Stronger Than the Rest: Book Review

Stronger Than the Rest
(MacLarens of Fire Mountain: Book Four)
By Shirleen Davies
Published Jan 2014
Avalanche Press
Available on Amazon

“Smart, tough, and capable, the MacLarens protect their own no matter the odds. Set against America’s rugged frontier, the stories of the men from Fire Mountain are complex, fast-paced, and a must read for anyone who enjoys non-stop action and romance.”

Drew MacLaren is focused and strong. He has achieved all of his goals except one—to return to the MacLaren ranch and build the best horse breeding program in the west. His successful career as an attorney is about to give way to his ranching roots when a bullet changes everything.

Tess Taylor is the quiet, serious daughter of a Colorado ranch family with dreams of her own. Her shy nature keeps her from developing friendships outside of her close-knit family until Drew enters her life. Their relationship grows. Then a bullet, meant for another, leaves him paralyzed and determined to distance himself from the one woman he’s come to love.

Convinced he is no longer the man Tess needs, Drew focuses on regaining the use of his legs and recapturing a life he thought lost. But danger of another kind threatens those he cares about—including Tess—forcing him to rethink his future.

Can Drew overcome the barriers that stand between him, the safety of his friends and family, and a life with the woman he loves? To do it all, he has to be strong. Stronger than the Rest.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Review: After an injury leaves him paralyzed, Drew MacLaren is convinced he has to set his dreams aside. He's in love with Tess, the quiet daughter of a Rancher, but won't ask for her hand until he can walk again. Tess believes she's the only one who can help him, and she's determined to be there for him, even when he pushes her away. When Drew's job forces him to return to the site of his crippling injury, he discovers danger still lurks within the Colorado town.

Stronger Than the Rest is the fourth book in The MacLarens of Fire Mountain Series. While I can't say it's my favorite (because I couldn't possibly choose between them), I can say this is by far the most complex and fast-paced story of them all. This book is non-stop action, passionate romance, and heart-clutching danger all rolled into one amazing package. It's definitely a page-turner! With the introduction of a cold-hearted, greedy villain who will destroy anyone to get what he wants, the tension oozes from every page. There are characters who aren't who they seem to be, and a mysterious spy working behind the scenes. In the midst of all this danger, there's a romance brewing between Drew and Tess. Drew struggles with the fear that he isn't good enough for the woman he loves while trying to do the job he has set out to do.

Drew is a courageous, honorable character, and it's no wonder. The entire MacLaren family is made up of unforgettably unique characters I can't get enough of. I love the way this family bands together and supports each other in any situation. I've mentioned this in my reviews of previous books, but it's worth mentioning again--there is something very special about this series, and it isn't just the romance. If you're a romance lover, you'll enjoy the blossoming love that develops in each MacLaren novel. If romance isn't your thing, there's enough action and intrigue to keep you engaged (particularly in books three and four). If you're a reader who wants to discover an entire family of characters you can fall in love with, this is the series for you. It's the family that makes this series truly special. There's a feeling of love--not just romantic love, but love between brothers, love between parents and children, love for the land, love for your neighbors--the kind of real, enduring love that's missing from many romance novels I've read. These are characters who are often flawed, but have strong work ethics and solid moral values. They embrace fun and family while enduring tragedy and sharing tears.

This series is a definite favorite I will read over and over again.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars