Whiteout

Whiteout

by Adriana Anders

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Overview

"Scorching hot and beautifully emotional."—Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author

With a storm coming and a killer on the loose, every step could be their last...

Angel Smith is finally ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her last day, the remote research station she's been calling home is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and irritatingly gorgeous glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives...only to realize that in a place this remote, there's nowhere left to run.

Isolated with no power, no way to contact the outside world, and a madman on their heels, Angel and Ford must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But what starts as a partnership born of necessity quickly turns into an urgent connection that burns bright and hot. They both know there's little chance of making it out alive, and yet they are determined to weather the coming storm—no matter the cost.

Survival Instincts Series:
Deep Blue (novella—featured in Turn the Tide)
Whiteout (Book 1)

Praise for Whiteout:
"Adriana Anders brings twisted intrigue and sizzling passion hot enough to melt the ice in WHITEOUT!  Sexy, smart and tough characters in a beautifully ice-cold landscape will grab you from the first line and keep you along for a wild ride to the very end."—REBECCA ZANETTI, New York Times Bestselling author

"Strong heroines, sizzling tension. Heart and heat abound!"—MOLLY O'KEEFE, USA Today Bestselling Author
"The gripping characters, fresh writing, unique setting, and a villain as cold as the Antarctic itself, make this a fiercely enjoyable story."—TONI ANDERSON, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

"Whiteout is an exhilarating story of survival and love against all the odds. I couldn't put it down!"—KATEE ROBERT, New York Times Bestselling Author

"What a thrill ride! The action is nonstop—I don't think I took a breath until I finished."—KATIE RUGGLE

"A thrilling chase across the desolate and changeable beauty of Antarctica. Adriana Anders is a master."—MARIA VALE

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492698708
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Series: Survival Instincts Series , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 92,976
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of the Blank Canvas series. Under Her Skin, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017, and winner of two 2018 Holt Medallions, has been featured in Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, and Book Riot. Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children in France, where she writes the gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

