When Quint goes to the Aleutian Islands in search of his estranged half-brother, the last person he expects to be drawn to is McKenna, Clayton’s step-sister – and the only person who knows where he’s hiding.
This was a quick read about a pair of people who butt heads a-plenty even as they acknowledge how much they like each other. I liked the wild, windswept setting of the Aleutian Islands, and learning more about how people lived in such an isolated place. The central scene where Quint and McKenna take shelter from the cyclone is written in a striking, cinematic way.
I also liked the inclusion of a revenge porn subplot in McKenna’s past, and how it is handled – the author does not go into gory details, but instead focuses on how it affected McKenna’s life and led to her taking going to ground in Alaska.
However, I did feel that the romance felt somewhat shallow. While McKenna is a vivid heroine, Quint felt harder to know. He was likable but somehow colorless. I also didn’t quite see what drew the characters to each other so powerfully. While Quint does plenty to show McKenna how he cares for her, I didn’t really know what sparked such ill-advised attraction in him towards her, and did not really feel that the characters had really fallen in love by the end of the book. I also thought the surprise pregnancy twist was kind of unnecessary as it didn’t really add to the story.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.