Friday, September 15, 2023

Expired Vows, Last Chance Fire and Rescue Series #4 by Lisa Phillips and Laura Conaway. Just Read Blog Tours, with giveway


Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Expired Vows by Laura Conaway and Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Book description:

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.

My review:
  Lisa Phillips is an author I regularly read. She wrote the first book in this series, and if I understand correctly, the other three books have been written by different authors with her input, since the books are set in a setting a lot of her books are set in, and using characters she created.

 I enjoyed this book, and am sad the series is over. To be honest, if I didn't know that all 4 books were written by different authors, I would not have guessed that. This book and the writing style flowed in the same manner as the other three.

I am pretty sure that Kelsey was a new character in this book, but Trace was in at least some of the other books. I loved both main characters. Since I am diabetic, I found Kelsey more interesting than your average female character. I like it when an author incorporates a health issue or physical handicap into a story.

There was a lot of suspense and drama in the story, and I didn't figure out very early who the guilty party was. I started having suspicions at one point, but it wasn't much before it became obvious.

I am guessing the title of the book came about because of Trace losing his wife five years previous, and having a hard time moving on. He struggled a lot with his attraction to his dead wife's best friend, and that made the romance part of the story all the more interesting.

There have been a lot of books set in Last Chance County, and hopefully this is not the last. But if it is, this is a great book to end on.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

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About the authors: 

Laura Conaway grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania as an avid reader and writer while making every adventure a mystery to solve like Nancy Drew. As a former school librarian, she’s always on the hunt for the next best read but now spends her time creating stories that leave readers on the edge of their seat with a healthy dose of suspense and happily ever afters. When she’s not typing away or inhaling sweet potato fries to motivate writing, Laura spends her time playing violin and guitar and sharing about the Greatest Story ever written. Check out her website here.

Lisa Phillips
is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 60 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Lisa is a worship leader, tea aficionado, and dog lover of two crazy Airedales.

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Caryl Kane said...

I'm looking forward to reading this series. Thank you for hosting.