1. The Unexpected Champion #3
    The Unexpected Champion #3
    Mary Connealy
    Bethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Western Adventure
    March 17, 2019
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Picking up right where the previous book left off, the Chiltons have hired Pinkerton agent John McCall to restore to them their long lost grandson, Ronnie, in order to control his handsome trust fund. Ronnie has been living with the Scott family, who loves him very much.

    Penny Scott is a strong woman who knows how to take care of herself in the wilderness, she can ride, shoot, and speak her mind. She has a homestead next to her brother Cameron and plans to raise cattle, she is suspicious of John and dislikes him right away because of his job. But when they are kidnapped and held hostage together, they must work together to escape.

    John is a city-livin' Pinkerton agent, he is a master of disguise and dedicated to his work. John is comfortable with his life in the city, but he is an honorable Christian man. He admires Penny's strength and know-how. I loved seeing them get to know each other and learning to work together, seeing each other's strengths and weakness, with a common bond of faith.

    Fast paced adventure, with everything happening over a span of weeks. The explosive conclusion to a fantastic trilogy, it is not one I'd advise reading as a standalone. I was surprised by how much I liked John by the end of this book, as he was in previous books and at that point in time he wasn't my favorite. I loved seeing the familiar faces from the previous books, as well as Ms. Connealy's signature humor. Page-turning suspense that was hard to put down, I found that this book ended far too quickly. Fantastic western storytelling, with strong bonds of faith and family.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rootin'-Tootin' Wild West tale
    March 15, 2019
    Pooh Bear
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once again, I found myself giggling, snorting, chuckling, and laughing out loud through a Mary Connealy novel. This time it was The Unexpected Champion--the last in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. The setting in Nevada in the old west, and the well-crafted, horse riding, homesteading, gun-toting characters (both friendly and dangerous) came to life quickly and drew me right in. I loved the delicious chemistry and witty, hilarious banter between Penny Scott and John McCall, the two main characters. Penny's strong will and independence combined with John's handy skills and determination made for a delightful and somewhat quirky couple.

    The appearance of some of the characters from previous books in the series was such fun. I loved how Penny's family and friends all had each other's backs. If one of them had a problem, the others were ready and willing to ride to the rescue. Immersed in the story are threads of faith, mercy, and love of family that add dimension to it. I'm sad to see this series end, but I'm also looking forward to more books from this highly entertaining author.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Great end of series
    March 14, 2019
    Butterflyreview
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons' supposedly lost grandson. But now that he's out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She's not like any woman he's ever met--comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

    When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don't have, both realize they've stumbled into something dangerous and complicated. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

    When they emerge back into the real world, they are confronted with a kidnapper who just won't stop. They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

    What a great book to end the series. All Penny wants to do is build her cabin on her homestead. John wants to find the little boy he's been hired to find and get back east. The only problem is that along the way he runs into outlaws who our out to kill Penny and her family. John kills the outlaw. Now he is on the hit list of the outlaws brother. Penny knows her way around the west. Being a Pinkerton, John has good detective skills. When the two meet they butt heads. In typical Ms. Connealy form humor and mystery were interlaced throughout the book.

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed
    March 10, 2019
    Jaquelyn
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't get my hands on this book fast enough. If you have read any books by Mary Connealy, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The Unexpected Champion was everything I want in a book. It was the perfect amount of suspense and romance mixed together. I originally met Penny earlier in this series and as hoping she would be the heroine of her own story. She is definitely one of a kind. I couldn't wait to see what kind of man she fell for, and I knew he'd have to be pretty special. Being kidnapped together, Penny and John must learn to work together to not only escape but stay alive. They both have their own tricks up their sleeves, and just might learn to get along after all. This story was an absolute joy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, and was completely taken by surprise. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect Series Ender
    March 10, 2019
    Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Y'all, Mary Connealy ends the High Sierra Sweethearts series with a book filled with danger, adventure, two strong-willed people, and plenty of laughs.

    I loved Penny and her sarcasm (not the biting kind but the kind that is just plain hilarious). And then there's John McCall who , without hesitation, goes toe-to-toe with Penny. And of course, Trace and Cam just add to the chaos that only Connealy can create in her books, in the best sort of way.

    As Penny and John race to figure out who kidnapped them and who is behind everything that has happened to Penny's family, readers are taken on a high-stakes, fast-paced adventure that keeps the pages turning as quick as you can.

    The Unexpected Champion is the perfect ending to this series, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to what Connealy has instore for readers next because she just gets better with every book she writes.

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    I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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