This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Lyrical Liason
Released on November 6, 2018
While I thought a jungle adventure would be hard to beat, I realized that a combo of a cold-weather survival and a broken woman coming back to life crashed over my senses with an amazing fury. Out of Mind just up the ante when sensational settings, situations, and characters come to min.
The second of the Maximum Exposure series, Out of Mind is a separate story from book one and could be read standalone just fine. At the same time, fans of Out of Reach will recognize the tiny crossover moment.
The unthinkable happens when Holly Parmenter, her billionaire fiance, and his son go on an impulsive helicopter ride from their ski resort in the Canadian Rockies and the helicopter crashes under horrific circumstances. Holly is the lone survivor. She thinks death stalks her because of the chain of losses in her life. Now, her fiance’s ex is out to paint her as a golddigging murderess and her own friends look on her askance. She needs a reset and takes it.
Meanwhile, a stupid teenage stunt lands Regi in an untenable situation to crime boss, Carson, for years and maybe his whole life if a miracle doesn’t happen.
Holly finds new interest because of a cold case mystery and her new climbing instructor while Regi learns a secret that will either clear him or kill him.
You know how a book can catch you just right? You may not even have expected it to tick off every single box and boxes you didn’t realize you wanted ticked. This was that book for me. I knew I’d like it because I generally like everything I’ve read by this author, but it was even better than expected. I got the survival story, the adventure, and the nice romance, but it was the extras that floored me. I loved how the heroine was shattered and broken in the beginning, but then put herself back together. Yes, she had a romance, but it wasn’t a great guy or super sex that suddenly made trouble disappear. She worked and she worked hard because of her own need to help someone else she didn’t even know plus she got the guy.
At first, I was very confused about the two storylines that shifted between Holly and Regi, but it did eventually show the tie-in and I nodded my head at the author’s brilliance. Still, keep in mind these were two separate and seemingly unconnected stories for much of the book. Holly hiding out and avoiding anything outside her front door because life out there beat her and broke her and Regi’s miserable existence avoiding beatings from the criminal gang he is forced to work for to pay off a mistake.
The story also split between edge of your seat chilling danger up on a high ridge of a frozen snow-capped mountain and then the relative safe ‘normal’ life back home. Things got moderately brutal, but also had those moments of slow progress while Holly came into her own. The big climax end was the payoff as well as the satisfying denouement for all the important parts to get wrapped up.
All in all, this was a fast and entrancing read for me. Fabulous heroine, riveting mixed with engaging plot, a mostly sweet romance, and an all around solid adventure mixed with romantic suspense. Those who enjoy survivor romances should look into this book/series.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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