Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ARC Review: Twice in a Blue Moon by Cate Masters

Title: Twice in a Blue Moon
Author: Cate Masters
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Can true love strike twice?

After the death of her first love, Melanie Michaels buries her grief in the risky demands of a reality show, where her extreme stunts leave her teetering on the edge danger. That’s exactly where she wants to be—until she arranges for her crew to traverse the Swedish Lapland in the dead of winter. It’s the one place she shouldn’t go, on the one day she should avoid—her would-be wedding anniversary.

Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights, Melanie is stuck with Joe “Buck” Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of the Arctic?
The setting in Twice in a Blue Moon really got me - I soooo want to go see the Ice Hotel and the Northern Lights now.  The whole arctic wilderness was a fantastic setting for this romance.  Both characters love the wilderness - but for different reasons.  They thrive under very physical conditions, and I think I was expecting to see just a little more "stunts" from this.  It seemed like I wanted a little more wilderness adventure style to this sometimes.

There was a very slight paranormal aspect to the romance as Melanie feels the presence of her deceased husband very strongly at times.  But this is about as far from a ghost story as you can get.  This is about two very lonely people finally finding that perfect someone to complete them.

It was such a sweet story - and I loved the dogs.  How you can you not love sleigh dogs?  A few of them even had a very distinctive personality.  It was fun to see them worked into the story (along with a couple of real life reindeer).  I really disliked Melanie's co-worker, Hayden, though.  He was too much of a complete jerk.  Even the bad ones should have a reason or some other redeeming quality.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


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