Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Darkness by Karen Robards

Book Description

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?

AVAILABLE: March 29, 2016

Karen Robards' Darkness grabs your attention from the very first page and doesn't let you go till the end.  Dr. Gina Sullivan is on the remote island of Attu, Alaska with a small group of researchers when she witnesses a small plane crash into the water nearby.  Searching to see if there are any survivors, she comes across James "Cal" Callahan, the only survivor.  But what was supposed to be a simple rescue turned into so more for Gina.

Cal doesn't know if he can trust bird-watching Gina.  Was she put on this island to ensure that the plane crash was successful in killing everyone on board.  Or is what she is telling Cal true, that she (and a small group) are there on a research grant.

But when Gina finally makes it back to camp and discovers most of her group murdered, will she be able to put her trust into the mysterious Cal or will she go it alone?

Darkness was a fast-paced, action-packed, steamy suspense romance.  I really enjoyed this book.  My only wish for this book is that I wish the ending was a little... more.  I felt that once the "suspense" part of this romantic suspense story was finished, the "romance" part just ended.  I wish the relationship between Cal and Gina was explored a little more at the end (in an epilogue or some way). 

Rating: 4 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

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