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Whiteout 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Jean Law 8 days ago
Great book. Well developed characters and situation. But it pissed me off that it was a cliffhanger. All of a sudden we get a novella. Which is fine, but I want the rest of Whiteout!
KBShufeldt 2 days ago
Whiteout is the first full-length book of the Survival Instincts series and features Ford and Angel. The first story, Deep Blue, is a novella about Ford's brother, Eric. I wouldn't say it is necessary to read the novella first, but it is available for free so why not? It will provide some background info for parts later on in the story. Ford and Angel are in Antarctica when their station is attacked in order to steal dangerous research. They find themselves trekking across the ice to another research facility. So much action and death-defying heroism. Ford is a former military and all-around badass, so we expect him to be brave in the face of danger. Angel is a chef at the research facility but has nerves of steel. They find out so much about themselves as individuals on the journey and that makes when they get together so much better. I really enjoyed Deep Blue and Whiteout. Deep Blue was my first read from Adriana Anders and I appreciate her writing style and heroines. They are definitely not damsels in distress.
PaulaCS 9 days ago
I love reading books that share a new location or new information about a location with me. Whiteout put me right into the life-threatening conditions and the magic of Antarctica. But the author also gave me a story that was so intense, so suspenseful, so edge-of-your-seat, that I was either turning the digital pages as fast as I could, or I was getting up and walking away from the story until I could get my heart rate back down and had the courage to see what new obstacles and torture she was putting the hero and heroine through next. Great character development and accompanying love story. So visual. This would make an awesome movie. The writing is rich and layered. Looking forward to the next in the series.
rlane 17 days ago
Angel Smith is just about to end her time as the cook for Burke-Ruhe research base at the South Pole in Antarctica. Winter is about to start and instead of all days they’ll switch to all nights and only a skeleton crew will be staying on, but before she can get on the plane the base is attacked leaving her and Ford Cooper stranded. Now they must get to safety and survive in the harsh elements before their food runs out and before the bad guys hunt them down and finish them off. Ford Cooper tried to keep his distance from Angel because of his intense attraction to her, because nothing could come of it, but now that they’re thrown together and on the run for their lives he doesn’t have much hope he’ll be able to resist her. This was a thrilling, fast-paced, action filled read, and I loved every minute of it! At the beginning of the story Angel and Ford have a bit of an antagonistic relationship. Angel’s attracted to Ford, but thinks he hates her as all he does is scowl and avoid her as much as possible. She doesn’t realize that he’s attracted to her as well and has some fears about getting together. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, and they’re thrown together under life and death circumstances they get close and the sparks fly! Very steamy when they weren’t running for their lives! I was just worried about them surviving long enough for the relationship to go anywhere and let me tell you it was pretty intense and shaky there for a while! Adriana Anders is a new to me author, but I had a strong feeling I’d love Whiteout after giving her a try with Deep Blue, the prequel novella to Whiteout. The story features Zoe and Ford’s brother, Eric. It isn’t necessary to read before Whiteout, but it was a lot of fun and a quick read! It’s still free on Barnes & Noble, part of a bundle of novellas in Turn the Tide.
LeighKramer 17 days ago
I’ve been a fan of Adriana Anders’s writing since the moment I picked up Under Her Skin. While I don’t read much romantic suspense, I was excited to learn she was taking on the subgenre because I knew she would do it justice and that it would avoid the aspects I typically don’t like in those stories. I was right: Whiteout was so good! Give me a grumpy-sunshiney pairing any day and I’ll be happy. Put them together in the highest of high stakes situation and I’ll read with my heart in my throat. Angel and Ford have to flee for their lives across Antarctica, which is high stakes in itself and all the higher because the sun is about to go down for the season and there will be no hope if they’re still out in the elements. GAH. I feel cold just thinking about it. Ford Cooper is a class Adriana Anders hero: haunted and gruff and yearning. He’s neurodiverse. He’s grumpy. He just wanted to be left alone with his ice samples. He also was very ready for chef Angel to be done with the season and out of his hair so he no longer had to think about why she affected him so strongly. But there’s no avoiding her when they’re the only two survivors after members of their team turn out to not be who they thought they were. Angel Smith came to the South Pole as a way of starting fresh after a devastating accident. She’s there to cook and to think about what’s next. She’s not at all equipped to run for her life and I was so impressed by the way she rose to the occasion again and again, no matter what happened to her and Ford. Such a badass! It’s also worth noting that I loved the way she talked about food and feeding people. She brought such warmth and nurturing into Ford’s life and it was so lovely to watch him respond to that. This was such an intense story. There’s only one tent! They had to join sleeping bags to stay warm! They ran out of food about halfway through the journey! I was very stressed out for them, especially because Anders kept tightening the screws. I'm generally not a fan of villain POVs but here it was used to great effect and only deepened my horror at the conspiracy at work. There are big things at play as the series continues and I cannot wait to see how they play out. As for Angel and Ford, I simply loved them together and I’m so glad the forced proximity literally forced them to confront their feelings for one another. There are some great side characters as well and I loved the concept of Polies as found family, really highlighting Anders’s gift at crafting vibrantly complex characters. Bring on book two! CW: hero is neurodiverse, murder, violence, crevasse and other Antarctic dangers, concern for hypothermia, past infidelity, knee injury due to past car accident, past car accident fatality, past death of loved ones, hero served in the Army, hero’s father died of alcoholism Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. The author and I are friendly online.
ReadingInPajamas 19 days ago
✦Review: WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars This is a new author that is going on my must-read list. I like how the author didn’t go into minute detail to explain the environment, yet I felt I was there. That made the story flow and not get bogged down. What a wild ride it was…I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. It had it all: A couple you grew to care about, villains you love to hate, ongoing human caused danger, survival of the elements in the balance, and people around them that blend as a group. Coop/Ford, was seriously introverted, yet the author let us see what was going on inside him enough to feel for the guy. Angel was my favorite heroine. Vulnerable, but when strength and determination are needed, she was right there leading the way. They made a great and believable couple. I am was excited to see the development of this new series – now I have to wait for book 2. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
DiiFL 20 days ago
Antarctica, a frozen sea of hidden discoveries, a scientific haven for the brave hearted, or as in Angel’s case, those looking to hide away from life for a while. The subzero temps and total isolation would be more than enough adventure for me, but for a scientific outpost and two of its occupants, it is about to become a chilling race to survive in a frigid hell. WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders snowballs into a searing hot romance as two people trek through miles of ice and snow, knowing they could be humanity’s last chance against a deranged mind. Adriana Anders does so well creating each scene, as well as an atmosphere of desperation, I’m pretty sure I could feel frostbite setting in where my hands touched my Kindle. Good thing the scorching hot romance developing between Angel and Ford heated things up just perfectly! A rapid-fire action/high octane read with strong characters, great dialogue and a true sense of “being there.” Highly recommended for romance lovers, too! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca! This is my honest and voluntary review.
BooksnKisses 21 days ago
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 This was an okay read for me. I found myself not really connecting to the characters. Oh, I routed for them and wanted everything to workout but there was not a strong connection for me. The story was a little predictable. Overall it was a decent story and I am glad that I picked it up. I do believe that if there is a follow up story I will pick it up and give it a try. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
MaureensBooks 23 days ago
When I first saw the cover and read the book description of ‘Whiteout’ I knew this was a book I needed to read. I mean.. Have you seen that cover? Isn’t gorgeous? I love that cover. And that book description really made me want to start reading this book as soon as I could. So when I got approved to get an ARC I was super excited. In ‘Whiteout’ we meet cook Angel Smith on her last days as a cook on a research station in Antarctica. After months of seeing glaciologist Ford Cooper from a distance, Angel takes one last chance of getting him to talk to her. But when that fails she knows she just have to take her loss and go back home. But right when Angel is about to leave, people start to go missing, and before she knows what is happening, Angel and Ford are the only two survivors isolated in one of the most brutal places of the world. Well, this book was something else. From the moment I started reading ‘Whiteout’ I was hooked to the pages. Not because of the chemistry between, Ford and Angel, but because this book is so thrilling and it keeps you sitting on the edge of the seat. From the beginning till the very end there is so much going on in this book that I simple needed to know what would happen next. Although I haven’t read anything other than romance novels lately, and this book is much more a suspense novel than romance, but there’s still a fun and very additive romance going on too. Angel and Ford are forced to try to survive a cold winter in Antarctica on the run of people who are endangering the world. It was hard to imagine how there could be any romance in this environment, but there was and it was really good. Adriana Anders writing kept me anxious to keep on reading. She was able to create a world that I simple couldn’t imagine before, but can now see clearly. And I loved that. I also loved the fact that she was able to create these characters that had so much depth that I really found myself thinking of them as ‘real’ people. Yes, this book was definitely a great romantic suspense novel. It had everything I could hope for in a romantic suspense novel. And I really hope this book will be part of a series, because I just can’t get enough of Angel and Ford. ‘Whiteout’ definitely is a book I’d recommend.
