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The Reluctant Warrior

(High Sierra Sweethearts #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  775 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He's come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 2018)
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series continues the adventure in the wilds of Nevada. I love the absolute remoteness of the setting, and in winter it's especially isolated. Cam is stuck in the rut of his officer persona, and it's pretty humbling for him to realize that he has to change in order to win the affections of the children. Gwen is the mother figure in the lives of the children, and it's humbling for her to help a difficult man who will soon take them away from her. ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most romantical book covers ever! And deceptively soothing for the wild ride of action, adventure and the sinister conniving of truly nasty villains you will find within its pages. Nothing like lulling an innocent reader into a false sense of security. :-) Because the opening scene is as tense and dangerous and hair-raising as any Connealy novel. (And disturbingly inventive -- I fear the author must harbor a seriously diabolical mind in order to create so many wonderfully unexpected ...more
Tricia Mingerink
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished listening to this in a little over a day. I think I liked this even better than the first book in the series.

Like all of Mary Connealy's books, this is chock full of action and danger. It literally starts with the characters in immediate peril of death. That's just what I'm looking for in a book, lol.

The characters were actually fairly toned down for this author's writing style, though they still have a tendency to be impulsive. I expect large, almost unrealistic personalities in
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
"His voice was too loud, his manner too abrupt. He treated everyone like soldiers under his command."

Former Union army officer Cameron Scott has a problem; he barks out orders to everyone around him including his family, his friends, and the children he so desperately wants to re-claim as his own. His own daughter is scared of him; she and his orphaned nephew both run to the way-too-lovely-and -stubborn-as-a-mule Gwen Harkness every time he even enters a room. But when a vicious attack confirms
Beth Erin
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The frigid conditions and dangerous circumstances sent a chill to my bones as the adventure continues in this second installment of High Sierra Sweethearts. Winter weather and rugged terrain provided an awe-inspiring backdrop for this exciting, humor-filled romance.

Gwen and Cam could nearly qualify as a “beauty and the beast” pairing with her sweet compassion and his gruff thundering persona. Gwen is a natural homemaker, healer, and the kind of person who
Tiffany Jones
Union army Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed without question. But, nothing about his journey to Lake Tahoe has gone the way he planned it. He planned only to pick up his daughter and nephew and to get revenge on the ones who murdered his brother and sister-in-law. Instead, he's found himself stranded by blizzards in a cabin with two small children who have no memory of him and are absolutely terrified by him. There's also the stubborn, beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he fears has no intention ...more
Catherine Richmond
I read this during a week of mass shootings in the US and came across this: "It's not about the world we live in--it's about our souls. Be not afraid, because whatever happens in this life, if we put our trust in God, He is with us and our souls are safe. Believing in God is the great fortress, the great refuge."

Thank you, Mary, for these words of wisdom. And Bethany House for another beautiful book cover.
Sarah Ruut
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cam just wants to take his kids. Gwen just wants to protect them. And yet the crazy man who’s after them doesn’t want either to happen…

The Reluctant Warrior is an entertaining historical romance. If you’re looking for a deep story, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for something lighthearted? Well, that’s what Mary Connealy is known for!

Discover Nevada in its early days, laugh (or shake your head) at the missteps along the way, and keep flipping pages to see just how this story will end.

Nov 24, 2018 added it
I'll have to DNF it for now. There's nothing wrong with the book- I just can't get into it right now. xD I do want to pick it back up in a couple of weeks!
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Connealy continues her High Sierras Sweethearts series with this second offering and it's so good! Cameron Scott, former Union army officer, is used to barking out orders and having men obey his every word. But now he's come to the High Sierras to take his daughter and nephew home with him and the folks that have been caring for them don't want them to leave. And to make matters worse, both children are scared to death of him. He's been trapped by a blizzard all winter with these folks, ...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I will say I preferred this one over the first, but it still wasn’t my favorite.

I haven’t gotten the normal “Connealy” wit and chemistry in this series.
It is a super fast read and it’s cute, but not amazing.

I’m looking forward to the book 3, though I can already tell I’m going to get annoyed with the bad guys. Lol

3/5 stars.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
The Reluctant Warrior returns readers to the story and characters first discovered in The Accidental Guardian. The Reluctant Warrior is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series and it is a series I have come to really enjoy. With the harsh but glorious surrounds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as backdrop, these stories combine sweet romance that develops out of the toughest situations and tense thrills and heart-pounding suspense as the characters fight for their lives and for ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts #2)
Author: Mary Connealy
Pages: e-book
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Cameron Scott has spent most of his life in the military. Now, that he is a civilian he has a difficult time not ordering people around and expecting their immediate obedience, including his toddler daughter. He hasn’t seen her since her birth as he was serving in the cavalry. His wife died, leaving their daughter with relatives. He has returned to
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was a one day--couple hour--read for me. It moves quick, and because it picks up where book #1 left off, there isn't a lot of backstory (if any) needed. This book as expected follows Gwen and Cameron and how they work together to help Cameron "know" his own daughter and nephew. The setting is in the same place as book #1. In fact, if you don't read book #1, you will definitely have issues with book #2.

I must say, at least that weird awkwardness that the previous couple (Trace and Deb) had
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book picks up shortly after the first book leaves off--a couple months later, but everyone is still solidly snowed in for the winter, and the situation from the end of book one hasn't really changed. Thus I highly recommend starting with book 1, as they are quite interconnected.

