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Backwoods (Aftershock #4)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
The more you trust, the more you risk…

When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke's stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction tha
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Mar 15, 2014 Jae rated it really liked it
Totally different from the other stories in the series. Definitely was not what I expected from Aftershock series. 30% suspense and 70% romance, can you believe it?

Still, JS writes a great story and dialogues so I enjoyed this nevertheless.

Hooked on this series, 4 stars.
Christi Snow
Mar 13, 2014 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
For the first half of the reading of this book, I felt like I was watching a horror movie. They are hiking in the woods and you know something bad is going to happen, but just don't know when it's going to occur. That sense of suspense was definitely there for me throughout the first half of the book and I kind of liked that. With that being said, the build-up to that something happening lasted so felt a bit anti-climatic when it did happen because "the bad thing" just wasn't
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Jan 01, 2014 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
This was a character driven story about 4 people who end up on a journey of self discovery during a backpacking trip. There was also some suspense of murders that had happened over the years in the woods where they are camping and they unsuspectingly are right in the middle of his hunting ground and he’s watching them.

The characters are a mother and daughter and a father and son. There is a bit of a twist as the two adults had been married to people that had an affair with the other and were no
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
The guy on the cover is great, but it was pointed out by his son in the beginning of this book that he was in need of a manscape... Sooo, where's the hair? Minor details bother me, sorry.

Abby goes backpacking with her college bound daughter, her daughter's step-brother & the step-brother's dad. Girls have gone missing & Abby is a little afraid... Most of this story is about Abby & Nathan really liking each other, but skimming away because of their children & the need to repair th
Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Looking for an emotional and psychological ride? Want a book that makes you ask when does trust begin? Or better yet, how does trust begin? Jill Sorenson offers us just that in Backwoods.

Abby Hammond married young and became a mother soon after. Making her husband and daughter her entire world. When she walked in on said hubby, doing a client (who didn't need implants, btw), Abby was devastated. But she started to grow up.. when a
Lynn Spencer
Jun 12, 2014 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars here Do you like action adventure romance? If so, you really should be reading Jill Sorenson if you aren't already. She writes fantastic, hot action romance and does it very well. I loved Aftershock, and while Backwoods isn't the best of her books, it's still a cut above.

Though technically part of the series that started with Aftershock, this book can be read on its own. And what is Backwoods, exactly? Well, it's pretty much a lovely romance that takes place on The Campin
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Sep 30, 2013 Hbeebti rated it really liked it
This was good, but not as good as book one. Some things bothered me. The reference to the earth quake was talked about or thought about over and over again. It was annoying. Seriously it felt like it was a filler or something. Also the Brook and Leo thing was just left dangling. Does that mean there will be a book about them later? Or was that another filler? The ending could use an epilogue because I want to know what happened next. But maybe it will come up in the next book. Like with Ella and ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Sorenson excels at building complicated relationships. There are exes, steps, cheaters, scorned lovers, and alcoholics in this book. And that's apart from the action sections, which is some Hills Have Eyes type shit.
Really 4.5 Stars

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FTC : I requested this from NetGalley as I have with all of this series.

This book was unexpected. Unlike the rest of the series (which I would have tagged Suspense with a romantic sub-thread) this was Romantic Suspense. It has fantastic characters, fantastic dialogue and very tense suspense plot, just like the rest of the series, but that is where the similarities end. It didn’t feel like an Aftershock book but that isn’t to sa
Feb 07, 2017 Mom rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Serial killer involved.
May 27, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
Backwoods (Aftershock 4):

Backwoods is set a year after Island Peril, and it opens with Abby driving her daughter Brooke to a cabin in the woods, where Brooke’s father Ray, his wife Lydia and her son, Leo are supposed to join them for the week. Abby’s ex is chronically unreliable, and self-centered, so rather than risk her daughter ending up alone in the High Sierras if he cancels their family vacation at the last minute again, she risks an uncomfortable week with her ex to make sure her daughter
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4 Rockin’ ★★★★

