Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.
Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.
With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?
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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Wild Montana Skies
By Susan May Warren
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Kacey didn't want to raise eyebrows and alert the entire town to her return. She simply hoped to tame the beast that had roared to life when she spotted the billboard for the Gray Pony Saloon and Grill, off Rt. 2, on the outskirts of Mercy Falls.
The home of the best hickory rib sauce in the West.
From the look of things, the hangout on the edge of town hadn't changed in a decade.
Dim streetlights puddled the muddy parking lot, now crammed full of F-150s and Silverado pickups. The twang of a Keith Urban cover swelled as the door opened. A cowboy spilled out, his arm lassoed around a shapely coed, probably a summer intern for the park service. She wore Gore-Tex pants, a lime-green Glacier National Park T-shirt, and a too-easy smile on her face. Kacey watched as the cowboy wheedled her toward his truck. The coed tugged his hat down, and he braced his hands on either side of her, leaning down to steal a kiss.
The sight had the power to stop Kacey cold, reroute her down the country road of regrets.
Maybe she should simply keep going, head north to Whitefish, back to the anonymity of a town that couldn't catalog her mistakes.
Still, the brain fog of two days of driving, not to mention the drizzle of a nagging rain, could be the recipe for disaster on the winding roads that journeyed north through the foothills.
The last thing she needed was to drive headfirst off the highway and die in a fiery crash here in her own backyard. Some welcome home that would be.
Kacey parked just as thunder growled, lightning spliced the darkness, and rain began to crackle against her windshield. The soupy night obliterated the view of the glorious, jagged mountains rising on the horizon.
Another pickup rolled up next to her, the running boards caked with mud. A fleet of what looked like army types piled out, garbed in mud-brown shirts and camo pants. Fatigue lined their grimy expressions, as if they were just returning from a two-day march in full field gear.
The nearest army base was over 150 miles away, so the appearance of soldiers had her curiosity piqued. She watched them go in, and a reprimand formed on her lips about donning utility wear off duty. But, like her army psychologist had suggested, some time away from her fellow soldiers might help her heal.
Keep her from derailing twelve years of distinguished service with an ODPMC discharge — or, to her mind, the old Section-8, Maxwell Klinger designation.
She wasn't crazy. Just ... exhausted. Maybe.
She couldn't let the war follow her home. Let it destroy the best part of herself, the part she'd left behind in Montana.
The part of her that desperately needed a definition of life that included words like safe and normal.
Instead of, oh, say, deployment and Afghanistan.
And acronyms like PTSD.
Which meant she had to start living like a civilian and keep her military secrets safely tucked away if she intended on putting herself back together and returning to base, healed and fit for duty, by the end of the summer.
Kacey scrubbed the sleep out of her eyes, then got out, hunting ribs and a frothy homemade root beer.
The Pony might not have updated their exterior, with the roughhewn porch, the Old West-style sign, and neon beer ads in the windows, but inside, they'd overhauled for the next generation.
The honky-tonk tones of some country musician met her as she opened thick double doors, and she walked into the distinct intoxicating aroma of hickory barbecue.
She glanced to the front and almost expected to see cowboy crooner Benjamin King on stage at the back of the room, past the gleaming oak bar. Work-hewn muscles stretching out his black T-shirt, one worn cowboy boot hooked onto the rung of his stool, and wearing his battered brown Stetson over that unruly dark blond hair, Ben would grind out a love song in his signature low tenor, wooing every girl in the room.
His devastating blue eyes fixed only on her.
Kacey blew out a breath, letting the memory shake out, settle her back into reality.
Stopping for dinner at the Gray Pony would be a very bad idea if Ben hadn't long ago sprung himself from the grasp of Mercy Falls, his guitar slung over his shoulder, nary a glance behind. No, she wouldn't find him, a big star now with the country duo Montgomery King, back in this one-horse watering hole tucked in the shadow of Glacier National Park.
Now, Kacey scanned the room, getting her bearings. Roy had kept the taxidermied moose, rainbow trout, and black bear still posed over the bar, but the rest of the joint, from the themed barrel tables to the sleek leather barstools, suggested an upgrade. Along the wall, every few feet, flat screens displayed sporting events — bull riding, a UFC fight, a golf tournament, and a fishing show. And the adjacent hall that once hosted a row of worn pool tables now sported a shiny mechanical bull-riding pit.
