Sunburst – Susan May Warren

Sunburst by Susan May Warren
Also by this author: The Way of the Brave, Heart of a Hero, Price of Valor, The Way of the Brave, Sunrise, Sundown, One Last Shot
Series: Sky King Ranch #2
Published by Revell on June 1, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance
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When former Navy Seal and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt, who has been kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he knows and could never forget.
Noemi Sutton was attempting to return a young girl to her family in Boko Haram territory when she and the girl found themselves taken hostage, along with several others.
And while Ranger Kingston may be able to get the hostages away from their captors, he'll need Noemi's help if he ever hopes to get out of Nigeria alive.
Her solution? Pose as husband and wife. But when her uncle discovers the union, he insists on a traditional Nigerian wedding--binding Noemi to a man destined to break her heart. Worse, she's discovered the real reason she was kidnapped, and anyone around her is bound to be caught in the cross fire. Including her so-called new husband.
She'll need to figure out a way to leave the man she loves if she wants to save his life.
USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren throws you into the thick of the action in this high-stakes, globe-trotting romance.

“‘And hello, maybe you’re exactly where you are supposed to be….Maybe God used your issues to give you exactly what you wanted.'”

To think, I had never read Susan May Warren prior to a couple years ago. Now, it is safe to say she probably my favorite author of the Christian romantic suspense genre. I could not wait to read Sunburst. As soon as I finished Sunrise, I wanted the next novel on my Kindle, as soon as possible. Typically, I’m fine with waiting for sequels, which may be surprising. Not with Warren’s books. I had high hopes for Sunburst. And from the moment I met Noemi, Susan May Warren had me—hook, line, and sinker.

Noemi is a confident, stubborn, independent spitfire of a woman when she first meets Ranger Kingston. They hit it off, but fate rips them apart. It was fine, Noemi thought. I can’t get married, thought Ranger. The truth hurts. But neither accepted it, their memories of each other always whispering in their metaphorical ears. Then terrorists slam them together once more, and whispers turn to screams. Metaphorical ears change to literal. They are stuck in Nigeria, with their best means of protection being to pose as husband and wife. Which, though they both deny, becomes all too real for each of them.

Ranger and Noemi want the wedding to be real, in every aspect of the word. But Ranger has his duties, and Noemi thinks she’s cursed. Everyone around her gets hurt, or worse, dies. She can’t let that happen to Ranger, so Noemi wants to disappear. She does not want anyone’s life ruined because of her. Both Ranger and Noemi resist the tug between them…the only question is…will sense get smacked into them before it is too late?

Gosh darn it, I loved Sunburst by Susan May Warren. I keep thinking she can’t get better, but she always does. Suspenseful, yet heartwarming and comical. Complex—Warren reveals a subplot that clearly connects the three books together—yet easy to read. Fulfilling, with a powerful message, in typical Susan May Warren fashion. That is what I adore most about this author: Warren drops Christian truth bombs into her novels in a way that explodes warmth, comfort, and yes, sometimes conviction. But the bombs aren’t surprises. She portrays the messages of God in a sincere manner, without falling into the preaching that some authors do.

I admit, sometimes I’ll skip the sermons in novels. Often times, they add little to the story, and I feel like they’re just…dropped in, because the writer wanted to ensure the novel checked the “Christian” box. Not Susan May Warren. I wouldn’t dream of skipping a word, much less a single sentence. Sunburst by Susan May Warren is everything a Christian romance novel should ever be—wholesome, funny, exciting, and Christ-filled.