Abby is a woman that has survived divorce from an unfaithful husband and is trying to keep her relationship with her daughter strong despite her ex-husband being a jerk. When an outing is scheduled with his new family, she is concerned that he will suddenly not show and Brooke will be left without adult supervision. Brooke is a wonderful daughter and Abby is extremely proud of her daughter. When they arrive at the starting point for the camping trip, they are confro
Monica Cardoza
Jun 22, 2014 Monica Cardoza rated it really liked it
***4.5 Stars***

I requested to review this book awhile back and I regret not reading it sooner. The storyline was intriguing as were the characters. I loved that not only the two main characters had a POV but also the daughter and son. It was kind of bizarre that the two parents were attracted but that wasn’t it their ex’s had actually had an affair with each other. Then on top of that their children were attracted to each other. So Abby is not an outdoor person especially when the house amenitie
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Dec 31, 2013 Trader (RedHotBlueReads) rated it really liked it
Abby is fairly certain her ex-husband is going to back out on a family vacation with their daughter Brooke, so when she ends up taking his place on a hiking trip with Brooke's stepbrother and his father, Nathan Strom, she decides to make the best of it. Theirs a unique sort-of family thing going on here, not of blood but of bonds of marriage and ex-spouses.

I thought it was a different and interesting family dynamic. That's what makes this book a bit different than others in the series-- the inne
Joyfully Reviewed
Abby Hammond is always picking up the pieces from her negligent ex, and now she finds herself on a camping trip with her teenage daughter, Brooke. Abby doesn’t do roughing it, but she will do whatever possible to make her daughter happy. Soon, Nathan Strom shows up with his son, Brooke’s stepbrother, and the fireworks begin to ignite.

Nathan Strom is trying to right the many wrongs of his life. The main one on his radar is growing closer to his hard-headed teenage son, Leo. He joins the camping e
Petra Grayson
May 27, 2014 Petra Grayson rated it really liked it
When I started this book, I got snuggled in for a nice, calm romance. Maybe even two romances, if you count what's going on between the college kids. A little older-child-matchmaking-single-mom, some angst from the ex-husband, and some character growth and emotional issues to overcome. But then pieces started falling into place for this heroine and we get indications that things are going to get heavy and a bit creepy. I don't really read a lot of romantic suspense, but a book like this could ma ...more
Stacy Sabala
Jun 30, 2014 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book Review- Backwoods by Jill Sorenson

After Ella, Abby and Brooke survived their last vacation where Abby’s ex backed out on, Abby decided to accompany Brooke on this hiking trip. Brooke’s dad always seems to back out at the last minute and Abby doesn’t want Brooke hiking by herself.
When they arrive at the cabin, Abby meets Ray’s stepson Leo. Brooke is excited to see him and jumps on his motorcycle for a ride the minute she gets there. Abby is uncomfortable being a fifth wheel but she wants Br
Jill Sorenson is an auto read for me. I love how intricate and at the same time concise her books are. Backwoods is no exception. Backwoods is a romantic suspense story with lots of action and characters that actually makes me think about going hiking. The story weaves various story lines with lots of drama, caring and sexy times. The story deals with Abby and her college age daughter, Brooke. They were to go on a hiking trip with Brooke's dad (Abby's ex) and Brooke's step brother, Leo (also col ...more
Kathleen J
Aug 17, 2014 Kathleen J rated it really liked it
Complex characters and relationships make for good dramatic tension

The story is about a hiking trip undertaken by four people. The age forty or so hero was a former baseball star who became a drunk after his arm was injured. At the time of this story he had been clean and sober for years but his drunken behavior had destroyed his relationship with his now ex-wife and son. The thirty-seven yo heroine, who married young, lost much of her confidence when she found her husband having sex with anothe
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I was provided this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The characters and storyline was fantastic. This is definitely a romantic suspense novel, with more than two point of views but the dialogue was not confusing and I thought it flowed very well. I loved the suspense and romance, parts of the story were a little creepy and unexpected. It definitely kept me turning the pages, I couldn't put it down.

The development of the relationship between Abby and Nathan i
Jun 21, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Brief Synopsis-
Abby goes camping with daughter Brooke along with her ex-husband's wife's son LEo and ex-husband Nathan. Women have been disappearing and Abby's fears come true when Brooke gets taken. Abby must work with Nathan and Leo to get her back.

