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In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant. Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant. Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the remnants of a prehistoric village, recover missing artifacts, and track down missing volcanologist Dylan Slater. Having bluffed his way onto Fiona’s team with fake credentials, wildlife photographer Dean Slater is willing to risk more than federal prison to find his missing brother, but he needs Fiona’s help. She knows the inhospitable terrain better than anyone. When the two set out together on a perilous journey, it becomes more than a recovery mission. In their fight for survival, nature isn’t the only threat. They aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Mile by dangerous mile, someone is hunting them.


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In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant. Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the In the remote and unpredictable Aleutians, danger comes without warning in an adrenaline rush of a novel by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Grant. Archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business in the Aleutian Islands. After an emergency evacuation cut her first expedition short, she’s finally back. But time is not on her side as she races to finish documenting the remnants of a prehistoric village, recover missing artifacts, and track down missing volcanologist Dylan Slater. Having bluffed his way onto Fiona’s team with fake credentials, wildlife photographer Dean Slater is willing to risk more than federal prison to find his missing brother, but he needs Fiona’s help. She knows the inhospitable terrain better than anyone. When the two set out together on a perilous journey, it becomes more than a recovery mission. In their fight for survival, nature isn’t the only threat. They aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Mile by dangerous mile, someone is hunting them.

30 review for Dangerous Ground

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant 1st book in the Fiona Carver series. Mystery / thriller. Contemporary romantic suspense with very little romance. Archaeologist Fiona Carver is working in the Aleutian Islands for the government clearing the way for a new base because of the melting polar ice. Between the continual storms and unexpected delays of the hired contractors, her investigation has stalled. The new ornithologist on the team has Paul Newman blue eyes but while Fiona has noticed, she won’t Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant 1st book in the Fiona Carver series. Mystery / thriller. Contemporary romantic suspense with very little romance. Archaeologist Fiona Carver is working in the Aleutian Islands for the government clearing the way for a new base because of the melting polar ice. Between the continual storms and unexpected delays of the hired contractors, her investigation has stalled. The new ornithologist on the team has Paul Newman blue eyes but while Fiona has noticed, she won’t be distracted or get involved with anyone while on site. Dean Slater has maneuvered his way onto the island in order to find his missing brother. He doesn’t believe the email supposedly from Dylan about going off the grid. Non stop action. Intense situations and perilous conditions. Text filled with archaeological and geological terms and descriptions that had me glazing over occasionally but it was interesting nonetheless. I learned quite a bit from this thrilling novel. The romance is situationally light (with deep emotional back story) and clean and frankly a little disappointing in the end. But that’s when I found out this is book 1 for Fiona so there is hope for their future. I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I also purchased copies to share.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    The extremely pleasant feeling from an author whose books you are reading for the first time and it works out so well that you desire to binge read all the published works out there is quite indescribable. Rachel Grant’s adventure romance Dangerous Ground was simply all out, should I say adventuresome? The author’s attention to detail about the culture of the Aleutian people and the description of the volcanic mountains was simply mind-blowing, to say the least. Fiona Carver and the team of contr The extremely pleasant feeling from an author whose books you are reading for the first time and it works out so well that you desire to binge read all the published works out there is quite indescribable. Rachel Grant’s adventure romance Dangerous Ground was simply all out, should I say adventuresome? The author’s attention to detail about the culture of the Aleutian people and the description of the volcanic mountains was simply mind-blowing, to say the least. Fiona Carver and the team of contractors have had one problem after another with the project and she’s chomping at the bits to return back to the archaeological site. Forcing his company by impersonating an avian specialist Dean Slater has only one mission, to find out his missing twin brother Dylan. The thrill ride begins soon enough and Fiona and Dean has to fight all kinds of danger when their camp is deliberately destroyed. Trust issues, gunman out to kill, stuck inside a volcanic cave, the adventure is beyond both of their endurance and it is due to the writing skills of the author that she transports the reader to travel the length and breadth of the narrow caves along with the protagonists. This is more a survival thriller rather than romantic suspense, as the author has kept it real by having Dean and Fiona offer each other compassion and care rather than have sex in the middle of a precarious situation which is so often the case in this genre. Fiona is an excellent character, calm in a crisis and providing moral support to Dean to face the inevitable and her personal tragedy giving her the fortitude to face the danger at all costs. Dean’s character however takes time to be likable, his attitude is unpleasant in the beginning and his commitment issues after a time begin to grate. On that note, I was more than happy to read about Dylan and his kind-hearted nature, oopsie! I will be on the lookout for this series as the author’s impressive writing about as yet unheard of culture was beautiful and informative. Action-packed☂️☂️☂️☂️ Many thanks to Net Galley, Montlake Publications, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, Medium.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Dangerous Ground was an amazing start to a new suspense series following an archaeologist who finds herself at the center of a deadly plot. In the remote Aleutian Islands archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business after an emergency evacuation cut her last expedition short. With the remains of the prehistoric village she found left uncovered in the elements for four weeks, Fiona isn't sure what she'll find when she gets back to the island. Wildlife photographer Dean Slater has bluffed his Dangerous Ground was an amazing start to a new suspense series following an archaeologist who finds herself at the center of a deadly plot. In the remote Aleutian Islands archaeologist Fiona Carver has unfinished business after an emergency evacuation cut her last expedition short. With the remains of the prehistoric village she found left uncovered in the elements for four weeks, Fiona isn't sure what she'll find when she gets back to the island. Wildlife photographer Dean Slater has bluffed his way onto Fiona's team to find his missing brother Dylan who has not been seen since the evacuation from the Aleutian Islands four weeks ago. Convinced something is wrong, Dean gets onto the island and convinces Fiona to help him look for his missing brother. But they aren't the only ones on the hunt and before long, someone is hunting them. Fiona was an excellent main character. She's intelligent, great at her job, and is willing to push her limits to do the right thing. I liked that she didn't take things as face value and questioned suspicious behavior from those around her. When we first meet Dean, he's pretending to be someone else, so his personality is quite different and I didn't love that version of him. As the book goes on and he stops pretending to be someone else, his real personality begins to come through which is when I began to like his character. I really liked the chemistry between him and Fiona and it's clear they could have a great relationship were it not for some issues on Dean's end due to his past. Dean is desperate to find his brother and at times that causes him to make rash decisions. I will say one thing I didn't like was how insistent Dean was that Fiona was in a relationship with Dylan even after she told him that wasn't true. (view spoiler)[I will say this book does not end with a HEA, but the second book follows the same characters so it seems like the HEA will come later in the series. (hide spoiler)] The search for Dylan actually made for quite an interesting plot. Dean is led to believe by Dylan's employer that Dylan went off the grid to find himself after leaving the project. Fiona, and the others on the expedition, are told that Dylan sexually assaulted their boss and was fired. It's clear that no one is telling the truth and that something more is going on. I was actually surprised by the direction the plot went and I didn't expect what was ultimately behind Dylan's disappearance. The pacing in this book is great as once Dean and Fiona start being chased, there isn't a lot of down time. The ending was fantastic and had the perfect amount of action. Overall Dangerous Ground was a great start to the series and I'm looking forward to reading Crash Site when it releases early next year. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toni Anderson

