Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Alaska by Cate Ashwood

(Sawyer's Ferry #1)
by Cate Ashwood
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 22, 2018

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.

Reading Alaska while living in a tropical country really did give me the chills. I can totally imagine Holden freezing his ass off while being in the godforsaken town. The beginning of the book did feel a little rough around the edges. Holden came off as a brat that reeks of privilege and when he got threaten by his dad, all I can think of is 'how can a surgeon like Holden is so dependent on his dad?' His dad is an asshole extraordinaire and I hated him on first sight, but Holden didn't really give me much to root for him. 

However, as the story went on, Holden is a character that grows on you. Despite this book isn't all that long, there is a good character development for him. I can see how he was being totally lost when his dad cut him off to him having a 'winter fling?' with Gage in Alaska that subsequently make him realize what he wants out of his life. He really does man up and shows his maturity towards the end and the journey to his self-discovery is filled with romance and friendship with the people in the small town. 

As for Gage, he is a bit older and more cynical about life. He enjoyed working in Alaska with his best friend, Logan, who I desperately want to read about next. His first impression on Holden isn't the best, but Holden is like an annoying puppy that you eventually succumb to his charm. I find Gage very manly and alpha, especially when he tends to manhandle Holden during sex. These two have plenty of wall-banging sex, but what I really enjoy is seeing them being all domesticated, cooking, watching TV and working together. 

The last 20% really sealed the deal for me that Cate Ashwood is someone I need to stalk for every new release. I like the way both Gage and Holden handle themselves towards the end. There is no unnecessary drama, no dumb moves or any other cliche moment. These two characters show their maturity, their understanding of each other and the willingness to make things work. It would have been a perfect ending even without the epilogue. The epilogue is an extra dose of cheese, but who didn't like cheese anyway. 

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the ocean. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.
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