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: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Book blurb really doesn’t do the book any favors. Premise of the book is Holden Prescott was directed by his father to go to Alaska and convince Gage to return to Westbridge Biomedical. Furthermore, if Holden is not successful, he’s out of a job, apartment and airline ticket.
Holden finds himself in Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska, accessible only by air or boat and home to about 10,000 people. Holden approaches Gage three times, and he’s rejected and rebuffed spectacularly three times. Now Holden is penniless, homeless, and stuck in the land of white.
I really enjoyed this book. Holden is quirky, and he makes the best of a bad situation, and is willing to take a long look at who he is and what he wants out of life. Gage is a bit more of an enigma. We learn Gage has a history with Holden’s father, he moved to Sawyer’s Ferry at the request of his friend Logan, but not much more than that about the man himself.
I will say, this is a little bit of an “insta-love” romance. The attraction between Holden and Gage progresses at warp speed and runs the gamut from total disdain to tonsil hockey in about three pages. Probably more than three pages but it kinda felt that way.
My enjoyment of the book did come with a handful of issues which contributed to a four star rating rather than a five:
For whatever reason, Holden doesn’t seem to be aware that Gage helped found the business. For someone who was being groomed for a part in the business, I found it odd Holden wouldn’t have heard of Gage. Especially since Gage helped found the company.
I struggled with POV changes – it would have been helpful at the chapter heading to indicate who was on deck next, because I found myself tracking ahead to see who was being spoken to, then backtracking. A definite distraction.
I also questioned why Holden would not have been questioned more closely when things went to shit back in New York. Can’t explain more here because I’m moving into spoiler world. But, as part of the book’s resolution, and Holden’s part in the company and given he was related to the company head, it just made me wonder.
Overall, this story hit all my happy buttons and I could see myself reading this again when I need a “feel good” and “tune out the world” book. Both characters complimented each other, the setting was interesting, the supporting characters varied, no “tell all Bestie”, just a solid, well written romance.
Lest I forget, a small shout out for the cover artist – I LOVE the book cover! Subtle, understated, great colors, and hot.