This Chick Read: Darkness by Karen Robards

From the first page, this story reached out and yelled GOTCHA!  I will admit, this is my favorite type of weekend read. A great mystery, a gripping plot, a strong female lead with a hint of vulnerability, and a take charge hero who is great to look at! Karen Robards is a master at developing a roller coaster thrill ride and this book definitely was one.

The following synopsis is taken from

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.
Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

The reason why this genre appeals to women so well is that we all have that secret fantasy of being rescued by a hot alpha male who will save our lives, while exuding enough pheromones to light up a small planet. The worst thing for me when reading this type of book is if the female character makes me shake my head in disgust. Dr. Gina Sullivan may sound like a rather boring bird watcher, but she grew up having Indiana Jones for a father and brings some skills to the table. I loved Cal’s response when he gives her a gun, starts telling her which end the bullet comes out of and she grabs it, ejects the clip, puts it back in, takes the safety off, points and pretends to shoot and looks at him like, yeah so? He grabs her and says something like, I knew you were the woman for me! At that point, even though I don’t swing that way, she was the woman for me too!
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley from the publisher Gallery Books for my unbiased honest review. My honest opinion, if you hadn’t guessed, is that I really liked this book! It was fun, action packed, had a good plot and the characters sizzled. This book will be published on March 29, so put it on your list. This is a perfect vacation book, a fun stay at home on a Friday night book or a reading in the bus or train on the way to work book. Just be prepared to not want to put it down!

This book will be released on March 29, 2016.


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