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Steel Resolve

(Cardwell Ranch: Montana Legacy #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Sometimes you can go home againIt’s just not always safe...

Mary Cardwell Savage never meant to send that letter to her ex, Chase Steele. How could she know her words would bring the gorgeous cowboy back to Big Sky, Montana—with an unstable and dangerous stalker following close behind? Now Chase wants to prove that their love deserves a second chance. And this time, not
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published June 13th 2019)
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Debbie Oliphant
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I have read a few books from this author and enjoyed them, so I was excited for the opportunity to read and review this one. Having said that, I had a hard time following the storyline as there appeared to be three storylines weaving thru the principle characters and it felt disjointed.

Chase and Mary were in love when they were younger and Chase left to be with his dying mother. Their relationship ended when he left and interest t
Back on to my year long A-Z challenge of quick romance reads. I’m up to D and the genre this time is what I'd call American country romantic suspense. I was pretty excited to receive this book via Net-Galley. Daniels is a highly respected writer in this genre. However, my excitement did soon wan as I read unfortunately.

In Steel Resolve we meet Chase (who is occasionally called ‘Chance’ in my Netgalley copy and I hope they fixed that up somewhere along the line, although I think Chance/Chase are
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

B.J. Daniels' most popular book is Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch, which I read years ago. Dana Cardwell and Hud Savage remain one of my all time favorite couples. I love it when an author revisits her couples and writes about the next generation and that is what we have here, Dana and Hud's daughter, Mary Cardwell Savage, as the heroine. I can tell when an author loves her char
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
This was a good second chance romance combined with several elements of mystery and danger. Mary and Chase were friends and sweethearts through high school and college. Their youth worked against them when Chase left Big Sky, breaking Mary's heart. They never forgot each other or their love. When Mary received a box to deliver to Chase after his mother's death, it gave her the excuse she needed to write to him, though she never meant to mail that particular version of the letter.

Chase left Big S
I have been a fan of BJ Daniels for many years and I have never been disappointed in any of the books that I've read. This was quite an interesting story with a daring female protagonist. I felt the characters were well developed and I loved the Montana backdrop. The pace of the story was fast-moving. I could have read this in one sitting; if I had the time to do so. The hero of the story, Chase Steel, has a maniacal stalker from Arizona; where he was living, and doesn't realize it until he's ba ...more
This is an action packed, suspense filled small town story with several different threads skilfully interwoven to create a superb tapestry of events, characters and story.

Chase Steele is returning to Big Sky, Montana but is unaware that he's closely followed by someone who is stalking him. He's had enough of big city living and is returning soon after receiving a letter from the woman he loved but left behind, Mary Cardwell Savage. He broke her heart and his own when he left but now she has writ
Julie Miller
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I will say, though, not necessarily as a romance. This one was all about the characters, in particular, a fascinating case study into the mind and motivation of a psychopath.

This is a book I've been looking forward to reading ever since sharing a brainstorming session with BJ Daniels and Delores Fossen. Ms. Daniels did not disappoint! If you're looking for a strong romance, this might not be your cup of tea. Certainly, the romance is there between Mary Cardwell Savage and Chas
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
Lovers who began as best friends as teens reunite after a separation that only makes their relationship stronger and deeper in “Steel Resolve”, by BJ Daniels, confronting a villain with a deceitful friendly personality.
Mary and Chase are strong, honorable characters and I loved to watch them working through their problems and hurt and coming out more mature and with a steadier connection. Their reconciliation is a lovely process,
Bin Blogs Books
This was a very good, well written and suspenseful read. There was a lot going on but still entertaining to read.
J.V. Speyer
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-reads
Let’s start with the things I liked about this book. First of all, the premise ticked almost every box on my must-read checklist. The blurb promises murder, and there is in fact abundant murder. Most of the victims are even people who really do need to be murdered. There’s one victim who even the killer admits was simply a means to an end, but still – three out of four is not a bad ratio, right? AND it’s a second chance romance. And there’s a legitimate detective story in there.

