nighter bookshelf keeper. If you love mystery, danger, fast action, page turning events and a thread of love and lessons then pick this up and read it!
The Montana Rescue series has been suspenseful, romantic, and packed with action. This final book of the series includes all of that and more. Quite appropriately for a Christian romance novel, the thread of faith is woven in somewhat loosely but is drawn together near the end to make for a special conclusion. So many of the dangling threads in the previous books are finally collected into a beautiful picture. Does every question get answered? Well, maybe not but so goes life. Most of the main characters have been introduced previously as Susan May Warren has shared their various stories. Of all of the characters, Pete and Jess may have appeared more frequently and now we get to find out how the story ends for each of them. I discovered that my wife aptly described the book a few nights ago. She commented that the close of each chapter drew her to the next chapter. I had the same experience of finding it difficult to put down. It seemed the chapters simply rushed from one cliff-hanging moment to the next.
AN ACTION-PACKED, HEART-POUNDING ADVENTURE… *I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Revell at Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own. With a gripping first sentence and a heart racing opening, USA Today bestselling author, Susan May Warren, captures readers attention immediately in Wait For Me, the sixth book of her Montana Rescue series. A suspenseful story of redemption, love, faith, adventure and romance… Without giving too much of this riveting story away, I’ll simply jump right to my review of this fabulous, new release from Revell and Susan May Warren. I was captivated by the story from the moment I started this book. It is an easy, yet engaging, read that draws readers in with gripping adventure right from the start. As the main characters battle internal struggles and the story forms, disaster strikes when three friends go missing and are feared in danger, including Jess Tagg, the love of Pete Brooks’ life. On the heels of a muddled romance and recent heartbreak, it is up to Pete and the PEAK team to rescue them! This book is written from multiple points of view and offers perspective on the story from different angles as the plot unfolds. Readers can identify with the relatable struggles the characters face as they not only work to overcome the scars of their pasts but also work together to fight for life and rescue. I truly enjoyed the way Susan May Warren intertwined the story behind Pete and Jess’s romance as Pete and the PEAK team work to find and save Jess, Ned and Shae. It was beautifully written and I found the characters engaging and relatable. As the plot would thicken, the adventure intensified, keeping me turning page after page in a hurry. As an adult reader, I enjoyed the romance in this book. It was clean, enticing, passionate and tender, making this book a perfect contemporary romance. I will note that since this book is a part of series, there a LOT of characters introduced that I had some trouble keeping up with. However, because this book was so good, Warren has me wanting to read the rest of this series as soon as possible! I did feel that there were a couple of parts where the backstory of Pete and Jess’s romance was repetitive but I will say I enjoyed their interactions and even felt myself tensing over their squabbles and internally fighting for their love and reunification. Overall, a great read and not only a book that deserves an ovation, but a series that deserves recognition as well.
Wow! What a ride this series has been. Finally a certain story thread has been completed and all characters seem to be settled a little better in life. I have been rooting for Pete and Jess this whole series. And while I have enjoyed all the couples’s stories, this set seemed to really resonate with me. I don’t know if it is because theirs was saved for last or because Pete is such a romantic, bad boy, idiot and there were times I would have liked to clunk his and Jess’s heads together. Their story did not disappoint and if you are looking for an emotionally driven, angsty charged series with danger from nature and man, this series does not disappoint. This story certainly kept me enthralled with all the twists and turns and some unexpected revelations. I am sad to see these characters go and hope that we might see them again in another story. I highly recommend this series as a whole. I received a copy of this novel from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Wait For Me is the final installment in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. Like the rest of the novels in this series, Wait For Me was well-written, fast-paced, and held my attention. This particular novel was stuffed with emotional angst in addition to suspense and mystery. I liked that the author quietly sewed in a theme of leaning in and trusting in God's love for His children. She held true to the dichotomy that while God's love will ultimately preserve us, it doesn't always prevent us from hurt and injury. Still, God's love is presented as a source of hope and reason for faith. I recommend reading the entire series before reading Wait for Me because Jess and Pete's relationship develops substantially in other books. The series long saga of Esme/Shae is finally resolved and the main characters from prior books play roles in Wait for Me. Readers who have enjoyed the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren will enjoy reading the final riveting installment. My personal favorites are Wild Montana Skies (Book 1) and Troubled Waters (Book 4). I recommend the entire series to fans of Christian romance. Each novel is filled with intense danger, growing faith, and delicious romance. 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."
