"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."
Pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on May 28th 2013
Form: E-book (from NetGalley for an honest review)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Aftershock #2
Amazon: Buy / $7.99 (Paperback) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $7.99 (Paperback)
Harlequin: Buy / $7.99 (E-book)
"HE'S HER ONLY HOPE... 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." ~ From Goodreads
A park ranger and celebrity rock climber hit it off one night in a bar, have to best tumble in bed of their lives but it ends horribly as he kicks her out into the night afterwards. So when Hope and Sam meet again sometime later due to a plane crash up in the mountains the tension is understandable, as they reluctantly team up neither expects the flame up of old emotions and desire. Hope tries to block it all as the plane is found empty and the duffel bag of money found not far from the plane and it's dead pilot, now the foot prints lead towards the river rafting center and her sister.
Hope's free spirited sister Faith who she had been supposed to have been vacationing with attracts a drug lord's enforcer interest, the lust and passion consumes them but things get interesting when Faith learns what it is exactly that he does for a living. Mean while Jay fights between what comes to him naturally, and what Faith has woken inside him, put one thing he does know is he's never going back to "work", wither that future holds Faith or not his old boss's men are after him and the money he stashed after the plane crash and Faith is in smack middle of it.
As much as I loved watching both relationships develop, there were things that take some stars off this baby. First the book was too long, it easily could have ended around 60% and been more compact and fast pace, the last 40% were slow and too different from the beginning by mood and effect. Second the finale was choppy and should have ended few times but kept on dragging on, I kept wishing for a compact end of all. It was somewhat unrealistic.
So I liked parts and not so much others. The romance was great in the first half and then dwindled, the action was the same. I suppose I just can't love'em all.