    Rachel Grant writes fantastic Romantic Suspense novels.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Tropes. I'm sure there are good reasons an author would write a tried and true plot line. I'm not opposed to them. When they are obvious, I'm not a fan. When well done they can be great. One that I just don't care for at all is the "I've lost the love of my life and I can never love again." This is usually a hero whose justification for his endless flings is that he just can't live through that much pain again. We've got that one here. Also present is the "my brother called dibs" trope. Boy, thi Tropes. I'm sure there are good reasons an author would write a tried and true plot line. I'm not opposed to them. When they are obvious, I'm not a fan. When well done they can be great. One that I just don't care for at all is the "I've lost the love of my life and I can never love again." This is usually a hero whose justification for his endless flings is that he just can't live through that much pain again. We've got that one here. Also present is the "my brother called dibs" trope. Boy, this heroine would be nuts to get mixed up with this guy. She needs to run the other way, fast. Wait! She can't! They are trapped inside a volcano! Now that I've got my Snark out I'll review the book. The real story here was how these two endured horrid conditions and survived. Fiona Carver is a Navy archaeologist who has been tasked with finding historical sites that might impact a proposed Navy submarine base in the Aleutian Islands. The expedition has already been interrupted leaving an historical site venerable for more than five weeks. On her return, she also suspects there are some strange goings on with the other team members, but Fiona's primary concern is her dig site and the artifacts that missing volcanologist Dylan Slater was going to have analysed. Dean Slater is a famous wildlife photographer whose brother, Dylan, disappeared after an emergency evacuation from the site five weeks ago. He is now on the team under an assumed identity and determined to find his brother. His brother told him about the lovely Fiona, but Dean was in no way prepared for the beautiful, intelligent and gutsy woman. That is something Dean wouldn't mind tapping, but Dylan saw her first and besides, Dean only does flings and that isn't Fiona's style. Dean and Fiona have no idea what they are up against and when the expedition is again evacuated from the island, they are left behind. They only have each other and a whole lot of mistrust between them. Both of them want to find Dylan, and that leads them into danger, both physical and personal. 3 1/2-Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B at AAR. Given the number of disappointing romantic suspense reads I’ve experienced lately, it’s no understatement to say that I’ve been very eagerly awaiting the next book from Rachel Grant, someone I know I can rely on to deliver a fast-paced and tightly-plotted story of mystery and suspense alongside a well-developed steamy romance.  Dangerous Ground is a little bit of a departure for her however, in that it’s the first of a series that will feature the same central couple, I've given this a B at AAR. Given the number of disappointing romantic suspense reads I’ve experienced lately, it’s no understatement to say that I’ve been very eagerly awaiting the next book from Rachel Grant, someone I know I can rely on to deliver a fast-paced and tightly-plotted story of mystery and suspense alongside a well-developed steamy romance.  Dangerous Ground is a little bit of a departure for her however, in that it’s the first of a series that will feature the same central couple, so I want to make it clear that there’s no HEA –or even HFN – in this book, although I’m sure our hero and heroine will get there eventually.  Actually, I’m pleased to see an author of m/f romantic suspense taking this approach; most of the really good RS I’ve read lately has been m/m in series in which each book features a self-contained suspense plot while the character and relationship development is ongoing.  So I was in no way put off by the lack of a concrete ending for the protagonists in Dangerous Ground and have high hopes for the further progression of their relationship in subsequent books. Another reason I always look forward to Ms. Grant’s books is the way she so skilfully draws on her  background in history and archaeology to produce stories that are incredibly well-researched and informative about the various aspects of conservation/preservation/exploration that she includes in them, and this is no exception.  Civilian naval archaeologist Fiona Carver is part of the team assigned to produce an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) of the new submarine base the US Navy wants to build in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska.  Five weeks before the story begins, Fiona had made a very significant discovery – that of a prehistoric village on Chiksook Island  – but before she was able to do any further excavation, an emergency evacuation was ordered.  Expecting to be back in a few days, she took as many precautions as she feasibly could with the equipment she had available at the time, but now, five weeks later, she fears the site may have been destroyed.  Dangerous Ground opens as she is returning to Chiksook along with a few members of the original team, and a couple of newcomers she hasn’t met before, one of whom is ornithologist Bill Lowell. Objectively, Fiona can see Bill is gorgeous (she mentally nicknames him “Hot Bird Man”)  – but she can also see he’s one of those men who is well aware he’s attractive, and shuts down his attempts at flirting while trying her best to remain friendly.  She doesn’t do field flings (or any type of fling, really) and isn’t about to change her stance on that, no matter how good-looking or charming the guy is. Wildlife photographer Dean Slater’s twin brother Dylan, a volcanologist, was one of Fiona’s team-mates on the previous expedition, but Dean hasn’t seen him since his supposed return from Chiksook Island.  The last email Dean received from him stated that he was going off the grid for a few months, but that email came from a generic work email address rather than Dylan’s personal account and Dean is certain Dylan wouldn’t just go off like that without at least talking to him beforehand or leaving him some contact details.  And when he gets stonewalled by both the Navy and their contracted engineering company, he becomes increasingly suspicious.  Worried for his brother’s safety, Dean ‘borrows’ the name of an ornithologist he’d worked for years ago and blags his way onto the team.  It’s risky – if he’s found out he could face going to prison – but there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his brother. The person Dean is most interested in meeting is Fiona Carver.  Dylan’s emails had been full of her and he’d said she was his girlfriend, so surely she must know something?  Yet she shows no sign of knowing anything, and Dean dislikes what he interprets as a total lack of concern for her boyfriend.  Yet despite that – and the fact that she’s “Dylan’s girl” – he can’t help being drawn to her.  She’s beautiful, sure, but there’s more to it than that; there’s a passion for her work, a competence and assurance and fierce intelligence that impress and captivate him. The first quarter or so of the book is fairly slow going as we’re introduced to the two leads and the author starts to lay out some of the clues that may – or may not – relate to Dylan’s disappearance. Fiona does have some suspicions about what may have happened to him, although she’s wary of making unfounded accusations and doesn’t at first realise his personal safety is at stake.  There are things about Bill that don’t add up, an uncomfortable feeling about a last-minute replacement on the team, and all this, together with her worries over the fact that she may have unintentionally contributed to the destruction of a hugely important ancient site, contributes to a growing sense of unease she just can’t shake off.  The author does a fabulous job of creating and gradually building an atmosphere full of apprehension and suspicion as Fiona starts to wonder who she can trust.  Then things take a sudden and dangerous turn for the worse, and Fiona and Dean find themselves stranded together with no way off the island and no way to survive the harsh conditions unless they can find a way to work together.  But overcoming their mutual mistrust is the last of their worries when they realise that there may be someone else on the island – someone who wants to make sure they never leave it. Dangerous Ground is a strong start to this new series, boasting a unique setting, smart and interesting characters and fascinating background detail.  Fiona is a terrific heroine; she’s smart, capable and courageous, and I very much liked that she’s not afraid to own up when she’s scared and then pushes herself through it.  Dean is harder to like to start with – he’s pushy and a bit smarmy when he’s pretending to be Bill, although I kind of gave him a pass because the author makes it so very clear just how much he loves Dylan – who is his only family.  He’s basically a decent guy forced to take desperate measures although he does do and say some dumb things, especially in his persistence in believing that Fiona and Dylan are an item when she repeatedly tells him otherwise.  And while I sort of understood the reasons for his playboy lifestyle and aversion to relationships, his ‘love kicked me in the guts and I want nothing more to do with it’ stance is rather stereotypical and it got old fast. I always come away from a Rachel Grant book having learned something new, but there’s a bit of information overload in this one and I have to admit that some of the technical detail and overly obvious ‘teaching moments’ took me out of the story a few times. Dangerous Ground is an intriguing, suspenseful mystery with an intricate, well-woven plot, well-written action sequences and an engaging heroine. The romance is clearly going to be a slow burn and I can’t deny that the ending is somewhat abrupt, but I enjoyed it despite my criticisms, and I’ll definitely be back for book two, Crash Site, when it’s released early in 2022.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dísir

