Bush pilot Bridget Shanahan runs from responsibility like a child runs from a dentist appointment, but when her brother leaves the family’s airfield in her hands, she knows it’s time to step up and behave like a Responsible Adult™. So of course that’s when Archer Ellison III blows into her tiny town of Captivity, Alaska, every inch the hot-as-hell mistake that most definitely belongs in her past. Been there, done that, and didn’t even get to keep the commemorative sweatshirt.
Archer has only ever had two goals. Now that he’s built his own empire outside his father’s company, he can move on to goal #2—winning back the one who got away by whatever means necessary. He knows it won’t be easy. Bridget Shanahan is older, wiser, more self-assured, and jaw-droppingly stunning…and doing everything she can to pretend the scorching chemistry between them doesn’t exist.
But fate is on his side. After an impulsive bet that would have sent Archer packing goes awry, Bridget is officially stuck with him. Which is really inconvenient, since falling for Archer again is the least responsible thing she could do.
Gah! I loved it!
As much as I loved book one in the Captivity Alaska series…I flipping adored Playing Dirty in Alaska! Bridget is such a great character. Full of pi$$ and vinegar, this gal is definitely someone I want to hang out with. She’s bawdy, honest and funny…and a terrific friend. I love the shade she throws at Archer, her ex, when he shows up uninvited and certain that he can win her back.
I wanted to drop kick that guy back to the lower 48 when he showed up. I felt he was an arrogant rich boy, and totally undeserving of getting a second chance with this girl he basically threw away. Yeah, I held a grudge through most of the book, not gonna lie. I cheered when Bridget outsmarted him and grumble when she started to let him in. It’s a fantastic story, but I find myself less forgiving to characters, men or women, who walk away from their partners “for their own good”. Argh…save me from that twisted logic, please!
While you don’t need to have read Playing Dirty in Captivity, brother Trace and Izzy’s story, there is some continuation to secondary characters and the past tragedy in the Shanahan family. My love for Lilah continues; I really do not like her mother, Rose. Ford the bartender is yummy and Mad and Wing keep me entertained. Then there’s Shay…he devastates me. And I have a huge question that I hope is cleared up in the next book…and I’m hoping my theory on it is correct! Yup…I just vague-booked you all!
This book is simply dynamite! A standing ovation and many flowers strewn at the feet of author Samantha Beck…bravo!!
Loved this so much!
4.5 stars! Oh, the tension! Archer and Bridget have all of it! I love a second chance romance, and this book did the trope right. Loved being back in Captivity. Bridget was one of the stand out characters when I read Faking it in Alaska (although this can definitely be read as a stand alone), and it was great to learn more about her. She’s super relatable and has this incredible, wild spirit that really spoke to me. I loved that Archer had a full fledged plan to get her back. I thought his character development was great, and he is definitely book boyfriend material. The steam and romance in this book are both great, and I loved the little snippets of a younger Archer and Bridget sprinkled here and there. Another fun & witty romance from Samanthe Beck that’s steamy and swoony and so well done. *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.