Keeping Hope Alive Kindle Edition
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- File size : 545 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Publication date : December 18, 2015
- Publisher : The WIld Rose Press, Inc (December 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B018688YZ0
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,662 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Casey Morgan escaped an abusive marriage by retreating to an isolated Texas ranch left to her by a loving uncle. Here she’s built a refuge, Hope Ranch, not only for herself, but also for wayward adolescents desperate for a safe port. But not all her new neighbors are enthused by Casey’s bringing what some consider troublesome teens into their midst. In only months, opposition to Hope Ranch has begun to manifest itself as malicious destruction and supposed accidents that are beginning to drain Casey’s finances and threaten her peace of mind.
Enter Nathan “Max” Maxwell into the picture. Max is a special-forces hero in need of a quiet spot of his own. Severely injured in a clandestine foray into South America, Max must rehabilitate completely if he has any hope of returning to special duty operations, a fraternal way of life he loves. What better place to recover and challenge his shattered body than by coming to the aid of a beautiful woman and a group of kids threatened by an unknown assailant? Oh, and Hope Ranch’s last security man? He’s dead, but the cause of death was believed to be natural.
Keeping Hope Alive is a sweet romance, rich with innuendo and enough spice to keep the reader interested without offending the more prudent among us. The attraction between the want-to-be lovers is palpable, but tempered by their understanding that a torrid sexual encounter is not what either need. Both have a duty to others, to each other, and to their individual selves.
For those of you who enjoy the sexual heat without the graphic consummation, you’ll love watching the relationship develop between Casey and Max. The romance, in tandem with the rising suspense and developing mystery, make for a great read.
She is trying to help the troubled kids there and has found that they are making progress but she is worried they are in danger. She decides to hire a security man and that is where the story starts.
Major Nathan “Max” Maxwell arrives at the ranch to hear gunshots being fired. He is instantly thrown into Special Ops mod. He stalks his way to where he hears the gun firing. He is surprised to see a woman with a rifle pointing at him. She has a stern look on her face and asks who he is before she lowers the gun. She was shooting with the kids.
He introduces himself and she feels a little silly and lowers the gun. She takes him on a tour of the ranch and he finds out that this won’t be his typical security job. He says he isn’t a babysitter for the kids but he decides to stay and give it a chance. The longer he is there he finds himself drawn to Casey. She is a caring person and she tries to help out the kids as best she can.
As the story unfolds more “accidents” happen and Max decides that there is something very funny going on here. He starts investigating and Casey feels more relaxed with Max there.
They are all invited to a neighbor’s party and dance and decide to go. Some of the neighbor kids try to start a fight but Casey’s group doesn’t fall for it. She dances with Max and she can feel the warmth and caring for him as well.
They decide it is time to head out and when they are turning toward Hope Ranch they see big smoke clouds.
Someone has set their barn on fire. Max again goes into Special Ops mod and runs into the burning barn to get out Carl, the horses and their dog before falling down. He needs oxygen. Casey can’t believe he was her hero but he had done so much for her already.
Read this story to see if Hope Ranch last the mishaps and if Max stays or leaves Hope Ranch.
I really liked this story. It really shows that there are people out there that want to help others. Not only Casey helping the troubled teens but her neighbors came to her rescue to help build a temporary barn for her horses, and the feeling of first love with Max and Casey.
Max was so stubborn wanting to return to his team he didn’t see what was right in front of him until it was almost too late. He never had a family or love in his life because of the job. He said it didn’t make for long lasting relationships. Unfortunately Casey knew about that all too well. Her dad had been in the service also and her parents had split up. She decided to throw caution to the wind though and give herself a chance with Max.
I highly recommend this story.
This is a Christian romance with some suspense. If you are looking for a hot, steamy romance, this book is not for you.
Max is an injured Special Forces guy looking for some place to heal before returning to his unit. One problem I had was with Max talking openly about his military assignments. I thought Special Forces assignments were classified? Also, he was pretty mild mannered for a Special Forces guy. Don't see one of these guys asking for "cuddle time."
Casey is a therapist to at risk kids. She has a ranch that she uses for the purpose of helping these kids.
The ranch has a few questionable things going on, for the suspense part of the book. It is obvious who is causing the problems.
This was a quick, easy read. It did seem to drag at times. Multiple typos noted.
Casey is a strong female who can take care of herself and doesn't need anyone to look out for her. Max needs a place to take it easy while he heels from his recuperate from an injury sustained in the line of duty. They work well together and I enjoyed the simple banter in the book.
It flowed well and the ending wasn't anything explosive but it fit perfectly to the novel..
This is a sweet, easy quick read for those who want to spend a lazy afternoon.
AC from Netgalley.
I will recommend this friends and family who want a clean Romance with just a little mystery.