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…
About the Author
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, Canadian Authors Association and SheWrites.org. Her first Brookhollow book was a finalist in the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold contest and the Golden Quill Award. More information can be found at www.jennifersnowauthor.com
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Her arms full of patient files, Dr. Erika Sheraton tipped her head back as Darren, her premed intern, poured a double shot of espresso down her throat. The hot liquid delivered the instant adrenaline boost she needed to get through the rest of her fourteen-hour shift.
Dinner? A quick glance at the clock on the wall above the nurses' triage station revealed it was almost nine. A late dinner.
"How are you not vibrating? That's your third in two hours." Darren crumpled the paper cup and tossed it into a recycle bin as they walked.
"Caffeine stopped affecting me a long time ago. Now's it's about the taste," she said, only half kidding. Double course loads and all-nighters in college and then med school had prepared her for the long hours she put in now as a general surgeon and caffeine had been her best friend.
The twentysomething looked like he could use a cup himself, as he stifled a yawn. His sandy blond hair poked up in the back as though he'd crawled out of bed at the last possible minute and his hazel eyes were bloodshot. If he was tired now after only eight hours on shift, he'd be reconsidering this particular profession by midnight. The staff at Alaska General Hospital never rested. The revolving doors at emergency constantly rotated with broken bones, heart attacks and bleeding patients filing in. No day was ever the same. Unpredictability kept Erika alert and on her toes.
"After these rounds, I'm going to need you to check in on Mr. Franklin — he's in recovery. His family is wondering when they can see him." The man's entire extended family was camped out in the surgical ward waiting room — fifteen or sixteen of them at least. They couldn't see the man, but they all refused to leave. Each one took turns driving the nurses on duty crazy. "Make sure they know only immediate family can go in. He needs his rest."
Darren nodded, but a look of hesitation appeared behind his dark-rimmed glasses.
"What?" She checked her watch.
"I just ... Well, shouldn't you talk to them? I know his wife wanted to thank you ..."
Erika shook her head. "Keeping him on the low-cholesterol, low-sodium diet I've prescribed — and off my operating table — will be thanks enough," she said, scanning the top folder on her stack.
"Okay, but ..."
She shot him a look.
"No problem. I'll check in on him."
"Thank you." She continued down the hall toward the next high-priority patient.
"Don't forget, your dad still wants to see you," Darren said, struggling to keep up to her half sprint.
"I know." And she could do without the hourly reminders. Her father rarely requested her presence during her rounds, so whatever it was wouldn't be good. If she put him off long enough, maybe he'd forget.
"Top chart — Mr. Grayson. He's scheduled for an appendectomy in a few hours," she said, approaching the man's hospital room.
Darren nodded as he smiled. "This old guy is hilarious. Did you know he was a stunt motorcycle driver in the circus in the '80s?"
"No." She knew he had an inflamed appendix and had waited far too long to come in. She knew his vitals and that in an hour, they'd be prepping him for surgery. Knowing personal details of a patient's life didn't make her job any easier or guarantee a better outcome. She juggled the files on one arm as she reached into her pocket for a new set of sterile gloves.
"Hey, before we go in there, can I talk to you?" Darren asked, stopping her outside the room. He stared at the checked patterned floor tiles.
Damn. "You're requesting a transfer to a different physician." He wasn't the first medical student who'd gotten reassigned. She'd made it a month with Darren — a new record.
Another intern bites the dust.
He nodded, obviously relieved that he hadn't had to vocalize it himself. "You're amazing, Dr. Sheraton, and I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to work with you, but you're also very busy and unavailable ..."
The sharp sting of the words was familiar. She'd heard the same speech from interns and boyfriends alike. She'd successfully eliminated the problem in one group right after her first year of residency ... interns were hospital assigned and therefore out of her control.
"I mean I just need all the training I can get and between patients and your research work ..."
She didn't need an explanation. She was busy. Too busy to have someone following her around in fact. This was totally fine with her. "I understand."
"You're not upset?"
"Only about having to get my own coffee from now on," she said.
The joke missed its mark and the intern's eyes widened. "I can still do that ..."