    Rachel Grant’s books are always well-researched: the author’s need to accurately portray indigenous cultures is one that I’ve always loved and ‘Dangerous Ground’, set in the remote Aleutian Islands, is painstakingly done and written with rich detail. It is however, also the start of a new RS series, beginning with the archaeologist Fiona Carver’s expedition getting railroaded by a famous photographer pretending to be someone he’s not as he goes in search of his fraternal twin brother. There’s mo Rachel Grant’s books are always well-researched: the author’s need to accurately portray indigenous cultures is one that I’ve always loved and ‘Dangerous Ground’, set in the remote Aleutian Islands, is painstakingly done and written with rich detail. It is however, also the start of a new RS series, beginning with the archaeologist Fiona Carver’s expedition getting railroaded by a famous photographer pretending to be someone he’s not as he goes in search of his fraternal twin brother. There’s more of an adventure thriller/mystery going on than the romance; instead Grant sets out to delve deeper into both protagonists’ motivations and feelings rather than jump quick into the hot and heavy. With Grant, things are seldom simple and straightforward as her stories are almost always written with the assumption that they are being told to an intelligent reader liking to unravel and put together the plot themselves, as multiple sub-plots and threads are woven together until it all comes together at the end. That this is a series means that unfinished business is the order of the day, as is the relationship between Fiona and Dean. But frankly, I didn’t like Dean Slater to start with (deception and the womaniser-type males with issues always get my teeth clenched, more so because he tried to act on his attraction to Fiona even when he’d thought she was his brother’s girlfriend) despite his desperation to do whatever it takes to find his twin. I thought him too smug, too smarmy at first, too absorbed in his high-flying (and shallow dating—with way too many constant reminders of that in the story) life before circumstances really tested his mettle and showed his need for his brother. Clearly, there’s a lot more growth from Dean that I expect over the coming books but whom I really found fascinating was Dylan instead (when a secondary character becomes your object of interest instead of the protagonist does it not signal trouble?) and I wanted his story told instead of hearing about Dean’s repetitive, deep-seated commitment problems and his refusal to step out of that comfort zone while insisting that his brother deserved Fiona more. So, this became a mixed bag in the end. The alluring setting and the breathless action scenes towards the end kept me enthralled but even these sort of dimmed given the less than compelling protagonists at this stage. With an abrupt relationship-cliffhanger ending, 'Dangerous Ground' turned out somewhat disappointing by the time I turned the last page. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    I saw Aleutian Islands, Archeologist and Volcano and immediately downloaded the book. What I failed to notice that it was Montlake Romance. I don't read romance unless it's a funny "rom-com" particularly those during the holidays so this was far FAR outside of my comfort zone. Despite that it had some interesting parts to it. I did learn quite a bit of history about the Aleuts, volcanos - which I could read about all day - and the fact that these islands were the only Japanese land invasion on I saw Aleutian Islands, Archeologist and Volcano and immediately downloaded the book. What I failed to notice that it was Montlake Romance. I don't read romance unless it's a funny "rom-com" particularly those during the holidays so this was far FAR outside of my comfort zone. Despite that it had some interesting parts to it. I did learn quite a bit of history about the Aleuts, volcanos - which I could read about all day - and the fact that these islands were the only Japanese land invasion on US soil during WWII. Amazing how so much gets left out of US history, isn't it? So there were upsides to the book. The downside was ridiculous sexual tension in places where there should not have been and a male who used the word sweetheart so often that if he'd said it once more I would have sued him for sexual harassment. We ARE in the 21st century, aren't we!? Please tell me that real women don't fall for this crap - PLEASE! Needless to say, if you like romance - and I know that many do - then this was well written, it just obviously was not a book I ever should have read (and wished that I had not.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant a five-star read that will be dangerous for your heart. This is number one in the Fiona Carver series and I can not wait for the next instalment, I hadn’t read this author’s work before this story, but my goodness there was something about it, that hooked me in and demanded that I go and purchase some more as I wasn’t willing to leave the writing style behind. This story will keep you gripped, the attention to detail was thrilling and so well done, it was nice to Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant a five-star read that will be dangerous for your heart. This is number one in the Fiona Carver series and I can not wait for the next instalment, I hadn’t read this author’s work before this story, but my goodness there was something about it, that hooked me in and demanded that I go and purchase some more as I wasn’t willing to leave the writing style behind. This story will keep you gripped, the attention to detail was thrilling and so well done, it was nice to see a character so aware of the surroundings and the passion that Fiona has for her subject, you can imagine being there with her, putting everything else aside just to make sure that she has every detail down and the history recorded for posterity. Then when you throw Dean in with his ability to capture every detail in a different light, you seem to have a match made in heaven, but when heaven happens to involve a Volcano and Volcanologist who is also wrapped into the story so well, heaven isn’t what it appears. This story will grip your heart, there is drama a plenty, but well-done drama and it will keep you guessing and even when you know, you are always wondering do you really know. This story has more layers than the Volcano at its heart, and it just makes it such a compelling and interesting story I am eagerly awaiting what will happen next with Fiona Carver.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise Wilbanks | This Is My Everybody

    BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant With a "locked room" suspense theme set in the Alaskan wilderness of the Aleutian Islands... A page-turning "cat and mouse" suspense thriller filled with a deeper insight into environmental & historic lands protection... ✨😎✨ -------------------- All my reviews can be seen at This Is My Everybody | Books, Lifestyle & Home Ideas for Simple Living | Denise Wilbanks at www.thisismyeverybody.com ♡ Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to r BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Ground by Rachel Grant With a "locked room" suspense theme set in the Alaskan wilderness of the Aleutian Islands... A page-turning "cat and mouse" suspense thriller filled with a deeper insight into environmental & historic lands protection... ✨😎✨ -------------------- All my reviews can be seen at This Is My Everybody | Books, Lifestyle & Home Ideas for Simple Living | Denise Wilbanks at www.thisismyeverybody.com ♡ Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lama

    I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to rate this book. How do you rate a romance novel by one of your favorite authors that was a 5 star read up until an incredibly frustrating ending (read: no HEA/HFN)? I considered putting this under spoiler tags, but I think anyone who wants to read this book should know this in advance to avoid being blindsided. Dangerous Ground is the first book in a new series that follows Fiona, a navy archaeologist, and Dean, a wildlife photographer posing as an ornithologis I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to rate this book. How do you rate a romance novel by one of your favorite authors that was a 5 star read up until an incredibly frustrating ending (read: no HEA/HFN)? I considered putting this under spoiler tags, but I think anyone who wants to read this book should know this in advance to avoid being blindsided. Dangerous Ground is the first book in a new series that follows Fiona, a navy archaeologist, and Dean, a wildlife photographer posing as an ornithologist (bird expert) who are working on an environmental impact statement for a proposed U.S military base in the Aleutian Islands. Fiona has been working on the EIS since the beginning and is desperate to get back to the project site after a forced evacuation several weeks before. Dean on the other hand forged his way into the team and onto the island in hopes of finding his brother Dylan, the team’s volcanologist, who never showed up after the team was evacuated off the island. Dean is under the impression that Fiona is Dylan’s girlfriend (based on Dylan’s emails) and figures that spending most of his time on the island with her is the best course of action to find out what happened to his missing brother. But he quickly realizes that Fiona isn’t acting like someone who lost a loved one, and it doesn’t take long for Fiona to realize that Dean isn’t who he claims to be. However, circumstances force them to work together to survive after things go very, very wrong, and later to retrace Dylan’s steps in hopes of finding him. This book has everything I've learned to expect from Rachel Grant: a smart, multilayered plot and competent MCs who have chemistry in spades. It was also more thriller/mystery than romance but I didn’t mind because Fiona and Dean spent almost the entirety of the book together. I loved the slow developments in their relationship, the mutual pining, and how they fought off their mutual attraction (due to a number of personal reasons). I love a slow burn, and it makes the moment the MCs finally get together all the more special. However, little did I know that this slow progression is because their relationship was going to be explored over several books. It’s definitely my bad for not realizing that this was the first book in a series that will follow the same characters across multiple books, but even if I’d known, I would’ve still expected a HFN at least. It pains me to give this book anything less than 4 stars, because it really was brilliant up until 90% or so, but romance novel endings should melt your heart and leave you feeling happy, not incredibly frustrated. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angelia M.

    OMG, this book! I absolutely loved Dangerous Ground, the first book in Rachel Grant’s new Fiona Carver series. This is a high-octane suspense with a slow burn romance. I typically like a little more romance, but all the action, adventure, and excitement more than make up for it. This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down. The main characters of Fiona Carver and Dean Slater are great – strong, capable, and smart – with some steamy chemistry to boot. I can’t wait for the next book OMG, this book! I absolutely loved Dangerous Ground, the first book in Rachel Grant’s new Fiona Carver series. This is a high-octane suspense with a slow burn romance. I typically like a little more romance, but all the action, adventure, and excitement more than make up for it. This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down. The main characters of Fiona Carver and Dean Slater are great – strong, capable, and smart – with some steamy chemistry to boot. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see where their story and relationship goes. If you like fast paced romantic suspense, this is definitely the book for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    4.5 stars I love when I find new authors and their books. And this is the case of Rachel Grant and Dangerous Ground.  I loved the description and settings of a beautiful island along with all the archeological themes and interesting inside stories from her job.  After starting on the wrong foot, the interaction between Fiona and Dean was all I could read about and this book is packed with suspenseful moments that held me glued on my kindle until the last page.  The door was left wide open in the en 4.5 stars I love when I find new authors and their books. And this is the case of Rachel Grant and Dangerous Ground.  I loved the description and settings of a beautiful island along with all the archeological themes and interesting inside stories from her job.  After starting on the wrong foot, the interaction between Fiona and Dean was all I could read about and this book is packed with suspenseful moments that held me glued on my kindle until the last page.  The door was left wide open in the end and I can’t wait to see what adventures is the author laying out for us in the next instalments. 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    Dangerous Ground kicks off a new series for Rachel Grant. The mystery/suspense aspects were well done and the volume of information about volcanoes was quite fascinating. The story was more of a thriller with slightly romantic elements. However, the inklings of what could be a great relationship between Fiona and Dean, once they can come to terms with their emotional baggage, appears to be in the works. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author/Netgalley. All Dangerous Ground kicks off a new series for Rachel Grant. The mystery/suspense aspects were well done and the volume of information about volcanoes was quite fascinating. The story was more of a thriller with slightly romantic elements. However, the inklings of what could be a great relationship between Fiona and Dean, once they can come to terms with their emotional baggage, appears to be in the works. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author/Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

