Verita by Tracy Rozzlynn. On Goodreads here.
Book Summary: If your world suddenly crumbled, leaving you with nothing but heartache, would you risk your life for a chance at a new beginning on a new world? Brett Bradbury’s parents are dead, her boyfriend’s a cheater, and her best friend essentially dumped her. Truly alone in the world, Brett agrees to help colonize the newly discovered planet, Verita. Now Brett’s on a strange new world. She quickly makes friends and starts her assigned job. Verita begins to feel like home, but it’s far from perfect. Brett has an overwhelming attraction to Brody, despite the fact that he’s entirely not her type. Her colleague, Ryan, utterly hates her for reasons out of her control. And there are creatures in the forest that would like nothing more than to devour everyone for dinner. Brett’s heart and mind are at odds each other. She’s constantly fighting with Ryan. So, Concentrating on her job is becoming more and more difficult. Plus it’s hard to ignore some of the strange things that have been happening around her. But, when Brett finds herself stranded in the wilderness, the only thing that matters is survival.
I’m so glad I stumbled across this book. It was an enjoyable & unexpected read, and I look forward to reading more from this author. She is definitely one to watch.
PS I’m a fan of self-released books and think it takes bravery to go that route. I realize others are often dismayed & swayed against them… often for good reasons. Self-pub books can lack the final gloss and polish provided by the traditional publishing house. And, while this book does lack some of that glossy finish (and bears some typos that a final line edit could have fixed), it makes up for them in terms of world-building, creativity, and just a general sense that the author had a genuine love of writing.