A Reason To Live Series: Reason #3
Also in this series: A Reason to Breath, A Reason To Kill
Published by Self-published on February 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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WARNING: Author believes in soul mates and insta-love, proceed with caution if you're not a romantic at heart.
Love's greatest cure is salvation of one’s soul.
Shane Sherman has a problem. Well, two, actually. One has auburn hair and pale-green eyes, and the other? . . . Is a secret. One he doesn't want to talk about. But all that changes when Sage comes to town.
Sage Sloan is being stalked. So she runs to Trails End and the bravest man her sister said she'd ever met. Sergeant Shane Sherman.
Sparks fly, tempers flare, and bears misbehave as Shane and Sage find a way to coexist in Trails End. That is, until a killer comes to call. Then all bets are off. Shane isn't about to lose his saving grace.
This is the third and final book in the Reason Series.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Rated R for sexual content and language and M for Maxine.
A Reason to Live was great. Maxine alone was magnificent in this new (and last→read with whiny and teary voice) installment, but Shane and Sage as a couple were pretty fantastic too. Add to that we get to visit with Jess & Jack, while Mia & Max are another common fixture in this one which made it positively marvelous for me.
Shane was the definition of an alpha, bossy and possessive male… when he finally pulls his head out of his ass that is. Suffering mildly from PTSD and a crushing guilt for the loss of his men in combat, he is specially weighed for failing to keep a young woman under his command safe.
Sage just so happens to be that girl’s older sister, and this proves a crucial obstacle to their relationship at first.
Sage, a counselor working with Child Protective Services, has known abuse during her life at the hands of her step-father and is now set on not letting any kids suffer as she did. For the last six months she’s been receiving disturbing messages, and the police can’t do anything about the stalker until they become a physical threat. Spooked to Hell and back, Sage decides to leave town and lay low see if this crazy person forgets about her. In the letters her little sister wrote to her during her deployment she had waxed poetic about her Commanding Officer, Sargent Sherman and how he was a man of honor, and pretty much all that a man should be, and that’s how Sage ends up in Trails End.
When Shane and Sage finally meet, they feel a connection and the insta-start of something, however, Shane is not willing to let anything good happen to him. Not when he failed his duty, and especially by becoming involved with a woman whose eyes (so similar to her sister’s) take him both to Heaven and Hell at the same time.
Fortunately for all of us, Maxine won’t let Shane waste the chance of true love coming for him, and immediately takes Sage under her mildly inappropriate and hilarious wing. Soon enough Shane starts to cave… and the rest as we know is history.
Well, there’s mystery with Sage’s stalker, a bit of drama with Shane’s state of mind and all that has to happen for him to see the light, lots of sexiness as expected from Ms. Smith, and laughing. There were tons of laughing and smiling like a crazy person for me in this book.
“What it means to be mine… don’t you get it? After months in the dark, you’ve woken me up. All I see now is you. I can hear your heart beating from across the room. It calls to me. Beats for me. This, this right here is all that matters. Nothin’ else. Only you.”
This book was just awesome. I loved it. I would have loved to have a bit more time of Sage and Shane being together (it does take Shane half the book and a very strong wake-up call to get his crap together) and then there’s a lot of action going on. There’s also a lot of action going on when they finally get together… so I’m not complaining… much. But what will ever happen to Chester? And Barry, and Jake? And I definitely want to know Parker’s story… so Ms. Smith, I don’t care about what you’ll write, but you need to get on with it ASAP.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Stars
✰✰ABOUT THE AUTHOR✰✰
CP Smith writes Romance with a Twist. She believes books should be about escape rather than reality. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and five children.
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