Judging by the cheering of the fellas gathered at the rail, more than a few wearing Sweetwater Creek Lumber Co. shirts, the girl in the center of the ring offered up quite a show.
The saloon seemed to have upgraded their clientele from the obligatory cowboys and park workers to a large conglomeration of army, local law enforcement, and even what looked like young, long-haired hippies hoping to spend their summer in yurts and hiking the craggy routes of the Rocky Mountains, cameras hanging from their necks.
Waitresses squeezed through tables packed with hungry patrons, their trays stacked high with wings, onion rings, and nachos. An "oo-rah!" rose from a table of soldiers as one of the UFC fighters went down.
She recognized no one, which, of course, could be providential. Because they might not recognize her, either.
Kacey squeezed past a group of hikers perusing a map and nabbed the only empty barstool. She climbed up, took a napkin, and mopped up the remains of a frothy beer puddling on the counter.
"Sorry about that." This from the woman behind the counter, her dark hair pulled back in a long braid, her brown eyes quick as she surveyed the activity behind Kacey. She took a rag and wiped the counter. "I think the person sitting here stiffed me." She glanced at the door.
"Where did she —"
"He. I dunno. I don't see him. He wasn't in uniform, but he could be with the guard." She tossed the rag under the counter, grabbed a coaster. "We have specials on tap —"
"Do you still have the house root beer?"
A hint of a smile. "Home brewed, my daddy's recipe."
Her daddy ... seriously? Ah, sure, Kacey saw it now. Hair dyed black and about fifty pounds thinner. And of course, a decade in her eyes, on her face. She couldn't help but ask, "Gina McGill?"
The woman frowned. "Do I —"
"Kacey Fairing. I used to —"
"Date Ben King, yeah, wow, how are you?"
Kacey was going to say that she'd sat behind her in Mr. Viren's biology class, but she supposed Gina's version might be an easier association. "I'm good."
"I haven't seen you since, uh ..." And there it was. The prickly dance around Kacey's mistakes. The ones that had driven her out of Mercy Falls and into the army's arms.
"Prom," Kacey filled in, diverting, trying to make it easier for both of them. "Nice of your dad to let us host it here. One of my favorite high school memories."
"What are you up to?" Gina said, pulling out a frozen mug from the freezer, filling it with frothy, dark, creamy root beer from the tap.
"I'm a chopper pilot. For the army."
"Really? Wow. I suppose they called you in, huh? Rescuing people off rooftops?"
Kacey frowned. "Uh, not sure what you're talking about."
Gina set the mug on the coaster. "Oh, I thought you were here with the rest of the National Guard. The Mercy River is flooding, and all these guys are working twenty-four-hour shifts sandbagging upriver all the way down to the bridge."
Ah, that accounted for dinner in their field dress.
Kacey took a sip of the root beer, let the foam sit on her upper lip a second before licking it off. "Nope. Here on leave for the summer, although, yeah, I'll be doing some flying for Chet King's PEAK." See, that came out easily enough, no hitch, no hint at the past. No irony.
And no suggestion that she might not be fit to fly. Keeping her chopper in the air had never been her problem, thank you.
Besides, she needed this gig, if only to keep her sanity during the daylight hours. Too much idle time only invited the memories.
Gina offered her a menu. "Well, don't be surprised if Sam Brooks comes knocking on your door. The Mercy Falls EMS department has the PEAK team on full alert, and he's recruiting volunteers for the sandbag brigade."
Kacey perused the menu offerings. "Why is Sam doing the recruiting? Is Blackburn still sheriff?"
"Yeah. He'll be in office until he retires, probably. Sam is the deputy sheriff. So, the smoked BBQ ribs are half off now that it's after 10:00 p.m., and I think I could score you a basket of the fried calamari on the house."
"The ribs sound perfect, thanks, Gina," she said, handing her the menu. "And I'm game for the calamari too."
Kacey grabbed the mug, sipping as she turned in her chair, glancing at the band on stage, the lead singer now leaning into the mic, plucking out another Keith Urban ballad.
"I'm gonna be here for ya, baby ..."
Young, dark-haired, and not a hint of Ben's resonant twang. And yet just like that, Ben showed up, almost tangible in her mind, even after all these years. The smell of fresh air in his flannel shirt, his arms around her, lips against her neck.
