Published September 24th 2019 by HQN Books
About the Book: 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…
This is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Snow. It is hot, steamy, and sizzling. Erika Sheraton grew up in Wild River, a shy, almost loner. She had one friend, Cassie Reynolds. They were inseparable, and Cassie’s family made life bearable for her after the death of her mother. Erika always wanted to be a doctor like her father, so when it came time for college, Erika heads off to Anchorage with plans of medical school, never to return to Wild River. Erika is still a loner as well as a workaholic. She spends every possible hour at the hospital and is in charge of a new clinical drug trial that takes up every extra moment she has. She has no friends, and no life, but suddenly she finds herself on a forced two week vacation. She actually has nowhere to go. She hasn’t talked to Cassie in ten years, but that is the only place she can think of going, so she reaches out to her and heads off to Wild River. Little does she know that she is about to face her past and her life will never be the same again.
I love the characters we meet in Wild River. Cassie is still pretty much the same, but has opened her own business. The search and rescue team play a huge role in Erika’s soul searching, and they are led by Reed Reynolds, Cassie’s brother. I enjoyed the chemistry between Reed and Cassie. It sizzled from the first meeting, with both of them remembering a past experience. Of course they both try to ignore the feeling, but it doesn’t last long. Their relationship grows quickly and their intimate encounters sizzle, with some graphic encounters. Erika has a difficult time with her pride and that causes her and Reed to have a couple of touchy situations. She is a very talented surgeon, stubborn and driven, so when she gets the call to come back to the hospital, she heads back with the hope that she and Reed will be able to carry on a long-distance romance.
I really enjoyed this passionate story. There is a lot in this book, including the romance and personal growth involving Reed and Erika. I loved the parts with the rescues on the mountain. Some of them had me holding my breath as I eagerly read to see if those in trouble would survive or not. There were also so many wonderful secondary characters, including Cassie, and I am looking forward to more of their stories in future Wild River Stories. The setting is great. A small Alaskan ski and camping town that is basically a hospitality industry, yet it has a lot to offer. This is a well-written story that I read quickly to find out what was going to happen. The plot combines friendship, insta-love, steamy chemistry, some graphic intimacy, fun dialogue, a bit of angst, some humour and the excitement of the search-and-rescue missions. A bit of everything to appeal to just about anyone. I enjoyed this story and definitely recommend it during this wintry, Christmas season. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Jennifer Snow is an award-winning author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and five year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, and SheWrites.org. She is a contributing author to Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine and RWR. She has also taught RWA Chapters courses online.
She also hosts an annual SnowGlobe Award contest in recognition of holiday themed romance stories, with over forty entries each year. More information about the contest can be found at www.snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca