Harlequin / May 28, 2013 / $7.99 print, $6.15 digital
HE'S HER ONLY HOPE...
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.
FOR STAYING ALIVE...
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.
Jill Sorenson writes gritty romantic suspense novels, and like her earlier novels, Freefall's characters and action makes for an edge-of-your-seat adventure.
Hope and her younger sister Faith are on vacation, going white water rafting. Before they are able to get their vacation underway, however, Hope gets a call saying that a small airplane has crashed in the Sierra National Park. Hope is both a Park Ranger in law enforcement, and so is the best person to respond to the call. She leaves her sister to investigate the crash. The eyewitness who reported the crash turns out to be Sam Rutherford, a man Hope had a one-night stand with six months ago. Sam is recovering from a head injury and the loss of his fiancée. His one night stand with Hope was a mistake, done when he was drunk and in emotional pain. What starts off as a search and rescue has Sam and Hope running for their lives and in a race to save Hope’s sister.
What makes Freefall a captivating read is the element of adventure and the complexity of the characters. Set in the Sierra National Park, the elements act as a secondary character. It’s man against nature against man. Navigating the park isn’t easy, even for experienced climbers like Sam and Hope. Going through exhaustion, weather and emotional turmoil, Freefall takes the reader on an amazing and emotional ride. There is a lot going on in this book with a side plot involving Faith and Javier, a killer on the run, but the sense of adventure never gets lost. The emotional connections between Sam and Hope and Faith and Javier, add another interesting element to the story. These people have to have each other’s backs and trust each other, despite the lack of an emotional foundation.
The plot is expertly woven and the suspense element is very well done. With harsh weather elements, bears, crooked park rangers and drug cartels, Freefall is a suspenseful and action-packed story.
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