Alaska

C
Werewolf in Alaska

Have you ever read a book—one that everyone else around you loved—and hated it? Whenever that happens to me I’m stuck staring at the book once I’ve finished, thinking back and wondering, “What do they see in it?” It’s as though the rest of the world understands something about humor or ...

C+
The End of All Things

Post-apocalyptic novels are typically not something I seek out, but the pandemic elements of this novel intrigued me. Initially, I was worried that the book might be too gloomy and dismal, which ended up not a concern. Still, the book wasn’t a complete success for me. After the pandemic killed ...

B
Baby, It's Cold Outside

As contrived as the set-up for Baby It’s Cold Outside is, the book is surprisingly good. I read it quickly, and I found it hard to put down. It’s like the winter equivalent of a beach read: Fun, romantic, and light without being totally brainless. Socialite Sloan McKinley is an old maid at 33 ...

B
Gold Rush Groom

Whenever I read of the hardships the gold miners went through to get to the fields in Alaska, I’m always amazed not only that they weathered the mountains and rivers amid the cold and unusually long or short days and nights, but also that so many stayed and built a life there. Beautiful scenery an ...

B-
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

This book has a plot pulled from quirky old TV shows with a bit of a Twilight-type love tossed in. The setting of Grundy, Alaska is a dead ringer for the town in Northern Exposure; the hero, hunky werewolf Cooper Graham, struggles with the same issues as did Oz in Buffy (“Am I a killer?” “Why ...

B
Ice

Every once in a while, I’ll encounter a book that has elements I normally avoid but, for one reason or another, it’s one I can’t put down. This is exactly how I felt about Ice. If you allow yourself to actually think in depth about what’s going on, it’s gruesome and traumatic. However, if ...

C+
Klondike Wedding

When I started Klondike Wedding, I thought I was in for a treat. I've enjoyed this author's books before, and her tale of a marriage-by-proxy gone terribly wrong started off quite well. However, as unbelievable circumstances built up and an improbable suspense plot cluttered things up, I found mysel ...

A-
Northern Lights

As a long-time Nora Roberts reader, in my mind the author and her audience have an unspoken deal. Depending on the format (series, paperback original, hardback), the reader is guaranteed a certain "degree" of Nora with, not surprisingly, a higher price delivering a higher degree. Since this unspoken ...

D
The Snow Bride

It's not often that I come across a romance novel in which the hero and heroine don't spend enough time together - alone - in the book. Regrettably, The Snow Bride is one of those books. Jenna Campbell is a practical woman who just so happens to be in love with her boss. After six years on the jo ...

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She Went All The Way

If you're looking for a book to jump-start your reading during these gray January days, look no further. She Went All the Way is a fast, funny, sexy, romantic ride. I'll admit right off the bat that I'm a sucker for those Hollywood romances. And, even though I've polished off quite a few of them ...