21 January 2016

Review: Rescue Me by Lara van Hulzen

Solid End to Trilogy

Amazon Description

Keith is a soldier with a wounded heart.
Torie’s secrets haunt her.
Can they trust love enough to mend what’s broken?

Torie Walker is a police officer with a past she’d like to stay hidden from. Staying at her best friend’s cabin in the mountains over Christmas is just what she needs. However, when a handsome cowboy saunters into her life, she takes the risk and trusts him with her secrets.

Keith Scott is a United States Marine. Home for the holidays, he intends to spend a quiet Christmas with his family. What he doesn’t plan on is Torie Walker, a woman who mends his heart and makes him want to love again.

My Review

Torie and Keith are both damaged in their own ways, Torie through her difficult upbringing (understatement) and Keith through his overseas services with the Marines. Their respective pasts means they are both hesitant about entering into a romantic relationship, despite the sizzling chemistry between them. There is also the faith aspect: Keith believes in God, but Torie hasn’t got to that place yet despite attending church with a friend.

Rescue Me is Christian romance, but a little more edgy than some (and some readers might not like the fact that Torie’s journey to faith is implied rather than explicit—or the fact Keith becomes attached to her even without her being a believer). However, it’s definitely a clean read even as Keith and Torie explore their attraction and try and see whether they are ready to get over their respective pasts and make a relationship work.

While this was a perfectly good romance, I did miss the suspense present in the first two books in the series, Remember Me and Come to Me. In contrast, while Rescue Me promised a suspense subplot at the beginning with the mention of Torie’s father, it turned into more of an underutilised thread. However, Rescue Me can be read as a standalone novel, and anyone who hasn’t read the first books in the series isn’t going to be bothered.

Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.

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