ROMANCE

Radio Silence

Carina: Harlequin. (Off the Grid, Bk. 1). Feb. 2015. 167p. ebk. ISBN 9781426899638. $3.99. POSTAPOCALYPTIC, NEW ADULT, MULTICULTURAL ROMANCE
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When an unexplained, prolonged blackout leads to rapid societal collapse, roommates and best friends Arden and John strike out across New York for John's family's cabin in the woods. John's older brother, Gabriel Seong, rescues them from an assault not far from the cabin, but his domineering attitude rubs Arden the wrong way, especially since he blames her for John's injuries. With the three of them trapped in the cabin with younger sister Maggie, the additional problem of the Seongs' missing parents looms large, and with no news from the outside world, they are on their own to find them. Complicating matters is the growing attraction between Arden and Gabriel, both of whom aren't sure if the attraction is real or a matter of circumstance.
VERDICT Cole (Eagle's Heart) adds a strong contender to the postapocalyptic romance genre with a smart, confident African American heroine and a smart, sexy Korean hero in this first book in a trilogy. Recommended; public libraries should plan to buy the three titles to find out the answers to the source of the blackout.

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