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?


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve known Karen Robards for years. Well, not personally, but I’ve known about her books. I’ve read a few, although I never got around to reviewing them because I read them way before I even became a book blogger. Anyway, I know that Ms. Robards writes practically under any genre. contemporary romance, romantic suspense, whatever you’ve got. When I saw that this new book wa sup for grabs in NetGalley, I jumped on it. And I don’t regret doing so.

Maybe her books have become formulaic lately. However, you cannot fault her for her storytelling. This book really had me going from the very first page. I liked the hero. I liked the fact that he was brave and protective at the same time. I also liked the heroine. I love that Ms. Robards created a character that wasn’t usual in contemporary romance novels. She was an ornithologist. I don’t know how many other heroines I’ve met who’s an ornithologist. It set her apart from many other heroines for me.

Anyway, this is a good book that I really enjoyed. Of course, that’s no surprise considering the author has been writing for a while now, and there’s a reason why she’s lasted in the industry. I don’t think this will suit everybody, but if you like romance and romantic suspense, then, you’re still on the right path.


Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader’s Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, and is the winner of six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite romance author, as well as numerous other awards. She writes thrillers, romantic suspense and historical romances. Her work has been translated into more than seventeen languages.

Karen lives in her native Louisville with her husband, Doug Robards, and their three sons. She says: “I read, I write, and I chauffeur children,” she says with a laugh. “That’s my life.”

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