    Rachel Grant has outdone herself. I was thrilled to get a copy of this from Netgalley and get a sneak peek at the next book by Grant with her new series. If you're a Rachel Grant fan -- or really a suspense fan -- you're going to want to grab this one. The stakes in Dangerous Ground feel more personally high, leaning on the people's internal motivation in a way that has always been there in the author's books, but come to the foreground here as the action is high, but feels more as if we could ha Rachel Grant has outdone herself. I was thrilled to get a copy of this from Netgalley and get a sneak peek at the next book by Grant with her new series. If you're a Rachel Grant fan -- or really a suspense fan -- you're going to want to grab this one. The stakes in Dangerous Ground feel more personally high, leaning on the people's internal motivation in a way that has always been there in the author's books, but come to the foreground here as the action is high, but feels more as if we could have fallen into this story ourselves (Don't get me wrong, I love her high impact stories, but I'm also really glad I've never stood in front of a firing squad.) Without giving away too much, the thing that will pull you along hours after you should have gone to bed isn't just the superb questions that arise in the mystery, but the inter-play of emotional connections not just between the hero & heroine, but the complexity of both communities they interact with and even those off-screen characters who motivate the story from the start. I'm so excited to see "Fiona Carver #1" bc I'm all about "when is Fiona Carver #2." Basically, pick this book up as soon as you can and treat yourself to a great ride.

  16. 4 out of 5

    marilyn

    I want more! This is a great start to a new series by Rachel Grant. As usual Grant spins an awesome suspense story using her archeological background to build a believable plot. The characters are well developed. The only downside to this story is that though the story is finished for now, there is more to the story but we have to wait for the next book in the series to see what happens next with our hero and heroine. I can't wait for the next installment in the series. I want more! This is a great start to a new series by Rachel Grant. As usual Grant spins an awesome suspense story using her archeological background to build a believable plot. The characters are well developed. The only downside to this story is that though the story is finished for now, there is more to the story but we have to wait for the next book in the series to see what happens next with our hero and heroine. I can't wait for the next installment in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is going to be a great series if the rest of the books are as good as this one. I could not put it down once I started. There are some really good twists and turns that keep you turning pages. I also really love how real & vivid the story is and you feel like you have been pulled into it. I cannot wait for the next book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Taivalkoski

    I must preface this by saying that Im an archaeologist that has worked in the Aleutians. This was definitely one of the best fictional books depicting archaeology I’ve read. While there were some questionable choices made (who opens an excavation in the Aleutians that they don’t know they can finish or cover adequately?!), overall the archaeology was on point. I was also a bit confused why neither of these people were carrying dry bags (which are pretty standard gear in the Aleutians) as they co I must preface this by saying that Im an archaeologist that has worked in the Aleutians. This was definitely one of the best fictional books depicting archaeology I’ve read. While there were some questionable choices made (who opens an excavation in the Aleutians that they don’t know they can finish or cover adequately?!), overall the archaeology was on point. I was also a bit confused why neither of these people were carrying dry bags (which are pretty standard gear in the Aleutians) as they could have really used them at various points. The author did a nice job of honoring Unangax culture. I docked off one star because I found the romance aspect to be a bit over the top a couple times throughout the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Okay, I'm ready to cry in frustration, but it is probably my fault for not realizing this book is the first in a "Fiona Carver" series. Though even if I had, I probably still would have expected an HEA. It doesn't have an unHEA, that is, but uuuuuggh. I swiped the page and my heart dropped to realize it was over. I don't particularly love this type of novel, the kind where the protagonist has a series of adventures or crimes or mysteries, each with its own book. Further, this book did not read li Okay, I'm ready to cry in frustration, but it is probably my fault for not realizing this book is the first in a "Fiona Carver" series. Though even if I had, I probably still would have expected an HEA. It doesn't have an unHEA, that is, but uuuuuggh. I swiped the page and my heart dropped to realize it was over. I don't particularly love this type of novel, the kind where the protagonist has a series of adventures or crimes or mysteries, each with its own book. Further, this book did not read like a Protagonist Name # book. It needed, in my opinion, a more finite ending, with sequels--if any--focusing on this book's secondary characters. I feel like after Fiona and Dean's harrowing experience, they--and I--deserved one. All that aside, it was a great book, exciting and interesting and hard to put down. I guess I just have to have faith that Fiona and Dean will have a HEA eventually. The book was 5/5 for me until the ending, which was a 1/5...hence the 3 stars. Again, I feel awful about the low marks for what was obviously a well researched and well written book and it's on me that I don't have the emotional fortitude to wait, but I did promise an honest review. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    I love Rachel Grant's romantic suspense so much, and this book was no exception! I love Rachel Grant's romantic suspense so much, and this book was no exception!

