The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts, #2)
Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He's come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.When danger descends on the cabin where they're huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection--and in the process he might just win her heart as well.

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts, #2) Details

TitleThe Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219306
Rating
GenreHistorical, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Westerns

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts, #2) Review

  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    I finished listening to this in a little over a day. I think I liked this even better than the first book in the series. Like all of Mary Connealy's books, this is chock full of action and danger. It literally starts with the characters in immediate peril of death. That's just what I'm looking for in a book, lol. The characters were actually fairly toned down for this author's writing style, though they still have a tendency to be impulsive. I expect large, almost unrealistic personalities in t I finished listening to this in a little over a day. I think I liked this even better than the first book in the series. Like all of Mary Connealy's books, this is chock full of action and danger. It literally starts with the characters in immediate peril of death. That's just what I'm looking for in a book, lol. The characters were actually fairly toned down for this author's writing style, though they still have a tendency to be impulsive. I expect large, almost unrealistic personalities in this author's books. That's just how she writes, so it doesn't bother me. I know some people didn't like the first book so much because Trace's approach to Christianity is a little...different after so many years of living by himself. This book is a little more traditional in its approach, fitting with the main character's more traditional view on life. So if you had issues with the first book there, you won't have the same issue with this book. There is some depth to this book, more than the last one, but it's still a Mary Connealy book. It's meant to be a rip-roaring adventure and everything else takes a back seat to that. And this one certainly delivered on the adventure part!!!After reading this book, I can't wait for the third book in the series!
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  • Sarah Ruut
    January 1, 1970
    Cam just wants to take his kids. Gwen just wants to protect them. And yet the crazy man who’s after them doesn’t want either to happen…The Reluctant Warrior is an entertaining historical romance. If you’re looking for a deep story, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something lighthearted? Well, that’s what Mary Connealy is known for!Discover Nevada in its early days, laugh (or shake your head) at the missteps along the way, and keep flipping pages to see just how this story will end.The R Cam just wants to take his kids. Gwen just wants to protect them. And yet the crazy man who’s after them doesn’t want either to happen…The Reluctant Warrior is an entertaining historical romance. If you’re looking for a deep story, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something lighthearted? Well, that’s what Mary Connealy is known for!Discover Nevada in its early days, laugh (or shake your head) at the missteps along the way, and keep flipping pages to see just how this story will end.The Reluctant Warrior is book 2 in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. I did not read the first (The Accidental Guardian), but I was able to follow the story without difficulty. I suspect some things would have had more meaning if I’d read the first, and the loose threads will hopefully be tied up in book 3. Since the stories are chronological, you’ll want to read them in order if you plan to read the entire series.(This review was first published on my blog -- sarahruut.com. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior returns readers to the story and characters first discovered in The Accidental Guardian. The Reluctant Warrior is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series and it is a series I have come to really enjoy. With the harsh but glorious surrounds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as backdrop, these stories combine sweet romance that develops out of the toughest situations and tense thrills and heart-pounding suspense as the characters fight for their lives and for justi The Reluctant Warrior returns readers to the story and characters first discovered in The Accidental Guardian. The Reluctant Warrior is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series and it is a series I have come to really enjoy. With the harsh but glorious surrounds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as backdrop, these stories combine sweet romance that develops out of the toughest situations and tense thrills and heart-pounding suspense as the characters fight for their lives and for justice.Cameron Scott, now retired from the Union army, only wishes to retrieve his daughter and nephew and take them to his new home - a parcel of land marked to become a thriving ranch. But the children are terrified of him and instead cling to the woman who has cared for them in the past months. When a determined killer once again trains his sights on the small group huddled together in the wild winter, Cam must extend his time with the annoying Gwen Harkness. Yet the threat of danger and the chance to get to know and love his children give him an opportunity to learn more about Gwen, and Cam finds she just might be the answer to his troubles.While I’ve never been a huge fan of Mary Connealy’s writing, (sorry, I think that’s totally on me and nothing wrong with the author herself), I love these stories of romance in the face of survival in harsh landscapes and troubled circumstances. While the writing is a little stilted - repetitive and simplistic - in places, it suits the ruggedness of the story and characters. In The Reluctant Warrior there is fabulous character development as Cameron - with Gwen’s help - learns to become softer, kinder and more considerate. While their story might start from feelings of dislike and irritation, Gwen and Cam share an undeniable spark, which helps as they turn an arrangement of sort-of convenience into one of mutual respect and love.Along with the romance and story of Gwen and Cam learning to get along, care for the children and starting their own family unit, which was my favourite sections of the book, there is plenty of tension and action as the killer from book one returns with revenge on his mind.I look forward to reading the third book in the series.