Park ranger Hope Banning’s plans for a little R & R are put on hold when a plane crashes at the top of a remote mountain. Hope will have to climb the summit and assess the situation. And the only climbing partner available is Sam Rutherford- the enigmatic man she spent a night with six months ago.
for staying alive…
Ever since Sam lost his girlfriend in a falling accident, he insists on climbing solo. But Hope and any potential survivors need his help. As Sam and Hope set out on an emergency search-and-rescue mission, he realizes the sparks still sizzle between them. And when they learn a killer is among the survivors, they must place their trust in each other for a chance at happiness.
Sam lost his fiancée in a climbing accident and is still grieving. The earthquake of Aftershock threatened to take even more from him. Having been so badly injured and losing his memory of those events in and around that time, Sam is now stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle of sadness and risky behaviour.
Hope has some sorrow in her past. Her grief comes from a completely different place than Sam’s, but it still has the power to control her life. She has closed herself off from the wider world somewhat, and prefers her own company to that of others.
These two lonely, damaged people come together one night and share an incredible night together. But Sam freaks out – he doesn’t want more than just this night. Hope is left hurting by the experience.
But when a plane goes down in a National forest, Hope and Sam are once again thrown together. With all the drama and intrigue that follows, will they see off the ever present danger and find a way to move past their histories to be together?
There is a lot of action in this book, from the rock-climbing and rafting to the nasty drug dealing gangsters. Having read Jill Sorenson in the past, I know this is an aspect of her work that is always well done. The suspense is great and you’re never entirely sure what is waiting for you around the next page.
I enjoyed the romance that built between Sam and Hope. The constant action and danger certainly lent an element of urgency to their attraction. I like that Hope manages to chip through Sam’s guarded and numb exterior, making him care even when he doesn’t want to.
I probably could have done with less focus on the secondary romance between Hope’s sister, Faith and Javier, the man they are chasing. While this was a really well-executed and believable romance, the amount of time spent exploring it probably took away some of the time that could have been spent fleshing out Sam and Hope’s story.
The next story in the series is that of Owen – his story and past history is full of darkness and it should be very interesting to see what Ms Sorenson has in store for Owen in Badlands.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 4 June 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.