ARC Review: Uncharted by Adriana Anders

Happy Tuesday y’all! Tuesdays are always hard days in my house because the landscapers come our house plus 2-3 of the houses around us and while my dog doesn’t mind personal lawnmowers, as soon as you get an industrial strength lawnmower out there, he thinks something is attacking his house, so he starts going nuts. I’ve tried training him, but he doesn’t even want food, and he’s a very food motivated dog, so today, we decided to go on a 2.2 mile loop of the neighborhood when the lawnmowers were here (since my meeting schedule was super light) and now he’s passed out, so I think it was a great decision!

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Uncharted. This book came out on August 31st (oof, finally starting to catch up on eARC reviews over here!), so definitely go grab it as soon as you read my review!

Uncharted 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Hotshot pilot Leo Eddowes is afraid of nothing and no one. So when she’s asked to evacuate a man from the wilds of Alaska, she doesn’t hesitate. But with enemies in close pursuit and the weather turning sour, what should have been a simple mission quickly shifts to disaster.

And there’s only one way out.

When Elias Thorne disappeared, he was America’s most wanted. Now he’s spent more than a decade in one of the most remote places on earth, guarding a dangerous secret. Leo’s arrival, quickly followed by a team of expert hunters, leaves him no choice but to join forces with her—and run. Neither is prepared for their reluctant partnership to flare into something as wild and untamed as the frozen world around them…but as desperately cold days melt into scorchingly hot nights, Leo and Elias must learn to dig deep, trust in each other, and forge a bond as strong as the forces of nature.

Stranded together in a frozen wilderness,
There’s nowhere left to run…

This was interesting book… it’s got a great plot. It’s super interesting premise wise- lots of stuff happens, Elias and Leo have gotta save the world because an evil corporation is after a deadly virus and Elias is the only one who knows where it is. Great stuff! But man, there was little to no chemistry between Elias and Leo so I had the hardest time caring about them being together. I thought there was more chemistry between each of them and the dog (side note, I love the name Borealis, or Bo for short, for a white husky/malamute mix is Alaska). That made me want to skip through their sex scenes and the forced sexual tension. I really liked how the town worked together- Old Amka was by far my favorite character. And Leo’s team was great, so I definitely want to read more books in the series (this one is book two and in the middle of reading it, I realized that I own an ebook version of book one that I haven’t read yet, so I should probably get on that). You’re probably wondering, Avni, how can you give a book 4 stars if it sounds like you didn’t really like it? I did really enjoy myself while I was reading it! Don’t get me wrong- I was super engaged throughout most of the book, and since I’m a big plot reader, the characters not having enough chemistry for me wasn’t a big deal. Now, when you read this book (and let’s be real, I highly suggest reading it, because there’s so much great action) you might think they have great chemistry, and isn’t that the best part about books? They’re so open to interpretation! Also, side note, trigger warning for talk about mass murder, suicide of a parent, murder of a parent.

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