FictionallySam 26 days ago
Typically I am not one for suspense or adventure novels, even within the Romance umbrella; but Whiteout by Adriana Anders has turned me into a true fan of the romantic sub-genre. Action packed and exhilarating, the story follows Angel, a chef who is one step closer to getting back to civilization after spending the summer working as head chef at an Antarctic research center, and Ford—a glaciologist who hides from life and the shadows of his past. After witnessing a robbery heist gone bad, Angel and Ford find themselves stranded and on the run in the worlds most deserting and unforgiving places. I was HOOKED. From the very first page Anders had me instantly pulled into the storyline and the lives of these people who live out in the cold. The narrative and writing style was so fresh and captivating that when I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. The characters were deep and the development was so beautiful that I swooned before they even had an interaction. The forced closeness and the use of the cold as an external conflict for both the thriller side as well as the romance side is what chef kisses are made of. It wasn’t until I read this book that I realized just how much cold weather could be a cock-block. With the plot twists that I never saw coming, to the ending that I desperately wished wasn’t, this book sent shivers down my spine. I am head over heels in love with this series and am in desperate need for more. So, if you like thrilling suspense or romance that is packed with action and a slow burn that is rot with sexual tension, I highly highly recommend giving Whiteout a try.
annie2015 27 days ago
An interesting and gripping romantic thriller. I liked Ford and Angel and thought they worked well together in an opposites-attract kind of way. And the bad guys were wonderfully sinister. I was absolutely enthralled with the authors description of the icy landscape Ford and Angel had to traverse in their race for their lives. I really felt like I could envision the barren surroundings, feel the icy mist, and the below zero temps. I lost myself in the story several times. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor.
Angela Houston 27 days ago
I just finished reading Adriana Anders’s "Whiteout," releasing January 28th by Sourcebooks Casa, and whoa! Who knew a novel set in Antarctica would be so steamy? Scorching, indeed! Thank you to NetGalley and to Sourcebooks Casablanca for allowing me to read this advanced copy. All views are my own. This is my first Adriana Anders novel, and I’m hooked. As in call me bait, snag me on a line, and sink me into the depths of these pages hooked! I wouldn’t even mind a dunk into icy water after this one because this novel promises (and delivers) the yummy romance only a chef in Antarctica can deliver. After the devastating end to her marriage, Angel Smith closed up her restaurant and headed to the remotest place she could find—the Burke-Ruhe Research Station in Antarctica. Cooking scrumptious meals for the Poleys (the individuals who live and work at the Pole) is more rewarding than she could have ever imagined. She almost finds herself feeling sad that her tour at the Pole is ending. Almost. If only the Ice Man would stop glaring icicles at her. Ford Cooper is more comfortable on the ice than he is around people. A glacialist with a military background, he finds solace in the void of the ice—or he did, until Angel Smith showed up. She’s too loud, too boisterous, too much—an overstimulation to his senses, which is the last thing he needs. Thank God she’s leaving Burke-Ruhe with the rest of the summer crew. There’s a plane heading to McMurdo and Angel is getting everything ready for the winter-overs before she heads out. Only Angel is about to unwittingly uncover a sinister plot by the so-called leadership at Burke-Ruhe, and it’s a secret they’ve no problem killing her over. After being on the ice all day, Ford heads back to the station, only to find it completely deserted. The plane’s gone, but so is everyone else. Perplexed, he takes a closer look around, and he finds a shaking Angel on the edge of hypothermia. What she tells him next sends them on a frigid trek through the winter desert of Antarctica, in a fight for their lives against not only the elements but against the people who want what Angel and Ford have in their possession—the key to their whole operation. I loved every second of this book. The tension between the main characters is expertly done. Who says opposites don’t attract, right? In a classic case of girl-thinks-boy-hates-her, the tables turn and Angel discovers just how far the Ice Man is willing to go to save her. And he’ll discover a few things about himself along the way—like what he’s been missing his whole life by shutting his heart away from anyone who could care about it. Angel is strong and sassy and full of surprises, and Ford is brooding in a sexy strong-but-silent kind of way. He’s a man you instantly trust, even if he isn’t the most amiable. He values control above all else, and Angel is the only one who can cause him to lose it—and the only one he’d ever want to lose it for. Seductive and thrilling, this romantic suspense is the first book of Adriana Anders’s Survival Instincts series, and you can bet I’ll be among the first in line for book two. As my first new series in 2020, it’s early yet to be calling it my favorite of the year, but with ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, I don’t see this one being toppled from its position anytime soon. This was a fabulous winter read, so check it out when it comes out on Tuesday!
