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High Risk (Adrenaline Search & Rescue #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  533 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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 reca
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley Sensation
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May 04, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mature readers (18),steamy hot romance lovers
"I want to be in you again, Becki. Wrap your sweet cunt around my cock and let you squeeze me like that as you go off."

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Becki James used to praised for her devil-may-care attitude and back country survival skills. But that changed when she lost her partner in a fetal accident, accident she can not remember. Until she can recall those final and tragic moments, she can't move on. remember 844

Permanently injured during a mission Marcus Landers returned to Baff, Alberta and formed his own rescue team – and they
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 10, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
When I first heard about this book, there were a few things that drew me to it. First, it’s about a team of people who climb mountains and rescue people. I love this premise. Also, the hero only has one arm. You can’t expect me to pass up a hero like that. And finally, it’s set in Banff which is in Alberta Canada. Awhile ago, the talk show Regis and Kelly did their show from Banff, and I just thought it was the coolest town. So this series excites me, but this first book didn’t quite do it for m ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Hbeebti rated it really liked it
I won this here on Goodreads. I received the uncorrected version so I'm not sure whats the same in the ones that are out in the stores.

That being said I would give this a 3.5. I thought this was RS, but in fact it lacked the suspense part really. There was very little action which for me was a huge disappointment. I really liked the H/h though. Loved controlling and possessive Marcus. Becki was strong not just in mind but also in body. Those two were always working out. I thought they were grea
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
In a brand new series by author Vivian Arend, HIGH RISK starts off the Adrenaline series with a pulse-pounding romance and a taste of the big, wet wild!

There are many things that set this book apart from what's out in the market today. Firstly, it's set in Banff, Alberta -- a setting that is unique and original and hasn't been done very often. Secondly, the series follows an elite search-and-rescue squad called Lifeline. Already, the possibilities are endless and I suspect that Arend can breakou
Maria Rose
This first book in the Adrenaline Search and Rescue series introduces us to Marcus, head of the Lifeline S&R team ,and Becki, once a student of Marcus's with whom he shared a brief sexual fling and now a search and rescue professional in her own right. Becki has come to Banff to work with Marcus's team and has never forgotten their passionate affair. Both Becki and Marcus struggle with PTSD from traumas in their past, in which Becki lost a climbing partner and the memories related to the acc ...more
3.75 stars
I really liked Vivian Arend's first MMPB release.
For one it gave me the opportunity to enjoy her writing for 300+ pages and that is a very good thing! Her easy, clean and crisp writing is just as enjoyable in a full length single title as in her digitally published shorter novels and novellas.

I enjoyed HIGH RISK a lot but I have to admit I sometimes zoned out at the technical climbing and rescue stuff. Also these characters worked out a lot! Understandably of course, but it made me f
Apr 18, 2013 Mskychick rated it it was ok
I won this book via First Reads through Goodreads. I have read a couple of other Vivian Arend books from the Granite Lake Wolves series, so I was expecting this book to be similar in feel to those. I was not expecting as much sex in this book, nor was I expecting it to be as explicit and graphic. There was a lot of sex in this book! Either they were doing it, otherwise they were thinking about it. It was a bit much, actually. When I started skipping the sex scenes because I couldn't get into yet ...more
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Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

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 h
Angela James
Mar 09, 2013 Angela James rated it really liked it
I liked this book quite a bit. The sexual tension was very well drawn, and the book is unique in its story & characters. Though it did make me feel like a fat slob, because the characters are always doing some form of exercise!

My only minor issue was that I felt a bit distant from the relationship for some reason I can't put my finger on. Maybe the heroine felt somewhat standoffish? She was supposed to be written as strong (she was) but that may have made me feel a distance from her. Not sur
Jane Wheeler
Feb 11, 2016 Jane Wheeler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was H.A.W.T.

I'm a sucker for the "old lovers thrown back together" trope, and the tension for this one got ramped up and up and up. When it finally boiled over, they had some of the hottest sex I've read in a long time.

What made it so good was their complete intimacy. Marcus was so tender with her, even as they did it hard. And he could be that way because he really KNEW how she felt.

