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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

PUYB: Honor Redeemed by Loree Lough

About Loree Lough

With more than 3,000,000 copies of her books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough’s titles earn 4- and 5-star reviews and industry/reader’s choice awards. She has received nearly 10,000 letters from fans who write to say she’s “a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives.” Her 9/11 series, First Responders (From Ashes to Honor, Honor Redeemed, A Man of Honor) is no exception, and it’s raising awareness and funds for organizations that assist soldiers and first responders, and their families. (For more information about these worthy groups, visit http://www.loreelough.com)

About Honor Redeemed

During rush hour one cold November night, a jumbo jet crashes on a busy highway…most of it, anyway. Honor Mackenzie and Rowdy, her trusty Search and Rescue dog, join the SAR team to search for the tail section, reported by witnesses to have landed in the dark and rainy woods along Baltimore’s Patapsco River.

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Matt Phillips, forced to leave his SAR work behind to ensure his motherless twins would always have a dad, leaves the boys with a neighbor and heads to the woods, intent on getting another breaking story. It takes weeks to figure out why she’d given him such an icy reception: Another headline-hungry reporter–whose less-than-accurate story–ended her career with the fire department. In his effort to prove that not every reporter sacrifices “truth” for “story,” Matt finds himself attracted to the beautiful sad-eyed redhead.

As weeks pass, they discover that SAR missions aren’t the only things they have in common. Haunting attachments to 9/11 and the loss of a spouse have kept them lonely and alone…until they find comfort with one another. Much as he and his boys have come to care for her, Matt isn’t convinced that Honor will ever fully commit to him or the twins…especially after she takes a job in New York without even discussing it with him.

During his annual ski weekend with the boys, the heartbroken Matt gets word that Honor has gone missing during a search for a lost girl. He leads the search team, desperate to find her before a blizzard moves in. But even if he does, will they find their way back to one another…

…or back to living life alone?

My rating:

My thoughts:

Honor Redeemed is the second book in Loree Lough's "First Responders" series. I have the first book From Ashes to Honor on my Kindle, but I haven't read it yet. I didn't think any of the same characters would be in Honor Redeemed, but there were. Still Honor Redeemed was enjoyable on its own.

I loved the characters - Matt, Honor, Austin, and Matt's sons - it was so easy to care about them and what would happen in their lives. 

I found the story interesting and I seriously laughed a few times with the way Matt's sons (Steve and Warner) acted - it was so funny!

While I liked a  lot about Honor Redeemed, there are some things I didn't like. One thing is some characters said "Oh, My ***" a couple of times, and while this might not bother other people, it did bother me.

Also, the whole story is pretty much told on the back of the book and there were very few surprises in the book. The ending seemed rushed, and while normally I don't mind if it leaves you hanging, Honor Redeemed's ending was very disappointing and I wish there would have been a little bit more closure.. I know there is going to be another "First  Responders" book, but I would have liked to have known more about what is going to happen.

All in all, Honor Redeemed was a good book with great characters and I ended up liking it - 3 stars!

*I received a complimentary print copy from the publisher via PUYB and an eBook copy via Netgalley. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


  1. Thanks for your review. i am looking forward to reading both this one and the first one. i love anything to do with Heroes!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful review and your time in reading Loree's book, Melanie! OM* doesn't bother me but I respect that it bothers others. ;o)

  3. Good morning, everyone!

    I'm enjoying your comments, and will get back here soon to read (and reply to) more.

    My publicist called yesterday morning and said "Are you sitting down?", then proceeded to tell me that Honor Redeemed earned a starred review in the prestigious Library Journal. That was almost as good as hearing the first book in the series (From Ashes to Honor) got a movie option. Talk about being pumped up! LOL

    Well, enough shameless self-promotion. I just wanted to stop by and thank all of you for taking the time to visit and comment. Life is hectic for all of us, and it means more than I can say that you've chosen to spend a few minutes of yours with me.

    Here's hoping you have a safe and happy weekend!


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