Sam Belgarde never wanted to be the head of his family’s search & rescue team, but when life dumps responsibilities in your lap, you either run away or step up. He stepped up. He also never wanted to be a hero, but he and his search dogs can sense danger a mile away…
So when a bigwig fight promoter needs someone to search for his missing fiancée, Sam’s more than a little reluctant. His family's company is in financial trouble, though, so if searching for a spoiled socialite will save it, then he's willing to break the rules — just this once.
After witnessing a murder, Nora Molina needs to get away fast, and her best hope to escape without her passport is Alaska. A native of Argentina, Nora's accustomed to harsh winters and high elevation, so she gets more than a little irritated when some tracker thinks she needs rescuing. Even if he is get-out sexy. And even if he's the guy she stood up before leaving town. It's going to be a long few days.
When an unexpected storm rolls in, Sam and Nora find themselves in each other's arms — to keep warm. Things get a little too hot when it's clear someone wants the two of them to stay lost — permanently.
Reader Profile: First and foremost, I am a reader. From the moment I could hold a book, I've been fascinated with the written word. I enjoy almost everything, but lean toward romantic-suspense and magical realism. If you're looking for poor reviews, you won't find them here. The reason...life's too short to read bad books. If a book isn't at least three stars halfway through, I stop reading, and therefore, don't feel as though I have the right to review it. That's my policy! Please don't send me requests, though. If you are one of my cyber friends, I will eventually find you. :)
Author Profile: I write stories that overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, a hint of paranormal sometimes, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a great story be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
New Series: Midnight Sons #1 Sam's Folly #2 Alex's Atonement #3 Vince's Chance
The Southern Collection:
#1 She Belongs to Me #2 Land of the Noonday Sun #3 Entangled Dreams #4 When Noonday Ends #5 Split Decisions
Creatus Series (Paranormal Romantic Suspense) #0 Creatus (They Exist) The Prequel #1 Creatus #2 Creatus Rogue #3 Creatus Eidolon #4 Creatus Animus #5 Creatus Talis
Carmen is great about balancing romance and suspense without the graphic stuff, meaning violence, sex, and language. Sam is just trying to keep his family's rescue organization going, in the name of his father and family. His struggle is real, and we immediately care about him for it. And Nora is a tough gal in a really tough situation, trying to escape a trafficking relationship with a bad dude. You'll feel the cold but beautiful Alaskan landscape as they try to escape, resist their feelings, and find happiness.
Thank-you Ms. DeSousa for providing this Kindle edition on #GoodreadsGiveaways. Those of us who do a lot a reading appreciate new authors allowing us to sample their work. That said: honest review...
First, slow start. It seemed disjointed. Lots of facts, but no lines to connect. At about 5%, things started to fall into place and the story kicked along (MMA pun intended). This was actually a really good read once I slogged past the intro. It's a bit grittier than I'm used to; but then, DeSousa makes it work with characters who are all the more believable for their uniqueness.
What do a famous MMA chica from Argentina, a 38 yr old single Alaska boy, a thug named Sergio and a German Shepard who responds to commands in German have in common? The makings of a pretty darn good romance. It's clear DeSousa loves to travel and has sourced her experiences to build her characters and settings. That made for a richer experience for me, the reader. Some times, conversations felt a bit gratuitous. Like, I was being over-fed information that wasn't really needed. As the book coalesces, you begin to see where she's going with all the loose threads and it actually becomes a submersive read; where I forgot what time it was until I finished around 3:30 a.m.
Four stars, as the book could use a bit more editing down - too long in places. But overall, I found her writing style (voice) and clever use of 3rd person perspective refreshing in a world that feels too intimate with all the "I, I, I, Me, Me, Mine" authors. I'm not a fan of reading other people's journals. I like a bit of perspective with my romance. If I didn't exactly like the characters at the beginning; I grew to love them at the end. And that's the mark of a good author: To make me believe anything's possible. Went ahead and bought book 2.
