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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 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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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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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5+++ Stars 22 February 2016
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reason To Live gave me a reason to LOVE! 24 February 2016
By Alycia Marie - Published on
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CP Smith took her storytelling and alpha delivering to a whole new level with A Reason To Live! GAH! I can't even handle how madly in love I am with Shane and Sage along with the rest of the nutty gang from the Reason Series!

Maxine has to be one of the best female characters I've ever read. She's pure gold. Witty, feisty, and definitely dances to the beat of her own drum. Add in the trouble she stirs with the ladies and I was laughing out loud on more than one occasion. She keeps things interesting that's for sure!

Shane. *sigh* What perfection. Not only is he brooding, grumpy, and gruff, along with his possessive and protectiveness. His deep rooted misplaced guilt and internal turmoil add to his complexity as well. Making him my favorite alpha from CP Smith to date!! Sage is his perfect compliment. She's fierce and loyal, set in her ways to show him how good he is and how amazing they can be together, but she also can bend to his will making their chemistry and connection boiling hot!

CP Smith told a story that had me sitting on the edge of my seat, laughing out loud, swooning hard, tearing up, and melting into a puddle. It's angsty and heartbreaking, mixed with love and passion, with a side of humor and suspense. Making the perfect book you'll never want to put down!

A Reason To Live gave me a reason to LOVE!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough but it's no Max and Mia 3 March 2016
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I love CP Smith. She is an autobuy for me. I always eagerly await her next release and consume her books, a mixture of romantic suspense and comic relief, in just a couple of hours. I mostly love her heroines. I absolutely adore her alpha male heroes. And though her books usually contain insta-love, it isn't annoying the way she does it. That being said, there was something missing in this book. It didn't quite live up to A Reason to Kill, which in my opinion, is her best one to date.

So, what's the story about?
Well, you got the heroine, Sage, who has a stalker. So she runs to Trails End to ask for her dead sister's CO's help. As you do. And because of guilt and PTSD, Shane doesn't want to have anything to do with her. As you do. But they have this incredible chemistry going on which the rest of the town notices. So the people in the town, because they believe they know better, decides to do some matchmaking. As you do. The story basically revolves around the matchmaking neighbors who create situations to make the H and h spend time together (only the last part of the book deals with the stalker, much to my dismay). It's a typical small town romantic suspense story. And I don't mind that it's typical because this is my catnip. BUT I didn't like how it played out. Sage is very willing to go with the flow while Shane keeps bucking against it. Some people got annoyed that it seemed like Sage did all the chasing. And I must admit, I didn't like it that much either. Plus, she seemed so clueless about the matchmaking thing. And it was so obvious. Any girl worth her salt would have suspected it. It just made me think that she wasn't very bright.

Another thing I didn't like was the turnaround of Shane's feelings. While it wasn't quick in terms of book length, it seemed like it happened overnight. Granted, they had a near death experience but... Anyway, I just didn't think it was that authentic. Although I have absolutely no experience with people with PTSD so what do I know?

I also didn't like was the connection of this book's villain to the last book's villain. It seemed like overkill. Couldn't we get a new one? We already have a tie-in between the other books in the series (all the Hs are cousins) so I don't think we need that added connection.

And some of you might hate me for this but I really didn't like that Jennifer (A Reason to Breathe's h) was in the book. I thoroughly disliked her in her own book (too TSTL for me) and I didn't feel any different towards her in this one. She was still TSTL. Sage seemed way smarter than her and I already thought Sage was a bit slow.

What did I like about the book? Alpha male tendencies (there were quite a bit so yehey), Max and Mia (A Reason to Kill), and it's CP Smith! Also, there were some feels in this book that more than made up for the stuff I didn't like.

My verdict: Would I buy this book knowing what I know now? Probably. Do I regret buying it? No, it's CP Smith! Would I put it in my rereads like some of her other books? No.
4.0 out of 5 stars sad to see it end, but love the story! 23 February 2016
By Carrie Marie - Published on
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I'm sad to see this series ending, but Sage & Shane's story was a good one to join in w/ Jack & Jen & Max & Mia *grin*. I wasn't a big fan of the amount of time Shane spent fighting his feelings - that push & pull thing just tends to annoy me. But I really liked each of them individually & once he pulled his head out & things got going, I really enjoyed it! We also get to see a lot of the other couples (and MAXINE! And GREGOR!) & there are some hilarious shenanigans going on! I loved the interaction w/ everyone together! : )

"...when you've got a reason to breathe, a (f'n) reason to live - you've got a reason to kill."

Clever, clever there, dear author! Loved it! : )

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