Author: Karen Robards
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Expected publishing date: March 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suapense/Thriller
Page count: 400 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for “fantastic storytelling” (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life—and that of a handsome stranger—before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever.
BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.
Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I’ve only read historical novel of Karen Robards‘s before and it’s been a few years; so reading this was really a nice surprise for me.
It was action-packed, fast-moving, intense, and nerve-wracking; coupled with grudging attraction and sexual tension between the characters, Dr. Gina Sullivan and James “Cal” Callahan, made the story one hell of a reading enjoyment for me from start to finish. Most of the voice coming from the heroine’s POV gave reader glimpses of her strength and vulnerability which I found appealing.
The glitch, for me, was on the bullet wound and the closing portion of the case (I will not describe more as not to spoil the fun in reading). Not being an alpha male nor a serviceman, I’d buy the whole tale that our leading man (tall, dark, dangerous and good looking too) was a semi super hero who could still fully function even wounded. Not to mention his close connection to influential person at certain location. Those felt way too convenient.
Then again, after the whole sufferings our MCs been going through, far be it for me to refuse them most painless closure available and started on their HEA.
I would certainly browse the author’s backlist to read more of her books.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.