Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Darkness by Karen Robards

Title: Darkness
Author: Karen Robards
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Gina and Cal
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for “fantastic storytelling” (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life—and that of a handsome stranger—before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever.

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

My Review:
Wow, this book was so unexpected. I loved absolutely every suspense-filled minute of reading it. 

Gina studies birds. She's in the very remote islands of Attu, Alaska doing just that when a plane crashes right in front of her. The irony of the moment is that Gina is finally reclaiming her life after a plane crash ruined it five years before. In fact, plane crashes are definitely the theme of this story. 

See the book starts the year before when a commercial flight mysteriously crashes after taking off from Denver. No one knows how/why that happened, but there's a computer hacker out there wanted by the US and Russian government who claims to know the reason. That's what Cal was doing on the plane that crashed in Attu...escorting the hacker back to the States.

This is a story that's filled with twists and turns and so much action and adventure that my heart rate increased a few times. Nothing is as it seems and it made for a fabulous read. Gina is NOT an adventurer, but she knows how to survive in extreme circumstances. I love how she saves Cal over and over again, even when she's terrified of him. There is no trust between them, but they develop a bond that's incredible through this trial to survive that they go through. 

In the book it's November in northern Alaska...it is not a mild climate and Cal's plane crashes into the sea. From that moment on (well, actually before that for Cal), it's a struggle to survive. A battle of will vs. land and man at incredible odds. I loved getting to read the story and see exactly how Cal and Gina survive. The book was really amazingly good. I loved reading it, and definitely recommend it to ANYone who enjoys a good romantic suspense story. This one will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time you read it. 

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

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