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A Reason To Live (Reason Series Book 3) by [Smith, CP]
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WARNING: Author believes in soul mates and insta-love, proceed with caution if you're not a romantic at heart.

Love's greatest cure is salvation of one’s soul.

Shane Sherman has a problem. Well, two, actually. One has auburn hair and pale-green eyes, and the other? . . . Is a secret. One he doesn't want to talk about. But all that changes when Sage comes to town.

Sage Sloan is being stalked. So she runs to Trails End and the bravest man her sister said she'd ever met. Sergeant Shane Sherman.

Sparks fly, tempers flare, and bears misbehave as Shane and Sage find a way to coexist in Trails End. That is, until a killer comes to call. Then all bets are off. Shane isn't about to lose his saving grace.

This is the third and final book in the Reason Series. I highly recommend you read books one and two before "A Reason To Live."

Rated R for sexual content, language, and M for Maxine.

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I have been along this amazing journey with CP Smith since she was writing her first book, A Reason To Breathe. And each and every book has gotten better.

A Reason To Live is no different.

Shane and Sage are connected in a way the nobody would want. Both emotionally broken, they have found their way to each other through horrible circumstances.

And what should be the worst thing for each of them could be their salvation.

Oh, my heart broke over and over for Shane. The things he has seen. The guilt he feels. I could physically feel the weight he was carrying as I read. It felt like a rock had been placed on my chest at times.

Sage is amazing. After what she has been through, after what she is going through she is strong and willful and just plain amazing. And just there for Shane, whether he wants her there or not.

I adored that, being set in Trails End, we got lots more of characters I have grown to love. Max and Mia and her bears. Maxine and her antics - Passion Party Poker anyone?

We also get more where it all began, in Gunnison with Jack and Jenn. Good to see things are still as crazy with them!

There is also a good dose of suspense that will have your heart racing, before you fall completely and utterly in love with anothe wonderful couple.

It is sad to see the Reasons series, come to an end, but I am looking forward to whatever Ms Smith brings us next.

I hope it is not too long before she brings us our next heartwarming story.
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I really enjoyed A Reason to Live. This series has a serious undertone, but the most memorable parts are the laugh out loud, crazy antics of the women and their dealings with the Queen of Trail Bend, Maxine. We’re meeting a hero that is dealing with guilt, PTSD and self-loathing, and a heroine who is recovering from the death of a loved one, childhood mental and physical abuse and her own guilt. But when it came to writing this review, all I could think about is Maxine and her glow in the dark dildos, cookies and cream cock-a-late suckers and her ability to trick three grown men into finding and believing in love. I suppose she’s just reinforcing a fact that I have learnt and acknowledged myself (way too many years too late mind you), MUM KNOWS BEST. I think that now I’m a mum myself, and my mum’s little bits of wisdom and advice are starting to pop out of my own mouth, that it’s finally sinking in. Let's hope my kids learn from my wisdom (wink, wink).

In A Reason to Live, we are introduced to Shane who is finishing up his stint in the army where he is serving in Afghanistan. With days left on his tour, a very bad bombing sees his own team lose lives. As the team leader, he wears their deaths on his very broad shoulders. He returns home burdened with the knowledge that his dreams of setting up his house, meeting, falling in love and living happily ever after with kids, maybe not be in his future if he can’t get past the guilt. To distract himself from his thoughts and nightmares, he works himself to exhaustion helping the people of his town and taking very little payment. He gives the outward appearance of a happy go lucky man, but only the ones who look deep in his eyes can see his true pain. At this stage, he’s just breathing…not living.

Sage’s life is under threat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 STAR that I just can't get enough of! LOVED IT!! 22 February 2016
By Jessica Wilde - Published on
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I have loved every book in this series, but A Reason to Live COMPLETELY rounds out the series so perfectly. As usual, the suspense is intense and exciting and the mystery of it all keeps you turning the pages. I couldn't for the life of me put this book down! LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD! Seriously!

Shane and Sage were another example of how to fight for something that you cherish. Jack, Max and Shane are men that you can't ever forget. Men you don't WANT to forget. Men you want your sons to become! I know I'll be re-reading this series a lot in the future.