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Mary Connealy continues her High Sierras Sweethearts series with this second offering and it's so good! Cameron Scott, former Union army officer, is used to barking out orders and having men obey his every word. But now he's come to the High Sierras to take his daughter and nephew home with him and the folks that have been caring for them don't want them to leave. And to make matters worse, both children are scared to death of him. He's been trapped by a blizzard all winter with these folks, cha Mary Connealy continues her High Sierras Sweethearts series with this second offering and it's so good! Cameron Scott, former Union army officer, is used to barking out orders and having men obey his every word. But now he's come to the High Sierras to take his daughter and nephew home with him and the folks that have been caring for them don't want them to leave. And to make matters worse, both children are scared to death of him. He's been trapped by a blizzard all winter with these folks, characters from the previous novel, and one of them, Gwen Harkness, is determined that he is not going to take the children away from her. Then danger arrives at the cabin where they are all huddled to wait out the winter. Cam is injured trying to protect them and now Gwen has to care for him. He's pretty sure she'd just as soon let him die as to save him, too. Then he begins to realize why these children love her so much. But the danger is not going away and they must all stay on high alert if they want to stay alive.Mary Connealy has once again brought her readers a book worthy to be placed on the keeper shelf! I know her books sit on mine. This one really touched me with its spiritual message, too. We don't have to fear when we know Christ as our Savior. She has also left enough intrigue to draw readers back for the third book in the series. I can't wait.*My thanks to Bethany House publishers for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This book picks up shortly after the first book leaves off--a couple months later, but everyone is still solidly snowed in for the winter, and the situation from the end of book one hasn't really changed. Thus I highly recommend starting with book 1, as they are quite interconnected.Some days one just needs a lighthearted story where the good guys are good (though definitely not perfect), the bad guys are bad (and through some soul-searching, this villain determines that yes, he just really like This book picks up shortly after the first book leaves off--a couple months later, but everyone is still solidly snowed in for the winter, and the situation from the end of book one hasn't really changed. Thus I highly recommend starting with book 1, as they are quite interconnected.Some days one just needs a lighthearted story where the good guys are good (though definitely not perfect), the bad guys are bad (and through some soul-searching, this villain determines that yes, he just really likes being bad [I rather liked that about him]), and there's just enough romance to sweeten the story.I rather liked Cameron and wanted to defend him, even when he wasn't right. He might be a bossy grouch, but there's no denying his love and heartbreak for his children, and that absolutely tilted the scales in his favor. I can understand Gwen's reluctance to give them to him; he really has no concept of how to deal with kids. But as they begin to work together to connect him and the kids, there are some really sweet moments. This book clearly sets up the next, and I look forward to Penny and John's story! It was fun getting to know them a bit in this book, and should be even more fun seeing what trouble they get into!Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • E
    January 1, 1970
    First, of all, I love this cover. Just look at that scenery! I think I'm appreciating the snow covered mountains on the cover and in the story more right now than usual because while other parts of the country seem to be cooling a little, Florida is seeming to get even hotter and muggier than usual. This book picks up soon after the first book in the series, The Accidental Guardian, leaves off. Since that book left me hanging, I was delighted to continue the story. And I loved it! The characters First, of all, I love this cover. Just look at that scenery! I think I'm appreciating the snow covered mountains on the cover and in the story more right now than usual because while other parts of the country seem to be cooling a little, Florida is seeming to get even hotter and muggier than usual. This book picks up soon after the first book in the series, The Accidental Guardian, leaves off. Since that book left me hanging, I was delighted to continue the story. And I loved it! The characters were fascinating. Gwen was so sweet and gentle, yet she also had determination and courage and kept a good attitude through everything. She is a character who I would love to meet if she were a real person. I must be honest, that Cam annoyed me at first. He was too militaristic and demanding However, as the story progressed, I learned the reasons why he acted the way he did. And I was happy to see him grow and learn that while being a leader can be a good thing, leading gently is usually better than demanding control. The characters were just one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book and one of the reasons I think you would enjoy this book. Especially, if you need a snowy setting to take your mind off the heat!I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction set in the west, humorous stories, or romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kim hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Mary's books are one's you just can't put down. This book is no exception.
