Pleasant, contemporary romance set in a quirky, small-town community in a scenic portion of Alaska
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2016
Pages: 248 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Garrett Hamilton is a 33-year-old, handsome, well-built, workaholic, corporate attorney from Seattle who has been too dedicated to his very successful career to have time for romance. No-commitment sex with professional women who are as busy as he is has been his style for years. But suddenly one day, after winning a case for a big insurance corporation against a middle-class woman whom they beggared when they denied her coverage, he is suddenly unable to face another day working for corporate sleazebags. With no plan in mind other than to take a break to clear his head, he flies to Alaska to stay with his older brother Gage, a former Navy SEAL, who a year ago reopened a defunct ski lodge called the Last Frontier Lodge (see book 1 in this series, Take Me Home, which is free on Amazon).
Delia Peters is a 27-year-old single mother of a seven-year-old boy. She got pregnant in college, but her boyfriend at the time refused to be a father and, to this day, has never seen his son. Delia dropped out of university and came home to live with her parents, who willingly took her in. Sadly, her mother died of cancer not long after Delia’s son was born, but her kind and caring father has helped her raise her son ever since, and she has continued all these years to live with him. Delia works as a chef at the Last Frontier Lodge. It is her dream job, and she is very good at it.
The chemistry is explosive when Garrett and Delia meet at the ski lodge, which creates a huge dilemma for both of them. Garrett doesn’t need a warning from both his brother Gage and Delia’s father that he shouldn’t tamper with the affections of a single-mother like Delia, who’s the kind of woman who gets married and settles down. And even before she finds out about Garrett’s no-commitment lifestyle, Delia believes that Garrett is too big a risk to take because his life is in Seattle.
This is a pleasant romance novel that is low on melodramatic angst, which to me personally is a big plus. I also appreciated that the sex is not crude and occurs later in the book, after the protagonists have had time to get to know each other. It is also very tender, and all the more exciting, for my taste anyway, because of that.
The book is told from dual point of view of the heroine and hero, which is a strong personal preference of mine, because it allows me to get to know the hero as well as the heroine.
I enjoyed the many quirky, well-drawn subcharacters, particularly Delia’s cute son and his growing relationship with Garrett. I also enjoyed Delia’s father. How wonderful for her to have endless free babysitting from such a loving, supportive man!
The story is set at a ski lodge in a very scenic part of Alaska, which is so vividly presented it made me want to hop on a plane and fly there for a visit.
This book is part of a series, but they don’t have to be read in order. I’ve currently read this book and book 7, and am getting ready to read book 1.
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 4