ROMANCE

Heart on a Leash

Berkley. (Hearts of Alaska, Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780593198834. pap. $7.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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DEBUT Taylor Lipin left her hometown of Helen, AK, a long time ago to experience big-city life in Los Angeles. But when her parents separate and her sister calls, begging for help with the family’s hotel, Taylor can’t say no. Josh Krane loves his new life as a doctor at the hospital in Helen, even if he can’t understand the bitter feud between his family, the Porters, and the Lipin family. When Josh and his three rambunctious huskies bump into Taylor, newly arrived in town, he’s instantly attracted to her, and the feeling is mutual. At first, they try to keep their relationship a secret, but when they’re inevitably outed by local gossip, their respective families are furious. The feuding turns to acts of vandalism, and Josh and Taylor have to decide if their relationship is worth the chance of endangering their family bonds.
VERDICT In this heartwarming, modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet set in Alaska, Josh’s adorable huskies, Pepper, Bella, and Jay, steal the show. This first “Hearts of Alaska” book promises an entertaining new dog-centered series.
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