Thursday, May 1, 2014

Island Peril by Jill Sorenson

Title: Island Peril
Author: Jill Sorenson
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Aftershock #3.5
Main Characters: Ella and Paul
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Red-hot writer Jill Sorenson brought readers to the edge of their seats in Aftershock. Now they can catch the beginning of Paul and Ella's relationship in this fast-moving novella packed with danger and delight!

It started as a girls' outing to California's beautiful Channel Islands State Park. When Ella Hammond embarks on a kayaking trip with sexy adventure guide Paul Dawson, sparks fly—but so does gunfire from a boat of drug smugglers.

Now Ella and Paul are on the run, soaked and stranded in a rocky hideout. Ella feels like she'll never be warm again. Until Paul shares his body heat—igniting a fire between them that's nearly too hot to handle!

The adventure continues in Backwoods, and pick up Paul's sister's novella in Passion and Peril, both from Harlequin HQN!

My Review:
This is a sexy, quick little novella and as such there's just not a lot of development to it. To make that more obvious is the fact that most, if not all, the story is told from Ella's point of view. As a result, I just didn't feel like I got to know who Paul was. But for what it is....short and action-packed, the book works for an hour or so of entertainment and as a sampling of Jill Sorenson's romantic suspense writing. 

The entire book (except for the final scene) takes place over two days on a kayak trip gone wrong. Ella along with her sister (Abby- who has her full-length story coming out in a few weeks) and niece hire Paul as their guide to go on a quick island explore. Ella's sister starts feeling sick so it ends up just being Ella and Paul...oh and some drugs and bad guys shooting at them. It's adrenaline and action packed along with some pretty good sexual chemistry. 

I enjoyed Ella's attitude toward the chemistry. Paul is someone that she sees as out of her league, but she can see he's interested so she wants to explore that chemistry. Paul's a little more reticent. And this is where I wish there were scenes more from his POV because  he seemed a little bi-polar at times. He obviously likes her, but doesn't act on it or suddenly pulls back. It would have been helpful to know what was going through his mind. 

But overall, this was a good little taste of some adrenaline packed romantic suspense from Jill Sorenson. I own the other novella featuring Paul's sisters story. I need to go back and read it now and I'm definitely looking forward to Abby's story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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