Sage is incredible. Strong, smart, and determined. And her job certainly requires it. Working with children who are being neglected or abused and determining whether or not they need to be removed from their parents' custody… seriously a tough job. But she does it and she is good at it and she certainly knows how to handle herself. She's struggled since the tragedy that happens at the beginning of the story, but she still has that spark that was there in her sister as well. A sister that Shane knew and cared for. Her past was not easy and it shaped her into the beautiful and fascinating woman she has become. Flaws and all.

Shane has been in darkness. A pit of despair for a year and he can't find his way out. Not even with the help of his family and friends. But he is such a unique character. Strong as you would expect, but holds such a caring core as well. He knows what is in front of him but he is willing to sacrifice his own happiness to ensure the happiness of others. He doesn't do this blindly, but very maturely. I think that is why I fell in love with him so quickly. His protectiveness of Sage is immediate and the reason why is touching and beautiful. He won't let her be hurt by the psycho that is stalking her and not just because of what happened.

Shane and Sage together seriously send the fireworks flying because, my God, they are intense together. From the first moment they laid eyes on each other, then the moment they actually first speak to each other… you can't help but feel the connection. Shane fights it, but as this author is SO INCREDIBLY TALENTED at doing, their story becomes one that burrows so deeply, you wish you could crawl into it and live it out yourself.

And how the author brought Jack and Jenn, Max and Mia, and even Maxine into the story only to weave a thriller of a suspense together… it will take your breath away. These women make you laugh out loud!

START THIS SERIES if you haven't already! I am looking forward to more from this author because she has become one of my favorites and EVERY SINGLE one of her books has blown my mind!

A Reason to Live is going right to the top of my favorites for 2016!

5+++ Stars and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone who loves an alpha that cherishes his woman's strength, a woman that knows her mind and fights for what she wants, and a mystery that makes your heart race!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 22 February 2016
By ~Nichole Hart ~ SPRR - Published on
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Some stories and characters seem to claim a part of your heart in a way you don't want to let them go. CP Smith has not only captivated my attention and stolen my heart, she's given me a gift of a beautiful feeling. Hope. It might seem simple, or even silly but this world sometimes saps us, drains us and simply kicks our butt. When an author succeeds in taking you away and awarding a few hours of relaxing peace, well it's just magic.

All of these characters were so vibrant with passion and life that I just can't say how special they are to me. Shane and Sage were the perfect ending to an amazing series. One darkly yet enigmatic good and honorable man, Shane just filled the role of hero in the best way.
Sage was the best fit to tame his darkness and the had the right balance of vulnerability and grace ..
I absolutely breezed right through this story and will admit I felt a little depressed when it ended. The greatest thing about the talent of this author is that she breathed such heart into these people that I can just imagine they are out there raising hell and living life.. Waiting for another crazy adventure and more days to share the beauty of their lives together.

I have hopes and dreams that we aren't really saying goodbye.. But maybe just see ya later.
Afterall. Agent Parker.. We still need your story. This guy called my name in Property Of and now he's even more intriguing. So keep that writing hand ready lady. I can't wait for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!!! 5 March 2016
By Joann - Published on
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Hands down, this is CP's best work yet. And that says a lot for me, because I hang on every word that comes from this woman's fingers. I loved this book. No other way to put it. So many times I have compared CP to Kristen Ashley, and she always tells me that I am putting her in great company. But, honestly- that's exactly where she needs to be. The woman has the art of the alpha male down to an art- just like our KA does.

Shane Sherman is just as hot and stubborn as Jack and Max, maybe even more so, given his time in the military. But, he is also a broken man. He is carrying the weight of a guilt on his shoulders that should have never been placed there. Luckily for him, he meets Sage Sloan and she is the perfect woman to knock that weight right to the ground. This beautiful spirit, who has lost the most important person in the world, is drawn to Shane from the first glance. Even as he tries his best to push her away because he fears how she makes him feel, she pushes right back. Hard. This girl does not go down without a fight.

It doesn't hurt that Sage attracts Maxine and her infinite wisdom, like honey attracts a bear. Maxine digs in her heels and sets about planning on bringing Shane to heel, and I can promise you that you do not want to miss a second of that. I mean, it is Maxine after all. The woman is a goddess among us all, and we should all bow in her presence.