Nope. She wrapped her hands around the cool glass.
She should probably also remember that Ben had made her believe in a different life. In the full-out happy ending. She should probably hate him for that.
On the dance floor, the cowboy and the coed from outside locked themselves in a slow sway. A few more couples joined them, and Kacey turned away, rubbing her finger and thumb into her eyes, slicking away the exhaustion.
"Working the flood?"
She looked up into the striking, blue eyes of the man who had slid onto the stool next to her. Brown, neatly trimmed hair and a smattering of russet whiskers, neatly clipped but just long enough to suggest a renegade attitude in a cultured life. He wore a camel-brown chambray shirt open at the neck, sleeves rolled up over strong forearms, a pair of faded jeans, scuffed cowboy boots, and the smell of money in his cologne. A rich, cowboy-wannabe tourist. And he had a low, rumbly voice that should have probably elicited some response, if she weren't so tired.
Really tired. "Nope."
From the end of the bar, a huddle of hikers roared as one of them landed a bull's-eye into the dart target. The man seemed to follow her gaze, frowned.
"I suppose the rain's cutting short your vacation," she said.
This got a laugh. Or a harrumph, she couldn't tell. "Naw. I'm over the park."
"That's a shame. So much beautiful country."
Did she imagine the shadow that crossed his eyes? Maybe, because in a blink it vanished. Instead, "Gina talked you into the calamari, huh?"
Gina had deposited the deep-fried squid, sided with creamy aioli.
Kacey reached for a twisty piece. "Why? Something I should be worried about?" She took a curl, dipped it into the spicy mayo.
He shook his head, took a sip of his own root beer. "I tried to tell Roy that nobody north of Denver has ever heard of calamari, but he wanted to add it. Something for the tourists ..." He lifted a nicely sculpted shoulder. "I think I'm the only one in five hundred miles ordering it."
So, not a tourist. But not exactly a local either.
"Rubbery." She wrinkled her nose. "Yeah, probably Roy should have stuck with cowboy food." She shoved the basket his direction. "Help yourself."
"Not for you?"
"I'm spoiled," she said, rinsing down the flavor. "I've spent the past year in Florida, seaside."
He seemed like a nice guy — maybe the right guy — to help erase old memories, find new ones.
Not that she was looking, really, but maybe, away from her rules on base, and with a longer stint home than normal, she might ...
A shout on the dance floor made her turn, and she saw that the cowboy she'd seen before on the porch was tussling with one of the hippies, this one wearing a park-logoed shirt.
Oops. Apparently that cute coed in his arms had cuddled up against the wrong demographic.
"We're dancing here," Cowboy said.
"And she's not your girlfriend!" the hippie retorted.
Next to her, the man, Mr. Rumble Voice, rose. "That's not pretty."
She glanced at him. "They'll be fine."
He wasn't the only one on his feet, however. A couple of the hikers on the far end of the bar separated from the group and edged toward the dance floor.
And the table of USC fans stopped cheering, eyes on the spectacle.
She took another sip of her root beer.
The voices raised, a few expletives thrown.
When Cowboy pushed the hippie, Rumble headed toward the dance floor.
And, shoot — like a reflex, Kacey found herself on her feet, as if still on duty, the cool-headed soldier she'd been for twelve years.
Stay out of it. The voice simmered in her head.
"Hey, guys," Rumble said, moving closer, hands up. "Let's just take this outside —"
Cowboy threw a punch at the hippie, and the room exploded. The hippies emptied their table, and of course Cowboy had a few hands he'd dragged in off the ranch.
And just like that, Kacey was dodging fists, zeroing in on the coed who started the mess. The girl held her mouth where someone had accidentally elbowed her.
Kacey maneuvered through the fray, caught the girl, and pulled her back toward the stage. "Are you okay?" If she remembered correctly, there was an exit just stage left ...
"I didn't mean to start this."
Kacey threw her arm over the girl's shoulder and ducked, heading toward the exit.
She didn't see it coming.
A body flew into her, liquid splashing over her as the weight threw her. Kacey slammed into the stage; pain exploded across her forehead.
The room spun, darkness blotchy against her eyes.
She sat there, just a moment, blinking.
Pull back, Kacey! Your position is compromised!
