First in a bold, sexy new small-town Alaska contemporary romance series from Jackie Ashenden
Deep River, Alaska boasts a fiercely independent though small population. The people who live here love it, and they don't much care what anyone else thinks. Until the day Silas Quinn comes back and tells them an oil reserve has been found below the town and now it's neighbor vs. neighbor. Some want to take the money and run, while others want to tell the oil company to put its rigs where the sun don't shine.
Hope Dawson never expected to leave Deep River. Her mom needs her. Her grandfather died and left her the local hangout to run. Her dreams of college and adventure died long ago. Until Silas comes back to town, holding the key to set her free. But freedom means she loses him again, and he's the one she's really always wanted.
"Tantalizing and explosive."—Publishers Weekly Starred review for Mine to Take
Ashenden (Sexy Beast) overloads her first Deep River, Alaska romance with back story and exposition at the expense of character development. After high school, Silas Quinn left his remote Alaskan hometown to join the army with his friend Cal West, leaving their mutual best friend, Hope Dawson, behind. Silas returns to Deep River 13 years later, after Cal's death. The West family have owned Deep River for generations, and Cal willed the entire town to Silas. Silas wants no part of it, but his plan to sign the town over to Hope and leave again is complicated by her own reluctance to take on more responsibility. Their reunion is tense, as they both harbor resentments, but they realize they'll have to work together to guide the community through the recent discovery of oil reserves underneath the town. The romance is tepid and slow-moving, and Silas and Hope spend so much time arguing that it's difficult to root for them to get together. Though the locals rallying against big oil and corporate development makes an interesting hook for future installments, this is a rocky start to the series. This edition includes a bonus story by Sharon Sala not seen by PW.