I loved the fact
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was my first book by BJ Daniels and I wasn’t too impressed. It’s supposed to be a romantic suspense novel, but there’s not a lot of romance and the suspense was laid out for us instead of letting it blossom into a finale. We knew what was going to happen in the beginning of the story and it was extremely predictable.
There were a few big issues in this book that could’ve been handled better. Fiona/Lucy was a seriously sick individual. She needed major help, and no one seemed involved enough
Jeriann Fisher
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Chase Steele arrives back home in Big Sky Montana hoping to make things right with the woman he's never forgotten, Mary Savage in this modern cowboy romance by B.J. Daniels for Harlequin Intrigue. Unfortunately, he is followed by a stalker named Fiona, a woman he had a one-night stand with and who turned out to be a little cray-cray.

Now, Mary also has her own stalker issues in the form of Deputy Dillon who is running a cattle rustling business on the side and figures by dating her he can keep he
Morgan S
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Steel Resolve is a perfectly fine story, with perfectly fine writing. The mystery has a good set up, the romance has a good set up, and generally it was promising. Unfortunately, you find out the main threat’s identity literally on the very first page. As the book developed, I understood why knowing the villain was necessary, but it wasn’t necessary to literally start the book like that when the reveal would have had much better impact by waiting even 30 pages. There is also a secondary threat w ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I have read one of B. J. Daniels books. This one didn't do much for me. It should have been a really good, on the edge of your seat, romantic suspense. It wasn't.

There was no real suspense, because you knew the identity of the villains all along. It was just a matter of time before someone acted. Because of that, it was a waste of time to look in anyone else's direction. It was spelled out in detail who did what to whom and why. It kind of takes the fun out of reading the
Donna Repsher
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start by admitting to being a fan of B.J. Daniels, romantic suspense novels and anything at all about cowboys, so the blurb for this novel rang my chimes. Add in a couple of murders, a second chance at love, and I'm there. Sadly, this novel, while it was an okay read, wasnt't one of Ms. Daniels' best novels, and I can only give it a 3 start rating.

Mary Cardwell Savage is the heroine in this novel, although she really seems to be more of a victim than a heroine. Chase Steel, the hero, was
Cat Kelley
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
thriller! It was a mix of all my favorite genres...cowboys, HEA romance and thrilling, scary killers. It had it all. This is a solid best seller. A new author to add to my favorites list.

This book was gifted to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Madison  Monroe
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had my heart racing and on the edge of my seat. What a ride this was. Although I was more into the suspense of the story, the romance wasn't too bad neither. Chase and Mary were high school and college sweethearts until Chase left to go back home to his dying mother in Arizona. Well actually Mary's father told her that they were too young to be so serious and their relationship ended. Fast forward 4 years, Chase is in Arizona when he receives a letter from Mary professing her love for ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
B.J. Daniels’ names is synonymous with contemporary Western romantic suspense and she is back with an exceptional read that is absolutely impossible to put down: Steel Resolve.

Mary Cardwell Savage and Chase Steele had once been head over heels in love with another. The bond that united them had been strong and nothing and nobody was ever going to tear them apart – until a cruel twist of fate had ended up destroying everything and rupturing the ties that united them. Chase had been unable to stan
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I, personally, love when authors revisit their earlier series with additional stories, new family members or take us into the next generation. So picking up STEEL RESOLVE was a given for me as I’ve enjoyed Dana and Hud’s story in an earlier series and cameo appearances in others. To see their daughter finding love and facing danger was like coming home to family treat for me.

Once, Mary and Chase had a future together ahead of them – until one event changed everything
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arc
I received this book for NetGalley on exchange for an honest review.

Mary and Chase were high school sweethearts, staying together nearly all through college, but Chase decided to take off and make his fortune elsewhere and discover himself, leaving Mary heartbroken back in Montana. Chase ends up in Arizona Caring for his ailing mother, who passes. Chase decides to come back when he receives a letter from Mary. Only Mary never meant him to have it.