She shook her head to rid it of the voice but felt a scream rising when arms circled her, lifting —
"Oh no you don't!" Kacey shouted.
She thrashed against the embrace, elbowing her captor hard.
He made a sound of pain, but she followed with a hard uppercut to his jaw.
And landed on the floor.
The jolt of hitting the floor, the sense of movement around her, brought her back.
"What?" She blinked, clearing her vision.
Rumble peered down at her, holding his jaw. "You have quite a right hook, honey."
Oh. Boy. She made a face, but her forehead burned, and she pressed her hand against the heat of a rising bump. "Sorry. But —"
"My bad. But you need to get off the floor."
Voices now, loud, punching through the tension in the room.
He hesitated a second, then held out his hand.
She made a face, shook her head, and climbed to her feet. "I don't need help, thanks."
But she swayed, trying to find her balance on the wooden floor.
"Seriously, you look like you could go down."
"I'm fine." Only then did she realize the wetness down the front of her white T-shirt. And ... oh no. The odor of beer from her soaked shirt rose to consume her. That would play well when she arrived home. She pulled the shirt away from her body and removed her hand from her head. Then, "Wait ... that girl —"
"Jess has her."
Jess? She looked around and found the girl being led to a table by a pretty blonde, one of the hikers.
Rumble seemed to be debating grabbing her arm, but she gave him a look, and he simply led the way back to the counter. On the dance floor, the factions had separated, the musician was setting his mic back to rights. The hippies, angry, a few of them holding back their champion, congregated at their table. The cowboy stalked out of the bar, holding his hat, his posse shouting epithets as they trailed.
"The flood has everyone keyed up," Rumble said.
A man walked by, wearing a two-day scraggle of whiskers, dressed in a tight black shirt, Gore-Tex pants. Another one of the hikers. "Thanks, Ian," he said, clamping her not-needed rescuer on the shoulder.
Ian nodded after him. "Miles."
Apparently, this guy knew everyone in the saloon. "Ian? That's your name?"
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Another amazing book by Susan May Warren! This is the first in her new Montana Rescue Series, and takes a hold of your emotions from the start and doesn’t let go until the very last word on the very last page. The characters are intriguing, and so real, that you find yourself becoming a part of the whole town of Mercy Falls and the SAR team in particular. I love how the story takes a war hero and big country music star and brings them back together for healing, for forgiveness, and for self worth, and finding it all through the love of our God that never fails, never stops searching, and never lets us go. The story takes multiple story lines and characters, and weaves them together so seamlessly, while also taking the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions and adrenaline rushes. I can’t wait for book two to come out!
I started this series by Susan May Warren because of my love of Montana, especially the Glacier National Park area. Her heroes show bravery, excellent rescue skills, and risky living. With that said, they lack finesse in their relationships and fumble their love lives. Add in the adventure and you’ll keep moving through to the ending. I enjoyed this novel and liked the strong character development. A good recipe for a relaxing evening read. I received a copy of Wild Montana Skies from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given.
Secrets and guilt can chew away at you until all you can do is wait to be rescued. That’s what happened to Kacey and Ben. Kacey thought her secret was safe, but when Ben King came back to town everything started to unravel. Ben battled with guilt from his past and when he stumbled onto Kacey’s secret it turned his whole world upside down. This story is a great example of God’s unstoppable love for us if we just let go and let Him rescue us. Susan May Warren is a fantastic author who is skilled at storytelling. Her style of writing flows with action, suspense, drama, romance and sweet touches of God’s undying love! I loved getting to know these characters and visiting with a few from some of the author’s other series. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series because I know it will touch my heart just like this one did. I LOVED this book and HIGHLY recommend it!
