I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Wild River #1
Published by HQN Books on 2019-09-24
Length: 384 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2019, 2019 New Release Challenge
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…
An Alaskan Christmas is the first book in a brand new series called Wild River by Jennifer Snow. I knew before I even cracked this book open that I would enjoy it. Set in a rural Alaskan town, An Alaskan Christmas follows the story of Dr. Erika Sheraton and search and rescue team leader Reed Reynolds. If you enjoy holiday romance, I highly recommend it.
The story opens on workaholic Dr. Erika Sheraton. Seriously, she is like a robot, going through the daily grind with little thought about the feelings of her coworkers or patients. She is driven by the lingering grief from her mother’s death years earlier and the need for her own father’s approval. When the board of her hospital recommends a vacation, she has no choice but to take it. Unsure of what to do with herself she reaches out to her estranged childhood best friend Cassie and winds up on a two week stay in her hometown Wild River.
I like Erika, at least I try to like Erika. She isn’t an easy person to like. She pushes people away and has walls built around her heart stronger than those at Fort Knox, but despite all that it is easy to see where her heart lies. Erika may play the tough, no nonsense surgeon, but in truth she is just protecting herself from ever being hurt again.
Enter Reed Reynolds, Cassie’s older brother and tormenter of Erika’s youth. Though I say that loosely. Reed remembers Erika as Cassie’s annoying, snobbish friend growing up. Now that he is all grown up, he has a desire to prove to her that he is more than she thinks he is. Where the desire comes from he doesn’t know. He can’t have a thing for her, can he? She’s not his type. The more Reed denies his feelings for Erika the more evident they become to the reader. At times I wanted to reach through the pages and smack some sense into him or at the very least yell at him to go get the girl. Reed is kind, protective, loyal, and loving to everyone that knows him, and Erika may just lose her heart to him if she hangs out in Wild River too long.
The plot of the story revolves around Erika and Reed. I don’t feel like this fits into any romance trope that I’m aware of. It isn’t really friends to lovers or enemies to lovers, nor is it second chance. What it is is entertaining, steamy and sweet all at the same time. I rooted for them from the first page and found myself anxious as the explored the Alaskan wilderness with the search and rescue team.
Overall I really enjoyed An Alaskan Christmas. I love Reed and Erika, and I know you will too! The setting was a bonus, making me want to don skiing gear and wrap up in a blanket while reading to ward off the cold the characters were in. If you enjoy holiday romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy asap.