Thursday, March 14, 2024

One Last Shot by Susan May Warren: Book Review

  *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

When country music star Oaken Fox joins survivalist Mike Grizz's new adventure show in the Alaskan wilderness, he just wants to boost his fan base. But when tragedy strikes, and Air One Rescue must save them, Oaken just wants to quit. Too bad his producer has other plans—signing him on with Air One Rescue as a recruit and making a reality show...

EMT Boo Kingston did not join Air One Rescue to train a celebrity. But she's a rookie to the team, so yes, she'll train Oaken and keep him alive and not for a minute pay attention to his charm...

And then five women go missing from a resort during a bachelorette weekend gone south. Now, Air One and the rescue team will have to use all their skills--and manpower, including Oaken--to find them before a blizzard settles in. But can they work together before tragedy strikes?

Although I attended the U of Minnesota, I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer—having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia, Russia as a missionary for eight years. That’s why my characters seem to get into one scrape after another—they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.

And my 'official' bio:

With nearly 2 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA, and Carol award-winning author of over ninety novels. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has penned contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, rom-coms, and Christmas novellas. With books translated into eight languages, she's a USA Today, ECPA and CBA bestseller, and has received numerous starred Publisher Weekly reviews. Library Journal says, "Warren’s characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance.”

Susan is a nationally acclaimed writing coach, and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year. She is the founder of Novel.Academy, author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation, and a founding partner of Sunrise Media Group.

Susan May Warren never fails to deliver a great story that is full of faith, romance, adventure and suspense... and One Last Shot is a great example of that!

This was the first book in a new series, and oh what a start it was! In this series, we meet country music star Oaken Fox as he's trying to restore his reputation and career with a reality TV appearance. Plans change when tragedy strikes, and he finds himself training with Air One Rescue with EMT Boo Kingston. She's had her fair share of experience with reality TV and wants no part of it. The two connect, but due to events in their past have a lot to work through to make it all work. 

There is a LOT going on in this story. Being the first in the series, of course we're getting to know several new characters, but on top of that we have two characters with complicated pasts, a reality TV show and all the complications that can bring, an Alaskan blizzard, multiple tragedies and yes, even a murder. Like I said, it's a LOT going on... and yet, it all comes together wonderfully in a story that I couldn't get enough of. I was at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next...while also really loving how the romance between Oaken and Boo balanced perfectly with the suspense. This book gives a bit of a preview about some things to come, and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to see what happens next. 

If you love Christian romantic suspense and epic adventures, you'll definitely want to start this series! If you're already a fan of Susan May Warren, you'll appreciate a few familiar characters popping up throughout... but you can definitely enjoy this one if it's the first of her books too. 

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