Heart on a Leash
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by Berkley
A pack of rescue huskies inspires love and romance in a coastal Alaskan town fractured by feuding families—but can young pups really teach frozen hearts new tricks?
Taylor Lipin has made it her life's mission to leave her hometown and its ridiculous, century-old feud with the Porters behind. But when her sister needs help running the family inn, Taylor agrees to return to Helen, Alaska on a temporary, definitely not longer than two weeks, basis. Or so she thinks, until she's quite literally swept off her feet and into enemy territory by three happy huskies and their drool-worthy owner, Dr. Josh Krane.
Though Josh didn't grow up in Helen with the rest of his Porter cousins, he's heard the stories: Porters rescue huskies. The Lipins are cat people. Keep to your pack. But Taylor is too tempting to give up—plus, his dogs love her.
As Taylor and Josh grow closer, tensions in the town escalate and the need for secrecy starts taking a toll. Soon they'll need to decide whether their newfound love is just a summer fling or if they've found their forever home.
This is the first book in the Hearts of Alaska series by Alanna Martin.
I thought this book sounded really good in the blurb. They have a kind of Hatfields and McCoys thing going on in the town of Helena and these two people reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed lovers that might not have been meant to be. I read about the first third and the couple got together really quickly and was doing what I consider the cheesy sex scenes. I was rolling my eyes hoping against all hope it wouldn’t continue in this vein with no real plot. Then the feud between the two families kicked in gear and the angst started popping in and I was very relieved.
There was real plotting, real feels and real struggle. If I could have given the two advice, I think more communication would have been key. They assumed a lot of things that really put their newfound relationship on the rocks almost as badly as the feud was doing to them. The feud seemed a bit silly to me. The main culprits lighting a fire under the feud were the older generation. And the police had long ago decided to stay out of it. So when all the crap hit the fan and their love affair was discovered, they fought for that love … until they didn’t and they let the stupid people decided who they could love.
When you finally get into the real thru-line of the story, you will tear up and choke up and root for them to fight, fight, fight. And that is what a good book does. It might have started a little wobbly but it found its stride and ended with an amazing resolution that I was beginning to think might never happen.
I totally recommend this book.
Definitely pick this up if you are a contemporary romance lover.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.