Thursday, July 17, 2014

~Review: Backwoods (Aftershock #4) by Jill Sorenson~

The more you trust, the more you risk… 

When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke's stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that's growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods. 

Nathan's wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he's ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby's hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he's her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

Abby is a woman that has survived divorce from an unfaithful husband and is trying to keep her relationship with her daughter strong despite her ex-husband being a jerk.  When an outing is scheduled with his new family, she is concerned that he will suddenly not show and Brooke will be left without adult supervision.  Brooke is a wonderful daughter and Abby is extremely proud of her daughter. When they arrive at the starting point for the camping trip, they are confronted with the news that Brooke’s dad will be a no show and only his step-son and his father will be going.
Nathan Strom wanted to be a part of his son’s life and had been denied that because of his alcohol abuse.  He was a recovering alcoholic and now wants to have a relationship with his son.  His son however wants nothing to do with Nathan and lives with his mother and her new husband, Abby’s ex.  Nathan is being given the opportunity to go on this camping trip with his son Leo because his ex-wife had an accident and was not able to hike. This will give him a chance to build a bond with his son.  When he arrives and finds Abby, Brooke and Leo it’s decided that they will do the camping/hiking trip together.  What can go wrong?  It is only a few days in the woods, hiking trails and camping out at night.  Especially when Abby and Nathan both are attracted to one another will they be able to keep each other at a safe distance?
When doing research on the area, Abby found several articles about missing young women.  All of the women had been lost in the area around the lake that they would be hiking for the next few days.  The missing women are all young, blond and literally could describe her daughter.  Abby has an uneasy feeling about this trip and it doesn’t improve when they run into two men the first day on the trail they are hiking.  Things take on a sinister feel when they return to their gear and find that someone has gone through it and taken money and their phone. When Brooke comes up missing the next day and they find signs of a struggle the horror of their situation is brought home.  They have no way to contact anyone for help, they have no way to defend themselves and the other missing women have never been found. 
Will Abby, Nathan and Leo be able to rescue Brooke?  Can they get away from the man hunting them and get to safety? ~TSRBR

Hero –Nathan Strom: 4 stars
Heroine –Abby: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is an interesting look at an extended family and the problems that have to be dealt with between the members.  It is also a story about second chances and how love can come from unexpected places to surprise the heart. If you want a read that has suspense, mystery, love and lots of nail biting drama this is the book to read!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I love this author and have enjoyed many of her books already.  The way she develops her story makes the reader want to read more by her.  This is a hit for Ms. Sorenson.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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