I look for three things in a book:
- Characters I love and relate to
- A plot that moves without unnecessary internal navel gazing
- Multiple story threads that intersect
- A satisfying ending
Why I love Susan May Warren’s books:
- Characters who emerge from the page as real and fully developed people
- Engrossing and exciting action that moves the story forward
- An overarching mystery or story that ties the others together
- The main protagonists end with a deeper understanding of themselves, God, and they usually get the love of their life.
STORM FRONT has all that and more. Much more.
The story starts about nine months after TROUBLED WATERS (the most recent book in the series) and about eighteen months after A MATTER OF TRUST (when Ty and Brette met, in Gage and Ella’s story).
Ty Remington blames himself for the helicopter accident that nearly killed his friend and mentor, Chet King, and ruined Ty’s knee. He ignores the fact that he hiked out in a snowstorm with a broken knee and saved Chet’s life. He’s been unable to fly and feels like he’s just a hanger-on and pizza fetcher for the PEAK rescue team.
For the past eighteen months, he can’t get journalist Brette Arnold out of his mind. They only knew each other for two days, but they’d developed a bond. Or at least he thought they had. He can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong and that she needs him.
Brette ran from Ty when she got a devastating medical diagnosis. She convinced herself he was better off without her. And she didn’t need rescuing or anyone taking care of her. Except she did. She really did.
As STORM FRONT opens, Brette is on the mend and working with a crew of storm chasers. She and Ty both happen to be at the aftermath of a tornado in Minnesota. Brette’s co-worker’s younger brother is missing and so is Chet King, Ty’s mentor.
As soon as he sees Brette, Ty knows he was right. Something was wrong, terribly wrong.
Brette and Ty work together to find the missing people after the tornado. In the process, they find the spark they shared is still warm and it takes only a kiss to fan it into a flame.
But they both have some deep issues they have to deal with before they can become the people God has designed them to be.
The secondary couple in this couple is Ben King and Kacey Fairing, who we met in the first book in this series, WILD MONTANA SKIES.
The next and final book in this series will be Pete and Jess’s story.
Warning: STORM FRONT ends with a heckuva cliff hanger that leads into that final book.
I received a free copy of STORM FRONT from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.