They found exactly what they weren’t looking for.
Logan:I had almost everything I’d ever wanted—career, friends, my own easy life in Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska. I’d given up on filling in the missing pieces long ago. Now, I was more than satisfied with the perfectly practiced, perfectly predictable routine I’d created for myself. At least until Jackson Daley walked into my clinic.
Jackson:Working the rigs is temporary. Everything in my life is. Jobs, cities, and the guys I take home—nothing sticks, and that’s exactly the way I like it. After four years in Alaska, I’m itching to pick up and leave. I’m ready to move on and start over someplace new, until a one-night stand I can’t seem to shake has me breaking all my own rules. Now as I get closer to walking away, my reasons for leaving seem blurrier than ever, and for the first time in my life, there could be something worth staying for.
Bishop Ridge is another delicious installment in Cate Ashwood's Sawyer's Ferry series. Two men, neither of whom want a relationship, amazing chemistry, and the inability to stay away makes for some steamy tension.
Logan Baker was born and raised in Sawyer's Ferry, and while he went to med school in New York, he opted to go back home to practice medicine. It's his home and he's happy with his life. Sure relationship prospects are dismal in Sawyer's Ferry, but he's too busy for one, anyway - or at least that's what he tells himself. After his best friend Gage got all coupled up, Logan has been feeling like a bit of a third wheel. Still, he likes his peaceful life and lives it on his own terms. His trips to Belcourt will just have to do when he wants a change of scenery or a hookup.
Jackson Daley is an oil rig worker in Belcourt and very much a no-strings kind of guy. He's a bit of a nomad and gets restless when he's in one place too long, and he's been in Belcourt for four years, which is too long. He's planning on leaving Alaska in a few months and doing something new. Jackson is mostly a loner, but he does have a few work friends who have broken through at least some of his people reluctance. Mostly, though, people come and people go and Jackson doesn't gget too attached.
Jackson and Logan have vastly different backgrounds. Where Logan's upbringing was the picture of stability, Jackson has seen a very different slice of life. He's had to be self reliant and make his own way. He learned early on that love isn't something you're ever guaranteed and that has served him well up to now, so why change things up?
But then Jackson and Logan meet and to say both their carefully constructed lives get upended is a bit of an understatement.
I loved the tension, the chemestry, the sex, and both the MC's. As much as I don't like cold and snow, Cate Ashwood does know how to sell love with an Alaskan backdrop and when things get steamy, they start fires. Jackson is a stubborn one, though, and he very nearly walks away from something wonderful because of fear and an unhealthy dose of stubborn.
The ending leans a bit more toward HFN than HEA, but it does work for the story because Jackson is skittish. By the end, I didn't feel like he still had one foot out the door, but it is going to take him some time to relax into coupledom. I think they'll do ok.
All in all, I enjoyed Bishop Ridge every bit as much as I did book 1 and I'm looking forward to getting more Alaskan boys falling in love.
ARC of Bishop Ridge was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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