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November 2, 2015

Rescue Me {Lara Van Hulzen}

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Keith is a soldier with a wounded heart. Torie’s secrets haunt her. Can they trust love enough to mend what’s broken?

Torie Walker is a police officer with a past she’d like to stay hidden from. Staying at her best friend’s cabin in the mountains over Christmas is just what she needs. However, when a handsome cowboy saunters into her life, she takes the risk and trusts him and her secrets.

Keith Scott is a United States Marine, Force Recon. Home for a holidays, he intends to spend a quiet Christmas with his family. What he doesn’t plan on is Torie Walker, a woman who mends his heart and makes him want to love again.

My Thoughts:
I read the second book in his Men of Honor series a few months ago, and I have been eagerly awaiting Rescue Me ever since. I just knew that Torie and Keith were going to have an amazing story and I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to play out. I was definitely not disappointed.

This book picks right back up at the Scott family Ranch, just before Christmas. Aimee and Dane have headed off on their honeymoon and Torie is spending her holiday in their cabin on the ranch. We later figure out that Torie is actually hiding out – a fact that becomes such a huge part of her relationship with Keith. Although Torie comes across as the tough cop, she has a history that haunts her and has left her completely broken on the inside. She struggles so much with what she should or should not share with those around her.

We also get to see much more of handsome cowboy Keith. Keith has fallen head over heels in love with Torie, but he also has a past that he is scared to share, and a commitment to his country that he is sure no woman would ever want to be a part of. Inside his huge and tough exterior also lies a crushed soul and a scared boy.

As Torie and Keith spend more time together and really begin to open up to each other, we get to witness such a sweet love develop. We also get to see the faith Keith has in God, and how that faith has gotten him through life so far. He is quick to share his faith with Torie and tell just how amazing God is at forgiveness and building a new life. Seeing Torie explore the Bible and really think about the things God can do in her life is also a focal point of this story that really plays a part in the future of their relationship.

I very much enjoyed this book and getting to know these characters better. The atmosphere on the Scott family ranch makes me want to pack my bags and head to Tahoe in search of a cozy cabin in the woods!

Although this is the third book in a series, it can also be read as a stand-alone without missing out on any parts of the current story. Put it on your reading list for sure.

Lara Van Hulzen received her BA in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994. Her first published article was when she was a senior in high school. She has worked as a book reviewer for the past 18 years with various organizations such as Crossings Doubleday, YouthWorker Journal, and Radian Lit. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Inspired Christian Writers, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband three children in Northern California.