Kacey's career as a helicopter pilot in the military has been derailed by a terrible crash. She decides to come home to Mercy Falls to lick her wounds and reconnect with her daughter. She doesn't expect to run into the man who broke her heart so many years ago. Ben, a country music star, returned home at his father's request to help manage the business while his father heals from an injury. But his father might be butting his nose where it doesn't belong, because somehow Kacey, the woman who broke his heart, is also helping. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of broken relationships because of misunderstanding that years and years later come together and realize that both of them viewed the break up completely different and if only they'd communicated better or been more mature. . . And that is exactly what this book is about. It took me a long time to get into the book. But once I did, the author's excellent writing captured my attention and kept me. There is a lot more to the story than just the two main characters. The plot was detailed and the characters had great dimension which added to the story and overshadowed my dislike of the romance part. Overall, definitely give this book a try, even if you share my views on that particular plot style. You won't be disappointed. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I was so excited to start a new series from Susan May Warren! It has all the elements I've come to expect from her writing- dynamic characters, a sense of family and community, drama and angst, and curl-your-toes romance! Even though I'm not normally a fan of the surprise baby/child trope, I was completely immersed in the relationship between Kacey and Ben since it takes such a unique twist... more than once! I loved that the author revealed bits and pieces of their past throughout the story so we could see how the two fell in love and it allowed me to hope that they would reconcile. Intertwined in their story is the continuation of Sierra and Ian's ill-fated romance from the prequel novella (which I highly recommend reading first!). Add to that the action and suspense from the rescues of the team, and this is a book that's impossible to put down! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Wild Montana Skies, is book one in the Montana Rescue Series by Susan May Warren and the first of her books that I’ve read. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. She has a unique writing style. The story offered a great Christian message and kept me engaged from page one. I also appreciated that the conflicts weren’t overdramatized. Wild Montana Skies tackles two hard topics, teen pregnancy and PTSD. It was a worthwhile read and I look forward to book two in the series.
Ben King is a Country music star now, but unaware that his father is up to something he has come home to help him. He is already to do what he has to when he sees his girlfriend from the past show up. Ben is not at all ready to even think of starting anything with another woman because of a bad recent experience. Kacey Fairing is a helicopter pilot who is also getting over a bad experience in Afghanistan while on her past military tour. Now what? Here they are both back in Mercy Falls, Montana. Will either of them be able to keep old feelings from getting in the way of their job? They have to work together during an emergency. I really enjoyed this story. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.
If you have never read a Susan May Warren book start now! Susan May Warren is known for her captivating characters and rich story lines and Wild Montana Skies is no exception. Also true to form is the compelling adventure that moves the story on like river rapids. Kacey and Ben are two runners. They both fled their mistakes and ultimately each other years back after high school and now they are both home again. Although flash floods and a decimated town bring them home, it is the buried away love they once shared that keeps them here. The story line is as powerful as it intriguing. The setting of the story, Glacier National Park and surrounding areas brings it own level of intensity and excitement to the plot. Warren writes it with crystal clear clarity. Old haunting grounds and similar circumstances reignite the past that Ben and Kacey shared. There is a strong family element in this story, not uncommon for Warren. The friends and family that surround the main characters are riveting in their own way. There's an element of what our families would do for us to protect not knowing if it’s the right choice in the end. And the power of forgiveness surrounding those choices. Wild Montana Skies also touches on the topic of PTSD, as Kacey is a military helicopter pilot returning home after a tragic accident in Afghanistan. The problems she faces are real and the power with which they hold in her life can be devastating. However there is hope. The faith element is evident in this story, both main characters are struggling with it but come from a solid base of Christian beliefs. "Having faith is the bravest thing we can do. It's the unwavering confidence that God loves us. That although we can't see the road ahead, we can see God." page 271, Wild Montana Skies I also love the contrast between the father's - one is a pastor and one is a judge. A perfect visual of the age-old battle within us of love versus the law. Lastly, there is a subplot that takes the main stage many times throughout the book. It is the up and down relationship of Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose. Although this is a great story in its own right, I found it very distracting to the main plot. It was like reading two books at the same time. This is becoming more common in fiction these days and is not a first time for Warren either. My personal preference is to do one at a time. However, Susan May Warren wrote a novella titled If Ever I Would Leave You. It is a free offering to her readers for signing up for her newsletter. It is my understanding that this story lays the foundation for the plot story of Ian and Sierra. I haven't read it, but looking at the synopsis I think it may have helped me not feel so yanked from the story. Check it out. I definitely recommend Wild Montana Skies to readers who love adventure, romance and strong characters. Stories that grab your heart and take a long time to let go are your thing? This is a perfect match for you. “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
A contemporary romance set in Montana and written by Susan May Warren is my idea of reading heaven. I'm not sure why but I have always loved Montana. Things always seem bigger and better there. And this new series from Susan is living up to that bigger and better tag. Even though this is a contemporary romance there is still an element of suspense that runs through the plot line. To me that is what made this particular novel so compelling. I think a sweet and sappy love story is a nice change now and then but I will take a tension filled drama hands-down every time. The two main characters are both broken in their own ways. Each of their stories weaves through the other's life even in ways that they don't understand. As the tale unfolded I found myself eagerly anticipating their ultimate healing, not just from the emotional wounds that they carried but also the spiritual hurts that went even deeper. If you're looking for an adventure along with your romance you can't go wrong with this one. Susan May Warren is a master storyteller and Wild Montana Skies showcases some of her best talent as a writer. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be published. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Kacey has been trying to escape the pain of her past for a long time. She is talented, tough, courageous, and haunted by her experiences in Afghanistan. Kacey has doubts and fears about making the transition from "fun mom" to "full-time mom" but she finds comfort in the skies as lead pilot of the area search and rescue team. Ben is only in town to help with search and rescue while his father recovers from an injury. The last person Ben expects to cross paths with after twelve long years without a word is his former flame, Kacey. His plans to get back to his music career as soon as possible pale in comparison to uncovering the truth of their shared past. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley and Revell Reads. The opinions expressed are my own.
