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on Nov. 15, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book especially the wilderness parts. At times I did feel Stacy was a bit too sweet and innocent but that could just be me. Highly recommend and will look for more form this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 21, 2010 :
I enjoyed escaping recently to Canada, Idaho, and New York. I managed to visit all these scenic and action packed locations within a few short days. I know – it seems hard to believe that I could make these trips so quickly. I did it by reading about the thrilling lives of tracker, Stacey Parker and hostage rescuer, Cord McConnell. Rebecca Vickery writes about these two memorable characters in her book, Surviving with Love. Great secondary characters add to the richness of the story.
You’d think a tough ex-military guy, like McConnell, could handle the petite tracker, but it’s a lost cause from the moment they meet. Both were hired to find two young boys taken hostage by dangerous criminals. Although Stacey’s tracking skills impress Cord, he’s also attracted to her physically and emotionally. Stacey’s a sassy, smart, tough and sweet woman with amazing outdoor skills. Even though Stacey doesn’t like Cord bossing her around on the Canadian trail to find the boys, she falls hard for him anyhow. Not only does she have to protect herself from the kidnappers, but also from her lustful and romantic feelings for Cord. The dialogue between these two characters is so much fun to read.
If this book should be made into a movie, I’d cast Reese Witherspoon as Stacey. Of course, her hair color would need to be changed to strawberry blonde. A possible actor for Cord’s role might be Gerald Butler. He’s tough but compassionate at the same time.
I highly recommend Surviving with Love, but only if you enjoy reading the following in a novel: explosive sexual tension between the hero and heroine, an action plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a developing romance between two strong-willed individuals, dynamic dialogue, and last but not least, feeling the experience of tracking criminals in a wilderness. I hope you read this outstanding book, you won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 01, 2010 :
Rebecca J. Vickery writes a compelling, adventurous romance with Surviving With Love.
When tough guy, Cord McConnell, ex-military, hostage rescuer comes across an equally tough Search and Rescue tracker, Stacey Parker, it's a hit or miss who will be the boss, and who will lead who.
Both are experienced in their field, both are determined to find and rescue two teenage boys who have been kidnapped by robbers and escaped to the wilds of Idaho. The boys are a Senator's grandsons and he's paying highly to get them back.
Sparks begin to fly as McConnell and Parker duke it out in the wilds and discover that part of their problem is the instant attraction to each other. But Parker is determined that no macho man is going to have her, as she's saving herself for marriage. And McConnell is sure that Parker isn't the type to sleep around so he tries to keep his distance. By the time they rescue the boys, they have to admit they are interested in each other, but wise enough not to go there.
So job done, they both go home. Parker's having trouble keeping McConnell off her mind though, and when her godson is kidnaped the first person she seeks is McConnell.
Together they work perfectly, a little too perfectly. Now the problem is to keep their hands off each other.
Ms. Vickery takes us on a wild ride of opposites attracting, and push pull tactic that keep you turning the page to see who is going to win this round. Funny, exciting, griping and absolutely burning the pages with passion, Ms Vickey knows how to hold her audience spellbound with a touch of adventure and a abundance of sparks flying off the pages. You won't want to miss this romantic spoof that borders Romancing the Stone with a twist of it's own. Surviving With Love is a real keeper!
by Rita Hestand
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 04, 2009 :
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Vickery. The adventure alone makes this the perfect read, but Ms. Vickery didn't stop there. Her detailed scenes are so impressive I can honestly say I went on the journey right along with Stacey and Cord.
Stacey Parker is a gutsy, no nonsense woman who shows everyone she can be equally feminine and strong. She is intelligent and patient, which surprised me. It was refreshing.
Cord McConnell snuck up on me with the way he behaved in the book. I expected an ill-mannered, cussing, spitting man whose personality would horribly clash with Stacey's. I was so glad to be wrong. He is the man every woman dreams of having for her own...strong when he needs to be, yet honest and respectful of Stacey as a woman. I fell in love with Cord long before I reached the middle of the book.
Their romance built naturally and never came across as forced. Ms. Vickery thought her characters through very well and it shows with each character's development throughout the story. Even the secondary characters have charisma and I enjoyed reading their scenes.
This book is well written, but it never consciously feels that way. Meaning, you'll never be reading this story and say to yourself, "Hmm, how wonderfully written." Instead, you'll be caught up in their adventures and feel everything they feel. In "Surviving With Love" I didn't just read the story, I experienced it. This is one book you definitely want to add to your ebook collection.
(reviewed the day of purchase)