Title: Uncharted (Survival Instincts 2)
Author: Adriana Anders
Published: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense
I received a copy of the Uncharted from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hotshot pilot Leo Eddowes is afraid of nothing and no one. So when she’s asked to evacuate a man from the wilds of Alaska, she doesn’t hesitate. But with enemies in close pursuit and the weather turning sour, what should have been a simple mission quickly shifts to disaster.
And there’s only one way out.
When Elias Thorne disappeared, he was America’s most wanted. Now he’s spent more than a decade in one of the most remote places on earth, guarding a dangerous secret. Leo’s arrival, quickly followed by a team of expert hunters, leaves him no choice but to join forces with her—and run. Neither is prepared for their reluctant partnership to flare into something as wild and untamed as the frozen world around them…but as desperately cold days melt into scorchingly hot nights, Leo and Elias must learn to dig deep, trust in each other, and forge a bond as strong as the forces of nature.
Stranded together in a frozen wilderness,
There’s nowhere left to run…
I read Whiteout last year and it was one of the first romantic suspense books I’d picked up. I remember really enjoying it, but then, as the year went on, it was one of those books that I kept thinking about. You know those books – the ones that you didn’t think much of straight after reading but then it just won’t leave you alone (in the best possible way)?
To say I’ve been eagerly anticipating the follow up book is an understatement, and I may have done a bit of a happy dance around my apartment the day I was approved for a review copy. I was planning on holding off reading this until closer to the release date but the perfect opportunity came up to read it and I took it, and it didn’t disappoint.
Leo Eddowes is in Alaska looking for a man who has an additional sample of the virus discovered in Whiteout when she’s asked to evacuate a man from the wilderness. When her plane goes down and the two of them have to go on the run, Leo finds herself needing to trust Elias Thorne – one of America’s Most Wanted – in order to survive in the harsh, frozen landscape.
I loved this. It always makes me happy to read a romance book where the couple are equally matched and have a strong, complimentary dynamic. Both Leo and Elias a highly skilled, formidable characters and both are used to working on their own, and have to learn how to work with one another.
It had the perfect blend of action-suspense and romance to make this a compelling read. I could easily see this being turned into a movie (and I wouldn’t turn that down), it was that vividly described. The unforgiving nature of the landscape and weather enhanced the feeling that these two characters are in it for survival and it raised the stakes even further.
And then of course, you have Elias’ dog, who is the perfect companion/foil for the burgeoning relationship between Leo and Elias. (For my friends concerned about animals in books – the dog is fine!)
Overall this was a compulsive page turned, and I’m definitely eager to dive into Adriana Anders’ back catalogue now.