Title: Bishop Ridge (Sawyer’s Ferry #2)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 16th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
Premise of the book is about two men leading independent, somewhat solitary lives, and are happy that way. Logan enjoys the stability work and the solitude of his out-of-town home. Jackson doesn’t put down roots – he moves from state to state, job to job avoiding permanent locations and even friendships. Both men agree all they want is a one-night stand, someone to blow some steam off with, no strings attached, names optional.
I will say, this was a bit of an “insta-love” romance. The first half of the book is rockin’ sex scene after rockin’ scene. The chapters consisted of sex, eat, then angst about how each man was getting under the others skin. This obsession was a bad thing, it needed to end, but…maybe one more hook-up. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what pulled the two men together emotionally.
I thought the strength of the book was in the second half, after Logan admits what he is feeling and predictably it doesn’t go well. The sex has been taken off the board and now Logan and Jackson get into some good emotional mentally.
This is also where we see Gage and Holden from book one step up, and a couple other secondary characters start to shine. I would love to see Witt again (from the oil rig Jackson works on). I think there’s some potential there.
I noted in book one I struggled with the point of view changes each chapter; not an issue here (Thank you Ms. Ashwood!). Much easier to follow the characters and it helped with the flow of the book.
As with book one – a small shout out for the cover artist. I LOVE theses book covers! Subtle, understated, great colors, very nicely done!