by Jennifer Snow
Series: Wild River #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on September 24, 2019
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…
If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.
Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…
A Christmas read in the middle of spring AND a pandemic…makes perfect sense to me! 😁 An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow is exactly what I needed to read right now. It’s funny, it’s emotional, and it’s insanely steamy. In short, an amazing read for Christmas or any time of year.
Workaholic surgeon Erika Sheraton has just been forced by her boss to take a vacation. The fact that her boss is her father doesn’t help one bit. Against her better judgment, she heads back to her hometown of Wild River, Alaska. She gets back in contact with her childhood BFF Cassie, but their reunion is both awkward and hilarious.
Erika also reunites with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds. They’ve always disliked each other since their teen years, and now that Erika has seemingly turned into an uptight snob, Reed’s not impressed. Little does he know that the real Erika is way more than the tough exterior that she portrays.
Erika and Reed are a true enemies to lovers story, which fills this book with a lot of delicious verbal foreplay. When they do get together, their chemistry is insane. My one and only complaint with this book is that the cover is SO misleading! As pretty as the cover is, this is not a closed-door romance, my friends. The steam here is off the charts and I loved it. I can see some readers feeling misled, though, so I think it’s important to note the heat level.
That being said, the story also hits some emotional buttons that I didn’t fully expect. I teared up several moments toward the end at some hard-hitting family subplots. Erika and her dad have a lot of issues to work through, as does Reed with his family. The family elements are so well-done and kind of took me by surprise, which makes them so effective.
In between the sexytimes and emotional parts are some suspenseful scenes dealing with Reed’s search and rescue team. I didn’t think these scenes would interest me, but the author writes them in such a way that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I adored this story and can’t wait to read the sequel, which focuses on Cassie. I highly recommend this one, at Christmas or any time.
Rating: 5 stars