Crash and Burn by Rachel Lacey
Series: Stranded #1
Published: September 15, 2017 by NYLA
Genre: Suspense Romance
Terrified of flying, Isa Delgado is determined to conquer her fears. Agreeing to accompany a dog on her “freedom flight” from the shelter, Isa gets ready for the journey of her life, boarding a plane with a sexy and rugged pilot.
Silicon Valley CEO Nate Peters volunteers his time and personal jet for animal rescue missions. Flying the stunning and compassionate Isa is just an added perk of the job. But when the plane malfunctions over a forest fire, Isa’s biggest fear comes true as they crash into the fiery woods.
After crashing in a remote area, Nate and Isa must find sanctuary in the midst of the forest as flames threaten to engulf them. Nate and Isa fight for survival as they seek comfort in each other’s arms. With time running out, will they outrun the fire that burns around them while igniting the desire that heats up between them?
This was a quick read but enjoyable. I love stranded together plot lines because characters can either bond really well or be at each other’s throats. In this case, Isa and Nate bond and find solace in each other. They do fall in love quickly (within a week) but Rachel Lacey does a pretty good job of fleshing out their characters and their romance.
“Her day had gone from adventurous to WTF in the span of an hour.”
The survival aspects were done really well. There was plenty of tension from external problems (a nearby forest fire, finding food, getting lost, etc.) while also plenty of down time for Isa and Nate to get to know one another. I also appreciated that their survival skills weren’t just something they magically knew: Isa was a huge fan of survival TV shows and Nate had a basic grasp on what do if his plane ever went down.
Isa was a really sweet and likable heroine who just kept on going no matter what got in her way. She was strong, determined, and knew what she wanted. She never let Nate hide behind his excuses or fear.
I wanted Maya, the dog, to have a stronger presence or bonding moment. She’s the whole reason they’re on the plane to begin with and it’s obvious from the beginning that Isa will end up keeping her. That being said, I kind of wanted her to go into protective mode and be this great companion for them.
3 stars – it was good
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