by Amanda Lance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: New Adult/Suspense
Publication Date: October 28, 2016
On the way to investigate a fugitive sighting, 21-year-old news intern Aubrey Kent is injured when an unexpected storm destroys the newscopter—along with the rest of the crew.
Now, stranded in the Canadian wilderness and on the brink of death, Aubrey is rescued by a handsome stranger whose cold disposition is as frightening as the remote cabin in which he lives. With no way to reach civilization before spring, Aubrey becomes Jack Gordon’s unwanted roommate. Her hope for rescue is much more desperate when she sees his hostile attitude and violent behavior.
Aubrey and Jack wait out the winter, they grow closer—their delicate friendship blooming into feelings neither of them could have anticipated. But the weather and the wolves aren’t the only dangers in the mountains. As Aubrey uncovers the reason for Jack’s self-imposed isolation, she realizes she’s closer to the story than she imagined—a story that might cost her life.
Jack is a brusque and antisocial recluse. He lives alone in the Canadian wilderness and has trouble adapting to Aubrey’s presence in his carefully constructed isolation. That being said, you can tell he’s a caring and compassionate man. He’s secretly struggling with his changing emotions towards Aubrey. Jack doesn’t want to like her, especially knowing she will leave him once she’s able to get back to her life in the city.
Aubrey is a great character. She exhibits a myriad of emotions throughout this story. You can see her struggle with survivor’s guilt, the pain of the trauma she’s experienced both mentally and physically, and her fear and confusion regarding this odd man who saved her and continues to care for her. The author did a great job portraying the PTSD that Aubrey experiences. I loved the progression of her relationship with Jack. So many authors would have just thrown them together and given them that instant connection and draw to each other. I’m glad this book was different and realistic to the situation. And oddly enough, I enjoyed the ending. I wish I could say more, but it would give everything away.
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing.
She currently resides in Easton Pennsylvania with her boyfriend and their spoiled dogs. She is a cliché booknerd who is terrible at math, clinically obsessive, and prone to addictive behavior. She may or may not be a recluse.