What a wonderful feeling to finish this series, have the answers, and see all of the happily-ever-afters that have built throughout each and every book. But it was also hard to know that I was reading the final book in the Montana Rescue series, as I have enjoyed these novels so much. I guess I will just need to go back and enjoy re-reading them in the future! And this is definitely a series that readers should read in its entirety. The individual novels have some continuing situations that are not all fully resolved until Wait for Me. I enjoyed this story so much! I loved the adventure of it, yet for me, the best part was the intense back and forth of Jess and Pete’s story. I liked the way that the author allowed the reader to peek back into the past year and see glimpses of what went right and what went wrong for Jess and Pete. These two went through so much, both physically and emotionally in this story, and both of them had a lot of growing to do! And they did! Jess and Pete both learned so much and grew in their walks with God, as well as in their understanding of the love that they had for each other. In all of the Montana Rescue novels, there have been two love stories going on in each book. Wait for Me was no exception, and I so enjoyed the romance and devotion that developed between Shae and Ned. Their love story was a wonderful addition to the plot. I highly recommend Wait for Me, along with the entire Montana Rescue series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Wait for Me is book 6 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. I did not read any of the previous 5 books and I am wondering now if the book would have been better had I read them. The book can be read without reading the others but there are a lot of seemingly developed characters and backstory that one might need to know. The author does a good job of filling in the questions by adding a lot of pertinent backstory right in the book which is helpful. The story is high energy for sure. Once I got to about 40% in it picked up and was hard to put down. I finished the last half in an afternoon. The beginning started a little rocky for me, but this could have been because I didn't read the other books. I had trouble keeping all the people straight. The snippets about each character at the beginning were short and kind of quick moving so it was hard to separate them all and remember who was who. I was worried I wouldn't be able to finish the book. I started to catch on though and kept going... and I was glad I did. I did have some trouble with some disjointed sections. For example, when the car leaves the wedding and they all of a sudden are getting plowed off the road? Where did that come from? It seemed totally out of left field. It might have been less jarring had there been some kind of bridge into it... maybe the occupants of the car thought they were being followed which led to a little bit of a chase or something. Instead it was so sudden it was a bit unnatural. The other part that I struggled with was when they would jump back in time and tell some backstory. There was no differentiation. I had to go back and reread to find out what was going on. It might have been helpful if there was something there to warn the reader that they were hopping back in time. The Christian references were subtle but timely. Overall the story was great. The details were well written and the characters were developed well. I would love to go back and read the other books in the series when I have time. I received a copy of this book from Revell. This has in no way influenced my review. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
This is book number six in the Montana Rescue Series and from what I gathered, this is the last book in the series. I think this is the third one I read, so you don't have to read them in order to get the story being told, but I'm thinking there would be some things that would make more sense if you did read them in order from the prequel through book six. This book, Wait for Me, was a little over the edge for me. The whole book took place in less than a week and was pretty much full of sappy love scenes (nothing R rated) and full out running away from the bad guy. I don't like to give spoilers, so I will just say I found it a little hard to believe that everything that happened in this book could actually happen to a person and they all would survive. I think, for me, this book seemed a bit unrealistic and a little too much romance. But I haven't tried to survive in the wilderness and I know the fight for survival is definitely strong, so I don't want to say it is impossible. However, I will say, it does hold your attention as you are sure that you know who the bad guy is in the story, but then towards the end, you are completely surprised and then when you are left with a final surprise again. So there are some