  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior – Mary Connealy (4.5 Stars)Following the events of The Accidental Guardian, Army officer Cameron Scott and his sister, Penny, arrive at Trace Riley’s ranch in search of his young daughter and nephew. As a winter blizzard hits the ranch, they find themselves trapped without a means to return home until spring arrives. Unfortunately, an enemy of Trace and his wife manages to find the family and threatens their survival on numerous occassions. When Cam becomes injured protecti The Reluctant Warrior – Mary Connealy (4.5 Stars)Following the events of The Accidental Guardian, Army officer Cameron Scott and his sister, Penny, arrive at Trace Riley’s ranch in search of his young daughter and nephew. As a winter blizzard hits the ranch, they find themselves trapped without a means to return home until spring arrives. Unfortunately, an enemy of Trace and his wife manages to find the family and threatens their survival on numerous occassions. When Cam becomes injured protecting the group and is forced to stay in the cabin for months on end, he turns to Gwen Harkness to learn how to interact with the children and discard his military gruffness for something more closely resembling a family man. With spring’s arrival, Cam must decide between returning to his homestead alone or taking a chance on winning Gwen over to become the children's mother.Ms. Connealy expertly manages to develop an entire novel around a situation that would sound like a glorified case of cabin fever in the hands of a less experienced writer. The Reluctant Warrior builds on the events and characters introduced in The Accidental Guardian, while encapsulating a story all of its own.Overall, I quite enjoyed The Reluctant Warrior. Personally, I thought that The Accidental Guardian had a more gripping storyline, but this novel further develops the full set of characters introduced in the first book of the series. I was surprised that Ms. Connealy was able to do so much with her characters throughout the book, especially considering that most of them are snowed in during blizzards for much of the novel. The introduction of Pinkerton agent John McCall in this novel and his early interactions with Penny Scott promise great things for the events of the series third novel, The Unexpected Champion. These spirited characters became an unanticipated highlight of The Reluctant Warrior, so I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.Special thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of The Reluctant Warrior! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks!Brittany at the Books and Biscuits BlogPS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2018.... Thanks!
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Adventure in the High SierrasThe saga of the Sierras continues with all my favorite characters from The Accidental Guardian. Battling not only the blizzard that cocooned the cabin and bunkhouse but also the man who attempted to burn them alive and the woman who turned his children against him, Cam realizes that he needs to change and he can’t do it by himself.I liked Cam and thought it was amazing that he loved his daughter enough to be willing to humble himself for her sake. With his gruff mann Adventure in the High SierrasThe saga of the Sierras continues with all my favorite characters from The Accidental Guardian. Battling not only the blizzard that cocooned the cabin and bunkhouse but also the man who attempted to burn them alive and the woman who turned his children against him, Cam realizes that he needs to change and he can’t do it by himself.I liked Cam and thought it was amazing that he loved his daughter enough to be willing to humble himself for her sake. With his gruff manner and the way he barked orders at everyone as he had been accustomed and even expected to do in the army, the children were terrified of him. He had to learn to be gentle and Gwen was the perfect person to teach him.As the children needed to learn to trust Cam, he and Gwen needed to learn to trust in the Lord and in His strength. I loved that the message to not be afraid was not because God will rescue us from any type of harm but that we can trust Him to keep our souls safe no matter what happens and that we have eternal security in Him.A new plot twist surfaces as new antagonists make cameo appearances. It appears they will be playing a much larger role in The Unexpected Champion, (which releases in March and is available for pre-order now), I won’t give you too many details, but suffice it to say that Cam’s sister Penny will get her own story.This series is designed with each book containing information that will be referenced in the following stories. Though the story comes to a satisfying conclusion, there are cliff-hangers to set things up for the next one.This review was originally posted on Among the ReadsI was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    “If it isn’t outlaws, then it’s wolves or green-broke horses, stampeding cattle or wild, unpredictable weather. Being on guard constantly is just the way of life in the West for those who want to survive.” --Cameron ScottOnce again we meet up with the Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen; however, Deborah is no longer a Harkness having married the cowboy of her dreams, Trace Riley, in the first novel in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. The story sets us down once again in the Sierra Nevada Moun “If it isn’t outlaws, then it’s wolves or green-broke horses, stampeding cattle or wild, unpredictable weather. Being on guard constantly is just the way of life in the West for those who want to survive.” --Cameron ScottOnce again we meet up with the Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen; however, Deborah is no longer a Harkness having married the cowboy of her dreams, Trace Riley, in the first novel in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. The story sets us down once again in the Sierra Nevada Mountain area outside Lake Tahoe a few months later in the spring of 1868. Trace, Deb, and Gwen work to do their best for the two young children, Maddie Sue and Ronnie, from the wagon train attack when Cameron Scott, Maddie’s father and Ronnie’s uncle, arrives at the Riley Ranch along with his sister, Penny to claim the kids. Given the difficult situation, Cam and Penny decide to stay awhile to give the children time to get acquainted with them, and they wind up stranded for the winter. And what a winter it becomes! As Cam basically said in the quote above, if it isn’t one thing in the west trying to get you, it is something else. The winter spins into an adventure of its own as a blizzard and their old enemy, Raddo Landauer, show up at the same time. Another unlikely romance peeks from between the pages of this story as well as adventure and action! An enticing story packed with frontier action and filled with themes of family, friendship, faith, and good versus evil. A fine read for lovers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction! Enjoy book two in the series! I’m impatiently waiting on book three. