Deadlier Than the Rest: Book Review

Deadlier Than the Rest
MacLarens of Fire Mountain 
Book Five
By Shirleen Davies
Available on Amazon 

Connor MacLaren’s search has already stolen eight years of his life. Now he close to finding what he seeks—Meggie, his missing sister. His quest leads him to the growing city of Salt Lake and an encounter with the most captivating woman he has ever met.

Grace is the third wife of a Mormon farmer, forced into a life far different from what she’d have chosen. Her independent spirit longs for choices governed only by her own heart and mind. To achieve her dreams, she must hide behind secrets and half-truths, even as her heart pulls her towards the ruggedly handsome Connor.

Known as cool and uncompromising, Connor MacLaren lives by a few, firm rules that have served him well and kept him alive. However, danger stalks Connor, even to the front range of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, threatening those he cares about and impacting his ability to find his sister.

Can Connor protect himself from those who seek his death? Will his eight year search lead him to his sister while unlocking the secrets he knows are held tight within Grace, the woman who has captured his heart?

Read this heartening story of duty, honor, passion, and love in book five of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series.

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

My Review: Connor MacLaren is a man on a mission. He won't let anything deter him from finding his missing sister, Meggie. Grace, the mysterious waitress whose caught Connor's eye, is definitely a distraction. Connor is drawn to Grace, and for the first time in years, he considers settling down, but not until Meggie is found. Grace is a woman with secrets which have the potential to destroy any possibility of a future with Connor. And now that the criminals stalking Connor have set their sites on her as well, she's in more danger than she ever imagined possible.

My love for this series is no secret. I'm a hardcore Shirleen Davies fan and I'm happy to say this book met all my expectations. There's tons of romance in this book, but like all the books in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series, romance is never easy. These characters are complex and have issues to resolve before they can share a life with someone else. For Connor, his personal hangups and sense of morality is his worst enemy. For Grace, her secrets are her downfall.

Like the other books in the series, Davies re-introduces the other beloved members of the MacLaren clan. For me, it's like seeing old friends. All the details of the previous books come flooding back and instantly transports me to Fire Mountain. The breathtaking scenery of the old West is brought to life within the pages of this series and it makes it so, so difficult to put the book down for any length of time. The author describes pre-state Utah and the dilemma faced by Mormons in plural marriages who suddenly found their lifestyles illegal, and she did an excellent job handling the sensitive aspects of the story line.

Deadlier Than the Rest earns another easy five star rating from me. I'm still in love with this series and can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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