unexpected twist and turns in the mystery aspect of the book. The romance aspect is exactly as you suspected from about the first page on. The other thing I want to add here is something that Susan said in her Author's Note that resonated with me: "I wanted to write a story about a woman who just didn't want to cause any more problems, didn't want to hurt anyone else, who just wanted everyone to be happy. The problem is, we can't please everyone, and when we try, we end up making a mess. The best thing we can do is live in truth, love others well, and trust in a God who loves us enough to fix our messes." And then for the hero he "turned into a guy who modelled the reckless love Christ has for us. Even when we break his heart, he just can't turn away from us....We need to remember this when we look at our mistakes, our messes, and our failures." Looking at the book from that perspective did change it a bit for me, because it is true. We can't please everyone and it's a mess if we try. And God is waiting to help us if we will rely on Him, which is where the main characters came to at the end of the book. I have read some of Susan May Warren's other books and I would suggest if you are new to her writings that you start with the Christiansen family series. It's another series of six, plus the prequel, about a family in Deep Haven, MN. It has the usual romance for each child in the family, but it is full of lots of other things too. They are the best books I've read by her so far. Anyway, that's my plug there. I received this book from Revell through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
I’m just going to say it. I loved, loved, Wait For Me, by Susan May Warren. It might even be my favorite book from the Montana Rescue series. Bad boy turned search-and-rescue hero, Pete Brooks, is weary by the work he’s so good at. And he’s wearied by the uncertainties in the relationship-gone-south he had with the woman he loves. All he wants is to figure out how to move on from the only woman he’s ever truly loved. Rich girl and medic Jess Tagg has spent a year trying to be all that her family needs, sacrificing her own needs, and her relationship with the man she thought was her perfect match. When she goes back to Montana for a friend’s wedding reception, she runs into Pete Brooks. After a fight, she does what she can to get away from him, never expecting to be kidnapped and injured. This story had me gripped from the opening page. Warren keeps the action and the tension taut throughout the story. And, in her amazing way, she weaves in a beautiful story of love redeemed. I loved the setting of this story. Warren’s way of drawing me in was so vivid. I could picture where the characters were. I heard the river, and other things. I felt the cold nights. The twists and the surprises made this story a “can’t-put-down” one for me. I loved that I couldn’t easily predict what was coming. And just when I thought I had things figured out? Something unexpected happened, and then I had to readon to learn how it resolved. And the ending? It may have had me shedding a happy tear. Or ten. So satisfying. If you enjoy books with real, flawed but likeable characters mixed in with action and adventure? You’ve got to read Wait For Me. **I was provided with an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This sixth book in the Montana Rescue series is off-the-charts exhilarating! Wait for Me has it all: danger, rescues, survival, self-forgiveness, and enough romance and true love to fill a ravine in the Montana mountains. The overall theme of this story is realizing that love is worth the risk and not letting that love slip through your fingers because of pride, misunderstandings, miscommunication, and misplaced loyalties. While the story is basically about Jess and Pete, another couple shares the spotlight: Ned and Shae. All are fighting their own demons, vulnerabilities, and pasts filled with wrong turns and feelings of low self-worth. I love all the characters, but I have to say that Felipe ended up being one of my favorites. Watching these characters evolve and grow in their relationships is a delight all the way through. The author expertly captures those heart-pounding moments of peril, revenge, physical and emotional suffering, and daring heroism. This book is jam packed with frightening action but with enough romantic moments and reflection to slow it down and keep it from becoming too much. The pacing is spot on. The author is also good at developing antagonists and antagonistic forces that make your heart race with fear and anticipation as Jess, Ned, Shae, and the others fight against injuries, bad weather, and treacherous terrain in their desperate attempt to survive and outwit the menacing bad guys. Hang on to your seat because book six in this Montana Rescue Series is a non-stop ride full of adventure, camaraderie, and true love.
