Romance novels that have a sport of some sort tend to draw me in just on the premise alone. Rock climbing especially when you bring in climbing the major summits like Everest, Annapurna or Denali I am beyond intrigued. The thought of people willingly putting their lives at risk for their passion is both badass and terrifying. No desire to do it, I’ll keep my feet on the ground, thanks, but read it oh hell yeah.

The premise is tricky though. You either are going to weave the romance perfectly in with the sport or you tip too far technical and it becomes way more sport related than I need. The line is pretty thin here. Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case in Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall. While I liked the romance, too much time was spent on tieing knots, safety measures, and climbing techniques.

Overall, the rating of this book was kind of a conundrum to me. The writing overall is done well. I thought the relationship development was based on too much miscommunication, but not bad. I also thought that there were too many dramatic, unnecessary conflicts that didn’t make the story more enjoyable. I wished it had focused more on the budding relationship between the two main characters with less dramatic interferences. Now with that being said, I would pick up an Andrea Bramhall book with zero reservations any day.

3.75 out of 5 stars


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