Title: To Save His Child
Author: Margaret Watson
Publisher: Dragonfly Press
Date of publication: June 2nd, 2017 (originally published in 1996)
POV: 3rd person
Series: Into The Storm
To Save His Child – Book 1
An Innocent Man – Book 2
An Honorable Man – Book 3
The Dark Side of the Moon – Book 4
Family on the Run – Book 5
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
Caine O’Roarke regretted vanishing into thin air and leaving Lexie Hollister asleep in his bed – but he had no choice. The mercenary had been called in for an urgent mission in the middle of the night. He’d miss Lexie, but the former Seal told himself that he and Lexie would both get over it. They’d been completely wrong for each other – in all but one way.
Eleven months later, when Lexie’s father asks Caine to rescue his daughter from the civil war in San Rafael, he barely recognizes Lexie. The former party girl has grown up, and she’s the only nurse in a small village. And she has a child. His child.
Will Caine be able to save the woman he hasn’t been able to forget? Will Lexie be able to forgive him for disappearing? And will they be able to survive the jungle and figure out how to create a family?
Trigger Warning: None
To Save A Child is book 1 in the Into The Storm series by Margaret Watson. This book is a fast-paced romance that will pull at your heart-strings while keeping you on the edge of your seat. I know it did for me. I only planned on reading a couple of chapters and before I knew it, I had read the entire book in one sitting.
I really am not a fan of the surprise baby plotlines that are used in some romance novels. Mainly because there are excuses made up by the mother about why they never told the father about the baby. But in To Save A Child, there are no excuses. Even if Lexie wanted to tell Caine, she wouldn’t have been able to find him. He had left her sleeping in his bed and went on a mission that went south (want to know exactly what happened….you need to read the book). Lexie ran to San Rafael, found out she was pregnant and had her baby there. There was no communication between them until he turned up at her house and told her that she was in danger and that she needed to leave.
At first, I thought Lexie was a bit of a brat. Caine is in her house, telling her “You are in danger, you have to go” and she flat-out told him no, she needed to wait for the vaccines. I kinda sat on my couch, shaking my head and I also kinda wanted to reach through the book, smack her and say “If someone says you have to go, you are in danger, you GO.” Even when Caine found out about Ana and stressed that Ana was in danger too, she was like “Let’s wait until after the vaccines come“. Again, it was a repeat of my above statement. It wasn’t until they were in the jungle that my opinion of her changed.
Caine had been dealt a serious blow when he found out about Ana and I think he handled it fairly well. He was still focused on getting Lexie and Ana to safety. I also felt awful for him because of his past. Because of that, he felt he couldn’t be a good father to any child and he was afraid to bond with Ana. He showed, with all of his actions while they were trekking through the jungle, that he was a good father and protector. I just wish that he saw that before the end of the book. I know that Lexie did.
Speaking of that trek, it was perilous and had so much danger. Caine set a grueling pace and didn’t allow for much stopping, only stopping long enough to let Lexie nurse Ana and change her diaper. Honestly, if that were me doing that, I don’t think that I would have made it. Even when they got to the city, they still had to escape and how they did it was amazing.
The sex scenes were very hot. I had read a lot of books where they had been a little graphic and To Save A Child struck just the right balance. Hot but not dirty and I loved it.
The end of the book was pretty typical and was a HEA. Overall a great book that you could read while at the beach or by the pool.
How many stars will I give To Save A Child: 4
Why: Great plot, great sex, and good characters
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Sex, language, and some mild violence
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**