This is book six in the Montana Rescue Series, however it is somewhat of a stand alone book. You do miss lots of history not only in the characters but even some of the plot, plus all the books are well written and good books. They all focus around a PEAK rescue team and I fell in love with the entire team. I have not read all the books in this series and had no trouble keeping up, I have read about half of them though, so I knew a lot of the history from those. I do wish I would have read them all and may go back and do just that. This book will focus mainly on Jess and Pete. There is suspense, Drama, action, mystery, twist and turns, surprises, forgiveness and romance.
WORTH WAITING FOR! Wait for Me (Montana Rescue #6) by Susan May Warren has been worth waiting for! This novel may be read as a stand-alone but should be read in chronological order to fully understand the complexity of characters as well as the complexity of the plot. Understanding the backstory will make this novel even more suspenseful and intense. Pete Brooks wants to continue his work in Search and Rescue. More than that, he wants to reunite with EMT Jess Tagg and finally get her to marry him. After all, he has proposed to her three times! However, Pete’s heart is aching as he has discovered Jess has returned to her real life as Selene (her father was convicted of the largest Ponzi scheme and she testified against him and has been living under an assumed name)is engaged to her old boyfriend Felipe. Pete has some sliver of hope as Jess has told him “things aren’t as they seem.” In this novel, Warren ties up many loose ends from the entire series. During one of the happiest days for a couple of the Peak Team family, a disagreement shakes things up causing Jess, Esme and her friend Ned to leave a Wedding Reception. That one incident triggers a deadly nightmare course of events that will take the reader into an adrenaline overload adventure! The three are run off the road, taken hostage, escape into the Montana mountain wildness, injured with no way to contact the outside world. They make it to a rustic cabin where things progressively get worse! Who can find them? There is one man with the skills. If ... he still cares enough about Jess to search for her. Pete, Jess, Esme and Ned show what it means to have turned their back on God & live their lives their own way. They put their trust In themselves and not God. Throughout the series, each of the other PEAK Team Members and family have learned to trust God and grow in their faith. They have shown Pete, Jess, Esme and Ned by being living examples before them as well as telling them verbally about their faith. As the four of them face their mortality several times over, their growing faith is put to the test. They learn to rely on the God of GRACE and not themselves and to be thankful fo the ways He has blessed them. I was provided an ARC of this book by Revell and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
"But perhaps that was what love looked like too. Not perfect, but raw and jagged and terrifying and wounding...and beautiful and overwhelming and completely, wonderfully out of her control. Because love gave all." What an incredible conclusion to this epic series! As always, Susan May Warren packs in action, suspense, harrowing brushes with death and disaster, and quite a few twists and turns in the story to make you stay up way past your bedtime reading....and thinking, just one more page.... And the raw emotional intensity of the main characters is completely heart-wrenching and real. If you've read the previous books in the series, you've been impatiently waiting for Pete and Jess to have their story. Even if you haven't read any of the previous books, this particular book can be read as a stand alone because there are many flashbacks that make up the bulk of Pete and Jess' story that even the die-hard followers of the series have not be privy to in the other books. Pete is a changed man and gone are his wild ways. He's still heroic, protective to a fault, and passionate but he's completely undone and broken and wounded by Jess who has returned to her glamorous lifestyle in NYC. Jess doesn't know who she is or what she wants and feels trapped. Felipe, Jess' previous fiance, actually plays a bigger role in the story than I thought he would and became quite likable even though he's competing against Pete for Jess. And then there are Ned and Shae. Ned is the younger version of Pete and so incredibly heroic. Shae has finally returned home to Mercy Falls, Montana not just to attend Ben and Kacey's wedding reception but also to find closure in her run from the man who killed her previous boyfriend. Each of