Huge bonus to the entire book was having all of our guys and gals together at one time. All the couples come together to help fight the evil lurking in the shadows and threatening Sage. So, you can only imagine the chaos that ensues having the men form their own posse, even if most of the time it's only to wrangle these crazy women into a semi-manageable herd. Hint, look forward to the cemetery scene (total hilarity).

All in all, I am sad to see the "end" of this series, but I can only hope that some of my favorite men and women pop up from time to time in the future. I can't imagine that they will leave CP's head anytime soon!! 5 stars for this amazing book, from an even more amazing author!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Totally new author to me and loved ... 22 February 2016
By Kali McQuillen - Published on
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Where has this author been and why haven't I heard of her? Loved it!

Totally new author to me and loved how I was pulled into the story from the get go. The very first chapter literally grabbed me and did not let me go until I read "The End". This author made me feel all the emotions that was going on in the story.

Shane feels so much guilt that he's just going through the motions of living. His friends want to help him but he just blows them off. He helps everybody but he won't let anyone help him.

Then when Sage comes to town, the guilt is even worse. She needs his help though; unfortunately he wants nothing to do with her. He sees her as a reminder and his guilt gets even worse. She's ready to give up and leave but Shane just can't let her leave even when he's the one saying you need to go.

"You could have breathed me in, even when it hurts to breathe, and I would have helped you heal." "That's what I would have given to you if you'd been brave enough to try." If I could make teasers I would have made them for those words right there. Made my heart hurt.

Shane can be a sweet talker when he wants to be. Especially when he says "All I see now is you." That whole paragraph....sigh....Sweet talker, I'm telling you.

Maxine, (Max's mom) oh my gosh! This woman had me laughing out loud at several different times while reading this book. She is a hoot! Passion Princess Party I swear I about choked when I read this!

The things that the girls get into is a riot! Cracked me up! Then the way that their men handle them, yeah, they know how to handle their women!

I got to meet Shane's friends and family. There was Max and Mia, Jack and Jenn and I also met Gregor who wants Maxine. I can't wait to go back to the beginning of this series and read their stories! I'm sure they're as funny, sweet,and hot and will suck me into their stories as well as this one did.
Nice and tidy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+++ Stars 22 February 2016
By K A Street - Published on
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"Being broken because your heart is pure makes you human in the most beautiful way."

Do you believe is soulmates? Love at first sight? I don't know that I did, but now with a third 'Reason' book from Ms. Smith, I'm starting to believe.

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle."

Sergeant Shane Sherman feels immense guilt for the death of Emma Jane Sloan. She was a quiet, shy 19 year old who joined the army to earn money for her education and ended up dying in Afghanistan. Shane was her commanding officer and self appointed protector. Now he is back in Trails End, Alaska paying his self-appointed penance.

Sage Sloan is running from threats against her. As a counselor of abused and neglected kids, she has drawn enemies. She runs to Trails End to the one man her sister trusted. Sage knows enough to fear men after her own history of abuse, yet she sees nothing but gentleness in Shane despite his gruff exterior and hulking ex-army persona.

Between pushing Sage away to avoid the painful memories of her sister and holding her close to keep her safe from her enemies, Shane's head and heart is spinning. And when the enemy comes after Sage, it's the entire city of Trails end and the Gunnison/Hunter family that helps to keep Sage safe.

This book brings the 'Reason' series full circle with a lot of Max and Mia as well as some Jenn and Jack from Gunnison, Colorado. It reminds me even more how much I love them all. The banter between Max and Mia is epic. Jenn and Jack haven't changed a bit. And Maxine, Max's mother is awesome and mettlesome and just plain priceless. And don't forget about those Bears.

Ms. Smith has become one of my favorite authors for many reasons. Her stories are unique and filled such an amazing mix of true romance, humor, action, suspense and always an HEA, but more than anything, it's her character development. Her heroes are fearless, but flawed in a way that makes them genuine. Her heroines are strong, smart and independent.

I loved it! Loved! LOVED!!

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