Review: Rescuing the Ranger by Nicole S. Patrick

Posted May 30, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 28 Comments

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I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rescuing the Ranger by Nicole S. Patrick
Rescuing the Ranger

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Series: The Heroes of Havenport #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Timeless Scribes Publishing
Released on February 11, 2020
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
Source: Book Tour Provided
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The Delight

After delving into the mult-author Havenport world once before, I was eager to repeat that enjoyable experience with a different author.  This was especially when I noticed that it was to be a military hero, a small-town romance, a pinch of spicy suspense, and a Garden club gang of matchmakers.  I hadn’t even finished the first page before I cozied in for another delightful Havenport romance.


Review

Rescuing the Ranger is the sixth in this author’s Heroes of Havenport series of loosely connected standalones and it is one of several of the books from the overall world of the series that ranges from contemporary, to paranormal, and even time travel romances.

Francesca Montefiore is new in town and doesn’t know anyone so accepts an invitation to join a group who write letters to military service folks.  Her letter is received by Army Ranger Gabe Preston.  He enjoys her upbeat connection to home so starts exchanging letters with her.  For several months and lonely holidays, they are each other’s support.

Then, Gabe gets out of the military after an experience that left scars that are both visible and invisible.  He wants his Harley and the open road, but his grandma needs him so he returns to Havenport and feels like he’s come home.  Only, the situation gets interesting when his letter-writing “Cara” turns out to be the local florist and she’s in trouble from something in her past.  She seems taken aback by his tatted up bad boy image, but for the second time, he feels he has come home when he sets eyes on her.

Rescuing the Ranger is a long novella so it lays things out and gets going swiftly.  But, that said, it doesn’t shirk the character or plot development.  I loved the relationship between Gabe and his grandmother.  His grandmother was quite the amusing matchmaker who was straight up about what she was about, but never heavy-handed.  She let Gabe and Frankie take it from the point of introduction and even protected Frankie’s secrets until she was ready to trust Gabe with them.

Speaking of secrets, that was part of what I loved about this story.  Gabe came home a closed-off the wounded warrior, but Frankie was understanding because she wasn’t as carefree as she let the people of Havenport believe.  I loved how they learned to trust and rely on each other as the love that grew from their letter writing got even stronger in person.

Of course, the suspense element was a good addition of excitement that helped drive the romance and offer the conflict all at the same time.

Like I said, it read fast, but it was always engaging.  I can’t wait to read more of this author’s Havenport heroes and also more from the Havenport world.  I can definitely recommend this one to those who enjoy contemporary romance with only a hint of spice and a liberal dose of excitement.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR Services for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anne - Books of My Heart

I always enjoy a military theme. But is this a series with different authors for each book? I’ve seen that before. And they are doing that in the Smartypants romance books now. I’m the character development was good even in a shorter book. I always worry about it in a novella.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I’m not sure how the Havenport world got started, but I know there are about 8 authors who write their own series within the world. This one writes military mild romantic suspense while the other one I read wrote magical time travel. Each author uses the town setting and writes their series in whatever genre or sub genre they like. At least that was how it seemed.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
Reply to  Sophia Rose

4 authors. All stories set in Havenport, RI. (different genres in women’s fiction)

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Thanks for helping out with answers, Kimberly. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I like the idea of meeting and falling in love through letter writing. Interesting that different authors write stories for this fictional town and that some are paranormal and contemporary. Fab review, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yes, I have a soft spot for the correspondence romances. 🙂 It is a fun concept with the variety of authors for the same setting.

Mary Kirkland
1 month ago

A series that includes different genres is fun. This sounds good.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, it was great reading the one about witches and time travel and now a military romance. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay… I hope you visit Havenport soon 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Me, too! I’ve got the first one in her military heroes series that I hope to start soon and I marked down a few others that came out this year that I think I’d love.

Carole's Random Life in Books

I do like the sound of this. Sometimes a shorter story is perfect and it sounds like this one was well done.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yes, it has been great matching my mood for something short enough to hold my focus, but still have great development.

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Fast and engaging?! Yes! Sounds good.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Doesn’t it though? It hit the spot, Carole. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 month ago

Oh military romance yes please. Great review thanks pal

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

That’s what I said. Bring me more. 🙂

RO P
1 month ago

I love the title of this book so much, and how cool is it to have a good deal of focus on the grandmother as a matchmaker to a hunky veteran. I always enjoy a military story with suspense and a little romance thrown in. Great review as always! Air Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  RO P

Yes, his grandmother was a hoot. I loved having her there and giving him the push he needed. I’m looking forward to other books from the series. Stay Radiant, lady!

Melliane
1 month ago

It’s fun to see you had a good time with this one. The thing about the universe is intriguing too

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, I had an absolute blast, Melliane. 🙂

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

It’s really interesting that this whole world is created, and such a variety of genres. Even though they are loosely connected stand-alones, do characters appear maybe as background characters from one genre to the next? Or do they all only appear in their own genre?

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

It’s definitely a neat concept for authors sharing a world like that. Hmm, I think the first one I read with the witches and time travel did mention a lot of other characters, but I think this one only mentioned characters in its own previous series books.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a wonderful series, and I love a small town romance with spice, and a touch of suspense too. Gabe’s grandmother sounds wonderful, and it adds to the entertainment when a family member has a matchmaking plan. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, and are having a good time with the series. Lovely Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yes, indeedy, Lindy! His gran was a hoot and I loved her efforts to get them together. Thanks! 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 month ago

I just adore it when I see the suspense element really drive and build the romance. Never heard of this author, but definitely going to look into this author ….sounds like a story I need.
 
Great review.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I do like seeing the military element factor into the story if its introduced plus it makes him look really heroic. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
29 days ago

I love how they met writing letters to each other.

Sophia Rose
28 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Same here! It was so sweet how she joined in with the writing group and they ended up pen pals.