DebbieLTD 28 days ago
An action packed thriller! Like so many others, Angel and Ford go to South Pole for their own reasons, Angel to escape her life and Ford to be as alone as possible. Angel calls him "Ice Man" as he is completely unemotional. All that will change as things start getting deadly in the South Pole. Ford had unearthed a hidden virus deep within the ice, and people will do anything to obtain the deadly weapon. With nothing but frozen ice before them, Angel and Ford must embark on a dangerous track across the vast wilderness of snow and ice to survive the killers that will do anything to obtain the virus. This book is filled with action, emotions, and love. The well developed plot and characters made this book a page turner that I didn't want to put down. Can't wait for the next book! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
PatriciaWhite 28 days ago
Angel Smith is a cook doing seasonal work in Antarctica. Ford Cooper is doing research in the ice there. He is grumpy and a loner but he is attracted to Angel and fighting it all the way.. When the station is attracted by mercenaries they are the only ones left alive and they go on the run through unbearable conditions. This is a fast paced adventure with conspiracy in high places, government cover ups and a cliff hanger that leads right into the next book..This book has a little bit of everything. ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
LindaTownsend 29 days ago
‘The Ice Man… cometh.” Whiteout is an action-packed, steamy arctic adventure by Andriana Anders! It’s the first full novel in the author’s new Survival Instincts series. I was hooked from the start. The subzero temperatures would turn me off from ever physically going to Antarctica, but the author transported me there with her words. I could feel the frostbitten fingers, the welcome heat generated as a hot romance sizzled within sleeping bags and the desperation at our hero and heroine’s dire straits. This is the story of Chef Angel Smith and Doctor Ford “Ice Man” Cooper. Ford is a research scientist at the Burke-Ruhe Research Station at the South Pole. He’s a surly reclusive and a permanent resident at the Station. He’s not a conversationalist and avoids emotions like the plague. He finds the isolation on the ice to be a coping mechanism as he struggles with the chaos of being around his fellow humans. While out checking on his experiments, Ford spots blood. He rushes back to the Station to find it completely deserted except for the bubbly woman he has successfully-until-now kept his distance from since she arrived. Angel is Ford’s complete opposite. She’s bright, happy, smart, innovative and ready to say sayonara to the cold and isolation of the Station. She took this temporary cooking assignment to give herself time to recover from an abusive ex and the tragic loss of her dreams. Her stint at the Station is within hours of being done when she comes upon a murder-in-process. She barely escapes with her life but is left locked within an icy grave. Thank goodness for Ford who releases her. However, it’s a given that the killers will be back. Ford and Angel are left with no choice but to trek across miles of ice in a chilling race to save themselves and humanity. It’s do or die as they run for their lives from villains that give the word ‘mad” a new, more chilling, meaning. Whiteout is a slow-burning, searing-hot romance with strong characters and fascinating, often witty, dialogue set in a vast, frigid, lethal but beautiful emptiness. The sexual tension is off-the-charts and paired with thrilling twists and turns galore. I found myself on the edge constantly and hoping for a miracle. The author further escalates the tension as each chapter headlines how far they are from their destination and their dwindling food supply. Don’t be worried that you’ll combust from the intense nature of this story. The author includes plenty of humorous respites to break the stress. I laughed out loud when Angel commented that pulling their butter was a terrible exercise program. And I salivated as Angel talked about food. Mmmm. That said, I found every second of the torture all worth it for the well-deserved happy ending at the conclusion of this mega-harrowing adventure. Immediately after finishing this tale, and not ready to leave Whiteout’s addictive spell, I found and inhaled the preceding novella, Deep Blue. Deep Blue features Ford’s brother, ex-Navy seal Eric Cooper, who is a supporting character in Whiteout. Reading Deep Blue was fortuitous indeed as it answered some lingering questions I had after reading Whiteout. Go fix yourself a warm drink, wrap yourself in a blanket and read this book! I’m so glad I did and can’t wait to read more from this author soon!
LauraInLiteraryLand 29 days ago
Whiteout is set in Antarctica which is probably the last place I think of for romantic settings but it was also one of the things that made me want to read this book. Such a unique setting and a totally new concept for my mind to imagine as I was reading! ⁣ ⁣ Another thing that piqued by interest about Whiteout was the grumpy hero/happy heroine trope. What is it that's so appealing about that combination? Give me all the angsty, broody heroes and the cheerful, optimistic ladies that win their hearts! ⁣ ⁣ Whiteout is categorized as romantic suspense and that is definitely not an exaggeration. This book opens with an intense scene where a man is fleeing for his life while also trying to get a message back to his coworkers that their lives are in jeopardy. Plot hook? Yes ma'am! Because of the severe conditions of the Antarctic environment, this book is so intense! Just walking outside in that setting can be perilous if you're not outfitted properly so the stakes are high -- and that's not when there's a team of villains hunting your every move!⁣ ⁣ This is the first book in the Survival Instincts series so while Whiteout does end on an upswing, there is definitely a cliffhanger that will for certain have me checking out the next book. I cannot wait to see where this series goes!⁣ ⁣ /5 steam rating for sexual tension and a couple of descriptive sex scenes⁣. Thank you to the publisher and the author for an eARC. All opinions are my own.
