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(Survival Instincts #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Angel Smith is ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her final day, the research station is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives…only to realize that in a place this remote, there's nowhere left to run.

Isolated in the middle of a long, frozen winter with a madman at
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kylie D
The first half of this book was excellent, an attack on a south pole scientific base, leaving two people stranded and on a survival mission to overland to the next base with the odds stacked against them. It was a gripping rollercoaster ride of adrenalin and I was glued to the pages.

Unfortunately the second half let this book down. The two main characters spent the whole time acting like horny teenagers, the baddies ridiculous and incompetent, the dialogue cheesy, and the whole plot turned out
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE: I've read the final version of Whiteout now, and it is SO FREAKING FANTASTIC!!! I love, love, love this book! The survival plot is amazing, and the sexual tension is off the charts. I was literally fanning myself at times. The first make-out scene is...OMG. I've already read this book twice now, and I would totally read it again. SO good!

Action-packed, full of twists and turns, danger, adventure, and steamy romance! A hot, reclusive scientist and a plucky, resourceful chef find
Chalk and cheese strikes again!

Micky read this super early and it was her being all excitement over it that inspired me to request, hoping I might catch it before the release date, and be able to swoon alongside her for this new title, and new series opener, from a new-to-me author.

But I pretty much didn't get on with anything about this story. The only thing that worked for me was the realistic weather experience, the harsh conditions, and the very practical conversations surrounding said
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picture The Thing where the alien is actually a diabolical elderly woman and there’s lots of sexual tension and hot make out sessions. You’ve got it? Perfect. That’s Whiteout by Adriana Anders.

Ford Cooper is a raspy-voiced grump (yes, please). He’s the perfect hero for those romance readers who like their men challenging to work with because it’s all the more satisfying when the heroine finally convinces him to indulge his desires. I wanted to wrap Ford in a hug and tell him, “It’s okay to feel
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This. Is. What. Romantic. Suspense. Should. Be. Like!

I loved this book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I definitely if I think about it too hard probably feel like "there is no way this could have happened" BUT GUESS WHAT I DO NOT CARE. it's was propulsive, I was on the edge of my seat, and there was danger banging in a cabin at the South Pole.

Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Growing up, I was fascinated with Mount Everest and fictional survival stories taking place there. After I read The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan and loved the parts when the main character was in Antarctica, Kennedy Ryan recommended this book! I immediately went to netgalley to request a copy and couldn't wait to start this romantic suspense.

When this book started, it took me a few chapters to really get into the story and actually want to start reading. I was a little confused by what was going
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

I don’t know about you, but a survival story with romance has my hands grabbing. I saw this book blurb and cover and knew I had to have it. Not one thing about this book disappointed, in fact, it surpassed by expectations. Get your running shoes on because this book has a fast-pace from start to finish.

What’s so special about WHITEOUT is that it was set in the antarctic and I really don’t think I’ve read a book based here (I’ve read a few thrillers set in the arctic). The time was
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Antarctica, a frozen sea of hidden discoveries, a scientific haven for the brave hearted, or as in Angel’s case, those looking to hide away from life for a while. The subzero temps and total isolation would be more than enough adventure for me, but for a scientific outpost and two of its occupants, it is about to become a chilling race to survive in a frigid hell.

WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders snowballs into a searing hot romance as two people trek through miles of ice and snow, knowing they could
4.5 Stars

Angel Smith is just about to end her time as the cook for Burke-Ruhe research base at the South Pole in Antarctica. Winter is about to start and instead of all days they’ll switch to all nights and only a skeleton crew will be staying on, but before she can get on the plane the base is attacked leaving her and Ford Cooper stranded. Now they must get to safety and survive in the harsh elements before their food runs out and before the bad guys hunt them down and finish them off.

Source: Netgalley

I first fell in love with Adriana Anders’ writing while reading her Blank Canvas series and then again while reading Thirst through the Radish app (I really hope she releases it on Kindle at some point since I didn’t get to read the last five chapters of the story before my free trial ended.) So reading Whiteout was a no brainer.

