Review: Whiteout by Adriana Anders

Posted January 28, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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

Review: Whiteout by Adriana Anders
Whiteout

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Series: Survival Instincts #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 28, 2020
Pages: 512
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A barren, frozen land that strips a person down to the basic essentials needed to survive, a pair alone on the ice with only each other and the drive to live, and a formidable force prepared to ruthlessly kill everyone in their path to get what they want all converges in a frigid, suspenseful adventure at the bottom of the world.  Whiteout left me shivering from the cold suspense, but tingling from the slowburn sensuality of the romance.


Review

Whiteout is the first full-length story in the Survival Instincts series, but it follows the thrilling prequel novella, Deep Blue, that tells the story of Ford’s brother and  what was happening stateside while Ford and Angel were fighting for their lives.

Whiteout begins at a scientific research post on Antarctica where Dr. Ford Cooper, as stark and cold as his environment, conducts geological research by drilling deep into the ice and extracting core samples.  He has a few friends at the research post and tolerates the summer workers, but for the most part, he stays to himself out on the ice which is what he prefers.  Numbness, control, existing… until her.

Angel has come for the duration of the Antarctic summer to cook for a camp full of workers and researchers.  It’s as good a place as any to lick her wounds and get over everything she has lost.  Surprisingly, she likes what she’s doing and being appreciated by this eclectic bunch.  Okay, except for the Ice Man- what she calls Dr. Ford Cooper.  He not only resists her smiles and attempts to befriend him, but he scowls and ignores her when he can like she is an irritant to him.

Too bad that when everything goes belly up, it is the Ice Man who comes to her rescue and will be the means of getting them out of alive if by some miracle they beat the odds against the environment and elements as well as the armed and equipped killers who are hot on their tail.  If she’s going to die out on the ice, why does it have to be with him?  Or, was it always, only ever going to be him…

Deep Blue was the first time I’d experienced this author’s writing and I enjoyed what I got and was excited for more.  But, even then, I was not prepared for what the scope of a full-length novel would bring.  The complexities of character and relationship, attention to setting, and the long teasing out of the suspense side were fabulous.  I thought she captured the stark, raw world of Antarctica and what it is like for two people to strive to survive in such an environment both physically and mentally.  Add to that, the smoldering coming together of a hostile pair into a viable team out to get away from their kitted out and skilled pursuers as well as keep what that villainous group was after out of the wrong hands.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t breath a few times when it got death-defyingly intense.  Angel grew so much in this story as she faced all that was flung at her.  She showed that she had a stronger core than anyone, including herself, could have ever imagined.  She wasn’t trained or some sort of special snowflake and she was all sorts of lucky, but in truth, it was just her gritting it out and not giving up.  Ford did have skills- mad skills, but he saw in Angel, once they were alone and on the ice, the best type of person to have at his side in a do or die sitch.
Ford blossomed, too, in a different way.  He was something of an enigma for the longest time even with getting his half of the narration.  He was so closed off and it was painful for him to open up.  It is only later that Angel and the reader learns why.

As to the romance, it takes a bit and that is natural because they are running for their lives.  But, it does get there.  Whew boy, were they hot enough to melt the ice when they got rolling.  Angel had her work cut out for her with Ford, but it was obvious that she was so good for him.

The end came, but then there was more.  This one extended long enough to set up for what was to come with the series.  I am well-primed for the next installment of the Survival Instincts series.  It’s  nerve-wracking and tension-wrought, sizzling and complex.  I have no plans to miss out on the rush and highly recommend that thriller romance and romantic suspense lovers who dig the special ops and adventure elements get on this from the beginning.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


Challenges Met

New Release #6
Literary Pickers #16 ice/tundra
Romanceopoly #7 The Office (meet at work)
Romance BINGO #8 not a US/UK setting
Books N Tunes #4 Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby
COYER Winter Friends#34 

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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
5 months ago

Holy polar ice cap Sophia Rose this sounds down right addicting. I’m all in. Do you need to read he prequel?
Thanks for this super review

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Super addicting, Debbie! No, you don’t since they are parallel time frames, but here is the Amazon link to get the antho with the prequel- still FREE!!! https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Tide-Katie-Ruggle-ebook/dp/B07NWZJT8Y/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=adriana+anders&qid=1580239093&sr=8-2

Mary Kirkland
5 months ago

I love a good curmudgeon hero. Someone who seems hard to get to know but ends up being a hero. This sounds great.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Same here! He wasn’t hospitable, but he wasn’t mean- just really awkward around her which was cute. 🙂

Melliane
5 months ago

It’s great to see that you had a good time with this one. I saw a great review on another blog and it’s making me curious.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes, definitely worth getting in on from the beginning, Melliane. 🙂

Greg
5 months ago

Ooh fun- I love stories set in a cold climate like this, and Antarctica’s even better haha! Something about the suspense of being stuck in an environment like that. Glad this was a good one!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Yeah, I saw Antarctica and it was all over. Had to have it. 😉

Lover of Romance
5 months ago

I saw this at the store and almost bought it…..now I am going to go grab it lol THIS sounds like a story I need in my life. I just love a good romantic suspense and I need an edge of my seat book.

Great review!!!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

It was a rush, Renee. Yes, snag it. Oh and if you want to read the novella to sample her writing first, here’s the link since its still a freebie: https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Tide-Katie-Ruggle-ebook/dp/B07NWZJT8Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?keywords=turning+of+the+tide+by+katie+ruggle&qid=1580301904&sr=8-1-fkmr1

Carole Rae
5 months ago

“death-defyingly intense” that is a great type of intense!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was a huge adrenaline rush like watching Indiana Jones or reading a Clive Cussler. 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds so good! I like books that are exciting and this one sounds like it fits the bill. I think I am going to have to check this one out.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Sure thing, Carole! And, if you don’t already have the Turn the Tide novella sampler with the prequel story, it’s still free. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Oh yep, this one is right up my alley.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

I think so, too. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I’m so behind with my review books this month, so I’ll have to come back to your review once I’ve finished. I’ve read the prequel to the series and loved it, though, and I’m thrilled to see your 4.5 stars so I know I’m going to love this one, too! 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Oh yes, you are definitely in for a great treat. 🙂

Lola
5 months ago

Sounds like a good mix of suspense and romance. I like how you describe the setting and how well the author brought that to live. I like it when a setting really comes alive. Sounds like the story gets pretty intense at times and seeing the romance develop sounds great too. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, I had to read this wrapped in a blanket. It made me feel cold. LOL Thanks, Lola!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Deep Blue was the first I’ve read of Adriana Anders as well, and I could tell that I was going to love Whiteout after finishing. I loved this story too! She wrote amazing action with danger, complex characters, and a sizzling romance! I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

I am right there pacing away for the next one, Rachel. 🙂