Rating 4 Stars
One of my reading goals for 2020 was to include more romantic suspense into my book lists and Whiteout by Adriana Anders was the perfect way to get started on this goal!
This was my first Adriana Anders novel and certainly not my last. Whiteout is the first book in the Survival Instincts series and tells the thrilling story of two characters – Angel Smith, a chef, and Ford Cooper, an ex-veteran/current scientist studying glaciers – living and working in a remote science station in Antarctica. Cooper is a full time worker at the station and likes to keep his distance from everyone else. His world is shaken up when he meets the lovely (and lively) Angel who decided to work the summer months at the station.
On the last day for the summer workers, Angel misses the plane when she witnesses a murder at the base and risks her life to hide the research wanted by the bad guys. Cooper arrives back at the deserted station (after finding his drilling sites completely destroyed) to find Angel locked in a freezer. With no other options and no help in sight, Coop and Angel team up to trek across the uncertain and deadly plains of Antarctica.
I absolutely adored Anders writing style in this book. Her storytelling kept me on the edge of my seat and I really struggled to put it down. It felt like each time I needed to put the book down, something major would happen and I’d promise myself over and over again: ‘just one more chapter’. Angel and Cooper were such great characters too. Their personalities were relatable and approachable, and I kept my fingers crossed that they would just finally catch a break. The lengths those two went through was astounding and I loved their interactions, not only with each other, but with the side characters too. I’m not sure yet if the next book in the series will be focused on Angel and Cooper again or the side characters but I would be happy with either. I want more Angel/Cooper but I also want more from the side characters.
My only concern was I struggled to understand the Director’s backstory and wished that was explained a little more clearly but given how Whiteout ended, I think there is definitely more opportunity for this in book 2. And speaking of endings, talk about a cliffhanger. Anders really knows how to leave a reader wanting more and I can’t wait to read more from this series and from Anders!
AVAILABLE 28 JANUARY 2020
Disclaimer: Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.