Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
LIFELINE: an elite search-and-rescue squad based out of Banff, Alberta. Specializing in high-risk rescue missions, this team goes wherever the job takes them… Rebecca James was once revered for her devil-may-care attitude and backcountry survival skills. But ever since she lost her partner in a fatal accident, patches of her memory have been missing. And until she can recall those final, tragic moments before the accident, she can’t move on.
Since Marcus Landers was permanently injured during a mission, all his energies have been focused on his Lifeline team. When Becki—whom he had an intense affair with seven years ago—arrives in Banff, he’s inspired to reignite the spark they once had. Their mutual ardor slowly awakens Becki’s dormant, haunting memories. New truths surface until Becki must at last confront her greatest fear. Remembering the past might mean a future without the man she loves…
Lifeline is an elite search and rescue squad that Marcus Landers owns and runs; he started the company three years ago when life as he knew it changed. He used to work all around the world for others doing rescues and secretive recoveries. That career vanished during a failed operation that cost him his left arm just below his elbow. Returning to Banff was always in his future plans, but he did not think it would happen so soon. He set up a private rescue company and recruited the best; they are the “go to” squad called in for high risk and impossible rescues.
David Landers is Marcus’ brother and runs a school that teaches search and rescue, he established one of the highest ranked training centers in North America. Marcus thinks his team has become lazy and full of themselves so while David’s school is on hiatus Marcus is going to run his team through training.
Rebecca James (Becki) is skilled at working the ropes for search and rescue teams, she went to school at David’s training center years ago and has built up quite a reputation. David is hiring Becki as a trainer when school starts up again however she came early to find herself as she is still recovering mentally from an accident eight months ago when her partner died while climbing. Becki’s memories of the events are vague and she has a large amount of memory loss. She has nightmares that seem to always stop at the same spot each time waking her up in a cold sweat.
Marcus and Becki had a sizzling wild weekend when she was going to school here so there is some sexual tension as soon as they see each other again. They make a deal, she will train his team and help him train with the ropes with his arm and he will help her through her panic attacks and nightmares. However before they even get started he misses several training schedules. She is worried but then when David tells her Marcus is OK she then gets pissed. Marcus also has issues he deals with and gets blinding headaches; he shuts done for several days sometimes.
When a reporter digs up details from Becki’s accident she is worried that what she can’t remember will cause trust issues with the team. And when she is the only one to help on a rescue that cuts close to her heart, this may be the exact trigger for her memory recovery.
High Risk is a very good start to a new series by an author whose books are always on my long “to be read” list. This first book sets up the new series as you meet the team and see how they interact together; you see how the school came about and also the why and how of Marcus’s dream. There was not a lot of search and rescue in this book as it dealt mostly with the relationship of Marcus and Becki and the past issues that keep them from moving on.
The only thing is I did not feel this was a romantic suspense however can see how future books could very easily be more on the suspense side as they perform more search and rescues. I enjoyed the relationship between Marcus and Becki, there is a lot of sexual tension in the beginning and once they are together the sex scenes steamed up the pages. I also enjoyed the way Marcus and David interacted, they have a great brotherly relationship and it is fun watching that way they played off against each other. The team members all seemed to get along, not much drama which is refreshing when you have a team made of up the best and usually egos get in the way, they are truly a team. The story moved along quickly and was a fun and exciting read and Becki’s ordeal several months ago revealed a twist I did not see coming. I am looking forward to the next book as the leading characters are both on the team and they seem to have a love/hate thing going on.
I give High Risk by Vivian Arend 4.0 stars!