Coming home was never the plan
Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he’s headed home to the destiny that awaits him.
That’s not all that’s waiting for Dodge. His childhood best friend and former flame, Echo Yazzie, is a true Alaskan–a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. Most of all, she’s living a life Dodge knows could get her killed. One of these days she’s going to get lost in the woods again, and his worst fear is that he won’t be there to find her.
When one of Echo’s fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. Plus, there’s more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .
Will Dodge be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?
Sunrise is the first explosive volume in a new nail-biting series from USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren.
I loved reading Sunrise, the first book in Susan May Warren’s Sky King Ranch romantic suspense series. The story is set in a gorgeous small town in Alaska, and I loved experiencing life in Alaska with the characters in the story. Being an Aussie, it took me a while to work out what ‘Lower 48’ means (the southern mainland states).
Echo is a courageous character who has endured a lot of hardship. She lives with her dad, and has followed in his footsteps with her love for animals, especially her adorable dogs, and native wildlife. She shares her father’s passion for protecting the grizzly bears and other animals from illegal poaching.
Dodge is a triplet who does not have a close relationship with either of his brothers. He left town years ago after Echo rejected his impulsive marriage proposal and he had a falling out with his brother, Colt. Dodge joined the military and is an experienced pilot. Their dad runs an aviation business based at Sky King Ranch, and he was involved in a minor flight incident. Dodge returns to Sky King Ranch to help out his dad by delivering supplies to the people living in remote places and keeping the business running.
Echo’s father suspects a newcomer to town who offers guided tours in the wilderness is not all he seems. When Echo’s researcher friend goes missing during a blizzard, Echo is determined to find her, even if it puts her life in danger. Dodge is drawn to Echo, despite their past history, and is determined to keep her safe.
I enjoyed the suspense thread in the story that kept me turning the page, wanting to know what happens next. Echo and Dodge are thrown together in difficult circumstances. They are forced to confront their fears and deal with painful emotional issues from the past that impact their current relationship and the potential for a future together.
A series mystery unfolds, and I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. I recommend Sunrise to romantic suspense readers who like emotionally compelling second chance romances entwined with heart pounding danger and mystery set in the stunning Alaskan wilderness.