Review: High Risk by Vivian Arend

Posted April 11, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: High Risk by Vivian Arend
High Risk
by Vivian Arend

3 Stars


Released: March 5, 2013
Series: Adrenaline Search & Rescue #1
Published by Berkley Sensation
Pages: 312
Format: ARC


“The idea for this series breathes fresh air into an otherwise saturated contemporary romance market where everything seems to blend together and you can get authors and series mixed up.” ~Under the Covers

I love, love, love this author.  Then I saw the cover and HAD to have it.  Of course, you may know this about me already.  Other than judging a book by the cover I usually don’t read blurbs of books from authors that are auto-buy for me.  This was the case with HIGH RISK.

Problem number one, I thought this was romantic suspense.  Once I quickly realized it wasn’t I was very intrigued with the idea of the series being centered on the rescue teams in the mountains.  The idea for this series breathes fresh air into an otherwise saturated contemporary romance market where everything seems to blend together and you can get authors and series mixed up.

That being said, I think this book suffered a bit of first book syndrome for me.  There was a lot of attention put to the actual physical activity (in long detail sometimes) and a bit less on the development of the characters.

So in quick recap, Rebecca lost her fiance, but she can’t remember much from that accident.  She takes on a job as part of the Lifeline where she tries to get her life back in order and get back up to speed working.  She also runs into her old HOT flame Marcus.  Marcus has had his own ups and downs and is also dealing with his issues.  But they soon realize what they had back then can be just as good and even better now.

Becki and Marcus were really hot together.  For a contemporary romance I’d say this was scorching!  But also as they reignite their passion, their relationship deepens and they help each other get through their mental blocks.  I think I would’ve liked to see more of that.  To me, they were such complex and interesting characters and I would’ve enjoyed to get to know them a little bit better.

Nevertheless, I think this is a series to watch for!  I know Vivian Arend will probably have another hit in store for us with the next one because I’m already anxious to read about them from the little bit we got to see in this book.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Vivian Arend

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well-entertained.

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Tamara Hoffa
Tamara Hoffa

I just finished this one today! I agree there was a lot of detail and technical info about climbing and rescue work. But I loved the romance and characters.

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I guess I’m greedy and wanted more! LOL

Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca.


Thanks Francesca!