He's her only hope…
Park ranger Hope Banning's plans for a little R & R are put on hold when a plane crashes at the top of a remote mountain. Hope will have to climb the summit and assess the situation. And the only climbing partner available is Sam Rutherford—the enigmatic man she spent a night with six months ago.
For staying alive
Ever since Sam lost his girlfriend in a falling accident, he insists on climbing solo. But Hope and any potential survivors need his help. As Sam and Hope set out on an emergency search-and-rescue mission, he realizes the sparks still sizzle between them. And when they learn a killer is among the survivors, they must place their trust in each other for a chance at happiness.
Ranger Hope Banning and her sister, Faith, are about to take a rafting excursion when a plane crashes in California's Sierra National Park. Hope hikes into the wilderness with the only climbing partner available: Sam Rutherford, with whom she had a one-night stand months before. Hope avoids relationships because of a loss in her past, and Sam feels responsible for his fianc e's death in a climbing accident, but their attraction smolders. At the crash site, it's clear that the pilot was murdered. Hope rightly suspects the killer has joined Faith's rafting tour: Javier Del Norte, fleeing a drug cartel, thinks he's found the perfect cover in the whitewater trip. The story alternates between Hope's quest to rescue her sister and Faith's ordeal as she's trapped between Javier and his merciless ex-boss. Sorenson (Aftershock) crafts a riveting read with a self-reliant heroine, an emotionally tortured hero, and an interesting bad-guy-gone-good in Javier. Readers who crave sex and suspense will enjoy the pace, but they may be put off by a scene of sexual assault.