Fraser (2023)

About the Book

Book: Fraser

SeriesMinnesota Marshalls #1

Author: Susan May Warren

Release Date: February 14, 2023

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Fraser Marshall is pretty sure his career as a Spec Ops fighter is over. Yes, he’s gone into private security, working for Jones, Inc, but his last gig ended with him wounded and taken captive. And those wounds just won’t heal. The last thing he wants to do is stick around his family’s winery pressing grapes. But what choice does he have?

The answer comes via a panicked phone call from his kid brother, Creed.

“Help, Fraser. I’m in over my head…”

Yeah he is, because he’s run away with a princess, with her bodyguard hot on the trail. And said bodyguard, Pippa Butler is going to hunt them down no matter the cost.

Even if she has to join forces with a bossy, arrogant former American SEAL. But Pippa has her own set of lethal skills, and if Fraser gets in the way, she’ll leave him on the side of the road. Still, maybe he’s not a terrible side-kick. He is handsome, and he makes her laugh…No, no, bad Pippa! She has no room for a man—an American—in her life. And Fraser hasn’t ever considered slowing down. Even if Pippa has him wondering if there is a different future ahead.

But there’s more to the story than a Romeo-and-Juliet runaway romance. Princess Imani has seen a murder, and the perpetrator isn’t going to let her get away. Will Fraser and Pippa find the couple first? And if they do, can they work together to keep them safe?

It’ll be tough if their hearts get in the way…

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My Thoughts

Oh my word, I have no idea how to even begin with this book. Fraser by Susan May Warren has blown me away! This book IS. SO. GOOD!!! I must admit that I am extremely behind in Warren’s backlog. I feel a little overwhelmed by how fast Warren is able to release stories. But I saw Fraser and said to myself, “You will read this series.” So, here I am, done with book 1. And what a ride. This book is engaging from page one. Very early on there is a moment on a hanging gondola — yeah, I was TERRIFIED. And the intensity just kept ratcheting up from that point forward. The characters are fantastic. At first, I was quite confused with all the name dropping and cameos — it made me feel a bit lost because I haven’t read too many of Warren’s books lately, so I didn’t know who people were or the events they were referencing. But once the story got to just Pippa and Fraser, Imani and Creed, it was smooth sailing and I had no problem with following the plot. Fraser is my absolute favorite character in this story and my heart hurt for him big time. What a hero! To be a true Alpha male and then to suddenly be sidelined with no sort of grand purpose must be excruciating. I love the message Warren weaves in regards to Fraser and his identity. So many of us get wrapped up in our identities that we make them our whole lives. Maybe, without being aware of it, we even turn these identities into idols. Fraser struggles with being sidelined because he loved being the Alpha, the man in control, the man who could always do. I mean who doesn’t dream of being super capable at something and then being loved for it? But once Fraser can’t do, he flails because what’s his purpose? And that is totally expected, but it’s in the not-capable moments where he realizes that he has become reliant on self and not on God. WHOA! I had to stop for a minute and really think about all the hats I wear. Do I make idols of my identities? Do I rely on my abilities and not on God? I love, love, love that this absolutely excellent story had me self-reflecting and turning to God.

There is actually so much more to be said about Fraser. I can’t do this book justice in just this one review. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve done anything in this review. But I do highly, highly recommend this well-written and intense Romantic Suspense. If you haven’t yet read it, do yourself a solid and purchase a copy today. You will be very happy you did!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Susan May Warren, on February 14, 2023, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

2 thoughts on “Fraser (2023)

  1. I purchased this book on its release date but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I am way behind on my Susan May Warren books. I know when I get to them, they will be intense and totally engaging! Good review…I enjoyed the dynamic prose you use to describe the action!

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