Series: Safe Harbors #3
Published by Emerald Arch Publishing
Publication Date 30 September 2017
Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance
Setting: Utah Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
An IED blew up more than Marc North's career as a Cobra pilot; it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.
At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.
I would like to thank Donna K. Weaver for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Change of Plans, Torn Canvas, Kings Crossed Lovers
Swing Vote by Donna K. Weaver is a fantastic addition to the Safe Harbors series.
Marc is Lyn’s younger brother (from Change of Plans) and part of the blended family created from the trauma of the events that occurred there. I loved seeing the relationship between the various people I have gotten to know through these stories and seeing hints of where they are now and how they are doing. The “family” video call was great – with tons of characters I’ve gotten to know and love through the series.
This story was very touching as well. Both Marc and McKenzie were dealing with grief and the loss of parents and loved ones. They were uncertain about trusting their hearts to anyone else, yet both showed deep love for their families. (Lyn referred to Marc as “the baby whisperer” because of his ability to get her young daughter to relax enough to take a nap.)
The overall mood of the story is pensive and hopeful, with some suspense and some levity interjected but not overused. As with other stories by this author, the novel was a poignant, emotional journey through the ups and downs in the lives of the characters.
I enjoyed reading about the small town politics and learning more about the dangers involved with Life-Flight missions. Ike and McKenzie’s young brothers were adorable.
Swing Vote was a great blend of realistic, relatable characters and a compelling story-line that drew me in and carried me along to the conclusion.