Sam's Folly is the 1st book in the Midnight Sons Series. Five brothers risking their lives to rescue those caught in the death grip of the Alaska wilderness. Each book in the series is about a different brother and the woman they lose their hearts to. These man and woman are as tough as the Land of the Midnight Sun. The first book is about Sam Belgarde, who is the oldest brother and in charge of his family's company, Search and Rescue Alaska.
Nora Molina has come to Alaska to runaway. Her best hope to escape without a passport is Alaska. Being a native of Argentina, Nora is accustomed to harsh winters and high elevation. She is determined to lose herself in the wilderness. Unfortunately, the very man whom she is running from, has hired the best tracker in all Alaska and his search dogs. Sam's reluctant to take the job, but since his family's company is in financial trouble and the money offered is substantial he takes the job. Once Sam realizes that the very man who hired him to find his fiancee, is the reason Nora is running. Sam decides that maybe he will try to keep Nora for his very own. Sam has trust issues, but nothing to the trust issues of Nora Molina. This proves to make a very interesting story.
An Alaskan adventure filled with beauty, a family of Search and Rescue heroes and of course, a lady in distress. Not your average lady, however. Nora is an MMA champion on the run from her sleazy manager. Great start by meeting the family who runs Midnight Sons, a non-profit SAR. For me there was too much repetition of the main characters dilemmas and not enough depth of development as individuals. I do want to go.on to Alex's story though.
3.75 Stars. This story is based on family and its legacy. The five Belgarde brothers run a search and rescue business in the wilderness of Alaska. Like most families, there is love, loyalty,and secrets. Sam, the oldest son, just happens to be keeping a doozy of a secret. Sam is drawn immediately to a mysterious, beautiful lady that has come to Alaska to hike Mount Denali. Sam knows this lady has secrets of her own. Nora comes to Alaska to escape the controlling arm of her agent/fiancé. She wants nothing more than to return to her native country of Argentina. Traveling to Buenos Aries from California, via Alaska certainly isn’t the most direct path. Nora is an accomplished hiker, a risk taker, and enjoys a high-octane lifestyle. With her profession, one needs to be an adrenaline junkie. This heroine’s profession is a first for me, as no other leading lady in any of the numerous books I have read, shared her career. Sam and Nora fall in love too quickly, without building the trust needed for a real relationship. As danger lurks, they will have to trust each other or they have no chance for a future. The author’s very descriptive writing on the beauty and dangers of Alaska, grabbed my interested. I found myself on the internet looking up Denali National Park.
I was super lucky to win a Goodreads giveaway to get this read ...so awesome!! a beginning to a new series, and a new author to me ... wow wee, love that!! great book cover. and what a read. enjoyable read, i couldn't put it down. great visuals. i look forward to more from this series ... i see it will be so entertaining!! hooked. such a new fan. check out Carmen. well done!!
I am enchanted by this series. Each of the brothers is strong, thoughtful, and draws you into their life in their own way. This was the first book in the series and the one that grabbed me. Sam meets Nora, a strong, determined and scared woman trying to find her own way through a scary environment sure she can make it on her own. Sam is a man who has saved many people in his life and is confident, self assured, but guarded in his personal life. Reading the way each of them interacts with their surroundings, and each other was fascinating, heart wrenching, and had me completely engaged from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to read the next book, and even pre-ordered the third. I am definitely a Carmen DeSousa fan!
I loved this story, and at first, thought it to be the setting in Alaska... probably because I lived there in my early years. But then I forgot about where I was and just got into the characters. Ms. DeSousa has a huge talent for bringing them alive and making you care... it's a wonderful gift and I appreciated it so much. I actually read this book facing a brain operation and it took me out of myself and got me through the worst. I'll never forget...
The Land of the Midnight Sun, stories of five brothers, working on missing cases of search and rescue, wanting love, in this untamed wilderness. Interesting and good beginning to the series. Given audio which I enjoyed for my voluntary review
Who doesn't love a bad boy? Match him with a tough, independent female, and you have a dream couple!
Many of you know I rarely read romance, so this book might seem like a stretch for me. It's really not. While I don't like formulaic romance novels, I do enjoy romance as an added element within mysteries, suspense, and adventure stories. Sam's Folly has all that and more.
