Author: S.R Johannes
Synopsis: Nature girl, Grace, has lived in the Smoky Mountains all her life, patrolling the wilderness with her father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and survival.
When her forest ranger father goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating English accent and a deep-seeded secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to find her missing father. She must use her survival instincts to survive, find her father, and – hopefully – return home.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever her new teen romance, her family relationships, and the lives of many that live in her small town. She finds herself questioning who to trust, even questioning those closest to her.
Soon, she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I got this ebook on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and to be honest, I loved this book. I was hooked from page 1 to the very last page, and I’m desperate to read the second in the series now.
Grace is a teenager who has grown up with her ranger dad, and knows almost every inch of the Smoky Mountains like the back of her hand. When he goes missing, Grace is reluctant to accept that he’s possibly dead, so she pushes the investigation, despite pretty much everyone telling her to give it up. Well, everyone except the mysterious Brit she meets in the woods – Mo. This is a thriller mystery that I have been waiting too long to find.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this – from the cold open prologue, I was hooked onto this story, and was quickly absorbed by the complicated characters and the twists and turns of the story.
Admittedly, Grace seemed a little too Katniss-esque for my tastes sometimes, but I absolutely adored Mo despite his shady background. I definitely ship Mo/Grace 🙂 And his little British phrases that he slips in every now and then, got me like:
If you want a mystery that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, this is one for you. I definitely recommend this, and I’ll hopefully be reading and reviewing the other books in the Nature of Grace series whenever I can get my paws on them.