To make matters more complicated, Chase picked up
Chanel Sharp
Mom and I must admit there is nothing like a BJ Daniel book to have you glued to your seat as you read or listen to this book.
We open this book from the perspective of the other woman, which was very interesting, and can mom and I say this other woman is very crazy because we open with her rummaging around Chase's apartment, which she broke into look for evidence of why Chase is pulling away from her. She comes across a letter Chase's old flame as sent to him. She becomes to preoccupied with the
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I have read other books by B.J. Daniels and was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately
it was not what I was expecting. Most of her books are Romantic Suspense, this one didn't seem to have much of either. Mary Cardwell Savage and Chase Steele grew up together, going from friends to lovers to ex's. Chase leaves to help his ill mother, hoping she will tell him who is father is. While in Arizona, he meets a women Lucy, who
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book could be classified as a second chance, suspenseful, mystery romance. Wonderful characters both good and bad and a fast pace narrative, make this book an exciting read.

Chase Steele never knew who is father was, his mother refusing to tell him. However, when he was 15, and she was first diagnosed with cancer, she sent him to live with the Jensen family at their ranch in Big Sky Montana. During those years, he also fell in love with their next door neighbor, Mary Cardwell Savage. Unlike
Linda Walters
We learn right out the gate that Fiona Barkley is one twisted woman. Yes, she is beautiful, seems to have it all together but that is all an illusion. Something that Chase gets the full impact of in the opening chapter. She's not one to let go when she has her sights on a man she wants and her eyes are totally focused on Chase. Not only that she is extremely clever and manipulative. As the story unfolds we find out that she has got away with a whole lot of stuff.
Chase's boss and friend knew sh
In hindsight, clingy, obsessive Fiona Barley made everything about Arizona a bad idea for carpenter Chase Steel. Chase is nervous going home to Montana, he’ll bury his mother’s ashes as promised but he’ll see his ex, Mary Cardwell Savage. Chase still loves Mary and she says she still loves him but can they work things out?

Mary didn’t intend the letter she wrote pouring her heart out to actually be sent to Chase but now that it’s out there she’s anxious to hear from him. Instead she got an irate
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chase Steele receives a letter from the only woman he has ever loved, Mary Caldwell Savage. She just meant to let him know that a woman dropped off a package for Chase with her but started reminiscing about their past. A number of years ago Mary caught Chase kissing another woman and broke up with him. She wouldn't believe him when he told her he didn't initiate the kiss. Then he left Big Sky, Montana and Mary. But he never stopped loving Mary and he's heading back to Big Sky to win back her lov ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary wrote her true feelings in a letter never intending on sending it out. Chase has been dealing with a unstable women he had one night with who thinks there's something more between them. After the death of his mother he returns to his hometown for Mary after receiving her letter and trying to figure out who his father was. Thing is the unstable women clearly can't take a hint and get her revenge for him leaving her.

This was a pretty good book. I loved that not only does the readers get the p
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors, reviewd
Chase Steele has left the woman he's loved since they were teenagers to find himself. Mary Cardwell Savage can't move on from the only man she's ever loved. They haven't stopped loving each other for the last four years. A letter that she she regrets writing in a sentimental moment is mailed. A return to Montana to find the father he's never known. Can they move on? Or will danger to them both come between them?

Chase Steele has been regretting the one night stand he had at a weak moment. Mary C
Rohn Strong
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would say about 4.25 or 4.5 stars!

Another great one from one of my favorite authors, B.J. Daniels.

Here's a little non-spoiler overview via Amazon:

Mary Cardwell Savage never meant to send that letter to her ex, Chase Steele. How could she know her words would bring the gorgeous cowboy back to Big Sky, Montana—with an unstable and dangerous stalker following close behind? Now Chase wants to prove that their love deserves a second chance. And this time, nothing will keep him from his heart’s des
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B.J. Daniels' life dream was to be a policewoman. After a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, she wrote and sold 37 short stories before she finally wrote her first book. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award last year for romantic suspense.

She lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, two Springer Spaniels, Jem and Spot, and a temperamental tomc

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