Sunday, October 15, 2023

EXPIRED VOWS by Lisa Phillips and Laura Conaway, LAST CHANCE FIRE AND RESCUE #4, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"We've got a male holding two kids at gunpoint . . . "

"Trace Bently wasn't going to let anyone die on his watch-not today." When EMT Trace Bently and his partner arrive on the volatile scene, he finds that the situation has a unique twist. The perpetrator is recovering from a traumatic brain injury and experiences erratic mood swings, prompting the family's counselor to be called in as part of the team attempting to deescalate a very dangerous situation. Yet, "Kelsey"? . . . "What was his dead wife's best friend doing in Last Chance County?".

Seeing Trace again was a shock to Kelsey Scott's already-in-overdrive system. Years had passed, and they had both moved on since his wife's tragic accident . . . wait . . . hadn't he been a police officer back then? One thing hadn't changed, Trace's protective nature, and she was managing just fine on her own, thank you very much . . . wasn't she? Once upon a time, they had been such good friends; one look at Trace and Kelsey knew that he could still use that friendship.

There were so many wonderful situational truths sprinkled throughout this story; faith and restoration permeate multiple conversations as Trace and Kelsey attempt to navigate an entirely new kind of relationship . . . while dragging a ton of personal baggage behind them. The strength of the book could also be considered somewhat of a weakness, the plot spun and stalled on occasion before moving forward towards a surprisingly sensational ending.

"God brought you into his life for a reason. Was it for you to fix him or to love him?"
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Fire. Family. Faith.
Last Chance Fire and Rescue

She sees the promise of freedom. He vowed to always be the hero.

EMT Trace Bently came back to Last Chance County to escape his past. After the loss of his wife, he gave up a promising career as a police officer for the chance to save lives every day as part of the Fire Department. When a hostage situation demands the help of a local counselor, Trace realizes the past he left behind has found him. He’s being given a second chance to save the life of someone he cares about.

If he can face the grief he buried.

Family Counselor Kelsey Scott has to secure this grant or admit failure. She can’t afford to lose any more pieces of the life she wants because of her own choices. When Kelsey becomes the target of a series of dangerous attacks, Trace steps in determined to protect his wife’s best friend. This hero breaks down all her resistance, but Kelsey can’t risk her own heart.

Even if it’s what will set them both free.

Another thrilling installment in the Last Chance Fire and Rescue series.

Available in digital ebook, paperback, or audiobook. BUY EXPEIRED VOWS at Amazon

Last Chance Fire and Rescue
Book 1: Expired Return
Book 2: Expired Hope
Book 3: Expired Promise
Book 4: Expired Vows

Last Chance County by Lisa Phillips
Book 1: Expired Refuge
Book 2: Expired Secrets
Book 3: Expired Cache
Book 4: Expired Hero
Book 5: Expired Game
Book 6: Expired Plot
Book 7: Expired Getaway
Book 8: Expired Betrayal
Book 9: Expired Flight
Book 10: Expired End

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