Whiteout is an action pack ride in the middle of nowhere Antarctica. Our hero, Ford Cooper, is an ex-army sniper turned PhD scientist, who is socially
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, suspense, arc
Get a blanket, warm slippers and something hot to drink before snowshoeing into this read. Baby it’s cold inside this book and then it HOT but that has nothing to do with the weather. It’s about two people who are running away from their lives and a horrendous plot to kill millions.
Favorite line “The Iceman Cometh” < wink >. So the story is set in a remote scientific station near the pole, frozen beyond cold. Angel is the new hire, the cook for the station. Coop, one of the scientist, is
Robin Loves Reading
Angel Smith's life was at sixes and sevens. So she took on a very unusual assignment in Antarctica. She is an excellent cook and she fed the unique group of scientists and researchers. Her time has come to an end and she must get back to her life.

However, the research station is attacked and she has missed her flight. Left to freeze to death she is rescued by glaciologist Ford Cooper. When Ford realizes why the station was attacked, he knows that he and Angel are not safe. They must make a
Marta Cox
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Angel we meet here is a woman whose world was turned upside down when she became seriously injured, losing everything that she thought was precious. She’s dusted herself off and taken a temporary assignment cooking for researchers at the South Pole. What she hadn’t expected because frankly who would ,is to witness a murder that leaves her stranded and alone in the abandoned station.
Ford Cooper is a committed scientist who adores the isolation that the “Ice” give him but he’s also a man who
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Haley Renee by: Rubysbooks
Shelves: earcs
Holy cow, so this was recommended to me by a friend. It's not often I go straight for a 'romance' book but this book did an incredible job at blending romance and adventure/thriller. The action is nonstop but without feeling overwhelming and the characters are unique and well fleshed out. Definitely enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to any romance reader.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an earc of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Shatarupa  Dhar
In the Ice Tunnels of Burke-Ruhe Research Station in the South Pole, a dying man tries to keep himself alive in order to warn the others. Twenty-two miles away from that man, Ford Cooper is at the field drilling site. His mind filled with the suspicious new crew and the station's cook, the bubbly Angel Smith who will be thankfully gone by the next day. She invaded his thoughts at the oddest of times and he didn't need the distraction.

Angel is a chef who had taken up the job at this
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whiteout by Adriana Anders was a heart pounding romantic suspense that kept me turning the pages until the final chapter.

Angel Smith has escaped to Antarctica to rethink her life by being the cook for a research station. Ford Cooper is a glaciologist that is running from life after serving in the military. Both Angel and Ford are broken complex people who must work together to survive after the research station is taken over by a group of mercenaries. Ms. Anders' narrative was so clear that I
Lauren Kaznowski
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHITEOUT is the first book in a series aptly named "Survival Instincts". On her last day as a chef at a remote research station in Antarctica, Angel Smith is faced with the impossible: make a 302 mile trek across the ice with a surly scientist, Ford Cooper, or die. As I followed Ford and Angel on their harrowing journey, I found myself astounded by Angel's grit and determination. I often found myself asking whether or not I'd be able to push through if I were in her shoes. Anders paints a ...more
4.5 stars rounding up...

Adeptly written, full of thrilling moments showing superb narrative control, ‘Whiteout’ is putting Adriana Anders on my romantic-suspense-authors list. Truth is, I had a damn good time with this. Few stories use Antarctica as a setting; even fewer delve so deeply into and write so convincingly about the endless, brutal, frigid whiteness and the fragility of humanity against the unrelenting harshness of nature.

Both Angel Smith and Ford Cooper are in Antarctica for various
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the fact this book was such an adventure. I can’t imagine having to trek across Antarctica on skis the foot to flee from bad guys, all the while carrying a deadly virus they’re after to use for no good. Plus, there is no place to hide in all that white snow and ice. You are a sitting duck in your bright red coat. This is what the two main characters go through. I loved all the characters. I felt like it was too long at times, though it held my interest. What I didn’t like, and why I’m ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I read the paperback version. Although the book is 494 pages, Whiteout is 388 pages. There is 100+ pages of an excerpt (or maybe the full book) from Katie Ruggle's book "On His Watch". I did not read Ruggle's book.