I really liked how the conflict for both of them stayed completely internal (or at least within thei
Carey Baldwin
Mar 29, 2013 Carey Baldwin rated it it was amazing
My son is a wilderness first responder and avalanche safety instructor. After reading the prologue, I'm already on emotional tenterhooks and wondering if I'll have any cuticles left by the end of the story, or if I'll be able to stop myself from calling my son every ten minutes to make sure he's alive. But I'm already hooked on the book, so here goes...

OMG. This is the first Vivian Arend I've read and I am LOVING her voice. So fresh and fun. Great character development. Great read so far!

Joyfully Reviewed
Marcus Landers runs Lifeline, an elite search and rescue team based out of Baniff, Alberta. Marcus used to travel the world saving people, but after he was injured he has trained his team to be the best search and rescue team in North America. When his ex walks back into his life, Marcus is not surprised to feel the heat still arching between them.

Rebecca James recently suffered a terrible loss. Her partner died during a climb and unfortunately Becki is having trouble remembering the events that
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I love, love, love this author. Then I saw the cover and HAD to have it. Of course, you may know this about me already. Other than judging a book by the cover I usually don’t read blurbs of books from authors that are auto-buy for me. This was the case with HIGH RISK.

Problem number one, I thought this was romantic suspense. Once I quickly realized it wasn’t I was very intrigued with the idea of the series being centered on the rescue teams in the mountains. The idea for this series breathes fre
Diana Francis
Apr 29, 2013 Diana Francis rated it liked it
I didn't care for this book that much. Part of that is that it wasn't quite what I expected or wanted. First, it was erotica. I was looking for some romance, but really I was interested in the mystery of Dane's death and also the SAR stuff. There wasn't that much of either. Also, while the sex was well written, it got a bit old. My second issue was the whole dominance submissive theme. Just didn't go over well for me. Third, the Dane thing just was too quick. That mystery seemed dragged out in a ...more
When it comes to rock-climbing and the rescue and training involved, I'm clueless. When the lingo starred up, my eyes glazed and I lost all interest because I have no idea what they are talking about. Nor do I want to learn. I thought I was reading a romance novel, not a rock-climbing guide.

The sexual tension between the H/h was in-your-face over the top. There wasn't a page where one of them wasn't "hot and bothered" in some fashion or other. This forced sexual tension just added to the relatio
Linda Estes
Sep 23, 2015 Linda Estes rated it it was amazing
Becki is part of a SAR team with her partner and lover Dane, when she loses her partner and can't remember how it happened. After 8 months she get hired by David as an instructor at a SAR training school. No one knows that while she had attended the same school that she had a fling with Marcus. Marcus ask her to help improve his SAR teams in their training and she agrees. While she is climbing a wall she freezes mid way and has a flashback about when she lost Dane and Marcus as to help her off t ...more
May 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
The opening scene of this book reminded me of one of my favorite movies Cliffhanger. Very steamy, very exciting at times.Highly recommend!
Jill Sorenson
Nov 27, 2012 Jill Sorenson rated it really liked it
Steamy, dreamy read about climbers training an elite team for search-and-rescue operations. The focus is on sweaty workouts and hot bedroom antics rather than daring rescues. Hero with missing limb helps heroine get over her trauma thru TLC and kinky sex:

Marcus: "Tell me honestly. Was that too soon to break out the ropes?"

She couldn't stop her smile. "We're climbers. I'm surprised we didn't start with the ropes."

Hope to see a climber trend in 2013! ;)

May 25, 2014 Shan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-in-series, erotic
My first by Vivian Arend and I thought it was very well done. I don't know if she actually has any experience with climbing or search and rescue, if not she did some outstanding research.

All aspects of the story were very believable. It was written like the author had/has some experience on the subject matter.

