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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373778341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373778348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

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"Sorenson fuels this fast-paced romantic thriller with nonstop adrenaline....This twisty rollercoaster ride keeps the pages turning."
--Publishers Weekly on Aftershock (Starred Review)

"You will be hooked from page one, as she blends equal doses of action, suspense and mystery. Add to that an intriguing plot, good pacing and the intense sexual tension between Hope and Sam, and you're left with one entertaining read."
-RT Book Reviews on Freefall

"Sorenson makes her characters realistic, flawed, and appealing. Deftly handled violent action and red herrings rush this thriller to a believable ending."

-Publishers Weekly on The Edge of Night

"One of the best books of the year...nonstop, heart-pounding excitement."

-RT Book Reviews on Stranded with Her Ex, Top Pick! 4.5 Stars

"(A) high tension romantic thriller...culminating in a page-turning climax. Despite the mystery, the real tension comes from the emotional relationships, full of explosive sex and terrible secrets."
-Publishers Weekly on Crash into Me

"This goes down as one of the best I've ever read. Bar none."
-New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks on Dangerous to Touch

"It was definitely hot. Sooo hot. Jill Sorenson is my new favorite romantic-suspense author!"
-USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl on Crash into Me

"Sorensen knocks it out of the park again. Her latest is like a fine wine- full-bodied romance with rich and complex characters...Couple that with the gripping plot, and Sorensen has another winner on her hands."
-RT Book Reviews on Set the Dark on Fire

"Beautiful characters, true-to-life emotions, heart-stopping action and a bona fide bad guy-it doesn't get any better than this."
-RT Book Reviews on Crash Into Me

"Taut with emotion, suspense and danger. Sorenson expertly weaves the two stories into a heart-wrenching conclusion."
-RT Book Reviews on The Edge of Night

About the Author

Jill Sorenson writes sexy action/adventure romance for HQN. Her latest release, Aftershock, was given a starred review by Publishers Weekly.

Jill lives in the San Diego area with her husband and two daughters. She draws inspiration from the diverse neighborhoods and spectacular scenery of Southern California. You can find her on Twitter much too often. Her other hobbies include reading, hiking, and going to the beach.

More About the Author

Jill Sorenson writes sexy romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Dell. Born in a small town in Kansas, she moved to California at age twelve and fell in love with the Pacific Coast. After graduating with honors from CA State University (English major/Spanish minor), she decided to follow her dream of becoming a published author. She now lives with her husband and two young daughters in beautiful San Diego.

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There were some great secondary characters in Badlands.
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This is book 3 of the Aftershock series & you can read it as a stand-alone (I haven't read bk 1: Aftershock & bk 2: Freefall...yet).
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonoma Lass on February 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Badlands was a difficult but satisfying reading experience for me. The suspense and scenes of risk are done well (hence, difficult), but I think the characters needed to go through this in order to be able to be together. It's not their first life-threatening situation together, but they do have a LOT to overcome -- Owen is an ex-con with connections to the white supremacist movement, while Penny is the daughter of a presidential candidate. Making that connection believable is pretty challenging, but because Owen has been reforming over three books, I felt that it worked.

Sorenson's landscape is very evocative; the details of place are very real, and I found myself caught up in itl. I really appreciate that her cast of characters is diverse, too, in terms of ethnicity and also income and class. (Having the wealthiest family be the Latino family is unusual in a US-set romance, but I thought it was great.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy O TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great conclusion to Owen and Penny’s story. If you haven’t read Aftershock I would recommend reading that book first so you understand the dynamic between these two and what its taken for them to finally get to a point where its possible for them to be together.

Owen and Penny met after an earthquake left them buried under a freeway. She was 16 and pregnant and estranged from her Mexican American family due to the pregnancy. Owen was 19, in prison and part of a white supremacist prison gang with racist tattoo’s over his body. But Owen was part of the gang for survival only and he became infatuated with Penny during their ordeal and ended up saving the group trapped by managing to escape and get help. After getting out of prison Owen wanted to better himself and Penny’s father played a part in that but with a stipulation that he wasn’t to ever be more to his daughter than a friend.

Five years later Owen is part of Penny’s father’s security team as he is now running for president. Owen’s been assigned to guard Penny and Cruz, her son he helped deliver. Penny and Owen both have feelings for each other but just have just silently pined for the other for their own reasons. The three of them are kidnapped by Owen’s brother and group of other gang member and taken to the Badlands and held for ransom. They manage to escape and during there trek through the desert we learn more about the horrible childhood Owen had and the atrocities done to him in prison. Those things have made Owen have intimacy issues and it takes Penny’s love for him to help him start to work through them.

Normally we see the woman in a book being the one that’s been sexually abused and the effects of that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It is difficult for words to even begin to describe this romance novel. I understand that this is a work of fiction and a romance no less...but it is not science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy or a dystopian society or even where the rules of common sense have no meaning anymore. In these genres you need that lack sometimes to push the plot along..

In this book, we have the first Mexican American running for president. One of his daughters had a baby out of wedlock and it makes it difficult for her father to keep his credibility with his 'family values' platform. The daughter Penny Sandoval and her son Cruz are being guarded by a man who is an ex-con, a past member of the Aryan Brotherhood, can't carry a gun, has no formal training in body guarding and can't even fight properly.

Penny, Cruz and Owen (the body guard) are taken prisoners during a convention by Owens's brother (?/!), now they need to escape and find help.

Throughout all of this Owen and Penny each have a huge crush on each other, but angst (very boring...beating a dead horse anyone?) and a false sense propriety keeps them apart.

This book is trite and clichéd... and that can usually be brushed off with this genre, because of what romance is. Romance seems to be a work that really seems to have some strict rules of writing.

However, this book not only is as I said trite and clichéd; the characters have absolutely no chemistry, the child seems to have been written as an afterthought and the outside evil forces/kidnappers are such that I just wanted to laugh at the stereotypical aspects of them.

I could find nothing that would redeem this novel.*ARC Supplied by Publisher*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Rice on February 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just loved this book the author is so good at keeping the story line going and keeping it interesting and I really liked the ending will read more books by this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NathalieM on January 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I love to find new author to read & I'm so happy to find Ms. Jill Sorenson. She's going to be 1 of my auto-buy author from here on:)

This is book 3 of the Aftershock series & you can read it as a stand-alone (I haven't read bk 1: Aftershock & bk 2: Freefall...yet). Our Hero, Owen Jackson, & our heroine, Penny Sandoval, met in 'Aftershock' while they were trapped together under an overpass after a massive earthquake. Fast forward & 5 yrs later, Owen is now working as a bodyguard for Penny's father. While @ a convention in San Diego, h & her son are kidnapped by no other than the H's brother & taken deep into the California badlands where H grew up...From here, it's nonstop, heart-pounding excitement! You won't want to stop turning the pages until the HEA ending:)
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