  21. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    Dangerous Ground promised to be high-octane and it delivered! I was thoroughly impressed with this romantic thriller. The suspense was as intense as the romance. I was captivated from page one and the plot held my interest until the last page. Yes, it has an abrupt ending, BUT it’s the first installment in a new series. Cliff-hangers need to be expected. This adventure is set in the remote Aleutian Islands and features a naval archaeologist, Fiona Carver, whose documentation of a prehistoric vil Dangerous Ground promised to be high-octane and it delivered! I was thoroughly impressed with this romantic thriller. The suspense was as intense as the romance. I was captivated from page one and the plot held my interest until the last page. Yes, it has an abrupt ending, BUT it’s the first installment in a new series. Cliff-hangers need to be expected. This adventure is set in the remote Aleutian Islands and features a naval archaeologist, Fiona Carver, whose documentation of a prehistoric village is cut short. She’s just discovered that Dean Slater has bluffed his way onto the team posing as a wildlife photographer with the claim of finding his twin brother, Dylan, who went missing from the site 5 weeks ago. Fiona can’t help but wonder what else he’s hiding. Suddenly, what began as a recovery mission, quickly turns into a fight for survival as the two discover that they’re being hunted. They need to trust each other to survive. What really happened to the volcanologist? Can Fiona and Dean get off the island safely? A new author to me, Rachel Grant quickly became one of my favourites. Her research and ability to pen a gripping adventure appealed to me. I love her sensitivity in discussing and her accurate representation of the indigenous cultures of the islands. Her heroine is fascinating and smart. Her hunky hero, although initially was gratingly chauvinistic, grew on me and her plot was intelligent and well-researched. I’d say this series is geared towards an intelligent reader. Grant’s setting is unique and she is able to use the environment as a source of the conflict. Her characters are authentic and bring baggage which adds to the depth of the story. My only critique: The attraction between the two main characters was great but the crude words sprinkled throughout were out of place. I felt a story with this high level of writing was brought down a peg as a result. I made the decision to overlook it because the storyline was so fantastic. I don’t know why authors feel the need to include crude language. I don’t feel it adds to the story. Perhaps this is common in this author’s writing and I was shocked because she’s a new author to me. I am already looking forward to the sequel, Crash Site, where we’ll meet up again with Fiona and Dean when they are trapped in a dangerous paradise. I’ll be looking for it in January 2022 with fingers crossed that the crude language is toned down. Publishes August 17, 2021 I was gifted this advance copy by Rachel Grant, Montlake, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Starmarie Guerrero

