Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FreeFall by Jill Sorenson

Title: FreeFall
Author: Jill Sorenson
My RatingA-

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Aftershock #2
Main Characters: Sam and Hope
Release Date: May 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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. 


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.

My Review:
I'll admit it, I'm really loving this series. This is the second book in the Aftershock series. We met the hero, Sam, in book #1 (you can find my A rated review from that book HERE) and I have to admit, I was shocked when I learned that he was going to be the hero in this book because he spent most of that book unconscious, or depressed and unpleasant....not exactly hero material. EXCEPT this is a guy who's seriously wounded...yep, I love me some angst and Sam has TONS to spare. 

Sam's fiance died a few months before the earthquake which happened in Book #1. When the earthquake happened, he was hurt and lost all those months leading up to the earthquake, including his fiance's death. As a result, he wakes up every day and in a sense starts the grieving process over again...every day. Sam's also an extreme athlete...Olympic gold medalist in kayaking (I think), but he does endurance hiking and climbing and regularly climbs without any gear. This is a guy who's numb to life except when he's pushing the boundaries of risk and his body. He's more than a little unbalanced and is a complete loner. He doesn't want to be around other people. He's up climbing the rock face of the mountain at night when he witnesses a plane crash. 

Hope is the only ranger available to go investigate the crash, but she can't climb to the crash alone. Sam's the only person available with the training to go with her. The thing is....they have a history. They spent an amazing single night together six months before....it was sizzling, but Sam didn't want anything more than a single night. He didn't realize that Hope was a local girl and not a slope bunny...awkward, especially since he was really rude while trying to get rid of her when he was done with her. 

It would be really easy to hate Sam. He's numb and honestly just doesn't know how to function anymore. He realizes that he shouldn't be around people so avoids them at all costs. What gives him a saving grace though is that Hope DOES get to him...no matter how much he battles against that. He finds himself caring for her even though he actively works to keep his distance from her. And these two are in extreme circumstances....the whole way through the book, so when those emotions come up, as a reader, it's awesome!

It really is a good book. There is non-stop action from the very first page. There is also a secondary love story that I found to be just as riveting as Sam and Hope. I love Jill Sorenson's ability to give unlikable, bad guys the attributes to make you fall in love with them regardless. Yum!!

The next book is Badlands and features Owen who we also met during the earthquake. He played heavily in this book too. I just want to give this kid a hug...wow. I cannot wait for his story!! It's going to be so good. Already there is so much emotion just below the surface on this guy. He's had a hard life and that means his story is going to be fantastic!!

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

1 comment:

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Hmmm. I think I need to pick up something by Jill! Sounds fantastic! I love those really broken heroes like him so it sounds perfect for me.

Thanks Christi!

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