Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 24, 2015
This was one rollercoaster of book with twists and turns all throughout the story. A one night stand turns into a harrowing experience to keep alive for Zackary Stark, his brother and the woman he slept with the night before. Being woken up with a gun in his face, Zackary tries hard to keep calm expecting his brother Gideon to bust down the doors any minute, while the wiggley blond keeps opening her mouth and building up the situation. Not much you can do with a gun pointed at you, naked in bed with a equally naked beauty. Things go from bad to worse as the three of them are kidnapped and now there is a ransom being demanded for each of them.
Acadia is on a dream vacation after having won $500,000 in the lottery. She heads to Venezuela a few days early from her friends who have convinced her to take an adventure with them. Believing she is the reason they are kidnapped, she bungles her way through not knowing she slept the night before with a billionaire playboy adventurist. Before the kidnappers take them off they allow her to get dressed and man did they forget to frisk her and her million hidden pockets of goodies.
Zackary…well the author doesn’t describe him as good looking, so you get a bad image right away. He’s cocky, doesn’t watch what comes out of his mouth, makes life hard and truly didn’t endear himself to me. How anyone can smell good while sweating in the jungle is beyond me. Taken out to the wild jungle, Zackary becomes an ass of a character that never really grew on me. He is tasked with getting his injured brother and Acadia out of this mess, knowing the kidnappers are after their money. Truly I felt like he was out for a piece of ass and only that once you learn about his relationship with is now dead wife. No, he didn’t kill her, they just led a very devil may care lifestyle.
Acadia, oh sweet Acadia. How naive she can be. Her one saving grace at times is all the things she has in her hidden pockets like a tent, eye drops, protein bars and so much more. She is sexy, cute, sweet and sometimes so innocent, it hurt my teeth from the grinding. She hustles someone in the jungle at one point, and I would have been terrified rocking in the corner, blubbering. She doesn’t put up with Zackary’s sniping, but she does fall under his spell between the sheets.
The three escape at one point, the brothers going in two different directions. Zackary discovers he has a sixth sense that threw me for a loop and had me wondering why the author would add a paranormal element to a normal, adrenaline story. The action never stops from being kidnapped, beaten, shot at, blown up, running from bad guys, double guessing who are friends and enemies, …. it literally never lets up on the action.
I guess I went into the story thinking Zackary had a military background when there was no such background. My bad. But he was way to familiar with guns and had a take no prisoner’s attitude. Acadia was a newbie to camping, but she came well prepared, almost too prepare. I guess working in a outdoorsy store prepares you for the jungle.
I didn’t buy these two falling in love. Lust yes, love, not really. They were sexy as Hell when in bed, but they never really jived for me out of it. He is lickable, and all things good with a hot body, I just didn’t care for him enough to waste the energy. So when I came to the end, I only really picked up the next book to find out what happened to Gideon since his story had a abrupt ending in this book. I like Gideon…he actually probably would have been the guy I would have licked up one way and down another.
While not a bad book, this just lacked the connection between characters I wanted to see. You never get to stop to take a breath and things go from bad to worse over the course of the story. So buckle up gals, this is definitely a bumpy ride.