Historical Fiction, Review

The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

about the book

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.

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my thoughts

The frigid conditions and dangerous circumstances sent a chill to my bones as the adventure continues in this second installment of High Sierra Sweethearts. Winter weather and rugged terrain unlike anything this flat-lander has ever experienced provided an awe-inspiring backdrop for this exciting, humor-filled romance.

Gwen and Cam could nearly qualify as a “beauty and the beast” pairing with her sweet compassion and his gruff thundering persona. Gwen is a natural homemaker, healer, and the kind of person who keeps things moving in the background. Cam is a former army officer who is having a hard time embracing the “former” bit of his reality.

I love that both characters, despite their differences, are willing to learn, grow, and change. The harsh environment folks endured as homesteaders in that area of the country is mind-boggling, even with today’s modern conveniences, I’m not sure I could make it through a winter like that with my sanity intact. This is an entertaining series and I definitely recommend it for readers who enjoy humor and adventurous romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of over 50 books and novellas.

Her most recent book series are: Garrison’s Law, High Sierra Sweethearts, Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, and Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas.

Mary has nearly a million books in print. Visit her website!


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3 thoughts on “The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy”

  1. I would love the opportunity to read “The Reluctant Warrior” by Mary Connealy. I’m reading “The Unexpected Champion” right now. 🙂
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