Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Last Shot by Susan May Warren

Posted March 5, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan May Warren / 71 Comments


One Last Shot book review

One Last Shot by Susan May WarrenONE LAST SHOT by Susan May Warren
SERIES:
Alaska Air One Rescue #1

GENRE: Contemporary Adventure Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: SDG Publishing (ebook) & Revell (print)
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2024
PAGES: 321

When country music star Oaken Fox joins survivalist Mike Grizz’s new adventure show in the Alaskan wilderness, he just wants to boost his fan base. But when tragedy strikes, and Air One Rescue must save them, Oaken just wants to quit. Too bad his producer has other plans—signing him on with Air One Rescue as a recruit and making a reality show…

EMT Boo Kingston did not join Air One Rescue to train a celebrity. But she’s a rookie to the team, so yes, she’ll train Oaken and keep him alive and not for a minute pay attention to his charm…

And then five women go missing from a resort during a bachelorette weekend gone south. Now, Air One and the rescue team will have to use all their skills–and manpower, including Oaken–to find them before a blizzard settles in. But can they work together before tragedy strikes?

 

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“There’s the story we create and the story we’re created for. Maybe that’s what this adventure is all about.”

Nobody writes adventure romance quite like Susan May Warren, and One Last Shot is a perfect example. In this kick-off to what promises to be an intensely compelling series, the characters battle external elements, internal angst, reality show drama, social media opinions, time, and occasionally even each other as they race to rescue people who are missing, stranded, and/or injured in Alaska’s harsh and beautiful landscape. Including, at times, their own team. I devoured this book, unable to put it down, riveted to the page, and hardly daring to breathe in places. The author excels at immersing readers into her stories, and I really did feel like I was right there in the middle of all of it with the Air One Rescue Team.

Boo Kingston is a rookie EMT with Air One Rescue and, while she loves the work and enjoys the team, her complex backstory means she’s still holding them at arms length. Trust doesn’t come easy for her anymore, not after the humiliation that had her running as far from home – and social media – as possible. (Speaking of her family… can I hope for a series that features them, pretty please?? I am intrigued by her siblings and want to know their stories too!) I loved Boo’s personality and her inner strength (she’s pretty amazing) – but I also loved her weaknesses because it’s in her vulnerability that the author crafts a beautifully tender rescue. Not just the kind of rescue that her team does best or that Oaken’s feelings for her can offer but the ultimate rescue brought about by a God who will go to any lengths to show her that He is trustworthy and that she is beloved.

“God is not content leaving us in our lies. He wants to set us free, and he’ll keep running after us, in every storm, trying to get our attention.”

And oh goodness does Susan May Warren know how to write a hero! Oaken Fox is layered and engaging, and SWOONY and, while he may have temporarily joined the Air One Rescue team to appease the reality TV producers and salvage his image, it’s soon clear that he belongs there. And not just with Boo, though the delightful chemistry they have is responsible for the majority of my grins while reading One Last Shot (and once they get to kissing – whew!!!!!), but also with Moose and Axel and Shep and London. His survival adventure tests everything he thought he knew about himself and his career and his family and God, and I loved how the author directed Oaken’s spiritual journey throughout this novel.

“You can blame God and go it alone. Or you can trust that God loves you and that he’ll carry you through the storm.”

Bottom Line: One Last Shot by Susan May Warren takes readers on an intense adventure that only Alaska can deliver, keeping me on the edge of my seat and thoroughly entertained. Parachutes that fail, vans that land in rushing rivers, bridal parties that go missing in a blizzard… each heart-racing new rescue had me glued to the page, and the author’s stellar storytelling made me feel like I was on that chopper, in the midst of the danger, too. While most of the suspense in this novel is adventure-related, there are a couple of possible murderers on the loose that raise those stakes – and our pulses – even further. The faith message in One Last Shot is so beautifully done, the plot riveting, the characters layered and engaging. I loved my introduction to the Alaska Air One Rescue team, and I look forward to spending more time with them over the course of this series. It was also fun to see characters from the author’s Sky King Ranch and Wild Montana Rescue series again.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe

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Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 100 novels with more than 1.5 million books sold, including the Global Search and Rescue and Montana Rescue series. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan makes her home in Minnesota. Visit her at SusanMayWarren.com.


One Last Shot giveaway

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What about you? What makes you want to read One Last Shot by Susan May Warren?

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71 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Last Shot by Susan May Warren

  1. Bea LaRocca

    One Last Shot is set in Alaska, a dream destination for me and I love to read any genre of story that takes place there, especially a romantic suspense. Secondly, Susan May Warren writes incredible stories and I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Kay Garrett

    ONE LAST SHOT by Susan May Warren is most definitely already on my TBR list. Thank you for your review which tells me to read it as soon as possible. Absolutely love stories set in Alaska – my almost home state. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

  3. Janet Putney

    I love Susan May Warren’s books. I also love to read about previous characters from other books

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I love her adventurous series! It would be nice to start in on book one of a new series!

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Well, that cover just speaks for itself, doesn’t it! That’s why I want to read it–well that and your awesome review and the fantastic author!

  6. marti

    I’ve been trying to write a suspense novel that’s set in Alaska. As part of my research, I’ve been trying to find other novels set in Alaska. It’s definitely the easiest research I’ve done, and much cheaper than a research trip!

  7. Since we have four grandchildren in Alaska, we’ve made multiple trips to the this beautiful wilderness. This summer we’re driving (it will be 3,950 miles one way for us) there (our third time driving/camping there). SO, I’m crazy about books set in Alaska. (One of my favorites is The Great Alone). I’ve seen Susan May Warren’s name on lots of sites, but I didn’t know she has written over 100 books! Plus, I thought her books were like drinking syrup, a little too romancey with no substance. This review has set me straight and I will now check out her books. Thanks!

    • oh i’m jealous – I want to go to Alaska one day. And no, SMW’s books definitely have depth, at least the ones I’ve read! Try her more recent romantic suspense series (any of them) if you’re on the fence.

  8. Anne

    This captivating and unforgettable story would be a real treasure to enjoy greatly. Alaska and suspense is a great combination.

  9. Sandy Avery

    I love the start of a new Susan May Warren series. I will be reading this one soon, everything about it sounds great!

  10. Julie Pripps

    I’m a big fan of Susan May Warren and your Kissing Level comment makes me want to read this!

  11. Roxanne C.

    Miz Carrie’s review has me hooked—suspense galore and interesting backstories, not to mention the romance.

  12. Jessica

    I have enjoyed all of the books by Susan May Warren that I have read, and your description of this book sounds like a must-read great story to me!

  13. Sunshine

    I’m in the mood for a fast-paced suspense, and Susan May Warren is always a good read! Definitely want to check this one out!

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