Friday, August 4, 2017

A MATTER OF TRUST by Susan May Warren

Gage Watson is known for his award winning skills at backcountry snowboarding.  But when a snowboarder died and Gage was blamed, he was sued and lost all his sponsorships.  Wanting to remain in the mountains, he now works ski patrol and also joined the PEAK Rescue team, in an attempt to rebuild his life.  Ella Blair had a major crush on the famous Gage Watson.  She finally got to meet him and it was instant attraction.  The future seemed very promising until, as a junior attorney, she’s finds herself on the team that was suing Gage Watson.  Three years later, Ella returns to Glacier National Park to find her brother who is going to attempt a very dangerous peak once done by Gage.  Ella begs Gage for his help in finding her brother but how can he help the woman who cost him his career?  And not only does she want his help but she insists on going with him.  He finally agrees to let her go and they soon fall into a comfortable rhythm as old feelings begin to stir.  But both will have to face not only the extreme elements but a truth that Ella has yet to share.

Wow!  This story was intense and pretty much kept my heart racing from beginning to end.  I felt like I was right there on the mountain with them, taking in the scenery as well as feeling the apprehension of their tasks.  I really liked Gage and the down-to-earth kind of guy he was.  Ella was someone that I could be friends with; no pretense, just real.   I enjoyed watching the two of them together.  The romantic tension was beautifully done and keeps you rooting for them all the way through.  The secondary stories going on, and there are several, really added a lot to the story.  That said, I would recommend reading this series in the order it was written, for a much richer reading experience.  I have enjoyed all the books in the Montana Rescue but I have to say this was my favorite so far.  I just felt like everything flowed together really well.  There is a conclusion to this story but the secondary stories are left for the next book which I cannot wait to read!  A Matter of Trust is a high octane, tightly written adventure you won’t want to miss!

*This complementary copy was provided by Revell through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A few moments from the story:

I thought by doing the right thing, it would protect me, and him.  But life doesn’t work that way.  Doing what’s right comes at a cost.  I just wasn’t ready for it.”

“Chet says the same thing.  That we shouldn’t base God’s desire to help us on our opinions of ourselves.  Otherwise we’d always be in over our heads.  We need to start believing that he wants to help us.  Even when we make mistakes.”

Their eleven-person team consisted of three EMTs - Gage, Pete, and Jess - their chopper pilot Kacey Fairing, their administrative assistant Sierra Rose, team incident commander Miles Dafoe, country crooner Ben King, and his father, Chet, who started the team way back with it’s founder, Ian Shaw, and their sheriff department liaison, Sam Brooks.

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