When the weather isn't providing such extremes, the wild animals are. Don't face down an angry moose or a hungry black bear!
The demographics are also unusual . . . there are a lot more men than woman, which can mean that the women can play the field while the men have to be loyal.
Travel isn't simple. You use snowshoes, land planes on frozen rivers and fly hundreds of miles for ordinary shopping.
Is it any wonder that tempers can get short, disagreements can get out-of-hand, and families find themselves in conflict with one another?
With Alaska as the main character in this book, Ms. Roberts turns what would normally be a pretty average romance/murder mystery story into an intriguing one.
Nate Burke was a good cop . . . so good that it cost him his marriage. Distracted by the loss of his wife, Nate Burke even begins to doubt he can be a good cop again. Running away becomes attractive, and he takes the job as police chief in the small town of Lunacy, Alaska. As soon as he arrives, he realizes that he's out of his depth and may not last the winter.
Two women immediately begin vying for his attention and his attractive body. That's enough to make most men come alive . . . but it's even more significant when they both turn out to be untamed . . . and are mother and daughter.
While he's dealing with the possibility of love, Nate finds himself drawn into solving an old, unsuspected murder . . . while realizing that the killer must still be in Lunacy.
How will it all turn out? You'll spend over 500 interesting pages finding out. At the end, you'll feel rewarded for your effort . . . whether you are a romance or a mystery buff. The book is above average from both perspectives.
I would have graded the book higher but I found that it didn't move quite fast enough for me, and the Nate Burke character was a little too predictable. Meg Callaway, on the other hand, is an original and fascinating heroine whom you will greatly enjoy.
It has wonderfully strong characters, (including a very yummy, tortured hero!) a great plot and I loved the Alaskan setting. (Great fan of NORTHERN EXPOSURE and the quirkiness of some of the characters certainly reminded me of this.)
I could not put it down!
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