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So the first book in the Wild River series is fantastic. I didn’t know at first if I would like it, but Snow does a great job of setting up the hero and heroine. They have some obstacles to get past, but I loved them falling for each other and trying to make it work long distance. I also loved that we get a sneak peek at the couple in the next series I assume (the hero’s sister and a coworker of his). I definitely plan on reading this series in the future!
“An Alaskan Christmas” follows surgeon, Erika Sheraton. Erika is driven and looking forward to starting a new drug trial that will help prevent people from rejecting organs after transplants. However, after losing another intern (she’s too driven and not a people person) her father who is a head at the hospital in Anchorage tells her she is being forced to take two weeks off. Erika has no romantic relationships and really no friendships. However, she messages her childhood best friend Cassie Reynolds and asks about visiting her in their hometown of Wild River. Cassie’s brother Reed though remembers Erika, and recalls her being a snobby girl who once ended up getting them lost in the woods at night Now he’s older and hotter and does Search and Rescue for Wild River. The twosome ended up disliking each other again after years apart, but both feel attracted to each other.
So Erika at first is prickly, but once you find out her backstory (her mom’s death and her father pulling away from her) you can see why she is the way she is. I also loved having the woman being the successful one in this relationship. Erika knows what she is doing and she’s a great doctor. I liked we never questioned her competence. She starts realizing she wasn’t a good friend to Cassie after moving away and tries to step in to heal that breech. And when she realizes how attracted she is to Reed, the sparks just fly. There is a secret she’s keeping (no secret baby!) but I am glad it got resolved via another character.
Reed is very good at his job though he gave up going to school to become a EMT or nurse due to wanting to help his sister out with her business. He’s a good guy and I liked how we get to see how attracted he is to Erika and how it quickly develops into something more. There is a scene where Reed goes and asks an older woman in Wild River about what to do if you want to show someone you care that had me laughing out loud.
The secondary characters were developed well enough to make you more interested in reading about them in future books. I can’t wait to see how Cassie gets her man!
The writing was very good (Snow obviously knows Alaska, search and rescue, and about frostbite and other things). The flow worked too.
The setting of Wild River sounded great though it only has about 2,000 people.
The ending was great and we get a HEA.