these characters must learn to fight their fears to conquer them but also learn to ask for help from their friends, family, and God in conquering these fears. What a satisfying finale to an adrenaline-packed series full of rescue, grace, hope, love, joy, and faith. I received a copy of the book from Baker Publishing Group via LibraryThing and was under no obligation to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Unputdownable, heart-pounding, action-packed romantic suspense novel revolving around not just one, but two fantastic love stories. On top of it all, it’s a Christian romance as well with the characters who were in mortal danger trusting God’s will at the same time that they try their hardest to rescue themselves. Although I am coming into this series late (this is the first book I read and it’s the series ender), I didn’t feel lost in spite of the numerous named characters. It actually encouraged me to look up the previous five and add them to my to-be-read mountain of books. Wait For Me had me turning page after page to find out how Pete and Jess will finally end up together and how the new romance between Shae and Ned develop, especially with Shae on the verge of death and with a killer still after her. It’s all very exciting and Ms. Warren’s writing is impeccable. She really takes the reader right in the middle of the book as if we’re witnessing the action as it happens. I love that all the characters are capable, be they men or women. I love that Felipe is an upstanding guy, that he makes it hard for Jess to choose between him and Pete. Like I already said above, although they have faith in God, they don’t just wait to be rescued. Lastly, I love the family and community coming together to help each other out. Fantastic book. I highly recommend it.
Such a wonderful end to a beautiful series. The action and adventure kept me on the edge of my seat! Jess and Pete kept the pages turning and your heart pumping, breaking and being put back together at the same time. It is amazing how grief, without God, can pull you down so low, you almost can't find your way out. But His mercy is always there...always waiting for us to reach out for it. This is the love that Susan makes stand out.
Outdoor action is always part of Susan Warren's books and Wait for Me is no exception! Pete is always ready to rescue someone in danger from a car submerged in the Meramec River in Missouri to kidnapped friends in the mountains of Montana! Selene Tess wants to make everyone happy but sometimes that is impossible. Tess and Pete are excellent protagonists as they fight to rescue each other when they are hurt and lost near Glacier National Park. All of the members of the PEAK team from other Montana Rescue books make appearances in Wait for Me! Pete who likes to be in control learns to let God be in control of his life. I highly recommend Wait for Me and the rest of the Montana Rescue series to anyone who enjoys contemporary action books. I received a complimentary e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Yay! We finally get to read Jess and Pete's story. The two have danced around their attraction so long and Pete has proposed a couple of time and Jess has even said "yes" but something always comes up. Jess Tagg is really Selene Jessica Taggert, a socialite from New York City, who put her father away in prison for a large Ponzi scheme (at his request to save her and her brother). To escape the publicity and paparazzo, she moved to Montana a few years ago to work as an EMT with the PEAK rescue team with the help of her friend, Ty Remington. That is when she and Pete met. Pete has tried to get her out of his mind but has failed. Likewise, Jess has tried to get over Pete. The two meet back up at the wedding reception for country music star, Ben King and his bride, Kacey King, helicopter pilot for the PEAK team. Their reunion did not go well so Jess caught a ride from the party with friend, Shae and her friend, Ned. Unfortunately, someone ran them off the road, kidnapped them and took them deep in the forest. Injured, the three managed to escape the truck carrying them. There is a wild adventure from this point as they try to survive in harsh elements with their injuries and pray that help arrives in time to save them. The team finally realize what has happened and set out to find the three and whoever is after them. That is a real mystery. Everyone has suspicions as to who is after them but are not sure. This is a great addition to this awesome series. Read for a wild ride of suspense, danger, romance and finding faith in times of need. I received an ARC of the book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions are mine only.