Of course, it helps that Carmen DeSousa is a gifted writer. All of her books feature complex, unique, interesting characters. I can't help but care about what happens to them.
This story is packed with action and emotion, making it ideal for just about any reader.
Nora is a beautiful Argentinian looking to do a solo hike up the Denali before her marriage to Sergio, her manager. Sam owns a Search and Rescue company that teaches hiking safety and rescues lost/stranded hikers. Nora catches his eye when she takes a refresher course and intrigues him enough to want to know about this gorgeous woman. So when her fiancee shows up while he's preparing for his own solo hike offering to pay him to locate Nora he readily agrees in order to help his SAR company financially as well as spend time with her. There's so much more to her story and reason for wanting to do the hike that could put them both in danger when bad weather heads their way! I like reading about the Alaskan wilderness and like Sam and his family very much, but when he wanted to make "enchiladas" with hard shell tacos it was a no way from this Texas girl.... corn tortillas are how they're made. Nora is a tough female with a soft side, and they make a good couple with their strength of body and soul. Hopefully, she can teach him to cook better! LOL
Search and rescue tracker is hired to find a missing fiancé of a promoter when she goes missing in Alaska. He is at first reluctant thinking she just a spoiled socialite that is wasting his time and the search dogs efforts but eventually he changes his mind as the family business needs the money.
The fiancé happens to witness a murder and she goes hiding in the wilderness of Alaska. She is used to hard winters and is irate that a tracker thinks she needs rescuing. To make things worse she stood him up before she left town despite his good looks.
They will have to fight their chemistry as well as someone who does not want them to be seen again, A charming romance.
DNF....lordy there was some good reviews and summer and aaaahed for a awhile, the took the plunge. Nope shouldn't have. I like series so the brothers intrigued me. But could not find a firm liking for the hero. I think I've read to many military books as I'm leaning toward kick ass alphas with brains. The hero figured things out ok but chapter 7 just said no, no no. Without chucking in a spoiler...I'll just say the hero discovers a key element to the heroines dilemma....but does what he does involving her anyway.....just seemed wrong to me and turned me off. To sappy as well....sorry for all the Sam Folly lovers, I just couldn't do it
Sam's Folly is the 1st book in the Midnight Sons Series. There are five brothers that are experienced in the Alaskan wilderness that work to rescue those caught in trouble. This book in the series covers Sam and he is in charge of the company Search and Rescue Alaska.. he meets Nora who is there to get away and the story and romance continues.
It was a good story and it did catch my attention. I did enjoy this and will probably look for the other books in the series
Not my genre, but I did manage to get through it, and for fans of romance/suspense novels, this is a promising start to the series of 5 Midnight Sons books. The brothers are interesting enough characters, but I just could not relate to them or the female characters in any meaningful way. The biggest plus is the description of Alaska.
I received this book from Goodreads – 1st Read – thank you!
Sam’s Folly started really slow for me and both Sam and Nora seemed to have an over abundance of anger. For those reasons I almost put the book down. I’m glad I continued as the story line came together and I ended up enjoying the book, enough so that I will probably read the other books in the series.
This book was good. It held my interest because it was not the same old story line the you get in a lot of other books these days. I did not see the cliffhanger coming so be aware of that. But it looks like there are other books in the series . So it was a good read and I will check out the other books.
I read Alex’s story first and to be honest I am no fan of players. Alex is just as shallow in this first book. From these two books I can tell you that if you are a fan of soap operas this will work for you. Too much angst and drama for me. Very slow start and the pace is generally slow and not much suspense.
I received the Kindle edition from Goodreads Giveaways. This is the first in a series about 5 brothers from Alaska who run a search and rescue business. The book started out slow but picked up part way through. It was easy to follow and you could guess how things would play out by the foreshadowing. I enjoyed the characters, especially the different personalities of the brothers. It was an easy and fast read. I will definitely read the other books in the series.
Definitely wasn't what I expected. But over all I really enjoyed it. I hope Sam tells Daire he's his dad. I hate for him to find out another way. Glad Nora got her happily ever after. Definitely going to get the rest in the series.