    This was my first time reading a book by this author so I really didn't know what to expect. The beginning was okay, I just got a little confused with all the abbreviations cause there was a lot of Archeological regulation jargon but It was not a big deal. There also wasn't much of a build up which kind of made it feel like it was missing a little something cause you could get lost. Which I did a coupletimes if i'm honest. But it even got more exciting. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won This was my first time reading a book by this author so I really didn't know what to expect. The beginning was okay, I just got a little confused with all the abbreviations cause there was a lot of Archeological regulation jargon but It was not a big deal. There also wasn't much of a build up which kind of made it feel like it was missing a little something cause you could get lost. Which I did a coupletimes if i'm honest. But it even got more exciting. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't go into detail but the one thing I absolutely loved about this book was the action and adventure. This made the whole book honestly. The romance was...mehh😕... I mean it was okay, it could have been better. However the action and adventure made up for that. The characters themselves were likeable which was good cause sometimes the heroine and even the hero can be annoying or just plain out unlikable at times. Not to say they didn't have their moments where I was thinking, " this dude has to chill out!" MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! Full disclaimer. I had no idea that this book would contain any sexual content. So it took me by surprise. It wasn't heavy it was actually really light which I am thankful for...it was just a little too descriptive for my taste at times. This was the one thing that really bothered me about this book. Desides the thoughts of his brother, not getting caught or dying..all of Dean's thoughts about Fiona were mainly about him wanting to have sex with her (I mean about a good 80%). Like I get it but chill out my dude! Perhaps get to know her 🤔 their Relationship throughout the book the book was based mostly on lust sometimes it seemed like it could be more. I mean I understand naturally being attracted to somebody which is why it was OK in the beginning but but after we got to the middle of the book i would have thought there would be a bit more progress made on the emotional side of their relationship...but I guess that is just my opinion. Either way it was a good book and I did enjoy it. I did finish it in a couple of hours because I couldn't put it down mainly because of the action in the adventure in this book. So I might I might read the 2nd one .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    I was very much intrigued by the setting of this book, in the remote Aleutian Islands, where Fiona Carver is an archaeologist investigating a potentially unique indigenous site before the US Navy builds a new submarine base. The unforgiving landscape, potentially deadly even in the middle of summer, plays a big part in the story. I do, however, have two significant issues with the book. First is that, while it is the first part of a series, it ends on a relationship cliffhanger. While I wouldn’t I was very much intrigued by the setting of this book, in the remote Aleutian Islands, where Fiona Carver is an archaeologist investigating a potentially unique indigenous site before the US Navy builds a new submarine base. The unforgiving landscape, potentially deadly even in the middle of summer, plays a big part in the story. I do, however, have two significant issues with the book. First is that, while it is the first part of a series, it ends on a relationship cliffhanger. While I wouldn’t necessarily expect an HEA in the first installment of a romantic suspense series based on a single protagonist, a cliffhanger is just going to annoy readers unnecessarily. Frankly there was way too much will-they won’t-they going on anyway, and considering the explicit dirty talk earlier in the book, the fact the couple didn’t actually do the deed just felt like a bait-and-switch let down. The second issue I have - and this is a bigger one - is that for a series where Fiona is supposedly the protagonist, this book was about Dean. Dean’s brother, Dean’s problems, Dean’s romantic interest in Fiona. I didn’t count scenes, but it certainly felt like well over half the book was from his point of view. Certainly it was his choices which drove most of the story’s action, relegating Fiona to the role of observer and assistant. There are things here I really like, such as the respect shown for the indigenous people whose land the action is occurring on. Fiona is a great character, with her no-nonsense attitude and refusal to have specific roles assigned to her just because of her gender. Dean, while he thinks he’s enlightened, falls down here a few times - but that’s the flaw of writing a modern-day playboy, because their lack of respect for women is a fundamental part of their character, and writing one as the hero means you almost always end up falling into the Not Like Other Girls trope with the heroine. I don’t think this is a bad story, but I think billing it as ‘Fiona Carver Book 1’ does it no favours, and as previously noted, I’m not at all keen on the romance cliffhanger ending. Overall, I’ll give it three stars; I may pick up book 2 if it crosses my radar but probably won’t go out of my way to look for it. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Dangerous Ground is the first book in the new Fiona Carver series by Rachel Grant. Fiona is an archaeologist sent by the Navy to document an island for use as a potential submarine base. When she was previously there months ago, Dylan, a volcanologist, was there as well. Dylan is now missing so his twin brother Dean lies his way into the return expedition to search for his brother. Due to a series of events, Fiona and Dean team up to first explore the island and later in the search for Dylan. Thi Dangerous Ground is the first book in the new Fiona Carver series by Rachel Grant. Fiona is an archaeologist sent by the Navy to document an island for use as a potential submarine base. When she was previously there months ago, Dylan, a volcanologist, was there as well. Dylan is now missing so his twin brother Dean lies his way into the return expedition to search for his brother. Due to a series of events, Fiona and Dean team up to first explore the island and later in the search for Dylan. This book takes place in the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska. The area and the native people that live there are beautifully written. The characters are extremely well developed. I thought the story was too technical when describing volcanos, archaeology and especially government rules and regulations regarding both of these fields. I found myself quickly skimming these parts, and there were a lot of them, and possibly missing the reasons they were included in the first place. I hated the ending. I kept looking for the next chapter thinking my ARC was missing something. I checked some of the other reviews and realized that this was the way it was intended to end. It ruined the book for me and led me to give it only three stars. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC I received in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    In Dangerous Ground, Rachel Grant introduces us to her new series featuring archaeologist Fiona Carver. As with all this authors books we are taken to a new location with a fascinating history and plenty of suspense and romance. This story mainly takes place on the Aleutian Islands which mostly belong to Alaska. They are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller islands. They have been around for centuries and have tons of history associated with them. Fiona is part of an expedition an In Dangerous Ground, Rachel Grant introduces us to her new series featuring archaeologist Fiona Carver. As with all this authors books we are taken to a new location with a fascinating history and plenty of suspense and romance. This story mainly takes place on the Aleutian Islands which mostly belong to Alaska. They are a chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller islands. They have been around for centuries and have tons of history associated with them. Fiona is part of an expedition and her part is to document the discovery of a prehistoric village and recover missing artifacts. Their last mission was cut short and now they are finally allowed to return to the islands. Dean Slater, professional wildlife photographer, twin brother Dylan is missing. He was the volcanologist on Fiona's team. Someone is trying to make Dean think that Dylan is just away somewhere taking time off. He knows his brother would never be out of communication with him this long. He decides to go undercover on the expedition as a ornithologist. Fiona and Dean both have emotionally traumatic issues from their past which still effect them today. Those things are both an advantage and hindrance in their eventual teaming to search for Dylan. Unfortunately those issue prevent any form of relationship commitment which I assume will be addressed in the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Absolutely Brilliant!! An exciting adventure on a remote Aleutian Island. Love the scientific nature of this story. Fiona, an archaeologist, may have a major find. Dean is pretending to be an ornithologist - but is actually a wildlife photographer. His brother disappeared from this remote area, and he is going to discover what happened. Fiona is a smart cookie, and quickly catches on that Dean is not who or what he presents himself to be. A series of mishaps turn dangerous, and suddenly more lives Absolutely Brilliant!! An exciting adventure on a remote Aleutian Island. Love the scientific nature of this story. Fiona, an archaeologist, may have a major find. Dean is pretending to be an ornithologist - but is actually a wildlife photographer. His brother disappeared from this remote area, and he is going to discover what happened. Fiona is a smart cookie, and quickly catches on that Dean is not who or what he presents himself to be. A series of mishaps turn dangerous, and suddenly more lives are on the line. Fascinating, well researched, tense and entertaining. I loved this story!! **I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book**

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shelva Wilcox

    Delivers on all levels. Mystery, romance and some unexpected tugs on the heartstrings. Such a fan of Rachel Grant and this book did not disappoint... other than it came to an end. Can’t wait to read book two.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Delayne

    Fabulous…. I so enjoy this author. It’s not just the romance, it’s the settings and the interesting things to learn. In this case, archeological side trips. Can’t wait until the next book!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    Review to come

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nell

    Omg this book is fantastic!! I love Rachel Grant, she brings archaeology to life ! This book is about Fiona (archaeologist) and Dean (Photographer / Dylan's brother). (view spoiler)[There seems to be a slight cliff-hanger ending- not in the mystery but in the relationship... This is new for Rachel Grant... usually each book involves a couple and there is at least a "Happy for now" ending; not so this time. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed the banter and sexual tension in this book, and I can't w Omg this book is fantastic!! I love Rachel Grant, she brings archaeology to life ! This book is about Fiona (archaeologist) and Dean (Photographer / Dylan's brother). (view spoiler)[There seems to be a slight cliff-hanger ending- not in the mystery but in the relationship... This is new for Rachel Grant... usually each book involves a couple and there is at least a "Happy for now" ending; not so this time. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed the banter and sexual tension in this book, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

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