This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
About The Book
Angel Smith is ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her final day, the research station is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and 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 in the middle of a long, frozen winter with a madman at their heels, they must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But the outside world depends on what Ford and Angel know and, as their pursuers close in and their new partnership burns bright and hot, they will stop at nothing to make it out of the cold alive.
Ever since this book was released, all that I have seen is raving reviews for this one and I don’t get a chance to read wilderness romances too often (they aren’t super common in the genre). I was really excited for this one, I have quite a few friends that have loved this book inside and out and I know that I went into this story with high expectations, probably way higher than I ever should have had if I am being honest because I wasn’t too impressed with this book. I am not sure where the disconnect happened, but I was so stoked for a book that would just fire me up, but instead, it was like churning rubber, trying to read this book. I just don’t think I was in the right mood for this type of story, I had picked it up randomly while searching through my kindle archives. While it had some redeeming qualities to the story, I still didn’t enjoy it like I was expecting to, so it was a bit of a disappointment overall.
Ford Cooper is a glaciologist and chooses to live and breathe in the ice and the snow, it’s his passion and he knows how to survive long winters but in the south pole, there is one woman that fires up his blood but also makes him wonder if he can ever get her to smile warmly at him. Angel Smith is a cook, she loves to create edible creations for others, and she has this split attraction to Ford that she doesn’t quite know how to separate, she is attracted to him but also doesn’t know if she likes him or not fully. But then the station is attacked, she witnesses a murder of a friend, and she joins forces with Cooper to save some virus samples found underneath the ice. Both Angel and Ford are determined to keep the enemy from finding the samples they are so desperate to have. They run into the wilderness of the snow and ice wasteland while being chased by their enemy. Both Angel and Ford find love while on the run in the least likely expectation from either of them and learn to work together to survive the dangers chasing them…
What I Loved
There were quite a few things about Whiteout that I truly enjoyed, I wasn’t from the beginning what I was going into with this story. But one of my favorite elements was the unexpected that we see happen. You never knew what was going to happen next, and I think this author knows how to write the surprises and built up of the plot. There is a sense of thrills that are packed within this story here. I also was intrigued by the personalities of the characters themselves. They both have such distinct personalities and it was interesting to see how they ended up working out together when at the beginning of the story there wasn’t much love lost between them. I also became intrigued by the villains in the story, there is a side plot to their motivations and I was so intrigued by it. I was really curious to see where that would be built into it.
What I Struggled With
There were a few aspects to the story that I really struggled with and couldn’t quite be okay with for me. The first aspect was the pacing of the story. I have read other books by this author (but only audiobooks) so I think in the future audio narrations are going to be the best way with this author. I just couldn’t get into the writing or the story much at all. It wasn’t steady or consistent and I would get to a point in the story where I would find consistency and then it would throw me off again and it felt on and off all the way through the story. I also didn’t feel the romance at all, I just didn’t connect with the chemistry between these two and I was expecting to find so much more than what I received. I wanted to see more from this couple and I just felt disappointed by their relationship from beginning to end.
I found Whiteout to be a thrilling story that is guaranteed to keep the reader on edge in this knock your socks off suspense…..a TANTALIZING READ!
Author: Andriana Anders
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Self Purchased
Length: 358 Pages
Storytelling Quality: 3.5
Story Itself: 3
Character Development: 3.5
Writing Style: 3
World Building 4
Feels + The Romantic Heart 2.5
Cover Art 3.5
Overall Rating of the Book
Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy
Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.
Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.
Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.
Whiteout-Pub 2020 #1 in the Series
Uncharted-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series
About The Author
Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotic Romance. Her debut, Under Her Skin, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 and double recipient of the HOLT Medallion award. Whiteout was named a Bookpage Best Book of the Year, an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance, and an OprahMag Best Romance of 2020. Her books have received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Oprah, Entertainment Weekly, Booklist, Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, Book Riot, Romantic Times, Publishers’ Weekly, and Kirkus, amongst other publications. Today, she resides with her husband and two children on the coast of France, writing the love stories of her heart.