A thrilling beginning to this series... The Way of the Brave and The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren (Reviews)

Check out my reviews of the first two books in this new series from Susan May Warren below...

The Way of the Brave
(Global Search and Rescue #1)
By Susan May Warren
Christian Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
January 7th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company


Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure--and his injuries--has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team, but he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what's needed to prevent another tragedy--but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They'll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

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My Review

THE WAY OF THE BRAVE is a nonstop thrill ride of danger while friends climb through ice and snow in Alaska. Fully fleshed characters, friendship, and romance make this intense story a read that entertains just as much as it pulls on the heart. Highly recommended to Christian romantic suspense fans!

I loved these characters from the beginning! I loved the friendships, the underling plots and suspense, the danger, and the romance. The dialogue and interactions were all marvelously written, as was the chemistry between some of the characters. Once I got all the characters down, it was easy to keep them straight as they are each individually different with their own weaknesses and strengths. I especially loved Orion and Jenny and am looking forward to more to Jake and Aria's story in the next book. The inspirational element felt genuine and was weaved through the story well.

My one criticism would be that the mishaps got to be a bit much after so many things just kept going wrong. Just slight overkill there. That would be it though, and the intensity really never lags once it gets going.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fantastic start to this series! If you like romance, friendship, suspense in the form of dangerous snow and ice, and great characters this is one series to definitely add to your list.

Content: Some violence, a bit of innuendo, and one suggestive scene that doesn't go anywhere.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Heart of a Hero
(Global Search and Rescue, #2)
By Susan May Warren
Christian Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 366 Pages
June 2nd 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company


Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. rescue team. Saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. Now he can't get her out of his head, and when he hears she is in the path of a hurricane down in Key West he can't help but jump on a plane to rescue her.

Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Now driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn't been for Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he's also dangerous, and she's already lost one person she loves. She can't bear it again.

It's not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love?

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My Review

THE HEART OF A HERO is another thrilling ride in this series, this story being part military suspense and part rescue mission. The characters are well drawn, the romance has plenty of tension, and there's a strong religious element as these characters deal with their demons. Recommended to fans of the author and Christian romantic suspense.

I really loved the beginning of this story when Jake and Aria first reconnect and the bit of jostling and jealousy that ensues. Then there's Jake who takes off after Aria, which I found quite endearing right there. He totally wears his heart on his sleeve for her even though she keeps rejecting him. This title is really perfect for this story because Jake can't help being a hero and I loved him for it! Then there is Aria. She is very skilled as a doctor with amazing smarts, but she isn't so smart in some other areas of her life. She's got a huge heart and can't help but care for others even if it means her staying through a hurricane. I really liked Jake and Aria together with the chemistry between them and all the fun banter. Jake's dialogue made me laugh on multiple occasions and he's also got all the swoon-worthy lines too. The other characters were also interesting as was Ham's storyline in the background. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what happens next with that in the third book, THE PRICE OF VALOR.

I did also have a few issues with this story. I got a bit tired of the back and forth between Jake and Aria, particularly in regards to Aria since it was mostly on her side. One minute she's falling in Jake's arms and the next she's seething mad at him. Just very dramatic and a bit immature. There also was a really strong religious aspect to this story with lots of counsel and words from one of the characters that sometimes felt like a sermon rather than a natural conversation. A lot of that was repeated too as the characters seemed to get it and then didn't and they started all over. I think that could have been edited more and worked through the story in a better way. I also felt a bit torn between the two storylines. I understood why Ham's storyline needed to continue in this book, but since it also mixes with a prior series a bit, it felt like things were glossed over and not fully developed in places—like the author was trying to do too much.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an entertaining read with climatic elements due to a hurricane, criminals loose on an island, and a man trying to find his thought-dead wife. Great characters, a delightful romance, and the heart of a father desperate to make sense of things made for a wonderful story.

Content: Some violence and a bit of innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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