"held me captive from the beginning" Wilderness Liaison by @AuthorAnneAshby

Wilderness Liaison

Written by Anne Ashby

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis

The concrete jungle defines financier Shal Gregory, who thrives on the sheer vitality of the fast-paced corporate world. Until he finds himself alone in the thick of the New Zealand bush with a feisty guide who despises everything he stands for.

Jodie Mathieson's devotion to the wilderness fulfills her. She isn't prepared for an intimate liaison with a man who clearly does not share her love of the great outdoors. When sparks between them ignite Jodie runs.

Bewildered but determined, Shal tracks Jodie down, resolving to convince her that having differing life goals isn't enough to keep them apart.

Lyn's Rating

Lyn's Review

A heart-stealer.

First of all I have to say this is a really powerful read. It takes you across NZ – deep into the bush and then into the heart of buzzing town life - and if, like me, you live on the opposite side of the world, this makes for a truly fascinating and realistic journey. It most certainly puts NZ on my wish list of places to visit before I die! It also allows us to get to up close and personal with the hero and heroine and start to understand them long before they understand each other.

The H & H are Shal and Jodie – representing town –vs- country values - two very single-minded individuals both with complex histories. Shal brings a team from his workforce to Jodie’s parents’ bush set up for a team-building week. Because neither can accept the authority of others, hackles rise from their first meeting. As their tramp through the bush progresses they are both forced to re-evaluate their opinions of each other.

The chemistry between the pair is powerful to the point of scintillating but prickly Jodie rebuffs every attempt the gorgeous Shal makes towards friendship. It isn’t until a potentially tragic accident occurs that she is able to re-appraise the ‘townie’ and recognise his inner strengths. Sadly however, it’s not Shal’s inner resources that are the problem, but Jodie’s.

It would be unfair to relate more of the story – it should be sufficient to say that it is an action-packed and quite gripping adventure revealing as much about the dangers in the bush as about the dangers lurking within the human psyche and both need to be approached with the greatest of care.

Shal is one of those great, unforgettable romantic heroes who will make you want to push Jodie aside and grab for him yourself! There were times when I wanted to take Jodie by the shoulders and give her a thorough shaking but as her story unfolds, sympathy and understanding build up as the fractured pieces slot into place.

This novel held me captive from the beginning and kept my attention gripped throughout. I will undoubtedly be reading more of Anne Ashby’s works and would not hesitate in recommending this to all lovers of sweet, sexy and totally irresistible contemporary romance.

Review Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The above review was not influenced in any way, including financial.