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really enjoying this newest series (High Sierra Sweethearts) by Mary Connealy. This is the second book in the series, which could be read as a stand alone, but it picks up right after book one has ended. I would suggest starting with book one just because it's a great story and gives some background. Why is Mary Connealy one of my favorite Christian fiction authors? Several reasons, which also apply to this book. I love the humor she inserts in the dialogue and story line of her characters. I'm really enjoying this newest series (High Sierra Sweethearts) by Mary Connealy. This is the second book in the series, which could be read as a stand alone, but it picks up right after book one has ended. I would suggest starting with book one just because it's a great story and gives some background. Why is Mary Connealy one of my favorite Christian fiction authors? Several reasons, which also apply to this book. I love the humor she inserts in the dialogue and story line of her characters. A mix of sarcasm and wit makes for some fun and even laugh-out-loud moments. Strong male and female characters also draw me in. The men are manly, brave, strong, skilled at using guns and tracking (think wild west), but also have a desire to show sensitivity to their ladies and their children. Some of them are even skilled at sewing, like Cam was in this book. The strength that Connealy infuses into all of her female characters is fun to read. Some of them know how to track, handle a gun, build a house, and aren't afraid of much of anything. But there's an equal amount of strength shown by the women who protect their children, stand up to injustice, take care of the home, and are sensitive and feminine. Both the men and women have to work together to survive the wild land, especially when there's an evil, bloodthirsty villain trying to track them down. Connealy knows how to write some nasty baddies, and doesn't hold back in showing just how evil they can be. And let's not forget a little romance mixed in. Gotta love that ; ). All of these elements have come together in The Reluctant Warrior to make a great read. I would definitely recommend it...and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!**I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in order to give an honest review, which I did. **
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  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    January 1, 1970
    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.Thank you to NetGalley, Mary Connealy, and Bethany House for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.I am so thankful to be able to step back into the High Sierra Sweethearts series. Ironically, I didn't realize this book was connected to The Accidental Guardian until about halfway through when Gwen's thoughts of her childhood sounded so familiar.The Reluctant Warrior is a much longer book. Th A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.Thank you to NetGalley, Mary Connealy, and Bethany House for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.I am so thankful to be able to step back into the High Sierra Sweethearts series. Ironically, I didn't realize this book was connected to The Accidental Guardian until about halfway through when Gwen's thoughts of her childhood sounded so familiar.The Reluctant Warrior is a much longer book. The romance, while clean, is anything but instant and actually takes a back-back seat to the incredible story of a frontier family fighting Nevada winters and a rabid outlaw bent on destroying all witnesses to his crimes in the last book. It also gave us a great insight into who would play pivotal roles in the next romance.I'm a sucker for historical fiction series that are either generational or stick to the current clan. This was the perfect addition to the series and does not suffer from middle book syndrome. You can read it alone, and you can read the story out of order, but I wouldn't recommend either because you'd miss out on some sweet western romance.The baddie in this book was more impressive than in Guardian. He wasn't as predictable and the few times we were given a glimpse into his POV it was truly chilling.Pick it up! It's the perfect fall and winter read--especially now that my state is already looking at receiving snow.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy – 4 Stars!I liked this one by Mary Connealy. I got a little slowed on the story while she told the back story that was from her previous book. For me it didn’t flow as well as her previous books in those sections…..but she got into the story eventually without having to tell any more backstory. I like her writing and I do love reading about the old west and how the people who traveled into Indian country in covered wagons managed with very little to prove c The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy – 4 Stars!I liked this one by Mary Connealy. I got a little slowed on the story while she told the back story that was from her previous book. For me it didn’t flow as well as her previous books in those sections…..but she got into the story eventually without having to tell any more backstory. I like her writing and I do love reading about the old west and how the people who traveled into Indian country in covered wagons managed with very little to prove claims and live with very little and build homes with even less. The story line picked up and I finished the book in very little time. I did enjoy the book and there was a bit of suspense throughout the book, a romance, etc. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own. I’m a member of NetGalley. #TheReluctantWarrior #NetGalleyDescription as found on NetGalley.comUnion army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He's come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.When danger descends on the cabin where they're huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection--and in the process he might just win her heart as well.