Loyal readers have been waiting patiently to see if Pete Brooks and Jess Tagg would be able to figure out their lives and that they belong together. Finally, they're front and center in the last of the Montana Rescue books. Pete has spent a year trying to forget Jess and trying to move on. Jess has spent the year trying to please her mother, her family, her former (and current??) fiance Felipe, and generally everyone except herself. Finally, they're in the same place, at the same time. Back in Mercy Falls for Ben and Kacey's wedding reception. However, their reunion doesn't go well. Shae/Esme and Ned Marshall, last seen in Storm Front (Ty and Brette's story, Montana Rescue Book 5), are driving Jess home when their pickup is run off the road. They don't know who is after them. The man Shae is prepared to accuse as a murderer after running for five years? Someone angry at Jess or her family? Or a random crazy person? Jess, Shae, and Ned are on the run in the Montana wilderness, injured and cold, with someone after them. Pete and the rest of the PEAK Rescue team are also on the hunt. It's a race to find the missing trio. I love the way Warren combines faith, suspense, adventure, and romance in this series. Wait for Me is a fitting conclusion. Pete and Jess both have to work through their pasts and their mistakes before they can embrace God's forgiveness, grace, and each other. I highly recommend this one! ----- I received an advance copy of Wait For Me, in exchange for an honest review, which I've done.
*My Thoughts* No reader wants a favorite series to end. It's like saying goodbye to a good friend. That being said, Wait for Me was the perfect ending to an amazing series. It honestly was so worth the wait! I had some conflicting thoughts about Jess in this book. I hurt for her as she showed up in the earlier books, but in this book, I started out a bit frustrated with her. I just found myself having a hard time understanding her. Sometimes she felt like the "victim" and sometimes I was angry with her actions. As the book progressed, I started to get what her part was in the story and enjoyed their story more. Susan did a fabulous job of making her the sweet heroine we wanted while keeping her "human". I am convinced that Pete is everyone's favorite hero. Sweet, kind, and forgiving, Pete's wounded but strong spirit left us coming back for more through the whole Montana Rescue Series. Getting glimpses of his and Jess' complicated relationship throughout the series left us hanging with Susan's usual knack for suspense. Through the story, we were able to see relationships and broken spirits mended in the way only a last book can accomplish. Most importantly, this book had what we all want...closure. We all love the suspense, but at the end of the day, we want a book that makes us sigh when we reach the last page. And sure, every author wants that sigh to mean we're sorry the series ended, but more importantly we want to feel like it ended as it should. Susan gave us the story we wanted, while still wrapping up the story with a beautiful bow that leaves us aching for her next work of art. I, for one, can't wait! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Wait for Me by Susan May Warren... 5 stars! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I had been eagerly anticipating the conclusion to the Montana Rescue series, and Susan May Warren did not disappoint with Wait for Me. The story does stand on its own, but I would highly recommend reading the rest of the series, which sets up Pete and Jess’s story. Pete Brooks has been waiting for a year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana. She had told him that she loved him, but she’s been holding him at arm’s length while she deals with some things in her past. He’s afraid that she’s going to break his heart, and he’s not sure how long he should wait for her. In the meantime he’s been leading search and rescue teams, but things haven’t gone entirely according to plan there either. Jess finally returns to Montana, but to complicate things a little, her ex-fiancé soon follows. Pete no longer seems interested in a relationship with her, and Jess finds herself running away. That decision puts her in a truck with another young couple. When their truck is run off the road, they find themselves literally on the run for their lives in the Montana wilderness. Pete and the other PEAK team members begin a race against time to find and rescue them before it’s too late. I was hooked from the very first scene, a water rescue attempt that went wrong. I couldn’t put the book down until I found out if everyone survived and got a happy ending or not. (That doesn’t usually happen if a love triangle is involved.) I won’t give any spoilers, but I loved how it turned out and I would definitely read any follow up books that Susan May Warren might write. My only regret was that this was the last book of the series. I would recommend Wait for Me to anyone who enjoys books with lots of action and adventure mixed with clean romance. Her characters are very believable and real, and I felt like I knew them by the end of the series. Even though they may have made mistakes in their pasts, they find grace and forgiveness and don’t have to be bound by them. I received a review copy from the author and publisher, but the views expressed here are entirely my own.