Alaska (Belen’s Review)

Title: Alaska (Sawyer’s Ferry #1)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 22th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5


Nobody says no to a Prescott.

Not even one of their own.

Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Victory. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all. There was only one thing standing in my way.

Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away. Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, until one day the past showed up in my backyard.

I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.

Come for the romance, stay for the banter.

Two years ago Dr. Gage Emerson left New York and Westbridge Biomedical (the company he’d built from the ground up with his friend and mentor, Philip Prescott) after Westbridge grew and lost sight of the causes Gage wanted to focus on and moved away from their original roots.

Somewhere among the profit reports and investors meetings, I’d lost my friend and mentor, but I’d had a long time to come to terms with it. I’d moved on, and I was happy with my decision to do so. I was content in Sawyer’s Ferry.

Holden Prescott, son to Gage’s ex-business partner, Philip, is given an ultimatum: Go to Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska and convince Gage Emerson to return to New York and Westbridge Biomedical, or don’t return at all. If he fails everything Holden’s worked for will be gone. Unfortunately, there’s never a chance convincing Gage to return will work.

Gage and Holden’s chemistry is instant and consuming and as they get to know one another better they both begin to fall in love.

I pulled him close and kissed him hard. He opened for me, letting me deepen the kiss without a second of hesitation. It was like his body responded to me without conscious thought, and there was a very specific part of me that loved the idea of it.

After an accident showcases just how surgically talented Holden is, Sawyer’s Ferry offers Holden a place to regroup, a chance for self discovery, a deepening romance, and possibly home.

Alaska is all about what happens when you have discover who you are, what you can do, who you’re meant to be with, and where you’re meant to be.

I did have a few niggles. The story is told in a first person dual POV, but they sometime shift mid-chapter and it would have gone a lone way to have the character’s name before their POV starts. Also, I was hoping for more romantic interaction between Holden and Gage. There’s sex but I wanted to see some dating, but there are some time jumps so the dating happens off page I guess. Also, and this might be weird, but I wanted to know how old Holden and Gage were. That niggled me throughout.

Mostly though this was a fun, quick read that’s smart, funny, sexy, and pretty low angst considering with lots of banter (which I love). I could absolutely see this turning into a movie.

I’m looking forward to getting to see Logan’s story (and is it just me who’s hoping Frankie comes for a visit and falls for him?), which will hopefully be next.


I glared at him. “I can’t wait until it’s you going through this.”
“We’ve already been over this. And even if, by some crazy sequence of events, I ended up being the one about to drop to one knee, I wouldn’t be falling apart. Jesus Christ. I’ve seen you pop somebody’s eyeball back into their head, but this freaks you out.”

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Galley copy of Alaska (Sawyer’s Ferry #1) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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