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By Amanda Lance
There’s nothing quite like a good survival book to keep you on the edge of your seat. Trapped pulled me into Aubrey’s terrifying story right from the beginning and kept me riveted to the pages.
Whenever I read a survival story, I like to put myself in the shoes of the protagonist. What would I do if I was trapped in the wilderness with a stranger? How would I cope with the knowledge that I was the only one to survive the crash? Would survivor’s guilt, my injuries, my desolate surroundings, and the fear of my rescuer hinder my own will to survive and reduce my ability to find a way back to civilization? All of these questions were running through my own mind when I was contemplating Aubrey’s bleak situation.
Aubrey was extremely fortunate to survive the helicopter crash that killed her co-workers and pilot. She was even luckier to have been found in the desolate landscape where the helicopter had crashed. Waking up in a great deal of pain in an unfamiliar location would be frightening enough, but pairing that with the gruff, surly stranger who saved her was more than a little unnerving for Aubrey. She owed this stranger her life. He saved her from the crash site, nurtured her injuries, and shared his cabin and provisions with her.
Jack Gordon was anything but a warm and friendly do-gooder. He was a no-nonsense man of few words, preferring to keep to himself. He lived in those mountains by himself and was very familiar with the conditions. He didn’t want someone else impeding on his personal space, but he couldn’t just leave an injured woman out there on her own to succumb to the conditions and her injuries.
I loved the dynamic between Aubrey and Jack. She was so grateful for his care and wanted to get to know him a bit better. He wasn’t easy to warm up to. He only told her what she needed to know, never giving up too much information about his own life. But as they spent more and more time together, they grew to enjoy each other’s company more too. Despite Jack’s best efforts to keep himself closed off to Aubrey, he was getting accustomed to having her around, and dare I say, he was getting attached to her. But there was more to Jack than Aubrey suspected. Could this man who saved her life be just as much of a danger to it?
Trapped was an intriguing survival story, but it was so much more than that. It had great romantic tension between two characters that I was invested in, and to top it all off, it had the perfect amount of suspense that kept me eagerly flipping the pages. Between wondering how much Aubrey and Jack’s relationship would evolve and grow, what Jack’s secrets were, and if Aubrey would ever make it back home to her sister, I was completely immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to discover what was going to happen next. Amanda Lance has written a story that is fast paced, entertaining, thrilling, and romantic.