Review: Out of Reach by Kendall Talbot

Posted May 23, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 15 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Out of Reach by Kendall Talbot
Out of Reach

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Series: Maximum Exposure #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Lyrical Liason
Released on May 8, 2018
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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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About Kendall Talbot

Brisbane author Kendall Talbot’s used to daydream about robbing the bank she worked in. Thanks to her husband’s gift of writing lessons in 2008 she decided to write about it instead.

An adrenaline junkie and mum of two Kendall says, “I love the idea of screaming and the feeling you get when you are about to jump.” Now-a-days she gets the same rush writing action adventure scenes.

Her debut novel “Lost in Kakadu” won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year in 2014. Amongst the great reviews Kendall was quizzed on how to make the famous “bra slingshot’ that featured in the book.
Rosalina, the heroine in Kendall’s new book “Treasured Secrets” is a chef in Tuscany and the Greek Islands. Food, flavours and romance sustain our heroine as ruthless competition will do anything to prevent her from solving a 700 year mystery to a great missing treasure.

Recipes from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” you can cook along as you read the book.

Next on Kendall’s hit list is the Crime novel she’s long dreamed of. Yes she’s robbing that bank! Set in Brisbane in 1992 “Double Take” is scheduled for release September 2015.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

wow that’s a scary looking cover Sophia Rose 🙂 and from your review it looks like this is my cuppa tea! xo

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

It’s a little (just a little) in the way of the old Romancing the Stone style adventure romance. Their banter and the survival in the jungle is what reminded me of that one.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That sounds like an exciting adventure.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It sure was. I learned some good survival tips though I hope I’m never lost in the jungle. 🙂

Carole's Random Life
3 years ago

I love the sound of this one! I love books filled with action and adventure and these characters sound great. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Me, too! A jungle survival adventure romance was a hit wit me. Hope you get the chance, Carole. 🙂

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

I love the setting and think I would enjoy this. I confess I have not tried this author.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I think you would, too. It’s a light style with great banter and lots of jungle survival and danger. 🙂

She’s an Aussie author. Most of her books that I’ve read came through Harlequin’s Australian publisher. She does good survival and treasure hunt style stories. 🙂

Jenea Whittington
3 years ago

I think this sounds really good and setting and the characters do too. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes, it was a fun adventure. Thanks, Jenea!

3 years ago

This sounds wonderful. I love these kind of stories and will definitely look this one up!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Evie

Oh good! Glad to point you toward it, Evie. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next one that releases at the end of the year.

3 years ago

This one sounds great with the romance and adventure set in an exotic location. I like the sound of how they have to focus on staying alive and the romance slowly builds between them. The jungle setting sounds fun too. I hadn’t heard of this author before, but might check out one of her books as it sounds like a good one. Great review!