Wow, was she really that scary? She was demanding and expected the students to put in the hours she did. She may not be the friendliest doctor on staff, socializing after work and remembering birthdays and such, but she gave these interns a real picture of their future in medicine. Wasn't that what they were there for? "I was kidding, Darren."
"Oh ... right."
"Dr. Sheraton, please report to emergency. Stat."
The call over the hospital intercom had her handing Darren the stack of folders. "Please take his heart rate and blood pressure," she said, practically running to the elevators. "And don't forget Mr. Franklin."
"Got it," he called after her.
The quiet twenty-six-second elevator ride to the first floor was the closest thing she got to a spa day. It was the only time she was forced to slow to a pace other than her own usual breakneck speed. But even that half a minute was too long. It gave her time to think. Think about her previous surgeries and replay the details — what went right, what went wrong, what she could do better next time. Constantly reevaluating herself made her a better surgeon, but too often it left her feeling like she was coming up slightly short of her potential. Her type A personality left little room for failure or complacency.
Checking her phone in her lab coat pocket, she scanned her schedule for the rest of the evening, evaluating what she could push back if this emergency demanded her immediate attention. The number of things marked urgent made her will the elevator to move quicker. She'd be lucky to get out of there by 2:00 a.m.
A text popped up from Darren.
If you change your mind about Mrs. Franklin ...
She wouldn't. She ignored the text from her intern — former intern — and put the phone away.
As the elevator stopped, she took a deep breath, expecting to see a flurry of organized chaos as the doors opened. Stretchers, ambulance lights flashing and sirens wailing outside, paramedics and nurses ... Instead, she ran square into her father.
No emergency, just his six-foot-three frame and his usual neutral expression. It was impossible to read her father, as his face gave nothing away. His emotions were never too high or too low, just infuriatingly balanced no matter the circumstance. His calm presence and rational thinking made him fantastic at his profession, but sometimes he was irritating as shit as a father.
"Hi. I was just coming to see you." Eventually.
"Walk with me," he said, turning on his heel and nodding.
Her jaw clenched so tight her teeth might snap. This was so like him — assuming she could drop everything at his command. He may run the hospital, but he often had no idea how hectic her schedule was. "Can we talk as I do my rounds, Darren is ..."
"More than capable," he said, leading the way to his first-floor corner office. "And requesting to be transferred, I see."
His tone made her palms sweat. He should be happy that she was pushing these interns to their limits. What awaited them once they graduated wasn't for the faint of heart. Better to get used to grueling days and nights now, performing on little to no sleep, living on caffeine and leftover Halloween chocolate bars, than to realize they couldn't cut it when lives were in their hands.
Unfortunately, he didn't always agree with her beliefs . He wanted the interns to feel at home at Alaska General so they'd apply here once they graduated. The hospital was short staffed and more doctors would benefit everyone, but Erika preferred to work alongside the best.
Her father had an open-door policy — literally — so when he closed the office door behind her, she knew the head of General Surgery hadn't called her in to discuss Thanksgiving dinner plans.
She glanced at his wall calendar as she sat. Especially since Thanksgiving was a week ago.
"Dad, this intern thing is just ridiculous ..."
He held up a hand. "This isn't about your inability to effectively manage others."
Kick to the gut delivered and received. She clamped her lips together.
He opened his desk drawer and handed her a letter as he sat in the plush, leather chair behind his oversize mahogany desk.
Her eyes widened, seeing the Hospital Foundation logo on the top of the page. "Is this the final approval from the board for the clinical trials?" They'd submitted the application six months ago to start trials on a new antirejection drug after years of research, and they were waiting on the formal go-ahead to start with a test group.
Would Darren reconsider staying with her if he knew he could be part of a medical breakthrough? He'd been a lot of help in the past month.
"Just read it," her father said.
She scanned the letter from the board of directors, feeling her excitement fade and anxiety rise with each word. "Recommended vacation? What is this?" "I don't like it either, but the board is reviewing policies and making sure we are following them," he said, the edge indicating he'd been outvoted in this decision. He certainly didn't believe in time off and had never encouraged her to take any. Her life was her career, just like him.
