Troubled Waters – Susan May Warren – Montana Rescue #4 – Revell – Published 2 January 2018




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

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

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

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

My thoughts

Troubled Waters is the brilliant and adventure-filled fourth book in the Montana Rescue series. Just like its three predecessors and the other novellas in this wonderful series, Troubled Waters combines some seriously epic misadventures, brave men and women who run headlong into disasters to rescue others, and long-awaited romance.

When billionaire Ian Shaw started PEAK Rescue he had no idea just how much it would change his life. But now his fortune has been liquidated, his niece is still missing, and Sierra Rose has walked out of his life (albeit after he fired her). When the PEAK helicopter crashes and needs serious funding for repair, Ian and Sierra join together once more to host a fundraiser on Ian’s yacht. Three days together might just be enough to save their friendship, if they can survive the sea that suddenly turns treacherous.

Finally, finally, we fortunate readers have Ian and Sierra’s story. This is the romance for which we (or at least I) have been waiting, ever since the very first prequel novella in the series gave us a glimpse into the possibility of Ian and Sierra. Since then, together and apart, they have faced heartbreak, misfortune, and collapsed houses, watched friends and family fall in love, and continued their search for answers.

For Sierra, there really isn’t any one with whom she would rather be stranded on a deserted island than Ian Shaw (except maybe Bear Grylls). Finally alone together as they face the elements and the unfolding tragedy, she and Ian have the chance to confess their true feelings. But there are still secrets to be revealed and they threaten everything. The romance is everything and more. Slow burning chemistry, a shared history, a foundation of friendship; watching Ian and Sierra finally confess their feelings was wonderful and totally worth the wait.

As with the previous books in this series, there are multiple storylines unfolding at once. As Sierra and Ian’s story has been continued in books one to three, so Troubled Waters progresses Jess and Pete’s story. I really fell for Pete in this book. He lays his heart on the line, risks it all, and is man enough to give Jess exactly what she needs. Their story is sure to be continued in book five, Storm Front, which will feature Ty and Brette’s story.

I highly recommend that readers read the Montana Resuce series in chronological order, including the novellas. While each book has a complete plot line, the overall series storyline makes more sense when read in full and the individual stories of each character do begin and continue throughout each book. It would also deepen the whole experience to read each and every book in this amazing series. And why not? Because if you like suspense, adventure, strong characters, amazing romance, friendship, soul searching and faith, then the Montana Rescue series is perfect for you.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category: Fiction

Genre: Christian suspense.

Themes: Adventure, missing persons, boats, romance, relationships, ship wreaks. 

Published: 2 January 2018 by Revell.

Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 352 pages.

ISBN: 9780800734848

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