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  • Marilyn Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I love the writing style of Mary Connealy, She keeps you interested with plenty of action, laughter, sparks and so much more. This is book two in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. I would recommend you reading book one, Accidental Guardian, first just to get an understanding of what is happening in this book. This novel also will leave you waiting for book three (which I can't wait to read).I fell in love with many of the characters in book one and was excited to see them stay involved in book I love the writing style of Mary Connealy, She keeps you interested with plenty of action, laughter, sparks and so much more. This is book two in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. I would recommend you reading book one, Accidental Guardian, first just to get an understanding of what is happening in this book. This novel also will leave you waiting for book three (which I can't wait to read).I fell in love with many of the characters in book one and was excited to see them stay involved in book two. This novel focus is on former Union army officer Cameron Scott. He must learn to soften up to gain the love of his daughter and nephew and perhaps a beautiful woman in the process. Gwen Harkness, is a beautiful, stubborn woman who has fallen in love with the kids, and they her. Will she be able to put aside her fears and help Cameron or is he just to mean.There is lots of action, drama, love and more in this book. I look forward to book three.
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  • Barbara Warren
    January 1, 1970
    When Cameron Scott rode to Lake Tahoe to get his young daughter and small nephew he didn't plan on being trapped in a blizzard. He'd been an officer in the army and hadn't seen the children in a long time. As an officer, he's used to snapping out orders, a hard habit to break, and the kids are afraid of him. Nor did he plan on meeting beautiful Gwen Harkness, who isn't afraid to stand up to him. A killer is trying to eliminate the people who can identify him, kill them all. Cam is determined to When Cameron Scott rode to Lake Tahoe to get his young daughter and small nephew he didn't plan on being trapped in a blizzard. He'd been an officer in the army and hadn't seen the children in a long time. As an officer, he's used to snapping out orders, a hard habit to break, and the kids are afraid of him. Nor did he plan on meeting beautiful Gwen Harkness, who isn't afraid to stand up to him. A killer is trying to eliminate the people who can identify him, kill them all. Cam is determined to protect Gwen, to whom he is strongly attracted, the children, and the others, but he's up against a smart, determined man who intends to destroy everyone. Mary Connealy writes intriguing stories about characters who are so real they captivate the reader. The Reluctant Warrior is a story full of suspense, romance, and humor. I strongly recommend it.
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  • kate
    January 1, 1970
    Silly me!After I bought this I realized I read the first one in this series and didn't like it. But I have read books by this author that I liked so I plunged ahead. That's ten dollars wasted. I did like it better then the first but not by much. There were to many shallow goody two shoes people. To much time spent on quoting and then dissecting bible verse. The story itself was meh which was amazing considering they spent the entire story being stalked by a killer. I'm going to approach Mary Con Silly me!After I bought this I realized I read the first one in this series and didn't like it. But I have read books by this author that I liked so I plunged ahead. That's ten dollars wasted. I did like it better then the first but not by much. There were to many shallow goody two shoes people. To much time spent on quoting and then dissecting bible verse. The story itself was meh which was amazing considering they spent the entire story being stalked by a killer. I'm going to approach Mary Connealy books with caution in the future. They're an expensive mistake.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC. I did not realize when I requested this book that it was a number two. So when I started the book I was utterly confused. No fault of the book, but I felt like I was not getting the whole story. When I looked into it that is when i realized that I really wasn't getting the whole story. This may have colored my view of the book. In this case one really does have to follow the order or they won't get it. I tried to enjoy it, I tried to get into it but I just could n I received this book as an ARC. I did not realize when I requested this book that it was a number two. So when I started the book I was utterly confused. No fault of the book, but I felt like I was not getting the whole story. When I looked into it that is when i realized that I really wasn't getting the whole story. This may have colored my view of the book. In this case one really does have to follow the order or they won't get it. I tried to enjoy it, I tried to get into it but I just could not. So essentially this book was not for me, nothing negative, just not for me.