That aside we have the story of Rebecca 'Becki' James and Marcus Landers. Both Becki and Marcus are both climbers and have both experienced a trauma. Becki lost her lover and climb partne
Mar 19, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it
High Risk was a disappointment for me. The set up for this first book in the Adrenaline Search and Rescue series was a rescue team based in the Canadian Rockies. Their leader, Marcus, had lost his hand in a previous incident. His former lover, Becki, comes back to work with Marcus's brother as a teacher in his climbing school. She has suffered a recent tragedy of her own in a climbing incident that she can't remember. This book was labeled romantic suspense, but the only real suspense was how ma ...more
Sharon Watson-azmier
A good start to the series, kept my attention and the hero was awesome, I really liked Marcus I felt he was a realist who deals well with the loss of his hand. The heroine( Rebecca) though I had a bit of trouble with, I thought she was a person who was a downer all the time and she was actually starting to get in the way of the story for me. Don't love them together but don't dislike them either. Will continue with reading the next book in the series, would like to see how Alicia and Devon's sto ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is a great love story! I love this story so much because I love the characters. Two SAR people who have serious issues reunite and help each other face their problems. Note I said FACE! This is a realistic love story in that they're not magically healed, PTSD and all other issues out the window due to the magic healing power of sex. It helps show sometimes you can reach out and grab the strong hand offering understanding and it doesn't make you less. Also love can flourish while you're sort ...more
3.5 Stars!

This is an action-adventure contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery to it.

The story begins with a tragedy and a climbing accident~ Becki is climbing with her boyfriend Dane in Yellowstone when Dane falls, is unconscious, and his weight is pulling her over the edge of a cliff.

Then 8 months later, Becki has no memory of the accident, she just remembers walking back, but but Dane died, and she survived. She was a reknowned climber and was invited to Banff to join Lifeline, a search
Feb 11, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
This was a really great introduction to the Adrenaline Search & Rescue series by Vivian Arend. Becki is a trained Search and Rescue climber but is still recovering, mentally, from a climb with her partner that resulted in a fatal accident. She doesn’t fully remember what happened on that climb and sometimes still experiences nightmares but she is ready to get back to doing what she loves. When she joins a well-known climbing institute to work as a trainer Becki is once again face to face wit ...more
May Mostly Romance
Apr 19, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
เราไมเคยอานงานของนักเขียนคนนีมากอน แตกรูวา เธอมีชือเสียงมากพอสมควร และมีแฟนทีติดตามผลงานของเธออยูมาก ดังนันเราจึงมีความคาดหวังเลก ๆ กับเลมนีคะ

เราคงตองบอกวา ผิดหวัง แตไมแนใจวา เปนความผิดของคนแตงเอง หรือสำนักพิมพในการทำการตลาดกันแน

เราหยิบเรืองนีมาอานดวยความคาดหวังวา จะไดอานเรืองแนวโรแมนติกสืบสวน การเขียนคำโปรยปกหลังกสอเนือเรืองไปในทางนัน นางเอกซึงเปนนักปีนเขาผูชำนาญประสบอุบัติเหตุเปนเหตุใหคูหู และแฟนของเธอเสียชีวิต สวนนางเอกสูญเสียความทรงจำ ไมรูวาเกิดอะไรขึนกันแน เรืองนีเปิดหลังเหตุการณนันหลายเดื
Jul 31, 2013 Keri rated it did not like it

To say this is a romance is pushing the definition. In truth this is a sex book, and not in a good way.

The premise of the book is really interesting... search and rescue men & women, set in the mountains, memory loss, troubled past, etc. That's what pulled me to the book, the romance was just supposed to be the cherry on top. Instead what I got was a sex book with a quasi search & rescue backdrop. When I say this is a sex book I don't mean there are just lots of sex scenes, I mean that
Sandy M
Jun 06, 2013 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I’ve enjoyed Vivian Arend’s paranormals, but she’s outdone herself with this new contemporary series. It’s edgy, tense, and sensual as all get-out.

I really like the way the book begins, a prologue with Rebecca and her boyfriend/climbing partner on a rescue when all hell breaks loose. This sets the tone for the rest of the book as Rebecca tries to get her life back in order while reconnecting with a lover she’s never forgotten.

After having been released from any responsibility in the accident in
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Apr 01, 2013 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it liked it
The bones of this book were good.

The heroine, Rebecca James, who was part of search and rescue in the US lost her lover and partner in a climbing accident. The problem is she doesn’t remember it. On leave until she can recall the fatal moments before the accident she decides to take a job as a teacher back at the SAR school in Canada where she graduated at the top of her class.

The hero, Marcus Landers, whose brother runs the SAR school and where Marcus has his own team of search and rescuers c
Apr 15, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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