Thursday, December 19, 2013

4 Star Review of Perilous Promises by Christi Williams

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Rating: Sensual Romance - Controversial
Her ex-husband wants to rescue her. Her brother wants to rescue her. Her co-workers want to help rescue her. Her daddy wants to rescue her. She can survive anything except the men who love her! 
Perris Dalton doesn't need a man. She left southwest Wyoming broken, so transformed by fighting cancer even her big hunk of a lawman couldn't make love to her. Now she's back. Her new job is to mitigate conflicts with raptors at a power plant's coal mine. There's no reason for her path to cross her ex-husband's. But when an environmental demonstration inexplicably centers in on her, Sheriff Noah Dalton steps in, confident he can win back the woman who once walked out on him.
As the demonstration spirals into personal attacks, Noah, Perris's father the sheep rancher, and her brother the college student, hatch a secret plot to protect her. In an epic contest of wills with a lone woman survivor determined to solve her own problems, and three modern Western heroes just as determined to show their love by saving her, all hell starts to break loose.

Perilous Promises is a refreshing realistic romance, full of imperfect characters with real life problems. 

The opening of the story really had me in shock and I had to stop and think, put myself in Perri’s shoes and ask how I would deal with a horrible decease like breast cancer and a suffocating husband.  What really broke my heart was how much her husband Noah loved her.  He loved her so much that he was able to see there was a problem, he just couldn’t figure out how to fix it, so of course he blames himself. 

Now don’t get me wrong I loved both these characters though at times I could just throttle Perri.  She obviously is a very independent well educated woman, but her stubbornness really got in the way of her love for Noah.  She loves him so very much but I think the cancer took a good part of both of them in the fight to survive it.  This I can relate to.  My husband currently has stage 4 cancer and is facing a long battle ahead.  We are only 2 months into his treatment and the effects although may not be visible now to just anyone, I can already see a difference in my husband.  It is heartbreaking and the feeling of not being able to help or cure him just rips my heart out. 

So in many ways it was very easy for me to relate to Noah’s character and understand his side.  This is what made the book work for me.  I have never been able to relate to the male character in a book so closely.  Author Christi Williams did an absolutely fabulous job at expressing what a spouse goes through during the fight for your loved ones life.

But wait, there’s more.  Not only do we get deep, complex characters but also a story outside their romance.  This is where you get to see the more protective side of Noah and Perri’s struggle to allow him to protect her.  And let’s face it this woman needs the protection from the loony protesters at the mining cave. Whether she wants it or not.

Perilous Promises takes readers on a long, and sometime frustrating journey but one that shows the emotional fight against cancer as well as the physical.  But most importantly that yes there is an answer to the “What now?” after you have won the battle. 

Christi writes HEA fiction with settings and characters of modern Wyoming. Her heroes and heroines struggle with today’s issues. But the men and women in her writing leave a big footprint, because their personalities and their solutions to problems hark back to the iconic days of the Code of the West.

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