This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Timeless Scribes Publishing
Released on February 11, 2020
Source: Book Tour Provided
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.
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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