Monday, November 19, 2018

ARC Review: Bishop Ridge by Cate Ashwood

They found exactly what they weren’t looking for.

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.

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.

Dani's rating:

This book is:

- STEAMY: Logan and Jackson connect sexually first and can’t keep their hands off each other. The inconvenient feelings come later.

- Relatively low angst: Neither man plans on falling in love, and Jackson doesn’t think he’s built for commitment. Logan is willing to take the leap even when Jackson pushes him away. It takes a near-tragedy to get Jackson to see reason.

- A standalone: While Gage and Holden, the MCs from Alaska, are present in the story (and I loved seeing them all dove-eyed), Jackson and Logan’s story doesn’t require any background information.

- Filled with great secondary characters: Besides Gage and Holden, we meet Jackson’s friends and more residents of Sawyer’s Ferry. We also revisit with sassy Frankie, Holden's friend from New York, who appears for but a moment but kind of steals the show.

I am particularly interested in Witt, who cannot hold his liquor but is a total sweetheart. I am crossing my fingers that Witt gets his own story!

- Happy: That seems obvious, since we are talking about a romance, but Bishop Ridge feels languid and cozy. There’s a Thanksgiving celebration with friends, a holiday festival, and passionate kisses.

The ending is more of a HFN than HEA, which was a tad disappointing, but I’m hoping we’ll see more of Jackson and Logan in subsequent books. I also felt like the story line about Jackson's brother was dropped abruptly, but maybe we'll find out more later (please?).

I love this series and hope Cate Ashwood continues to write about gorgeous guys warming up their cold world with hot, HOT lovin’.

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
~Harper Lee

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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