This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Lyrical Liason
Released on May 8, 2018
A newly discovered Mayan Temple, secrets in a journal, well-traveled photographer, and a jungle adventure romance awaits one intrepid woman.
I had a moment of nostalgia when I was in the middle of this story because it reminded me of the first book, Lost in Kakadu, I lovingly devoured by this author and I haven’t looked back since. I love a stirring adventure romance in an exotic location and I don’t read them as much as I’d like.
Lily has come to the Mexican jungle to discover the secrets her father kept from the family until his journal and some photos were discovered of time in his life he never spoke about. Carter is using the newly discovered Mayan temple as his chance to discover that elusive picture that will skyrocket his career. With one mishap after another, the pair are lost and running through their lives in the Mexican jungle and relying on Lily’s camping experiences from back home to survive.
I enjoyed this pair and liked getting the story in alternating points of view. Carter is older and has a troubling past that he just wants to forget about so he travels and keeps to himself until Lily bursts into his life and her forceful nature won’t allow him to stay aloof and reticent. He tries to bow out, but she won’t let him. And, Lily, Carter well-named her ‘Tiger Lily’. She is stubborn and forceful and this gets the pair of them into worse situations. Though, to be fair, her ability is what keeps them alive and her stubbornness keeps her going when things are looking pretty bleak.
The romance worked with how they had to focus mainly on staying alive, but slowly the attraction built and deep in the story, they pulled out their feelings, recognized them and fell naturally together as a pair. Okay, there might have been a heated moment when Lily got fired up after misreading a situation then getting hurt and angry, but it resolved when her temper cooled and she let Carter explain. This reminds me- I loved their snark and banter that really worked for their deplorable circumstances.
The jungle setting, situations, survival techniques, dangerous, emotional reactions of the characters, and the unforeseen circumstances all came together to make for a tense, well-paced, action-filled story that kept me flipping pages and not wanting to put the story aside. It was an extremely satisfying read and I didn’t want it to end. It read fast, but wasn’t lacking.
What really got me excited was the prospect that there will be more romance adventures for an all new couple in an all new location for the next book. Meanwhile, I recommend adventure romance lovers grab Out of Reach and get caught up for book two.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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