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Good Holiday Read!

An Alaskan Christmas (Wild River #1) - Jennifer Snow

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…

Instead of watching 24/7 marathons of the Hallmark channel, this year I decided to sign up for a number of holiday books to read. This was the first one I decided to read. I had a love/serious dislike with it. Because of my dislikes, it really should be a 3.5 but since it's the holidays and a holiday book, I decided to round up instead of down (go me!). My likes are the two main characters. I really liked both Erika and Reed. I just thought Reed was a great guy and, except for plot reasons, didn’t see why he was single. I liked Erika too and for most of the book, really felt bad for her and the invisible expectations she was trying to live up to. I was very happy when they finally got their HEA. Yes, everything was pretty predictable but since I liked the characters and the flow, didn’t bother me at all. My problems with the book: Everything to do with Erika and the hospital situation. This is most likely because I work in a hospital so I couldn’t just go with the flow and accept it’s a holiday read, but none of this, from the beginning to the end, never would’ve happened in a real hospital nor would she have legally been allowed to work as often as she does. That right there took a star off the rating. The other big thing was (without giving away spoilers) the very end with her father. Just no (and yes my inner Grinch might be coming into play here). A (very) small issue was that the author seemed to throw everything and anything at them and I’m not sure if it was to give numerous situations or to make the book longer, which it definitely did to the point where I was skimming a bit just to finally finish it. That said, I did truly enjoy the book and could totally find it popping up on the hallmark channel! I recommend for anyone who enjoys these types of books. 

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