Playing With Fire: inspirational romantic suspense (Montana Fire Book 2) Kindle Edition
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It was action packed and a fantastic read. If you have read any of her other books about Deep Haven, you will love seeing little bits of 'history' from a different perspective. It was nice touching base with a few of the characters that I have fallen in love with in the past.
One of the best things about this book was the relatable doubts that the two leads had. I love finishing up a great story that also leaves me thinking about my life and relationships. How much do I really trust in God in my day to day expectations is one that I will ponder in the near future.
If you enjoy a well written story, about two people who fall in love and must work through past experiences to trust in a future together, all while they are on a hazardous journey through the wilderness, you will fall in love with this book.
I have waited years for Liza's story. She intrigued me when I first met her in Happily Ever After, the first Deep Haven novel, and I was not disappointed in Susie's treatment of her. She's strong but fragile. She's artsy and somewhat geeky, unlike a lot of Christian fiction heroines you find these days who attract guys' attention by being tough tomboys. Unlike many of those other heroines, Liza isn't afraid to face her vulnerabilities, question how she feels about God, and let Him teach her what He wants to. She's also a great match for Conner, who is a hero worth falling for but delightfully human.
Conner might be my favorite hero in the Summer of Fire trilogy. He's certainly one of the most broken--the guy has lost his whole family to murder and mayhem. In fact, he saw his parents burned alive. Yet he never plays the victim or comes across as weak. If anything, Conner has been too strong too long. I enjoyed his spiritual arc because it helped me confront what I really believe about God's promises vs. what I've been taught. Susie has a lot to say about that, and it's something Christians need to hear. I think most of us have either bought into prosperity gospel or believed the lie that God is no more reliable than a person, or that His promises are not good. I'm still working through that, but glad to know I'm not the only one.
The stakes seem much higher in this book than in Where There's Smoke, although fire is not the main focus. I enjoyed meeting Shep and Esther, and wanted to see if they, especially Esther, would be okay. I could've used a little more character development for them, but what exists is good, considering Liza and Conner are our main focus. I'm not usually a fan of wilderness, person vs. nature stories, but Susie's focus on character and learning, rather than straight action, made the story entertaining. Pick it up, especially to root for Liza and learn who she is as a character.
This is my favorite of the series. For a few crazy pages, I thought I might be ok with the idea of skydiving (you'll know what I mean when you meet Conner and read that scene). Thankfully, I've since had a reality check and can say I won't plan on jumping out of a perfectly good plane unless my life depends on it.
Conner and Liza have a shared history, as well, which is briefly but thoroughly covered in the first few chapters. Fans of the Christiansen family series will be a happily familiar with the setting of their initial meeting, at a fire in Minnesota.
Main theme/lesson: Explores the meaning and implications of promises -- that actions can speak as a promise even when words fail. That a promise is a display of hope.
If you like romantic suspense, heavier on the romance, you will love PLAYING WITH FIRE. It does play in with the ripped parachutes in "Where There's Smoke" and leaves you hanging, wondering who is targeting the Montana Smoke Jumpers and why.
My adrenaline pumped as I realized Connor and Liza were tracked by a bear while they were searching for the missing teens from camp. I anxiously flipped through pages as they hunted the forest for the missing teens, trying to avoid the grizzly. Would they find the teens in time?
You'll have to read PLAYING WITH FIRE to find out.
I highly recommend PLAYING WITH FIRE and the first book "Where There's Smoke" in Ms. Warren's "Montana Fire" series. Don't miss this book -- or any book -- by my favorite author.