Shirleylinn 29 days ago
This story is a fast-paced, suspenseful read. It has non stop suspense and danger. This is the first book that I have read by this author. I love romantic suspense books and this was a good book but, it was a little too dark for me. Overall, it was a good, suspenseful read.
marydeanrrbb 29 days ago
Wow! What an experience this book is. This book is full of adventure, suspense, and slow burn romance. Angel is a cook at a researcher station in Antarctica. She is about ready to leave as her time is up. Then she sees something she shouldn't and she is in danger and stranded on the ice. That is until scientist Ford finds her. To her he has been this unapproachable, grumpy but very attractive research scientist. Ford keeps people at arms length and isn't one for social interactions. It is his findings that are the cause of the danger they are both in.They now need to leave this station and find safety because time is running out. They are fighting against the harsh climate and also evil men that want what they have and they will kill for it. This book had me on the edge. There was danger around every corner. And talk about heated romance. This enemies to lovers romance had all the push and pull I adore. Nothing brings two people together like trying to stay alive. The adventure isn't over either. This author leaves is wanting so much more.
LynnB888 29 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! Must read edge-of-your-seat suspense! With the first book in her much anticipated Survival Instincts series, Adriana Anders does not disappoint with WHITEOUT. The setting is brutal, the characters are attention grabbing and the plot is what nightmares are made of. Angel is a delight. We start the story liking her just from her upbeat personality, but as the life threatening conditions deepen, we only like her more and more as her tenacity and grit bring forth an unstoppable character. Ford is yummy! He's all the best in gruff and snark and then absolutely scrumptious in sex appeal and heart. If you read the prequel story DEEP BLUE, you will get a chance to reconnect with Ford's brother Eric and his love Zoe towards the end of this book. I recommend this story to anyone who loves non-stop danger and adventure mixed with passion and heart. Looking forward to what the series will bring next!
carvanz 29 days ago
Holy heck! This book is one wild adventure! From pretty much the very beginning things start happening and it never slows down. Talk about drama, danger, suspense! I couldn’t put it down! When Angel and Ford are left as the only survivors after their research facility is attacked, they find themselves running for their lives across the unforgiving Antarctica landscape. To be on the run would be enough danger but with the addition of the sub-zero temperatures and conditions of the location they’re in, this author takes danger to a whole new level. Who would have thought that someone could find romance in such a cold and colorless world? I absolutely loved both Angel and Ford. Despite feeling lost and unsure of herself, Angel was a ray of sunshine, especially to Ford. He’s the Ice Man, hiding behind a cold facade for reasons, unfortunately, that were never completely revealed or either I missed them through the sheer adrenaline this book created. Ford is not only withdrawn, he’s also a bit of a science geek, a grump who doesn’t like mixing with people and who struggles just to speak (again not completely revealed why). When he does choose to speak, he usually messes it up, unsure of the words to say or how to say them. Especially when it comes to speaking to Angel. I enjoyed watching him slowly come out of his shell and reach out to her verbally and physically. While there is plenty of romance, I have to admit that sometimes it was difficult to really feel it because this author has created so much danger just from the elements alone. I was so caught up in the suspense I found it hard at times to relax enough to enjoy this couple’s quiet moments. This ends with a “happy for now” rather than a “happy ever after” and despite the thrills and drama this unforgiving backdrop of ice gave me, it looks as if the next book may take us to another location. I suspect it may still have severe weather conditions and while I enjoyed this one, I’m not in a hurry to return to such a harsh environment again. Then again, by the time the next book releases, it’ll be summer and should make a perfect beach read.
ArizonaJo 29 days ago
Whiteout by Adriana Anders was a heart pounding romantic suspense that kept me turning the pages until the final chapter. Angel Smith has escaped to Antarctica to rethink her life by being the cook for a research station. Ford Cooper is a glaciologist that is running from life after serving in the military. Both Angel and Ford are broken complex people who must work together to survive after the research station is taken over by a group of mercenaries. Ms. Anders' narrative was so clear that I felt frozen most of the time while I was reading just from her description of the harsh Antarctica environment. There were numerous twists to the story that only intrigued me more as I continued to read. And that ending - wow! Definitely a cliff hanger for the next book. That's okay with me on this one because I want to know what happens next with this group of men and women who are willing to take on the unknown to protect innocents. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
