ALASKA NIGHT
DAISY SWEENEY
ISBN# (13) 978-1790129454 / ASIN # B07LCSF4WQ
December 18 digital, January 2019 paperback
Self published
Digital, paperback
Digital $3.99, paperback $9.99
269 pages
Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: Four cups

Jules has her plate full, coping with an alcoholic father and protecting her motherless little sister from his rages while juggling two jobs as a waitress/hostess. She also takes college courses, fends off a former boyfriend, and tries to hold onto her dream of owning her own restaurant. The last thing she needs is another complication.

Night is nothing less than a huge but enticing complication. A mysterious stranger, he rides into town on a motorcycle in the middle of an Alaskan winter. He soon becomes Jules rescuing knight, but despite his gorgeous looks and irresistible charm, she cannot dare to trust him when he reveals almost nothing about himself.

Small towns are notoriously unwell to accept dashing strangers. Everyone warns Jules not to get involved with this one but the attraction is too strong to resist. Then inexplicable bad things begin to happen and Night gets blamed. Can he open up enough to win Jules’ trust and her help which he soon desperately needs?

This is a fierce book, one you will not soon forget. Gritty and raw in its vivid and realistic look at a dysfunctional family and an ingrown small town with all its pettiness, the story is totally believable and compelling. Though I am not a big fan of first person narrative, the author works it well here. However, to label the book a romance is almost a disservice to the reader and the book itself. It is a love story, a deep and emotional one, but the requisite happy ending does not emerge although the author promises to continue the tale in one or more future books.  While it is labeled “New Adult,” anyone can read and appreciate it. There is explicit sex and some realistic language but the angst, the wonder and the stark reality can reach any reader past childhood. If we had a 4.9 rating, I would use it. The book is only a thin sliver off perfect.

AZGaye
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More

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