by Adriana Anders
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book #1 in the Survival Instincts series
Number of pages: 352
Romantic Suspense M/F
Read 1/27/21 to 1/29/21
Angel Smith is finally ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her last day, the remote research station she’s been calling home is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and irritatingly gorgeous glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives…only to realize that in a place this remote, there’s nowhere left to run.
Isolated with no power, no way to contact the outside world, and a madman at their heels, Angel and Ford must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But what starts as a partnership born of necessity quickly turns into an urgent connection that burns bright and hot. They both know there is little chance of making it out alive, and yet they are determined to survive against the odds—and possibly, the world.
I kept requesting this story from my e-library but not having time to read it when it was my turn. I finally saved it for later and stopped requesting. Then, on the Fated Mates podcast Best Romance Novels of 2020, Jen and Sarah recommended this book. I decided to go back on the request list and actually read the book when it was my turn this time. I’m sure glad I did! What a wonderfully suspenseful and butterfly-inducing read. I’m already planning on what to read next from this new-to-me author.
While I think you should grab at your chance to read this book if you have it, I will say that I really wish I had read it in the summer. Here in Michigan we’ve had some chilly days after a relatively mild winter so far. And reading this story and the author’s descriptions of the landscape, the storms, and the turmoil the characters were facing made me so much colder! Which, of course, means the author did an amazing story of pulling me into the world that Angel and Ford were traversing. Brrrr!!!
The chemistry between Ford and Angel is wonderful. Even before the actions starts and the scene is being set, through their animosity with each other that is obviously a cover for the fire they feel. Then, they get thrown into a doozy of a forced proximity situation. In the cold, whipping wind swirling around them, they are sizzling.
Seeing Ford allow Angel into his bubble and behind his mask as this story progressed was beautiful. And watching Angel rise to every single challenge along their precarious way made me feel all sorts of girl-power feelings. It wasn’t lost on Ford that Angel had a strength he had underestimated and a fortitude that was more valuable than any physical strength or experience in the wild.
After reading this story, I got to wondering what had made me put it on my list in the first place…long before the Fated Mates episode that re-sparked my interest. After a quick search, I found I have a copy of Turn the Tide, a compilation that includes a short story by Adriana Anders. I haven’t read her story yet, I had actually bought the book to read Katie Ruggle’s contribution to the compilation and never went back and finished the other stories. And, bonus, the story by this author is actually the story of Ford’s brother, who I had become curious about. Yay! Of course, this is what I alluded to in the beginning of this review.
I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of love, suspense, and tough guys with soft centers. As a matter of fact, once I realized this author did a compilation with Katie Ruggle it clicked that they have similar styles. Which, for me, is awesome. I love Katie Ruggle!