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  • Sherry Cross
    January 1, 1970
    Tough men, tougher womenMary Conneally continues her High Sierra Sweethearts series with The Reluctant Warrior. Spiced with her classic hilarious dialogue, the men & women of High Sierra Ranch work together to dig out of the deep freezer they are stuck in. Together they plot to take down Raddo, the quintessential bloodthirsty varmint. With a fiery ending leaving the reader hanging, one hopes Ms. Conneally is writing fast so we can know what happens when the Chiltons arrive. Loved the book!
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  • Jodi
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior is the second book the the High Sierra Sweethearts series written by Carol Award winning author, Mary Connealy. I've only read a novella in the Match Made In Texas collaboration, written by Mary Connealy and her short story was my favorite. The beginning is fast-paced with a lot of dialogue quickly going back and forth. Since I hadn't read the first novel in this series and was unfamiliar with all of the characters I found myself having a hard time keeping the people straig The Reluctant Warrior is the second book the the High Sierra Sweethearts series written by Carol Award winning author, Mary Connealy. I've only read a novella in the Match Made In Texas collaboration, written by Mary Connealy and her short story was my favorite. The beginning is fast-paced with a lot of dialogue quickly going back and forth. Since I hadn't read the first novel in this series and was unfamiliar with all of the characters I found myself having a hard time keeping the people straight and had to go back and re-read a few sections. That being said, I would recommend reading The Accidental Guardian which is the first book in the series. Once I straightened out the characters and learned a bit of their back-story I was able to find more enjoyment in The Reluctant Warrior. The characters were like-able and the plot moved along at a good pace with some unexpected twists and turns to keep things interesting. I think the ending intrigued me the most...but I won't say anything about it, but I will probably read book 3. Overall I found this book to be ok, not my favorite I've read this year but not my least favorite either. It lands somewhere in the middle. The Reluctant Warrior is currently available for purchase from your local or online book retailer.Thank you Bethany House and Net Galley for the free copy of The Reluctant Warrior. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Rachel Kokes
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series.  It takes place in the wild west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the late 1800s.Summary: The book picks up as officer Cameron Scott and his sister have been unexpectedly stranded at a homestead high in the mountains.  They had intended to quickly retrieve Cameron's daughter and nephew, who were staying there, only to be trapped as the bitter winter surrounded them.Unfortunately, this isn't Came The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series.  It takes place in the wild west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the late 1800s.Summary: The book picks up as officer Cameron Scott and his sister have been unexpectedly stranded at a homestead high in the mountains.  They had intended to quickly retrieve Cameron's daughter and nephew, who were staying there, only to be trapped as the bitter winter surrounded them.Unfortunately, this isn't Cameron's only problem.  His daughter is afraid of him, Gwen-the children's caretaker-wants nothing more than to have the children stay with her, and someone is trying to kill them all.Will he be able to mend fences with his family and gain Gwen's trust?  And how will they stop a madman determined to leave no witnesses?My Thoughts: This book was a quick read, there is a lot of action, and it has an interesting storyline.  But, this book wasn't my favorite-I would say it was just OK.  I felt the characters could have been more developed, the romance happened too quickly in my opinion-before they had a chance to know much about each other, and was a bit predictable in spots. It is not that it isn't worth the read (especially if you enjoyed the first one), but I would say it is more of a check-out-of-the library book, than a buy.  Also, I would definitely say it is not a book to be read on its own-it really helps to have the backstory of the first book.I guess the true tell is that I am not sure I would pick up the third book, so I guess this one just wasn't a home run for me.But, as always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for my unbiased review.
