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Beyond Power by Connie Mann
Series: Florida Wildlife Warriors #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 1, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When your heart's involved...
If you dare venture beyond Disney's magic and Miami's high-rises, you'll find yourself in Florida's untamed wilderness. A bush pilot and officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Josh Tanner is one of the tough cops needed to manage these rugged areas. And the minute he finds Delilah Atwood deep in the woods without a good explanation, he knows something is very wrong...
All the stakes are raised...
Delilah barely escaped her ultra-fundamental militia family years ago. Now she's back to save her sixteen-year-old sister, and no government man is going to stop her. Josh isn't going to stand by and watch Delilah risk her life, but unless he can get her to trust him, she may end up being the next victim.
I got started on this Florida Wildlife Warrior series because of a free anthology of novellas, Turn the Tide. It’s an interesting setting with a heartwarming group of family and friends. The stories have plenty of mystery, suspense and some romance.
Beyond Power is the story of Josh who has recently come out of a relationship and Delilah who has returned to town after 8 years as a graduate student. Delilah, also wants to find her family who is part of a cult group, to protect her sister, Mary. While I enjoyed the action, I did think both of them acted just a bit TSTL at times. They didn’t seem to take any precautions, much less necessary ones when someone is trying to kill or abduct you. In an area where cell phones don’t work in a lot of areas, one would think they would have some other communication methods also.
In this same vein, it didn’t seem like the law enforcement was very organized or professional at times. Of course, some of this was Josh not sharing all the information because of his personal connection with Delilah. It made the story much more dramatic but I had to suspend disbelief sometimes.
Both Josh and Delilah are good people, whose hearts are in the right place. They each had personal issues which made them cautious about having a relationship even though they were attracted to each other from the beginning.
It was great to see the whole Tanner family and all the Florida Wildlife crew and sheriff’s office deputies. It wouldn’t be a story without Charlee’s cupcakes.
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I love it when a freebie leads me to a new and enjoyable series. Wonderful review, Anne?
Thank you! It’s a bit unrealistic but still fun. I love the outdoor aspects.
This sounds pretty entertaining! Even if the characters actions don’t always make sense?
You’re correct. It is fun; I love the outdoor kayaking and wildlife.
I like that the series tracks around wildlife and fisheries officers, but they should no enough to have a CB or satellite phone!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Yes it’s a fun read but not quite realistic. I love those great outdoors activities.
This sounds like an interesting read. And I love that cover!
It’s fun even though some of it isn’t realistic.
florida wildlife….that’s all i need to know. 🙂
I know! I love the concept.
TSTL moments can be frustrating, especially when most thinking individuals wouldn’t normally take the stupid chances written in the plot. It makes it hard to buy into the story. Glad to hear you enjoyed the story overall, though.
Exactly. It’s all fun except for that a little. The concept and setting are fantastic.
It sounds like it’s great fun – but… I find it annoying when those In Charge don’t behave absolutely professionally in murder mysteries. And I can sense that it also bothered you, too – though I’m glad that you also found plenty to enjoy in this one:))
Yes you understand perfectly. It was still fun.
Boo! I always hate having to suspend my disbelief of something in order to continue reading the story. I just want things to work and make sense! Is that too much to ask? 😉 I’m glad you were able to enjoy it overall. 🙂
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ?
Yes I did enjoy it with only the few weird issues. That is part of the deal with fiction sometimes.