This is only the second book of Susan May Warren’s that I have read, but I will be reading more. Since it is the first in a new series, I will be anxiously awaiting the next one. The story kept me interested and anticipating what was coming next. Often a series seems to wrap up one person’s story and move to another person in the next book. I felt like there were still some unanswered questions about Kacey and Ben, the lead characters in this story. If I listed those questions, it would give away too much of the book, so I will leave it to you to read the book to see if you feel everything was tied up in a neat little package, or if there were some strings still left to pull. Frankly, real life doesn’t work all that smoothly, so why should this book? As with any story, there were a number of supporting characters in addition to the lead characters. I could not find a single one who was perfect and without sin and mistakes in their lives. As the story develops, the past sins and mistakes of Ben and Kacey are more thoroughly examined but they were not alone. The Author’s Note at the end of the book starts with the opening verse of Amazing Grace. What an appropriate song to summarize the book as God’s amazing grace is seen throughout the book. I loved the message woven into the stories of some very interesting characters. I think the Montana Rescue series is going to do very well and recommend you start reading now to enjoy the suspense, action, romance, faith, and the angst as the characters struggle with their past and their future.
Surprisingly, I have only read one other book by Susan. I really liked that book I just haven’t gotten around to reading any others by her. I have to say I am looking forward to reading more in this series. She has introduced a wonderful cast of characters. The opening scene will have you hooked and will reel you in. There is so much going one, so many secrets, misunderstandings, miscommunication. I had to keep reading to see what really happened to end Ben and Kacey’s relationship. Susan did a great job just feeding the reader a little bit at a time, enough to keep you wanting more. Kacey and Ben both have gotten good at running away from things but in this book they have the to face all that they ran away from. Plus, there is another subplot playing out that I found just as engaging as the main plot. Just a great overall read. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Just take a moment to enjoy the cover and you have an idea of the role the hero plays. Ben King's a small town Montana boy who went to Nashville and made a name for himself, except now his career may be falling apart. Kacey Fairing is home from a tour as a military helicopter pilot. A crash haunts her, and the last thing she wants is to pick up where she left off 13 years earlier with Ben. However they're thrown together on a search and rescue team and have to confront the mistakes and misunderstandings of their past. Their story is the larger story with other characters introduced with subplots that will launch them into their own books. The masterful way the author made me care about all of the characters and threads is proof of why her books have won so many prestigious awards. If you've never tried her books, this is a great one to start with. If you have read Susie's books before, then Wild Montana Skies is one you need to read today!
"Wild Montana Skies" by author Susan May Warren is about a lady named Kacey Fairing who is a helicopter pilot that rescues people in distress. She has come back home to Mercy Falls and wants to spend time with her daughter. Kacey has just been in a crash while in the military and she wants to get over it and work in Montana. It seems as though she will not be able to forget her past because her old boyfriend, Ben, is also back in town to help his father who has been hurt. To make maters worse Mercy Falls is having floods and there is a state of emergency. Kacey and Ben have to work to save people affected. Do they have a chance to remember their feelings before they part ways again? Will they start to have feelings for each other once again? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine.