The Good-
Oh wow. I have read Jill Sorenson's books before, and she never disappoints. I was hooked from the very start on this story. It had a nice suspenseful buildup,and Abby and Nathan had great chemistry. More importantly, both were pretty lika
Mar 19, 2014 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
3.5 Stars...

*****MILD SPOILERS******

So, I've been really digging this series and look forward to a new release each time I see the pre-order button on Amazon and this one I kinda had reservations on because we met Abby and Brooke in the novella, Island Peril, and I really couldn't identify with Abby. She has panic attacks, almost smothers her daughter with her attention, and is a fatalist. She's always looking for something bad to happen. I know it all comes from her earthquake ordeal, which is
Apr 05, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The other reviews of this book have been very interesting to read while thinking about my own feelings. There was definitely more romance and less suspense in this novel than in most of her others (maybe except Crash Into Me). I am in the camp that expected more danger, but I'm not disappointed that there wasn't. The romance was solid and (as I said in my review of Island Peril), one of the things I love about Sorenson's books is the messy family relationships. Backwoods has messy family complic ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
My favorite book of the series! This adventure romance was full of suspense, danger, and a great love story. I loved the characters, thought the setting was very fitting, and was riveted by the storyline.

Abby Hammond agrees to go on a camping trip with her daughter Brooke and ex husband even though camping is not her bailiwick. When they arrive, they find that her ex and his new wife have bailed out on the trip, but the new wife's son, Leo, is there with his dad, Nathan Strom. There is lots of
Mar 19, 2014 Bookbeauty rated it it was ok
*** I have receive an ARC via NetGalley ***

Sadly, I couldn't really connect with this book, especially the characters, Abby and Nathan...
While the plot was interesting (alone in the wilderness with a hunky hero? yum! okay, while trying to locate Abby's missing daughter), the writing style didn't do it for me - it felt rushed and every sentence almost chopped off.
Some scenes were odd to read -> at one moment they were making love, then -after a long internal dialogue- Nathan and Abby got dress
Margreet Asselbergs
I have read all the books in the Aftershock Series thusfar and I have to say, Book #1 was and is still my favorite of all of them. I was thrilled with the concept of the series, a ripple effect of stories stemming from one major traumatic event that took place in each of the novels' protagonists' lives. But in all honesty, the ripples are losing steam a little......

As a standalone book BACKWOODS is certainly an interesting story. A "spousal swap" of sorts, with the added complication of an attra
BBMoreB ~
Mar 10, 2014 BBMoreB ~ rated it liked it
Blended families can be complex – but this one goes beyond complicated. Brooke planned a wilderness retreat, an energetic expedition through the High Sierras; initially the trip was supposed to be Brooke, her father, stepmother, and stepbrother. Abby Hammond makes the decision to tagalong knowing that her ex-husband, Ray, tends to cancel plans with their daughter. Therefore, no one is surprised that when Brooke and Abby arrived at the cabin to only find only Leo, the stepbrother - as anticipated ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing
My Booklist review:
In her latest California action romance, Sorenson (Freefall, 2013) reconnects readers with nurse Abby Hammond, who, if she learned nothing else from the San Diego earthquake depicted in Aftershock (2013), now knows to prepare for the worst but to hope for the best. She takes this to heart when she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail with her daughter, Brooke; Brooke’s stepbrother, Leo; and Leo’s father, Nathan Strom, a famous baseball player now disgraced by YouTube-documented drunk
Debbie Ballard
May 08, 2014 Debbie Ballard rated it it was amazing
I received a suspenseful, mystery filled with lots of romance and action, superbly written story, Backwoods by Jill Sorenson free from Goodreads.
Abby Hammond and her daughter, Brooke, are suppose to join her ex-husband, Ray, and his wife Lydia, and son, Leo on a camping trip. When Abby and Brooke get to the cabin, Ray and Lydia cancelled and Leo's dad, former baseball pro, Nathan Strom takes their place. Due to Nathan's loss of being a baseball pro and a recovering alcoholic, he struggles with h
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Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen novels, including the Aftershock series with HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughters.

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