Whiteout started out really strong and I was totally pulled in but then the adventure ended and the romance element began. The plot sort of stalled out as the h/H trekked across an ice field. For the most part this ended up chapter after chapter of being in each of the h/H heads as
T. Rosado

5 Stars!

Typically, I don’t seek out romantic suspense and only read it on occasion. But when one of my top-5 favorite romance authors pens a book in this sub-genre, I'm all in.

When it came to the romantic story elements, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, but I was especially surprised and pleased with how much I enjoyed the suspense. Whiteout started with a gripping opening and kept me riveted throughout. It wasn't only intense because of the obvious suspense and vile antagonists, but also due
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I have never read a book where the setting played such a major role is the story. Antarctica is a major character and overwhelms so much that the plot and the characters take a distant second place. I have also never encountered such a hero like Ford. Tightly wound, distant, antisocial and so totally closed off that the nicknames Angel gives him, Lone Wolf and Ice Man, fit like
A barren, frozen land that strips a person down to the basic essentials needed to survive, a pair alone on the ice with only each other and the drive to live, and a formidable force prepared to ruthlessly kill everyone in their path to get what they want all converges in a frigid, suspenseful adventure at the bottom of the world. Whiteout left me shivering from the cold suspense, but tingling from the slowburn sensuality of the romance.

Whiteout is the first full-length story in the Survival
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Whiteout by Adriana Anders is a relatively fast paced survival romance set in the continent of Antarctica. Ford Cooper is a grumpy and monosyllabic glaciologist whose entire life basically revolves around ice. He has no interest in romantic entanglements. At least that’s what he tells himself whenever he comes across the cook working at his research station. Unable to admit that he’s attracted to Angel Smith, Ford tries to spend
Feb 20, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
This is an early DNF for me. I don’t find the suspense subplot at all interesting, so I’m left focusing on how forced the romance is. And how could it not be? These two are about to run for their lives through dangerous, inhospitable territory, but because this is foremost a romance, we have to establish that these two are attracted to each other, so instead of letting intimacy and attraction develop organically (something already hard to pull off under the circumstances) the book comes up with ...more
Ashton Reads
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had really high expectations, especially with all the positive reviews that I saw. Romantic suspense set in Antarctica and involving survival skills? Sign me up!

While I really enjoyed the first half and the pulse-pounding action, the second half of the book started to feel a bit repetitive to me. And, if I’m being honest, I didn’t care about the chapters from the POV of the bad guys. I wanted more Angel x Coop interaction and conversation. The steam between them was hottt, but I wanted more
Mics ✖siempre romances✖
I was expecting this book and I really wanted to read it. The premise sounded interesting and the setting original. It was everything you could expect on a suspense romance set in a remote land. Forced proximity plus "opposites attracts". He's grumpy and serious while she's more effusive and optimistic.

As much as I wanted to love this book I couldn't do it. There wasn't anything bad with it but I just couldn't connect with the main characters. I felt that their relationship was more "telling
Tales Of A Bookbug
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the best romantic suspense books that I've read this year!

I knew this was going to be good when one of my favorite authors, Amanda Bouchet recommended it! So, I zipped over to Netgalley and requested this one and read it in one sitting the day it got approved! 'Cause it was that good!

Whiteout features a few of my favorite things put together!
There's the grumpy male lead with the sunny female lead + scientific conspiracy + survival adventure. A perfect mix of elements, if you ask
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Angel Smith fled her life back in the States to find a new beginning after giving her all working in a high end restaurant. Traumatized by her world failing apart and dreams shattered, Angel finds a peace in the crystalline sanctuary of ice and snow in Antarctica. Ready to head back on her last day as the research station’s cook, Angel witnesses a horrific scene knowing that if caught by these seriously evil guys, her life is forfeit. The tension starts quickly in this story and does not let up. ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I discovered this Survival Instincts series, by reading a anthology of romantic suspense novellas, Turn the Tide. I loved most of them. I was already a fan of this author. For a novella, Deep Blue was well developed and encouraged me to continue the series. It was a story about Eric Cooper and he gets a call from his brother,
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Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of the Blank Canvas series. Under Her Skin, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 and a two-time winner of the Holt-Medallion, has been featured in Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, and Book Riot. Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children on the coast of France, where she writes the gritty, emotional love stories of her ...more
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