"... We're not lost - we just can't see the path. But God can." (192) Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren is a great start to the new series, Montana Rescue. Not the first, if you really want to start from the beginning, it would be with the prequel, If Ever I Would Leave You, but it's not necessary to read it before this one. Wild Montana Skies is filled with romance, adventure and drama, along with the message of forgiveness and second chances. I've always been fascinated by rescue teams, due to the nature of their work, and in this case, the danger it entails. The author captured every moment I would assumed if in such a situation very well, and that makes it thoroughly credible. In terms of characters, I'm particularly fond of the heroine, Kacey Fairing. She is one tough cookie, considering her background and who she is now in Wild Montana Skies. In this book, we learn about the misunderstandings and miscommunication between Kacey and Ben, even though it's not only the "mis-es" that separated the two in the first place. Come years later, each are back in their hometown of Mercy Falls, and their connection and fiery passion have not dwindle, despite what they both have thought and denied. There's much more to the complications of lost love. Then we have the story of Ian and Sierra in the background, still brewing and without a resolution since the prequel. I can't wait to read more, and that speaks true for Ian and Sierra's story, as well as what the author have in store for us next in the series. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
After reading the last series from this author, I had high expectations for this book. While it was still a great story, it didn't pack the emotional punch that the Christiansen series had. I was expecting to see a little more of the search and rescue side of the story. The author is still one of my favorites, though, and I enjoyed how she wove in the story of Sierra and Ian along with Ben and Kacey's. To be honest, I'm liking Ian and Sierra more, and I think their story is going to continue throughout the entire series. Plot: When they were teenagers, Ben King and Kacey Fairing were almost married. When things didn’t work out as they planned, Ben took off to Nashville to become a country music superstar and Kacey joined the Army as a helicopter pilot. Years later, they're both back home. Ben's helping out his injured dad while he tries to recover his career after being betrayed by the other half of his duo. Kacey wants to reconnect with her daughter Audrey and is starting a new job as pilot for PEAK Rescue. When Ben and Kacey are thrown together for a rescue after Audrey goes missing, sparks will fly. Meanwhile, founder of the PEAK Rescue team Ian and his assistant Sierra are at odds when information about Ian's niece's disappearance from two years ago comes to light. Characters: It took a little time for me to like Ben and Kacey. I couldn't relate to them very well. I didn't understand why they'd split up and how Kacey could leave her daughter with her grandparents during deployments. As the story progressed and their histories were revealed, I started to understand their motivations. I think Ben had a rough start, as my dislike for country music was one strike against him before I started reading. However, his show of character definitely redeemed him as the story progressed. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this story to those who enjoy contemporary inspirational romance. It's the first of the Montana Rescue series and can stand alone, but I'd suggest reading the prequel novella, If Ever I Would Leave You first. It introduces Ian and Sierra while giving some back story on a thread that will run through the series. I'm looking forward to learning more about the rest of the PEAK Rescue team and hopefully seeing more of Ian and Sierra in the next book! Rating: 4/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, WILD MONTANA SKIES is a story about search and rescue workers -- who have both moved on to bigger careers but find themselves both back home where there roots were, where their biggest hurts and regrets are, and where they both have obligations. Kacey got pregnant outside of marriage, and when her boyfriend--who'd proposed--spend the night in jail, then disappeared, left her baby with her parents and joined the Army. She made good money, supported her daughter, and all was good -- except for her regrets. Benjamin King was told Kacey never wanted to see him again. He followed his dream to Nashville and became a country music star--until another country star stole his songs... WILD MONTANA SKIES was a little slow starting, but by the time I got to chapter 5 I had to keep reading. I loved Ben's dad, it was neat seeing how another story worked into this one and I'm anxious to read the next book in the series to find out what happened to Esme -- of course, that might be dragged on into book 3 of the series. This has romance, but it is not pure romance. It is also adventure. Fans of Ms. Warren will inhale this book. I love how she works in spiritual truths into the lives of hurting individuals and shows how God can heal. A great read. Don't miss WILD MONTANA SKIES.