"But any day now we will be starting clinical trials on the new drug." It had taken her father and his team almost three years to get the experimental antirejection product approved for testing on organ transplant patients and they'd finally gotten it. They'd worked around the clock for a year to make sure they did. Subjects were undergoing assessment right now to be ready for the trials.
Now was not the time to take a break.
Her father looked as though he'd made the same argument to the hospital board. "The team will have to handle it."
So recommended actually meant forced. "Why now? I'm fine. I don't need a break." At twenty-nine, she was eager to prove herself as one of the top general surgeons in the state. Between her surgical success record and the research time she'd invested in this new drug, she was close. Helping her father get one step closer to winning the Lister Medal was high on her priority list. "Come on, Dad, you know I'm good. My last two operations were impossible surgeries ..."
Erika clamped her lips together again, forcing her argument to stay put. It wouldn't do any good. Three years working alongside her father and she'd yet to prove herself. Despite two back-to-back improbable surgeries that she'd performed successfully, he still doubted her abilities. His micromanagement over her research team had driven her insane, but he'd reluctantly agreed to let her run her own set of clinical trials on the antirejection drug, and she'd foolishly believed she was making progress with him.
Now she was being forced into taking a break.
What the hell was a break? She hadn't had one since starting university. She'd graduated with her bachelor's in three years instead of four by doubling up on courses and then had applied directly to med school. She'd interned at Alaska General and secured a position there shortly after graduation. She couldn't remember the last day she had off, let alone ... she glanced at the letter. Two weeks?
What the hell would she do with all that free time?
Her chest constricted and air struggled to make it to her lungs. "Okay, maybe I could take a few days, but two weeks is crazy."
"Darren told me about the one-way street," her father said.
Last time she was driving him home. "It was a mistake. It was nothing." Accidentally turning down a busy one-way street — in the wrong direction ... in rush hour ... after an eighteen-hour shift — had frightened the bejesus out of her and Darren, but she wasn't about to admit that to her father.
Had that near-death experience had anything to do with Darren's transfer request? Did he actually think she was starting to burn out?
She wasn't. The truth was, her mind had been elsewhere on the drive home that day. November 20. The anniversary of her mother's death. Each year that day weighed heavy on her. But bringing that up to her father would do more damage than good.
"It's a sign you're working too hard," he said.
Again, an edge of irritation in his voice. Her father didn't acknowledge weakness. He believed in pushing through, working hard to overcome exhaustion and stress. She'd failed to do that in his eyes, and she couldn't be truthful with him. They never talked about her mother.
"So I can't fight this?" she asked, her jaw tight as she struggled to keep her voice steady. This wasn't fair. It was unnecessary, but throwing a temper tantrum wouldn't help.
"The decision is final." He ran a hand through his salt-and-peppered hair and reached for his glasses, picking up a file on his desk.
She was dismissed. "Effective?"
"Immediately. Dr. Hipstein has been called in to complete your rounds."
Dr. Hipstein. A veteran doctor who was semiretired. Staff and patients loved his fun, uplifting demeanor. Standing, she said, "Okay, well, I'll see you in two weeks."
He nodded, not glancing up as she left the office and headed down the hall. She took the elevator to the fourth floor, leaning against the cool metal wall as she watched the numbers light up. Going into her own office, she closed the door, kicked off her heels and lay down on the uncomfortable cot she'd wheeled in to try to catch some sleep between patients. She stared at the dark stain on the ceiling tile above her and forced several deep breaths.
It may as well be two years. What the hell was she going to do with herself?
She had no hobbies. She had no boyfriend. She had no friends besides colleagues who were more acquaintances. She didn't have a pet. Heck, even her houseplants were plastic.
Feeling her chest constrict, an anxiety attack looming, she forced another breath, but it barely made it past her throat. A vacation. She'd never been on one before. Ever. Not even as a child. Raised by her workaholic father, the farthest she'd ever gone was camping with Cassie and her family every summer ...
