In Badlands by Jill Sorenson, Owen Jackson is trying to break away from his past. A former convict, Owen was a hero during a San Diego earthquake when he helped rescue a group of strangers trapped under a collapsed interstate. Penny Sandoval was in that group and despite her knowledge of his past she still develops feelings for Owen. Owen can’t be with Penny. For one, he is now her security guard since her father is running for president and two, he doesn’t think he deserves Penny. When Owen’s brother kidnaps Penny, her young son, and Owen, the couple find themselves fighting for their lives. A daring escape into the California desert may save them but at what cost? Can they escape Owen’s brother? Will Owen and Penny finally give into their feelings for each other?
I am so happy that we finally get Penny and Owen’s book. I loved this couple in Aftershock. I kept hoping that they would find a way to be with each other.
I loved Penny’s character. In Aftershock, we get a glimpse of her becoming her own person outside of her family’s political expectations. In this book though, we finally get to see Penny standing on her own. Penny doesn’t care that Owen had a criminal past. She sees past what would be a road block for many people and sees what a caring person Owen is. When she finally stood up to her father at the end I almost did a happy dance.
Owen’s character has intrigued me since the moment he left the convicts to join Garrett in protecting the good group during the aftermath of the earthquake. I wondered why he joined the Aryan Brotherhood in prison when he seemed so ashamed for Penny to see his prison tattoos. In this book we finally find out the heart breaking reason why. We also get to learn a lot about his childhood and get an appreciation for how far he has come. Continue reading
In Freefall by Jill Sorenson, Hope Banning and her sister Faith are on their way to a white water rafting trip. Hope, a Park Ranger at Sierra National Park, gets a call about a plane crash near her station. Knowing that time is critical, Hope sends her sister on without her and makes plans to hike to the crash site. She can’t go alone and Sam Rutherford, who saw the plane go down is the only option to be her climbing partner. Sam and Hope have a past but Hope is counting on Sam to act professional. When they reach the crash site, the couple realizes that a murder has occurred and that drugs are involved. Meanwhile, Faith is put in danger when the mysterious Jay literally shows up out of nowhere on the rafting trip. Can Hope save her sister? Can Sam and Hope rekindle their one night stand and turn it into something more?
Sorenson delivers again with another action packed thriller! Her characters are battling not just the elements but a murderous drug cartel. No one can be trusted to help out Sam and Hope.
Sam Rutherford was first introduced in Aftershock. He was in a coma after Lauren Boyer rescued him. In this book, we finally get to learn more about him and the mysterious Melissa he kept asking for. Hope was a great character to read about. She was a kick butt take no prisoners character. She did not put up with Sam’s crap and it forced him to realize that he needed to stop living in the past.
In Aftershock by Jill Sorenson It’s just a normal day on the job for San Diego paramedic, Lauren Boyer. That is until THE BIG ONE strikes. An 8.5 earthquake rocks San Diego and leaves Lauren trapped under a freeway, her partner dead. Lauren quickly helps those that she can and be friends a group of strangers including veteran, Garrett Wright. Garrett jumps right in to help rescue everyone that he and Lauren can. Lauren notices that Garrett seems to be hiding something but she’s not about to turn away his help or protection when a violent group of convicts attacks. There is an undeniable attraction between Garrett and Lauren and things quickly heat up between the two. Will Lauren and her group be rescued before the convicts strike again? Can Garrett and Lauren find love or will his secret tear them apart?
I feel like I need to pause and catch my breath after reading this book. Sorenson writes an action packed book that grabs you from page one. If you look up page turner in the dictionary there’s a picture of this book next to the definition.
I loved Garrett ‘s character. He was such an honorable man, who wanted to accept the consequences of his actions even though he was offered a reprieve. He was extremely protective of all the women in the group, making sure the bad guys didn’t get them. His love for Lauren was so strong even though he convinced himself he didn’t deserve her.