By: Evelyn Montgomery
Evelyn Montgomery delivers an exceptional romance novel in the 4th installment of The Kismet Series with Deliverance. Although Deliverance is the 4th installment in the series, the story reads well as a stand-alone, as I had no trouble following the character’s storylines and chain of events. Featuring two outstanding main characters, Troy and Jo, the story’s perspective alternates between the two. Troy Young is a man from Jo’s past. Although the two shared a memorable summer together, Troy has never been able to offer Jo the promise of forever due to his active status as a respected Navy Seal. Jolene, affectionately referred to as Jo throughout the novel, is a single, hardworking mother with sky-scraping determination.
After the heartbreak of Troy walking away several years prior to the present time, Jo meets and marries a man named Brian, and together they bring into the world a beautiful baby girl, Anna May. Brian, though, becomes the man from a woman’s nightmares and ultimately becomes the cause for Jo and Anna May to move away and start a new beginning while he serves a prison sentence. During the coincidence of a lifetime, Troy walks back into Jo’s life at the moment she needs him the most, when her safety is jeopardized by an unexpected intrusion from Brian.
Troy vows to ensure the safety of Jo and Anna May, providing the two with a level of comfort and safety they crave. However, when Troy comes crashing in to save the day, he also manages to come crashing back into Jo’s heart. Unable to stop herself from falling for Troy more and more each day, Jo attempts to break down the walls he has put up to protect himself and everyone around him from heartbreak. He knows there is no guarantee of his return due to his career, and he refuses to allow the thought of heartbreak that would follow without his safe return if he made a promise he couldn’t keep.
Now, does that synopsis set the scene for a completely swoon worthy romance read, or what?
With perfectly painted scenes by the author, the main characters in this story are two of the most memorable that I’ve ever encountered. Jo’s dedication to her daughter and determination to keep her safe is commendable and beautiful. Troy’ dedication to his country and those he loves causes him to be highly respected. While I found myself wholeheartedly rooting for these two to be able to find their perfect compromise, I was completely drawn into the consideration that sometimes our reality is just “wrong place, wrong time.”
Will Troy be able to overcome his fear of commitment, knowing he could be possibly causing more pain by staying? Will Jo be able to continue to provide her daughter with the security and safety she deserves, while also managing to guard her own heart?
Due to a significant presence of intense and passionate sexual scenes and language, it’s necessary to give a reader’s discretion warning, as this novel is certainly only recommended for mature audiences.
I can’t possibly prepare readers for the roller coaster of emotions that will come along with experiencing Deliverance. The characters share compassion, desire, lust, fury, frustration, and love- all in under 300 pages!
Reading another phenomenal piece of work by Evelyn Montgomery, as well as having the opportunity to review, has been an honor and I’m thoroughly pleased with her ability to captivate my emotions with her writing. I am already anticipating the experience to fall in love with more characters from her series.