If romances with mountain climbing heroes, feisty and capable heroines, and the great outdoors is your cup of tea, then look no further than this Alaska-based romance! I was super excited to read this book, as I have a thing for a seemingly mismatched couple hitting it off. "Actress and filmmaker meets camera-shy mountain man" sounded like an amazing pairing that was sure to make me laugh all the way through, and boy, did it ever! The fun wasn't just in the pairing either, but it was also in the quirky side characters, the beautifully described setting, and the humorous animals met along the way. While it started off a bit slow for me, it picked up fairly quickly, and the scenes while they were climbing the mountain fairly flew by! I was picking this book up during every break I had throughout the day, and I almost had one night without sleep. It was a gem to read and one I'll certainly be buying for friends who are looking to get into the romance genre.
When Easton Lockett saw a woman trudging along the side of the road, he was honor-bound to stop and offer assistance. He did not expect the response he received, however, when she promptly told him to keep driving. River Lane had had enough of the people of Moose Springs. Sent to the town to film a documentary for the Alaskan Tourism Board, her film crew had been met with unrelenting resistance, from being kicked out of the only hotel around to being given the run-around when collecting their filming permits. She assumed Easton was yet another local trying to ruin her day, but as they kept running into each other, she slowly realized he wasn't the villain she expected. When he suggests that she film outside of town, she immediately calls a local guide service to take them up Mount Veil, an amazing climb near Moose Springs. And then fate intervenes - Easton is her guide up the mountain. As sparks fly, heating up their otherwise chilly climb, Easton and Rive grow closer together, sharing stories and body heat. But once they're off the mountain, they both know they come from different worlds, and their romance will soon come to an end.
Easton and River were absolutely perfect for each other! I'll admit, I thought this was going to be an opposites attract sort of romance, but really, they had more in common than originally expected. River wasn't always a Hollywood-type, having grown up in Wyoming on her family's ranch, and she knows a thing or two about roughing it. I loved seeing her and Easton bond over their mutual love of climbing and adventure, and while I did get frustrated at times when River would get a bit too overconfident that bordered on stupidity, I loved her spirit and will to live life to its fullest. Easton was pretty soft-spoken, though he made his voice heard when he needed to. While River could have run right over him with her enthusiasm, they instead complemented each other well. Easton guided River, not just in climbing but also in her way of thinking, and RIver showed Easton energy that he had been lacking in his previous relationships. They were absolutely adorable, and the slow burn romance was killing me. Then when the time came for things to steam up, it was closed door...which I found disappointing. However, I'm stuck at home during a pandemic - can you blame a girl for wanting a bit of steam in her books? It didn't take away from the story in the slightest though, and I was anxiously reading to see how it all turned out.
This was my first book by this author, but I will certainly giving her other books a try! This was not the first book in Moose Springs, and I'm needing to read about the other couples as soon as possible.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**