September 11, 2017
When a hermit and a scientist are snowbound in a cabin in the woods, the sparks they generate just might melt it all down in this scorching and sensual romance.
Scientist Bethany Morgan discovers the schematics to a world-changing recycling system that will help her realize her greatest dream: providing clean water to the world. The only problem? She must track down the creator, a Dr. Anderson, to help her complete the prototype, and he’s been missing for decades.
James Anderson has clung to the quiet, pain-free existence he’s made in the mountains since his father’s death years ago. But when the determined scientist he rescued gets snowed in at his cabin for an undetermined time, his world is turned upside down…
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
I love quirky and what about a virginal hermit and a lady scientist doesn’t sound quirky? Nothing! So I gleefully began reading Uncharted Waters.
The first chapter of Uncharted Waters shows scientist Bethany at a meeting. Meh. I wasn’t too impressed. Bethany didn’t strike me as very bright. Since I have spent most of my life adult life around scientists I have observed their more measured approach, typically, to professional discussions. Bethany’s impulsiveness showed not only a lack of restraint, but not much in the way of brain power.
The second chapter, partially excerpted below, is what I expected from the novel. There’s a lightness and a sense of fun.
While the author’s writing for the most part is very good and the sex scenes steamy, Uncharted Water suffers from a lack of credibility. The first red flag was the “bear attack” in the middle of December during a blizzard which is how Bethany ended up in the snare. (No use going into the logistics of whether a snare built for a hare would actually hold a human.) Bears start hibernating in October in Colorado and stop around April. I could have ignored that if another bear didn’t show up later in the novel as part of a climactic scene. This is just one example of several reader-frustrating inaccuracies.
As for the characters, I never came to like Bethany. She came across as a loon far too often, more in touch with her emotions than her brain. James, however, is worth the read. He is measured in his reactions. He has come to a point in his life where he has realized that he needs to make changes. I wish that Persell hadn’t felt the need to make his dialogue so stilted, because he has obviously been in contact with the outside world, although she doesn’t provide that information until later in the novel. James is a fun character although I felt that there were some missed opportunities in exploring him. The scenes with him discovering his sexuality were very steamy. As he is an inventor, I did expect his surroundings to be filled with inventions because curiosity never stops.
I’m leaving you with: your mileage may vary. If you’re a fan of steamy reads, this may be for you.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies
Not a rabbit.
James stood beneath his most lucrative snare, hands on his hips.
It appeared that … he tilted his head and narrowed his eyes just to make sure. Yep. Unless he was mistaken, instead of catching a small woodland creature, his snare had trapped a human.
James watched as long, silky hair swayed back and forth in midair. A slender neck led to a narrow back that tapered into an even narrower waist.
A real, flesh-and-blood woman.
Micah Persell lives in Southern California with her husband, 1.7 children, and menagerie of pets. She writes romance with strong women, smart minds, and scorching love. Visit her online at www.micahpersell.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MicahPersell, and on Twitter @MicahPersell.