Book review: ‘No Going Back’ by Petie McCarty

Some of you may remember my recent interview with Christian author, Petie McCarty (click here to read the interview). Petie kindly gave me a copy of her latest release ‘No Going Back‘ to review. It is the first book in her Rescue Angels Romance series.

Here is the book jacket blurb:

Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper — one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel. Since no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, Kellen vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets.

While Kellen has one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once. Unfortunately, Kellen has a penchant for finding trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel…

My review:
There were many things about this book I liked. Petie has a very accomplished writing style and she describes the places in the story well – I was able to clearly picture the town of Riverside with its diner, old church, grist mill and farms. The town was also filled with an assortment of interesting characters – the childhood friend who still harbours a crush; the corrupt sheriff; the slightly batty old woman who smells of fairy floss; the blonde bombshell who flirts with every man she meets. I also liked how Petie kept me guessing about what would happen, and particularly, who is the mysterious guardian angel? Is it the handsome cowboy who always seems to be in the right place at the right time?

I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had warmed to the heroine of the story, Kellen, a little more. There were a lot of twists and turns in her relationship with the main hero of the story; many of which we’re caused by the stubborn nature of both characters. The romance was more heated than what I generally read, but didn’t cross any lines. It isn’t your typical inspirational romance, as the Christian element is understated, but it is a clean read that I think readers of romantic suspense novels will enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Author Bio: Petie earned a zoology degree from the University of Central Florida and enjoys her “day” job as an aquatic biologist at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” She brings a unique environmental viewpoint to her stories and hopes to teach a love for the environment along the way. Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America and lives in Orange County, Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel, and a noisy Nanday conure.



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