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  • Emily Yager
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another beautiful cover in this series. I usually pay little attention to the covers, but this just draws me into the High Sierra mountains. Take a moment to gaze upon those snow dusted mountains. Alright. Getting to meet up with a few characters again from the first book, The Accidental Guardian, the Harkness Sisters, Trace and the young children was a pleasure and too see how their lives have continued since the ending of the first book. As much as I loved the first book, I LOVED this one Yet another beautiful cover in this series. I usually pay little attention to the covers, but this just draws me into the High Sierra mountains. Take a moment to gaze upon those snow dusted mountains. Alright. Getting to meet up with a few characters again from the first book, The Accidental Guardian, the Harkness Sisters, Trace and the young children was a pleasure and too see how their lives have continued since the ending of the first book. As much as I loved the first book, I LOVED this one even more. Is that possible? You get to know the characters better and get to see them grow a little more in this book. And you can see how much they have bonded together a as a family as the winter blizzards and other dangers lurk around them.The continued adventure, filled with strong family bonds, friendships, good vs. evil, sprinkle with a bit of romance. It is an Inspirational Fiction and Western theme packed with action and humor. I am trying to be patient while waiting for book three in this series.
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  • Jan Konetski
    January 1, 1970
    Great story for western romance lovers!I have read most of this author's books and have enjoyed all. This book is the topper! It seamlessly continues from the previous book with the changes in the point of view. Please read this story after the first book, so you know what is happening. I hope she continues this series with many books. I simply loved it!
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  • Anne Shank
    January 1, 1970
    The Reluctant Warrior By Mary ConnealyThis book is stand alone, however, I imagine it reads best as a series. I read this book first so I have to say the beginning was a bit challenging to understand who was who but it was easy enough to catch on. This historical romance is set in the west where things can get dangerous. Survival and love don't seem to be a match made in heaven but that fight or flight instinct can certainly direct our hearts to those who are important to us even if we don't rea The Reluctant Warrior By Mary ConnealyThis book is stand alone, however, I imagine it reads best as a series. I read this book first so I have to say the beginning was a bit challenging to understand who was who but it was easy enough to catch on. This historical romance is set in the west where things can get dangerous. Survival and love don't seem to be a match made in heaven but that fight or flight instinct can certainly direct our hearts to those who are important to us even if we don't realize it. Cam was not looking for love, only his daughter and nephew, but fighting a murder leads him to love along the way. I enjoyed the characters in this book and their common sense in solving problems. The setting was described well allowing me to picture the snow and hardships these folks would have faced. The characters were likable and easy to read about. Overall this was a good book for me to escape to each evening.
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  • LA
    January 1, 1970
    Fire! Action! Full Speed Ahead!This second installment of High Sierra Sweethearts by Mary Connealy leaves the reader flipping pages and buries her in action. It’s non-stop action for the first few chapters and is maintained throughout the entire book, with slower moments having intense moments that move the story along.If I would aspire to be a writer of westerns, Mary Connealy would be the example to follow (though I have no aspirations to write westerns…). She has mastered the art of non-stop Fire! Action! Full Speed Ahead!This second installment of High Sierra Sweethearts by Mary Connealy leaves the reader flipping pages and buries her in action. It’s non-stop action for the first few chapters and is maintained throughout the entire book, with slower moments having intense moments that move the story along.If I would aspire to be a writer of westerns, Mary Connealy would be the example to follow (though I have no aspirations to write westerns…). She has mastered the art of non-stop action and paints deep characters that are cheered and booed equally as strong. Not one of her short stories or full length novels that I’ve read lacks excitement.This story picks up where The Accidental Guardian left off, with retired army commander Cameron Scott claiming his rights to his daughter and orphaned nephew. The Harkness sisters, along with guardian of the trail-turned rancher Trace Riley, have been caring for the children since their own caregivers were killed in a wagon train attack. Rough and overly assertive, Cameron wonders how he’ll ever parent these helpless children when they cry to look at him. Gwen Harkness is the key to his becoming a father to Maddie Sue and Ronnie, and to becoming a better man.Fires, shoot-outs, trail chases through snowy mountain passes, old enemies wreaking havoc in the quiet lives of those working the Sierra Ranch fill pages of entertaining reading.One can only imagine what will happen as we’re left wondering what scheming in-laws and a mysterious Pinkerton agent will do next.I guess we’ll just have to wait until the release of the final installment, The Unexpected Champion.I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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