I cut my romance teeth on Karen Robards books. Titles like Tiger’s Eye and Nobody’s Angel were some of my first romance novels and what made me hooked to the concept of HEA. I haven’t read many of her recent books because they didn’t appeal to me as much but when I saw the blurb for Darkness it seemed like Ms. Robards was hailing back to her roots.
Darkness starts out with a scene describing our hero. Cal is what I would call a typical old school Robards hero. He is trained in everything, gruff, brusque and very manly. Cal is on a mission when something goes wrong and the plane he is in is shot down. He is the only survivor and he is left in Dr. Gina Sullivan’s hands.
Gina is an ornithologist and working on the remote island of Attu. She is the only person around to see Cal’s plane fall from the sky. Because she is working in the water where his plane falls apart she is able to search for survivors. She find Cal, drags him into her boat and takes him to land to get him warm and dry.
In the midst of her saving him, Cal realizes it might be a little too convenient she was there and starts to become suspicious. Someone shot his plane down- in fact, someone changed the mission at the last minute and he was the last one to know. All the other people on the plane knew what was happening and were in on the changes. Now Cal knows they are both in danger because someone wants him dead. He thinks the best idea will be to get Gina away from him and proceed on his own.
Plans quickly change when Gina arrives back at her camp only to find everyone dead. Whoever is hunting Cal found out she saved him and is now trying to eliminate anyone who might know something. Cal arrives just in time to save Gina and the pair is now left to figure out a way off he island and to the safety of people he trusts.
Darkness is a romantic suspense novel and it is heavier on the suspense and lighter on the romance. The problem with trying to fit romance in is that Gina and Cal are on the run and they don’t stop for very long. How can they realistically build a relationship under those conditions and how can they be comfortable enough to stop for a little sexy time? This is a romance novel so yes, there is sex and it does fit in without seeming awkward and forced.
Cal is a great hero- just like heros of old for Robards. He is super good at getting out of tight situations and still snagging the girl. He knew just what had to be done in order to save the day and ride off into the sunset. Gina was just there, for me. She has some issues with surviving a plane while her father, husband and sister died. This makes her more skittish and slightly weepy throughout the story. Cal makes up for the weak heroine though.
Overall, I was entertain for the whole book. I read it fast and enjoyed what I was reading. I’m happy Ms. Robards wrote the book and maybe that means a chance for more books like her old ones. I would be all over buying those. Final grade- B-
Shaking her head no, she burst out with, “but that was a one-time thing. That isn’t me.”
“Maybe,” he said, “that’s you with me.”