In the past few months, I’ve read a few series launches that were just awesome, so I thought I’d spotlight a few of them today!
Alaskan romance seems to be a small trend in romance lately, and this debut is my favorite so far.
I’m going to include the book blurb here, because it’s so entertaining:
Curl up with a quirky small-town Alaskan rom-com that’ll leave you laughing over:
- A grumpy local and the sunny tourist who turns his world upside down
- A rogue moose who threatens to steal every scene
- A vacation you’ll never forget
- And a sweet romance that doesn’t need to scald the pages to burn its way into your heart
He had a strict “no tourists” policy…until she broke all of his rules.When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…
Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the grumpy local than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.
This story of Alaska marries together all the things you didn’t realize you needed: a whirlwind vacation, a friendly moose, a grumpy diner owner, a quirky tourist, plenty of restaurant humor, and a happy ending that’ll take you away from it all.
The book was, indeed, very entertaining, and in between the humor and hijinks, there was an underlying thread of deeper messages: follow your heart, be brave, take care of your friends, be true to yourself and your community.
And then there were the points the author made subtly and I’m pretty sure she wished she could tell every tourist who set foot in a place that does not belong to them: be respectful, leave the spaces better than they were when you got there, leave the wildlife alone, don’t be a jerk….
Because there are a few of those in this book, and they’re almost all rich and entitled, and definitely don’t follow those rules, which sets up class and lifestyle tensions.
Not to say those things dominate the story in any way, but they do add conflict and depth to the story in ways that make it more human, more timely and more layered.
Graham and Zoey are both navigating (fighting?) their sizzling attraction to each other, since it isn’t at all welcome, given that she lives thousands of miles away and he’s not down for a relationship. But what do you do when lightning strikes?
Their misadventures that weave through his Alaskan small town and the ritzy resort she’s staying at with a rich friend span the ridiculously comic to the authentically distressing, but through it all Zoey proves herself to be a stand-up, stalwart companion, and someone Grant is surprised to discover he can depend on. Finding their way to an HEA is an interesting, amusing and oddly touching ride.
I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming titles, MISTLETOE & MR. RIGHT (10/6) and ENJOY THE VIEW (1/19)
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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