Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan

Wild Encounter

By Nikki Logan

Entangled Publishing - September 2012

A wildlife release mission in Africa turns deadly when the convoy is hijacked by smugglers, and veterinarian Clare Delaney is taken hostage. Terrified for her life and her animals, the intrepid Clare establishes a rapport with the man she believes is the criminals’ leader, and reluctantly finds herself under his protection...and falling hard for the enigmatic man.

Alpha-to-the-max Simon deVries sees right through his sexy captive’s attempt to seduce her way to freedom. So when their simmering attraction flares into true passion, it takes them both by surprise. Now he’s torn between completing his secret mission and letting her escape without telling her his true identity. He knows if he lets her go, he will be risking his career, his life...and his heart.

Title: Wild Encounter
Author: Nikki Logan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: September 2012
Imprint: Dead Sexy

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My Rating: A

My Review:

Whoa! This book was so good and so completely different from everything that is out on the market right now. First the setting: wilds of Africa, tracking wild dogs. Then the suspense story line: It continued to surprise me with the many twists and turns. Then the romance: Love, LoVe, LOVED Claire and Simon together! OMG! This was such a good book. 

Claire is a veterinarian who works with a charity organization in Africa. During a wild dog transport where she was in the back monitoring the sedated dogs, the vehicle she is in is hijacked. She was never supposed to be part of the scheme, but suddenly finds herself as a captive. She names each of the men in her mind and the one that works to keep her safe is Alpha. BUT Claire is pretty smart and manages to save herself before Alpha has the chance....that event takes place though after the two have made an incredible connection. Then it's up to Claire to sort out whether she truly had feelings for the man after the fact. A man that she she may have left for dead (she sedated him) or condemned to death with the other men when she escapes. That's all she knows for 6 months as she tries to recover and find a center in her life again...but then he shows back up.

*gah* This book was so good. It has a super-high emotional drama because there is so much riding on everything that is going on between these and death, careers, etc. This is not JUST about their feelings. This thing between them has far-reaching affects and neither one of them are sure how much of what they are feeling is true vs. it just being something that can be accrued to the fact that they were in extremely unusual high-stakes circumstances. This is the kind of story that I love and Nikki Logan wrote it extremely well. 

And that's just the romance. The suspense was equally amazing. I had NO IDEA where this story was going to go and it continued to shock the heck out of me with its many twists and turns. I loved how Claire continued to use her brains, while at the same time, I was cursing Simon for not sharing more with her up-front about what was going on. She doesn't ever get the true story of what/why this is all happening to her either until Simon FINALLY reveals it to her. I do have to admit though that I LOVED Mac's actions at the very end of the novel to help bring everyone together. LOVED that part of the story.

This is a great example of romantic suspense done really well. This is only my second book that I've read from Entangled Publishing's new Dead Sexy line, but I have to admit, both books I've read have blown me away. *Note to self: add more of these books to my TBR pile.

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Author Information

Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.

She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.

Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.

Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.

Twitter: @ReadNikkiLogan

Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan

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