Sunday, July 7, 2019

ARC Review: Warm Heart (Search and Rescue #1) by Amy Lane

Warm Heart (Search and Rescue #1)
 Search and Rescue: Book One 

Survive the adventure. Live to love. 

Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other. 

The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory's love is real? 
 Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn's job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?

Todd's rating:

This was a fun read, but not the type of story that I typically gravitate toward.

I usually want quite a bit of slow burn in my books, but in this story, the majority of the slow burn happened during the five years prior to the start of the story, with feelings actually divulged by the MC's within just a few chapters in.

While trying to rush back to see Tevyn's sick grandmother before she died, Tevyn, Mallory and their pilot, Damien, crashed their helicopter on top of a mountain during a fierce snow storm, leaving them with very few supplies and entirely cut off from help.

I did enjoy the survival plot, which lasted until around 65% into the book, but with so much to do to simply stay alive, while the romance was present, the never-ending storm was pretty omnipresent.

I have to say that I loathe being cold, so the damn near arctic conditions described as their days of being stranded were drawn-out chapter after chapter, well, I was really, really, REALLY ready for them to be rescued.

Mal and Tevyn were pretty adorable characters and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow, while keeping a lid on their hormones until after they made their way back to civilization and much-needed medical attention for Damien.

Then once they'd been saved, the rest of the book was a bit of a whirlwind, which kinda sort felt slightly fast-paced, but not really annoyingly so. I suspect I'd just gotten used to how slow things has progressed previously, with them stuck in a snowy little cave for days on end.

The angst was 99% a side-effect of... SNOW, with an itty bit thrown in by the grandmother's decline in health.

There were three steamy scenes, which were pretty damn hot, so enough fun times in bed, but the reader wasn't ever in danger of being buried in an avalanche of dick.

Amy told me that she's currently writing Damien and Preston's story, so I'm anxiously awaiting to read about their adventures, but also PRAYING that it's on a warm, sunny beach somewhere.

I'd rate this book at around 3.75 stars and recommend it to fans of rescue stories. And snow. *shivers*

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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