Who doesn't love a story of unrequited love? Cause I know I do! The back cover description is pretty much the summary of the first few chapters. After that, the story mainly focuses on Ben and Kacey finding their way back to each other and God. Wild Montana Skies had a similar vibe to the Team Hope Series, but Ben and Kacey and their romance were definitely the focus of the novel. So, the SAR (search and rescue) angle made a nice subplot, although I would love to see more of it in the next book! There's just something about Susan May Warren's writing style that flows really well, and this story was no exception. I appreciate how Ben and Kacey talked about the elephant in the room (and then the parade of baby elephants to follow), instead of dancing around it for chapters. I love how real, yet Christ-like the characters are. If they screw up, they own up to it. That's real life, my friends. In addition to Ben and Kacey's perspectives, we also get to see two other perspectives, Ian and Sierra. I can't wait to see how that turns out! ;) Four stars! Wild Montana Skies is the first book in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue Series. I'm looking forward to the next book, Rescue Me, releasing January 2017! I received a copy of Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
Wild Montana Skies is a great story and the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting series! Susan May Warren never fails to delight me with her excellent characterization and engaging story lines, and I eagerly await each new book she releases! Kacey Fairing and Ben King are strong characters who share a complicated history. Back in Mercy Falls, the state of emergency these two find themselves in is caused by more than rising floodwaters. I really enjoyed Kacey and Ben’s journey of faith and forgiveness as well as their rediscovered romance. I also enjoyed continuing Ian and Sierra’s story which began in the prequel novella, If Ever I Would Leave You. Wild Montana Skies pairs adventure and romance and leaves me wanting more of the Montana Rescue series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Wild Montana Skies is book 2 in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. Kacey Fairing is returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana to take a break from her military career to recover emotionally from her tour in Afghanistan. She has taken a job as a helicopter pilot working search and rescue. The area is being devastated with flooding and she is thrown into her new job very quickly. Ben King has come home to help his aging father after the father is involved in an accident. His father is not accepting his physical limitations very well. His father is also involved in the search and rescue organization Kacey is now working for. With his father’s limitations, Ben steps in to help with rescues. He and Kacey have a background together and they have not seen each other since they were young. When Ben was in trouble, he turned to Kacey’s father who told Ben to leave town to try to become the music star her dreamed of. Even after all these years, even after Ben has become a big music star, Kacey’s father still believes he did the right thing by keeping Kacey and Ben apart and continues to try to do so. A church group of young people are stranded with the flooding going on in the area. It quickly becomes know that Kacey’s daughter is among the group. The daughter that she had as a young girl herself. A daughter her parents were raising for her because after realizing she was going to be a single mother, she enlisted in the military to make a living for herself and her daughter. This is a very good book! I am so glad that Susan has started a new series. I just love her stories. Just like her others, this one has real life type situations focusing on family. The story also has suspense that keeps the story moving and of course romance. The main part in the story that stands out for me is when Kacey is struggling with questions about her life, her friend tells her, “ The only one who can give you the answer to all your questions is God.” Her friend continues to tell her that maybe God brought her home to save her and to redeem her mistakes. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.
Wild Montana Skies is a great start to author Susan May Warren’s newest series Montana Rescue. We are dropped into a natural disaster and we get to meet the team of PEAK rescue. This story focuses the most on the romance and back story of Kacey Fairing and her high school sweetheart and now country music star sensation, Ben King. When these two reunite it goes as well as expected when there are unresolved issues, bitterness, and anger. And to top that off, Ben finds out about a life changing decision 13 years in the making. I was really rooting for these two to kiss and make up and get back to the life they always wanted. There was a lot of angst and drama with a few side stories going on in the background. We do get to meet other characters who make up the rescue team and Susan May Warren just scratches the surface of their stories. This series has already started off on a high note and I look forward to revisiting Montana and getting a resolution for a couple more of these characters. I think this might just be my favorite Susan May Warren book to date. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.
When I received this book, I didn't expect the depth that the author provided. I thought it might be a more "fluffy" romance novel, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually very layered. Ben and Kacey have both tried - and failed - to get over their teenage relationship. Now they are thrown back together again in an exciting environment on the Search and Rescue helicopter team. They have both been pretty lost for a very long time, and both need to find a way to forgive the other and work on their relationships with God. There were many secondary characters that added some detail and depth to the story. I did feel that the Judge's role in Ben and Kacey's past and present was glossed over a bit too nicely. The action in the book kept the reader interested. I felt that the action was well-paced, and the main characters unfolded nicely throughout the book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I recommend it. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.