RobinLovesReading 29 days ago
Angel Smith's life was at sixes and sevens. So she took on a very unusual assignment in Antarctica. She is an excellent cook and she fed the unique group of scientists and researchers. Her time has come to an end and she must get back to her life. However, the research station is attacked and she has missed her flight. Left to freeze to death she is rescued by glaciologist Ford Cooper. When Ford realizes why the station was attacked, he knows that he and Angel are not safe. They must make a dangerous trek in order to find safety. It is not just the attackers they are in danger from. It is the elements. It can get as cold as 43 degrees below zero and colder. Angel and Ford must travel hundreds of miles to safety. Back to the attackers. What were they after? Well, I will leave that much to the reader. What I will say is that the story shifts back to the masterminds as they devise a plan to locate Ford and Angel and whatever it is that they are after. Ford and Angel trek dangerously ahead, protecting dangerous cargo and food. Meanwhile, during times of rest they both finally get to address feeling they have had for all the months Angel was working at the station. Nonstop action! That is what Whiteout delivers to the reader. I will never travel to the Antarctic, but the beauty of this frozen desert felt real to my eyes. Imagining the pair staying warm and avoiding frostbite. Brrrr. Then the fact that the chase never ends. Oh, and the romance. Yum. The fact that this chilling, thrilling book is the first in a new series almost made me jump up and down with joy. I cannot wait to see what else is going to happen there, and I hope we will be seeing much more of Ford and Angel. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
MKF 29 days ago
Talk about a guilty pleasure! This has everything- an evil genius, a conspiracy, two people healing from psychic (and physical wounds), a chase, steam, and best of all- Antarctica! Angel is a cook at a research station and she's had the mild hots for Ford Cooper, one of the scientists. He feels the same but neither can connect to the other. Then, on Angel's last day, they both discover that someone's killed two of their colleagues and is trying to take off with some of Ford's samples. When it all goes to hell, these two are the only good guys left standing and they have no choice but to try to trek miles and miles across the continent to another station, towing sleds with their food and the samples the recovered. To say it isn't easy to cross Antartica on foot is an understatement. Angel and Ford manage, despite everything, to get pretty far before the bad guys find them. I would have been happy without the steamy stuff (I was happy with the thriller/survival part) but I'm sure others will appreciate it. As implausible as some of the novel is, it's really well written and Anders does a nice job of pulling you in. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's a page turner.
Margaret Yelton 29 days ago
I received Whiteout from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. Wow this was an action packed romantic suspense book. The heat between Angel and Ford might melt the artic. This book kept me turning the pages until the end. The book was full of many twists and turns, how anyone can survive in such a brutal place is amazing to me. It is amazing how a person can push themselves past their limits when their life is at stake. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
trosado 29 days ago
5 STARS!! Typically, I don’t seek out romantic suspense and only read it on occasion. But when one of my top-5 favorite romance authors pens a book in this sub-genre, I'm all in. When it came to the romantic story elements, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, but I was especially surprised and pleased with how much I enjoyed the suspense. Whiteout started with a gripping opening and kept me riveted throughout. It wasn't only intense because of the obvious suspense and vile antagonists, but also due to the unrelenting Antarctic setting. It made me endlessly grateful for my cozy home and soft blanket. I was initially concerned that the harsh and desolate setting would wear on me. Yet, in spite of the frozen expanse and bleak conditions, the author kept me invested with a swiftly moving plot and fascinating characters. In an effort to know what was happening around the next corner, I never wanted to put the book down. As for the romance, this author never fails to make me swoon with her broody and reclusive heroes. This author has perfected the well-written beta hero and determined heroine. I loved Ford and how he realistically warmed to Angel during their ordeal. Although hastened by proximity and extreme conditions, the romance was tender, sexy, and real. The author managed to blend the suspense and romance without either element feeling contrived and blessedly, there were no unrealistic romps while the MC's tried to outrun the bad guys. I didn’t say none at all (heehee,) just none of those impractical and eye-roll-induced moments. The suspense was consistently thrilling and harrowing, while the relationship was achingly romantic and fraught with it's own kind of tension. Overall, this was a fabulous story that delivered on the suspense, as well as an emotionally sexy romance. SIDE NOTE: I highly recommend reading the prequel novella Deep Blue (available for FREE in Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, et al.) Although Whiteout stands alone perfectly well, the prequel novella introduces Eric Cooper, his love interest, and his team, who all play a significant (albeit smaller) role in this book.