By Lauren Landish
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“The only relief I had was that, if I was going to die, I was going to die in your arms.”
After a hectic month, I was at my wit’s end and in need of a change of scenery.
With his irresistible smile and charm, my Army Ranger Stepbrother, Wes, convinces me to go backwoods camping with him to take my mind off things. I don’t know why I agreed, after all, my idea of roughing it up was a Holiday Inn that only changed the sheets every other day.
But what was intended to be a getaway to clear my head, turns out to be a series of events that lead Wes and I to learn our true feelings for one another and a fight for our survival!
Landish is a very good writer – her books consistently have few errors, good flow and a solid storyline. Wes and Robin already have an established relationship as step-siblings who respect and genuinely like one another, so there doesn’t need to be a drawn-out introduction and build-up to why and how they become a couple. When their relaxing camping trip to the wilderness suddenly turns into a survival situation, Robin finally admits to herself that the love she’s always wanted is smack in front of her in the form of her stepbrother. Her stepbrother, on the other hand, has always known he’s been in love with her, and the situation presents itself for them to launch full throttle into following their hearts. Wes and Robin are easy to relate to and likeable. Their already existing friendship, and then expression of deeper feelings as they explore their new relationship, feels natural, as does their conflict upon returning home after being rescued: how should they act and when are they going to admit what has happened to their parents? And then having the parents happy about them getting together…finally? I was doing the happy dance – this was a refreshing angle, for sure, in a step-sibling romance.
The reason why I only rated this book a four-star is because I became lost and disinterested in the exoskeleton and robotics explanations. I had absolutely no idea what was going on and for me, it didn’t add to their personal story. If anything, it surprised me that after all those years they didn’t get married and have kids sooner than “several years had passed” and then they were getting married and talking about having kids. All in all, though, a feel good, well written story.
The “huh” part?
I didn’t follow the full robotics storyline in the last quarter of the book. It did nothing for me.
It was when Robin admitted her feelings to Wes after the crash.
It’s an alright read.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 15, 2016.