Stranded by Blayne Cooper is a wild adventure in the jungle of Venezuela. This book is fun and witty and will have you rolling with laughter. Blayne Cooper has definite skill in the writing department. She knows how to tell a great tale.

There are three key players in Stranded, Miranda Gutierrez, Rachel Michaels and Nora Butler. Miranda is 17 year old Venezuelan soccer player. She is on the brink of stardom in the game of women’s professional soccer. She has been wooed by many of the professional teams, but has chosen to play for the Denver Dragonflies. Miranda is the reason that that Nora & Rachel have come to Venezuela, securing her contract and squelching her parents fears of their baby living in America.

Nora is the Assistant General Manager of the Dragonflies. This ex-soccer player has given up a lot to get the Dragonflies up and running. Their inaugural season has been blood, sweat and tears, and she is hell bent to get this team to be the best it can be. Nora is to consummate professional, that is, until she sets her eyes on Rachael Michaels.

Rachel is a Denver radio disc jockey that has the number one morning show that she co-hosts with her ex-husband. Rachel has just taken on a second job as the announcer for the Dragonflies. She has been flown down to interview Miranda for an upcoming press release. Rachel is funny and the entire book is told from her point of view. Rachel exudes hilariousness throughout the book, and her combo of feisty and funny is awesome.

All hell breaks loose when Nora, Rachel and Miranda are gifted an adventure into the wilderness of Venezuela. I won’t spoil it for you, but literally the ladies become stranded. They must fight to survive and get themselves back to civilization.

Oh wait and yes there is a romance. Nora and Rachel each have a plethora of baggage they are carrying around, but neither can deny their attraction to each other. Nora is instantly attracted to Rachel, and she does not hide her desire for a vacation romance. Rachel takes a little longer to warm up to the idea, especially since she has sworn off having a relationship with a woman. Their romance is slow, but it is fun and neither ladies shies away from conflict. These two will battle it out until the happy ever after.

I loved how Blayne Cooper does not make a big deal of Rachel’s sexuality. Nora takes it in stride and so does Rachel. There are not any contrived stereotypes or insecurities, it is what it is. These are two ladies who have chemistry and feel drawn to one another. I know when I pick up a book by Blayne Cooper is going to be well written and a damn good read.

4.25 stars out of 5

by Blayne Cooper


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