She hadn't seen her childhood best friend in years. They'd been inseparable growing up, but their lives and careers had gotten in the way of the friendship over time. Her free-spirited friend was an adventure tour guide, still living in their hometown of Wild River, while Erika worked herself into forced vacations at the hospital in the city. Fun and leisure activities had never found their way onto her priority list. A drive to succeed pushed away any desire to relax. Eventually, when she'd reached her career goals, she'd slow down a little ... enjoy life, but for now, she was focused solely on her career.
Right now, she wouldn't even know how to find fun if she had a direct map to it.
Sitting up, she glanced at her calendar on the wall. It was November 30 and the weather that fall would ensure great skiing conditions on the slopes. Not so great for mountain driving, though. She'd never admit it, but the close call on the one-way had her feeling a little nervous on the roads these days.
She bit her lip. She could take the train.
Going to her computer, she confirmed times to Wild River for the next day. Less than a two-hour ride. The mountains weren't that far from the city.
Finding accommodations for that length of time proved to be challenging, though. Ski season was always booked well in advance, and with the village holiday activities starting that week, no hotel or B and B could accommodate the two-week stay.
Should have checked that first.
Opening Facebook, she went straight to Cassie's page.
When was the last time they spoke? Actually spoke, not quick Facebook messages or a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Birthday" text, but an actual conversation?(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Erika is a workaholic, all while trying to get her father to notice her because he's been withdrawn since her mother died. When she's forced to take a vacation and runs into her best friend's older brother... well, they can't deny the fire between them. But it soon turns into something more than just lust... can they make it work? Or will Erika run back to her old life and leave Reed in the snow-covered mountains? I love this novel! It's been a while since I've been this into a book that it had me reacting out loud. I cried, laughed, and then grinned like an idiot at the end. It's so freaking cute all while dealing with a few hard topics. It ends with a very nice bright red bow and just leaves you feeling all warm inside while wanting to visit Alaska. Well, I've always wanted to live in Alaska so I'm biased. The writing is light and fully, the pacing is perfect. I have nothing bad to say about this book other than I want more. I hope we get a squeal with Cassie and Tank. I want their story next and I loved the setting so much I just want to go back. *So happy that NetGalley gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Hot enough to melt the snow in Alaska, Jennifer Snow’s AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS is the perfect package to unwrap and fall into for your Holiday reading! Erika is a successful, driven surgeon who has become the victim of tunnel vision. All work and no play makes her a very hard person. When forced to take a vacation, she finds herself going back Wild River for a reunion with her best friend and a chance to discover what it feels like to let her guard down and listen to her heart. Reed was the thorn in her side growing up, but something about the infuriating man awakens her inner siren now and the potential for a four alarm passion to ignite. Nothing is better than a second chance romance for the holidays, filled with all of the human frailties that make Cupid’s work just a little harder, but so worth the effort! Get ready to get your romance fix as two people discover what is truly important in life with all of the passion and sizzle that will melt everyone’s hearts! I received a complimentary ARC edition from HQN Books
Fans of opposites attract and best friend’s brother tropes will want to dive headfirst into An Alaskan Christmas. I enjoyed this one from page one. Erika and Reed were the perfect reminder that there is more to life than your job.
Ordered to take time off, Erika Sheraton reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska where her friend Cassie owns an adventure tour company, but nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled and confident woman and she’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs – and everything he didn’t know he craved. A moving romance that hits readers right in their hearts with strong characters that easily draw readers in and keeps them quite entertained. Erika is a successful young woman but she has her emotions locked down tight which makes her a workaholic and a bit socially awkward. Reed works search-and-rescue and has a mission – find out what happened to his father. The romance between these two is quite possibly fruitless endeavor to begin with but the chemistry sizzles with strong currents which keeps pulling them together and readers can’t help but the relationship amusing and full of emotional turbulence. The plot is steady to fast paced with the question of whether Erika and Reed can possible find a middle ground and achieve a happily ever after keeping readers in suspense until the very end. There is also the added excitement of a couple of adrenaline pumping search-and-rescues and the friction between Erika and her father which ensures that readers can’t possibly stop reading this delightful and moving holiday read.
