Backwoods by Jill Sorenson is a thrilling dash against time while dealing with crazy family problems, even crazier mad men, and the backwoods terrain!
For those following Jill Sorenson’s Aftershock series, Backwoods is book 4! You might also recall that in the shortest of the stories, Island Peril, Abby Hammond was the heroine’s sister and Brooke was her niece. In this installment Abby’s daughter Brooke is set to have a family vacation with her father…only past experience makes Abby leery of letting her go along in case her ex decides to cancel at the last minute. Instincts are on point as Brooke’s father does just that leaving Abby, her stepbrother, and his current wife’s ex, the ever sexy ex-ball player Nathan Strom alone for the weeklong trek into the backwoods. Nathan and Abby find themselves dealing with two headstrong teens who are determined to make the best out of the situation and hike regardless of the adults. So the adventure begins and the four set off on a long hike only to encounter a scary situation where Brooke finds herself kidnapped by a killer and his son. Only Abby refuses to leave her daughter and the trail left for them to follow. It’s do or die and time is of the essence.
I loved this book. I find myself drawn to the series/interlocking books. I’m eager to see how the characters find their mates. Jill Sorenson is a master at intertwining a good story with an exciting situation. You often wonder while reading if she enjoys torturing her characters! I have not been disappointed. Well, mostly not. I loved Abby’s strong character. Her need to protect her child while still giving her a small amount of independence. And Nathan, hmmm…sexy, strong, a recovering alcoholic. He had to lose everything to come out of the bad situation he put himself in. And in doing so he found a stronger woman to spend his life with. One that he would give his life to protect. All I can really say about him is…Yummy! The one down side to this story was the teens. They’re steps and have a strong relationship. Only they have feelings for each other that are anything but sibling like. And when they act on them, they become idiots. I’m just really not sure about them being together. I’m also not sure about Brooke’s thought process near the end and how she deals with one of the situations surrounding her kidnappers. But, overall, the story was about Abby and Nathan and I adored them and see them making a go out of their life together.
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About the book…
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.