Friday, 2 September 2016

The Stranger - Anna del Mar

The stranger by Anna del mar
Back Cover Blurb:

When a mysterious stranger is your only hope...
The scars of the past have left their mark, both physical and emotional, on former military pilot Seth Erickson. Off-grid in the far reaches of the bitter Alaskan wilderness, he wants only to be left alone with his ghosts. But he can’t ignore a woman in need—beautiful, stranded and nearly frozen with fear.
Summer Silva never imagined that the search for her missing sister would leave her abandoned on a wintry back road, barely escaping with her life from a cold-blooded killer for hire. Now, hiding out in the isolated cabin of the secretive wounded warrior who saved her, Summer knows she must do what she fears most. Putting her trust in a stranger is all she has left.
All defenses are down
After a fiery first night together, Seth and Summer are bound by a need as powerful as a Bering Sea superstorm—and vulnerable to enemies just as fierce. For Seth, reawakened by desire, there is no sacrifice too great, no memory too dark, to keep Summer safe. But murder and treason lurk everywhere and Summer may not survive Alaska’s ruthless winter.

A Wounded Warrior Novel. 

My review:

Anna de Mar's book was a great read, the growing love story between the two main characters Summer and Seth, along side the thrilling danger that Summer faces, with someone trying to kill her. The chemistry between the two leads came through well and I found myself rooting for them as the book progressed. I loved the wintry setting for this book, with the ice and freezing weather a great contrast to the growing heat between our hero and heroine. I have to admit that Alaska is an area I know little about, but the writer managed to paint the scene well. I was glad I was somewhere a little warmer when I read the book.

The Stranger was a bit of a first for me, I don't remember reading a book before, where the story is told in alternating first person accounts by the two lead characters. Switching between the two voices as this book did, gave an interested insight into the thoughts and feels of each as the romance between them grew. I have to admit that for the first couple of chapters, I wasn't sure if I liked the way that it was done. As the book progressed though, I enjoyed seeing it from both points of view and I think that it worked quite well.

If I had to have one little criticism, it would be that I wasn't totally convinced by how much Summer could do whilst sleep walking. Getting up and going places is one thing, but to spend a whole night having wild sex with a man she had just met, without waking up, seemed a little far fetched. Still, it didn't detract from the story and I enjoyed the book as a whole. This was an exciting read, a great mix of danger and love. Recommended.