This was a new author for me. The search and rescue portion of the story was interesting and educational. The personal story between Reed, Cassie, and Erika, not so much for me. I always struggle with enemies that become lovers, especially within a week's time! I had a hard time understanding and accepting their attraction. I still enjoyed the location descriptions and found the work and calls of Search and Rescue activities the saving grace. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest opinions.
Very well written, I got into it right from the start. I felt all the emotion, the conflicting circumstances, the frustrations of both Erika and Reed. Quite realistic with today's fast paced city living versus the slower pace of smaller communities. These two had a connection and I thought it a great journey with ups and downs to finally conclude what they had, when true love trumps all. Their heat included, whew! Loved all the search and rescues included, most definitely added to the adrenaline pumping moments. Life and death always a factor. Excellent descriptive scenarios! I recommend reading this, and I'm looking forward to more adventures and connections in the Wild River series all based in Alaska. I received an ARC thru Netgalley, all thoughts and opinions are voluntary and my own.
Erika Sheraton's life revolves around her job, it's all she thinks about, and every spare minute she has is spent at work ensuring a new drug trial goes off without a hitch. While her drive to be the best in her field is admirable, it has also cost her deeply in her personal life... as in she doesn't have one. She has submersed herself so deep into her work, that she has forgotten about maintaining friendships, and her love life is non-existent. She doesn't remember the last time she even went on a date...not that she has time for one anyway! That is until her father hands her a special Christmas gift... he is forcing her to take a two week vacation, which is devastating to her workaholic soul. She has no idea what to do with herself, or where to spend the next two weeks. The only friend she has, she hasn't talked to in ten years and she isn't so sure Cassie would welcome her call. But Cassie surprises her and tells her to pack a bag and head to Wild River... where she finds the adventure of a lifetime awaiting her, and hunky mountain man who likes to push her buttons! An Alaskan Christmas kicks off an adventurous and steamy new series from Ms. Snow, and it's pages come brimming with everything necessary to leave your heart happy! The author's perfectly penned words paint a vivid picture of the small Alaskan community, and it's residents are quick to make you feel right at home with them. This is a slow burn romance that will require some patience, these two stubborn souls had me dying in anticipation, they fought their feelings every step of the way. But once they finally began to see that they were meant to be together, and they decided to let love in, they had my heart skipping a beat. This was such a wonderful story, it's Christmas theme and snowy locale is destined to stir up some holiday spirit! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Sweet, sexy, and heartwarming! An Alaskan Christmas is an enchanting, passionate tale that features the dependable, handsome Reed who may finally discover his little sister’s best friend has become more than he ever could have imagined, and the driven, hardworking Erika who may finally learn there’s a lot more to life than just work. The prose is effortless and smooth. The characters are spirited, kindhearted, and amusing. And the plot is an entertaining combination of family, friendship, instant attraction, steamy chemistry, convivial banter, light drama, swoon-worthy romance, and the ins-and-outs of search-and-rescue missions. Overall, I found An Alaskan Christmas to be a smart, romantic, true wintery treat by Snow that’s a wonderful start to the Wild River series with its unique setting, affable characters, and sliver of danger.
I will review on Amazon on Sept 24, 2019 I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. I really enjoyed this story by Jennifer Snow, this was my first book I have read from this author. Overall the book was well written, I loved the sparks between Erika and Reed, and enjoyed watching as Erika realized there is much more to life than only working 24/7. I would certainly recommend this book to others.
AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS is a light-hearted and sweet contemporary romance with lots of medical drama. Erika is a talented surgeon, working in Anchorage for long days without breaks. When a ruling comes down that she has been working too much, she is forced to take a vacation. Erika works for her father who is also a physician and never seems to be proud of what she has accomplished. While Erika appreciates her own talents, she still seeks her father's approval- especially since they lost her mother when she was young. For her vacation, Erika decides to reconnect with her best friend from her youth, Cassie, and luckily, Cassie is willing to host for the last minute vacation. Once there, Erika is finally able to let go of her stressors and reconnect with herself- and also Cassie's brother, who has grown up quite a bit. Reed works with search and rescue, often assisting injured people on the slopes but also finding tourists who have wandered off the paths dangerously. Reed is also quite attracted to Erika, but they both know her vacation is short and she'll be going back to her old life when it is over. This was an engaging and well-built romance. I got a good feel for both characters, although the book definitely connects with Erika more than Reed. There was some secondary drama that comes out later in the book that felt a little unnecessary, but it stayed mostly minor to the main story about their romance and vacation vs. real life. I loved the search and rescue scenes, which were really fascinating and added a lot to the story to also make it quite unique. The romance was fantastic- despite a rocky start, the two have a ton of chemistry which really jumped off the pages. Although Reed did not have full resolutions to his major issues, there was good resolution for Erika and their relationship. I would recommend for anyone looking for a contemporary romance with medical elements and lots of chemistry that happens to be set around the holidays. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
RATING 4.5 STARS An Alaskan Christmas is book one in Jennifer Snow’s brand new Wild River series. I knew as soon as I heard about this new series that it was going to be something special and it definitely is. Dr. Erika Sheraton grew up in Wild River with her best friend Cassie. They were inseparable. Erika always wanted to be a doctor like her father, where as Cassie was a free spirit. So when it came time to separate, for Erika to go to college and Cassie to go on an adventure, they swore they would always stay in touch. But Erika’s drive to excel, studying, then med school, then working at the hospital in Anchorage, they lost each other. Now Erika has built her life around her work. She spends every possible hour at the hospital and is in charge of a new clinical drug trial that takes up every extra second she has. She has built walls up and keeps herself separated from any friendships or friendly interactions in general. It’s just work, work, work. Until her father sends her on a two week forced vacation. She actually has no where to go. She hasn’t talked to Cassie in ten years. Since that’s the only thing she can come up with, she reaches out to her and packs her bag, on her way back to Wild River. Reed Reynolds is Cassie’s older brother. Reed tends bar most evenings but what he lives for is his job as team leader of the Mountain Search and Rescue. He’s known Erika most of his life since she was always with his sister. Mostly, they just argued. But there was one night when Reed kept Erika safe, that a connection was formed. Now, all these years later, he can’t believe the beautiful woman Erika has changed in to. But on the inside, she seems cold as ice. She’s closed off and aloof. Immediately they seem to push each other’s buttons, just like they always did, and argue about everything. But a funny thing begins to happen. The longer Erika is in Wild River, she starts to relax. She smiles more, lets her emotions show. The pull grows between Reed and Erika until neither can deny it any longer. Erika also goes along with Reed on a couple of rescues. Not only is she challenged physically, she is able to make a difference with her medical skills in a whole new way. She feels a pride she never felt before. In a very short time, feelings grow from attraction to something much bigger. Erika’s life is in Anchorage and Reed’s is in Wild River. Can they make a long distance relationship work? Because neither wants to lose what they have found. Was this just the Erika that is on vacation? Will she revert back to her emotionless self when she’s back to her busy life in Anchorage? This book was just so good. There is so much here. Not only the personal grown for both Erika and Reed, but also some nail biting scenes when they are on the mountain. There are so many wonderful secondary characters whose stories I am excited to learn about. I’m not sure how many books Jennifer plans to write in this series but I’m so excited to find out. And to see whose story will come next. Because I will most definitely be wanting to read it.
4 1/2 STARS! AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS is the first book in Jennifer Snow's brand new Wild River series and is sure to delight fans of action packed story lines. It revolves around a surgeon and search and rescue leader, their family drama and and a shot at a happily ever after when they least expect it. Erika was a tough cookie to get to know. She was a powerful surgeon and get it done type of person, but her softer side was a mystery I enjoyed unraveling as the book developed. She sought acceptance, yet found it hard to let down her guard when the love she had always craved was knocking at her door. Reed was a fun-loving guy and had me smiling throughout. He's a powerful force on the mountain, but doesn't let the job control him. He has quite the interest in Erika, but he's not so sure he'll be able to hold her attention once she's back to work. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a down home type of town to fall in love with. The town is tight and the characters are endearing. There were a few places when the plot could have been filled in a little, but overall it was a great read and I look forward to the next book in the series!