An Alaskan Christmas

HQN: Harlequin. (Wild River, Bk. 1). Sept. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781335041500. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488054242. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Surgeon Erika Sheraton can’t remember the last day she had off from work. When the medical board finally mandates a vacation, she decides to return to her childhood home of Wild River, AK, to reconnect with best friend Cassie during the holidays. Cassie’s brother Reed Reynolds tends bar in the evenings, but his real passion is for his job with the Wild River Search and Rescue team, which fulfills his love of an adrenaline rush and a desire to help people. Intrigued by Reed’s commitment to his work, Erika tags along on one of his calls and finds herself in the right place with the right medical skills to assist. Reed can’t deny Erika’s expertise any more than he can deny their growing attraction. Erika is only in Wild River for vacation, though, and eventually must return to her busy life in Anchorage. Neither is willing to give up what they love, and the affair seems doomed to be just that, no matter the feelings involved.
VERDICT This latest series launch from Snow (“Colorado Ice” series) is a sexy and swift read enhanced by the beauty and perils of the Alaskan landscape. A great addition to romance shelves, both for the holidays and as a kickoff for future installments.

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