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Uncharted by Adriana Anders
Series: Survival Instincts #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 31, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Hotshot pilot Leo Eddowes is afraid of nothing and no one. So when she's asked to evacuate a man from the wilds of Alaska, she doesn't hesitate. But with enemies in close pursuit and the weather turning sour, what should have been a simple mission quickly shifts to disaster.
And there's only one way out.
When Elias Thorne disappeared, he was America's most wanted. Now he's spent more than a decade in one of the most remote places on earth, guarding a dangerous secret. Leo's arrival, quickly followed by a team of expert hunters, leaves him no choice but to join forces with her—and run. Neither is prepared for their reluctant partnership to flare into something as wild and untamed as the frozen world around them...but as desperately cold days melt into scorchingly hot nights, Leo and Elias must learn to dig deep, trust in each other, and forge a bond as strong as the forces of nature.
Stranded together in a frozen wilderness, There's nowhere left to run...
I discovered this Survival Instincts series, by reading an anthology of romantic suspense novellas, Turn the Tide. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author. Survival is an appropriate word for this series. The prequel novella was about Eric Cooper, and the first book was about his brother Ford Cooper.
In Uncharted, we get one of their team, Leo who is a pilot and Navy veteran. The team is trying to track down another sample of the virus. The lead takes them to Alaska. But unfortunately the Chronos mercenaries show up and it’s a race of life and death. Leo finds a guy who is obviously not the one they are looking to find. He’s too young and tall. His name is Elias. Leo and Elias start out, not exactly enemies, but they sure do not trust each other.
Quickly, they get over their distrust to work as a team to live. They also end up being quite attracted to each other. This couple is exceedingly competent. They go nearly 100 miles during storms while being injured, across a lake with the ice breaking up. As they go along, they get to know each other and save each other more than once. Eventually, they have dispensed with most of the mercenaries so they can get back and protect the people in the small Alaska town.
But the mercenaries in the small town didn’t expect to contend with Elias’ godmother, Amka. She is the one who sent Leo to warn him. Amka is a hoot! She also managed to call Leo’s team to come help. While most of the mercenaries were dead or contained, one of them slipped away. I wonder if we will learn more about him. I can’t wait for more. This was outstanding. It was a heart stopper, start to finish.
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