Review: Out of Mind by Kendall Talbot

Posted November 8, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

Tags: , , ,

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 Mind by Kendall Talbot
Out of Mind

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Series: Maximum Exposure #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Lyrical Liason
Released on November 6, 2018
Pages: 252
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
add to goodreads

The Delight

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.


Romance Roundabout #393 RS
New Release #176




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.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
The following two tabs change content below.
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.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 years ago

It looks nice there. I’m not a fan of the cover but why not?

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Most definitely! This book was incredible. 🙂

Carole rae
2 years ago

Darn stupid teenagers! LOL

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

No kidding. I wanted to thump Regi, but even he didn’t deserve the troubles he landed in. 🙂

2 years ago

Great review! It sounds like something I would love too. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

I am glad to put it on your radar, Anne. I do love her books. She takes her readers to such exotic places. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I think that I need to have this book in my life after reading your review. I love a good survival story but this sounds like it was that plus so much more. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, I think you would really take a cotton to this one, Carole. 🙂 Enjoy!