Rating: 4 stars (Spotlight Review)
After a horrifying climbing accident ten years ago, at the age of 16, Kaylie Fletcher gave up excitement and adventure for a life of comfort in Seattle. Ten days ago Kaylie's entire family went missing in an accident on Mount McKinley. Kaylie can't bring herself to go until she receives a mysterious one-sentence phone call: her mother is still alive. Terrified and unsure, knowing that the call could just be a horrible prank, Kaylie straps in and prepares herself for a trip back into the world she left behind.
Ready to see her best friend Sara when she exits the plane, Kaylie instead comes face-to-face with Cort McClaine, a wild and daring bush pilot who exemplifies everything she despises about that lifestyle. She's ready to refuse him and wait for another way out to Sara's remote cabin, until she receives a second phone call; this one from Sara, and it doesn't bode well.
When Kaylie rushes the plane and begs him to taker her after all, Cort almost refuses, until he listens to the message. Cort's best friend, Jackson, is Sara's husband. He has no choice but to get there as quickly as he can.
What Kaylie and Cort find at the cabin is only the beginning of a nightmare that drags them back and forth along the wilds of Alaska, bringing buried memories to the surface as they search to save her family, and Kaylie herself, from a madman.
I must admit that romantic-suspense isn't my usual foray. For all that though, I did enjoy this book. The characters had some depth and it wasn't hard to get inside their heads and see where they were coming from. The sex scenes were enjoyably steamy, though it did seem that these two got randy in the most inappropriate places; immediately after encountering a very violent double murder; immediately after a crash that almost killed them. The action and suspense was also very good. It will keep you guessing until the end. A perfect little book to keep you company when the summer gets to hot.
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (June 30, 2009)