Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style

Friday, November 11, 2016

Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Revell Books
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Series: Montana Rescue, Book One
Rating: ★★★★

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style 
This novel is a kind of restart for the Christy-award winning talents of Susan May Warren. If the accolades weren’t enough, the reader love of Warren’s pen proves she’s a rare talent whose stories never cease to excite, entertain, and enchant.  
Nashville has been the best and worst of times for country crooner Benjamin King. His first record sold well, but his fledgling career since then demanded he take on a partnership role. The duo Montgomery King was formed as a bandage to his sinking passion. Then, some 13 years later, Ben returns to his Montana hometown and locks eyes with Kacey Fairing, the girl he never stopped loving. 

Kacey is like a balm to his soul. Once engaged to marry his high school sweetheart, Ben’s arrival home again uncovers more than one secret about their past that shatters and heals them in more ways than one.

This novel is a kind of restart for the Christy-award winning talents of Susan May Warren. She not only returns to her storyteller roots, but also a new publisher. If the accolades weren’t enough, the reader's love of Warren’s pen proves she’s a rare talent whose stories never cease to excite, entertain, and enchant. This latest novel further enforces her skill. Wild Montana Skies returns to the basics of the genre she has roots in; romantic suspense. Since Warren’s “Team Hope” series was among the first I ever read by her, returning to this genre is sort of like a “homecoming.”

This story is a fabulous example of everlasting love and the power of family. The family dynamics were, in fact, some of my favorite parts of this book. Something I liked was, that while some of the people in Kacey’s family did wrong by her, they were open to the possibility the choice they made might be wrong. Or the reader feels this is entirely possible before the book ends. The romance is also a charming part of the book. I adored how Ben loved Kacey with unchecked abandon and Kacey, though rigid because of her training, was no less sure. Her emotions (safeguarding her heart) were safely kept hidden away for fear of showing weakness.

Those who like Susan’s backlist or anyone in this genre are going to be swept into this new story. The characters are memorable (especially how everything is set up for future novels), the pacing really well integrated, and best of all, the underlying mystery. I wasn’t convinced I’d like the secondary story between Ian and Sierra. This isn’t because I didn’t like them as characters, more because I don’t tend to like secondary stories that “overtake” the primary. But as I read the story, Warren convinced me theirs is a story worth the patience and investment. (Though to be honest, if their perspectives in ‘Skies’ is a teaser, the back-and-forth, will-they-or-won’t-they might ruffle my patience.)

For those unconvinced this is the right story for them, you can read Susan’s prequel novella, If I Ever Would Leave You. This introduces us to Ian and Sierra and also sets up the mystery that will, presumably track throughout this Montana Rescue series. Get lost in Warren’s new series this weekend with Wild Montana Skies. Around the bend, there is a team of heroic men and women waiting to rescue you with their wonderful stories.

Synopsis: 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? – Goodreads

Coming Next from Susan May Warren: When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love. – Goodreads, January 2017 

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book.

Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com 


  1. I knew you'd like this one, Rissi! I do agree with you on the Ian & Sierra thing--if they're "will they or won't they" for the entire series, I may want to throw something :-) But I do have faith that Warren will make it work.

    1. I was 100% sure I would too, Becky. So glad we were both right. :)

      Like you, I will read this series no matter what happens with Ian and Sierra because it's Warren, but the back and forth wears thin. *sigh*

      Glad we both enjoyed this one - and am glad you stopped by!

  2. "Around the bend, there is a team of heroic men and women waiting to rescue you with their wonderful stories. " SUCH a great take-away! Yes, this novel is full of so much: family dynamics, a great love story, adventure, etc. I'm personally team "Ian & Sierra", so I hope Susan ends up with them together. It will be interesting to see where these characters go in the rest of the series, for sure!

    1. I have a strong feeling eventually Ian and Sierra will end up together. In the meantime, I will confess, they're going to frustrate me to no end. Land sake, in this book I wanted to give them a Gibbs head slap. (NCIS reference there. :D)

      I agree! I read the synopsis for Rescue Me after reading this one and I'm already hopeful. Sounds like these characters are going to give us many amazing adventures. Glad you stopped by, Courtney. :)


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