Published by Escape Publishing on August 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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An action adventure novel set in the Australian jungle where two unlikely people prove just how attractive opposites can be...
It’s pretentious socialite Abigail Mulholland’s worst nightmare when her plane crashes into an ancient Australian wilderness. Things go from bad to downright hellish when rescuers never come. As she battles to survive in an environment that’s as brutal as it is beautiful, Abigail finds herself also fighting her unlikely attraction to Mackenzie — another survivor, and a much younger man.
Mackenzie Steel is devastated by his partner’s death in the crash, the only person with whom he shared his painful past. Now, as he confronts his own demons, he finds he has a new battle on his hands: his growing feelings for Abigail, a woman who’s as frustratingly naïve as she is funny.
Fate brought them together, but they’ll need more than luck to escape Kakadu alive. Could the letters of a dead man hold the key to their survival?
Wow, but this be different! Pardon the poor grammar, but Lost in Kakadu is not like many books I have read. To some people, different = bad. To me, different = bring me all the different, all the time!! Pour them out onto a plate and give them to me to devour.
Lost in Kakadu is just incredible! This August 2013 release from Escape Publishing is author Kendall Talbot’s debut novel, and I tell you, my darling readers, if there is more like this to come from Kendall, she will be installed for all eternity on my Kindle!
Now, here are my thoughts on Lost in Kakadu:
A spoiled, pretentious socialite as a heroine, with a younger, bisexual man for a hero! Hello, book catnip – please stop here. If you look at the characters of Abigail and Mackenzie on the surface, you would not generally think they would make for good couple material. Holy crust! How freaking wrong would you be!
Thrown into an unimaginable situation, where they are stranded in the harshly beautiful Kakadu National Park, their relationship begins as one of pure reliance and survival. As the days, then weeks and months, roll past, the development of their connection is just perfect – from dislike to respect, from friendship to sexual involvement, and culminating in a physical and emotional connection that was stronger than either ever expected. I really appreciated that we got to see this happen as it did, because it wouldn’t have been true to the characters and their pasts happening in any other way!
It’s not just the change in their relationship that brings the awesome to this book, it’s the growth and change in Abi and Mac themselves that touched me. You could see that Abi was so much more than the façade that she allowed the world and her own family to see, and seeing this amazing, strong woman emerge from beneath the shell of pretension and self-loathing was awesome!! Mac’s life was touched by great pain and some dark times, until he found someone who showed him what love was meant to be. How he deals with the pain of losing this man, and then finding that he can survive and find something worth fighting for, was done so goddamn well.
While it is not a situation that many can imagine surviving in, there was a real authenticity in the methods Abi and Mac used to survive. There’s no instant McGyver-level discovery of survival skills – they use what they know, and they learn what they can to get through.
There is a secondary character in this called Charlie, whose life and work plays a big part in the story, and for whom my heart broke. The glimpses we also get of Abi’s daughter dealing with the aftermath of the crash, and the flashes back to Abi and Mac’s pasts, give Lost in Kakadu richness and depth.
It’s a hard thing to put into words what was so incredible about this book for me, without totally giving it away. So I am going to end the review here, and I implore you to go out there and purchase it for yourself. Sure, Lost in Kakadu is different from the norm, but that’s a good thing – a VERY good thing!