Some days one just needs a lighthearted story where the good guys are good (though definitely not perfect), the bad guys are bad (and through some soul-searching, this villain determines that yes, he just really
Suzie Waltner
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Connealy returns with her unique and thoroughly enjoyable cowboy historicals with plenty of humor and even more heart in The Reluctant Warrior (Book 2 in the High Sierra Sweethearts series).

From the first pages, the action is intense with the group fighting to survive and the interactions between Came and Gwen rocky (and often funny). But those initial impressions turn to something entirely different when Cam gets injured and Gwen is tasked with caring for him. I also loved the interactions
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this newest series (High Sierra Sweethearts) by Mary Connealy. This is the second book in the series, which could be read as a stand alone, but it picks up right after book one has ended. I would suggest starting with book one just because it's a great story and gives some background.
Why is Mary Connealy one of my favorite Christian fiction authors? Several reasons, which also apply to this book. I love the humor she inserts in the dialogue and story line of her characters.
Oh, so much better than book 1! And I am back on board the MC train!!

Returning with her trademark humor, suspense, and interesting characters, Connealy finally had a firm "hit" with me after a bit of a dry spell. Lately her humor and characters have just been...lacking.

BUT! Cam and Gwen were exactly what I had hoped they would be, and I am SO excited about Penny's story in the next one.

Maybe more detailed RTC. I'm just so relieved right now.
Carrie Daws
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series was good, but this one was much better. I laughed several times through the storyline, and love the relationship between the two main characters. I can well imagine the drastic change necessary in a tough military man who's been surviving on the frontier without his family to soften the rough edges, and I think the author handled this very well. I can't wait to read more!
It had been quite a while since I read book one in the series and I had to work a little bit to remember who all of these characters were. But, I did enjoy this story and I did start to remember what had happened in the first story. I'm looking forward to book three in the series. I was glad to find this book on Kindle Unlimited.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, of all, I love this cover. Just look at that scenery! I think I'm appreciating the snow covered mountains on the cover and in the story more right now than usual because while other parts of the country seem to be cooling a little, Florida is seeming to get even hotter and muggier than usual. This book picks up soon after the first book in the series, The Accidental Guardian, leaves off. Since that book left me hanging, I was delighted to continue the story. And I loved it! The characters ...more
Kim hansen
Jun 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Mary's books are one's you just can't put down. This book is no exception.
The Books and Biscuits Blog
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Reluctant Warrior – Mary Connealy (4.5 Stars)

Following the events of The Accidental Guardian, Army officer Cameron Scott and his sister, Penny, arrive at Trace Riley’s ranch in search of his young daughter and nephew. As a winter blizzard hits the ranch, they find themselves trapped without a means to return home until spring arrives. Unfortunately, an enemy of Trace and his wife manages to find the family and threatens their survival on numerous occassions. When Cam becomes injured
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
***Just Ok***
Sierra Nevada Mountains – Apr 1868
Cameron Scott has recently returned from the war but can’t seem to give up barking orders as if everyone is a soldier. Cam and his sister Penny have come to the home of Trace and Deb Riley to claim his daughter
Maddie Sue and nephew Ronnie. He had only planned to be gone from his new homestead a day or two. But, the weather takes a terrible turn and an interfering woman named Gwen Harkness seems determined to keep him from children. In addition to
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
The High Sierras may be beautiful but they are unforgiving. That is the backdrop for The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy. This is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. Cam Scott has been in war for so long he doesn't know any other way of life. He has found his daughter and nephew, but they don't know him or trust him. They prefer the company of Gwen. Gwen decides that it is heartless to keep children who aren't hers, no matter if she feels that they are. Gwen puts her ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adventure in the High Sierras

The saga of the Sierras continues with all my favorite characters from The Accidental Guardian. Battling not only the blizzard that cocooned the cabin and bunkhouse but also the man who attempted to burn them alive and the woman who turned his children against him, Cam realizes that he needs to change and he can’t do it by himself.

I liked Cam and thought it was amazing that he loved his daughter enough to be willing to humble himself for her sake. With his gruff
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have long been waiting for the second installment in Mary Connealy’s “High Sierra Sweethearts” series from Bethany House, ever since the first story released earlier this year. “The Reluctant Warrior” picks up right where “The Accidental Guardian” leaves off, and reveals the stories of two characters who we’ve already become acquainted with.

“The Reluctant Warrior” continues the saga of two sisters and two young children who survive a wagon train massacre near the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Yvette - Bookworlder
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in Mary Coonnealy’s High Sierra Sweethearts trilogy finds much of the cast of book one, The Accidental Guardian, snowed in and fighting for their lives. When injuries sideline Cameron Scott, the father and uncle of the two children who survived a wagon train attack along with Gwen and Debra Harkness, Gwen is called on to tend to him and her heart finally begins to soften as she sees the pain his daughter’s rejection causes. And while chafing to be up and in charge of hunting down ...more
“If it isn’t outlaws, then it’s wolves or green-broke horses, stampeding cattle or wild, unpredictable weather. Being on guard constantly is just the way of life in the West for those who want to survive.”
--Cameron Scott

Once again we meet up with the Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen; however, Deborah is no longer a Harkness having married the cowboy of her dreams, Trace Riley, in the first novel in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. The story sets us down once again in the Sierra Nevada
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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written

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