Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Crazy About Alaska by Shannon L. Brown

July 21, 2017 Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Shannon L. Brown 36

about the book

Can she trust love?

Holly has her eye on a handsome state trooper. Not on her boring, oh-so-serious, former professor, Adam.

Having her toes curl when she’s near Adam must be ignored.

Holly just wants a great dad for her twin girls. She’s going to find one, write a novel to fulfill her dreams, and create a happy life.

Falling in love isn’t part of her plan.

College professor Adam enjoys his work, his dog . . . and his secret life. After his home burns, he needs to find a house in a hurry. Oh-so-appealing former student Holly is perfect for the job—and his heart. Adam has to win her before the other man does. When secrets are revealed, will love grow or die?

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SERIES:  Alaska Dream Romance #3
GENRE: Sweet Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Sienna Bay Press
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2017
PAGES: 319

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Shannon L. Brown writes sweet reads with characters who will make you smile. And can I say – cover love?!?! Each cover in this series is gorgeous!

I’ve read Falling For Alaska (which has a delicious P&P vibe if you’re interested) so I had an idea of who several of the characters were from the beginning. If you haven’t yet read any of the other books in this series, it may take you a bit to catch up but it should work fine as a standalone. There’s a lot of background given, but you may feel as though you’re missing something. Because you are 😉

In Crazy for Alaska, the setting once again made me want to book that Alaskan cruise I’ve always wanted to take! Alaska is almost like a secondary character in Brown’s series, though perhaps less so in this book than in the first one.

Adam (aka Dr. Difficult) is one of those heroes that needs ‘we’re all drooling over the hot guy’ music playing when he arrives somewhere. For instance: when Holly’s sisters see him for the first time –

Dr. O’Connell walked toward them, each step oozing a male force she hadn’t known he possessed. Dr. Difficult had vanished to be replaced with an unexpected … more. Those over-the-top sexy men in ads for cologne could take lessons from him.

Did I mention he drove up on a motorcycle, complete with leather jacket? And he loves his dog, Emma.

Jemma, Holly, and Bree are all great friends as well as sisters, and that’s probably my favorite part of this novel. They laughed and teased but they also shared a deep bond that meant they were there when one needed the others.  Holly is likable and our first introduction to her – as she climbs around on a roof to enter a house she’s locked out of – is hilarious.

(I didn’t really understand why she kept hiding her kids from the guys she dated though. I mean… I realize she had a bad experience with her ex-husband and I can see why ‘I have twins’ wouldn’t be the first thing out of her mouth but after dating the guy a while and expecting him to propose? I don’t see why – or how – she kept them a secret for that long.)

Holly and Adam’s romance has a couple of speedbumps but those were more like the kind you’d see in a neighborhood to make you slow down rather than a pothole on the interstate. No big conflict, just some little things that crept up along the way. Mostly secrets they were keeping from each other (see above paragraph about her kids) and the guy Holly is seeing when the story begins. A guy she has zero chemistry with, by the way, but expects a proposal from any day. I saw him as a mosquito that buzzed around every once in a while but needed to be swatted away. 😛

Bottom Line: All-in-all, Crazy about Alaska is a sweet romance that’s a good choice if you want something light and drama-free. For me, though, it fell a little flat :-/ There isn’t anything that captivated me or kept me turning the pages. Some of the conclusions/misunderstandings that the characters jumped to seemed a bit extreme, and the conflicts that were present puzzled me as to why they were even really conflicts. That said, you will enjoy Holly and her sisters, the setting, and of course Dr. Dreamy (i mean Dr. Difficult). The first book of this series remains my favorite, and I recommend you start there.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3 stars / Light, sweet read

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about the author

Writing books that are fun and touch your heart

Even though Shannon L. Brown always loved to read, she didn’t plan to be a writer. She earned two degrees from the University of Alaska, one in journalism/public communications, but didn’t become a journalist.

Years passed. Shannon felt pulled into a writing life, testing her wings with a novel and moving on to articles. Shannon is now an award-winning journalist who has sold hundreds of articles to local, national, and regional publications.

Shannon was born and raised in Alaska so she enjoyed writing the books in the Alaska Dream Romance series. “The Feather Chase” was her first published book and began the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series. The eight-to-twelve-year-olds in your life will enjoy this contemporary twist on a Nancy Drew-type mystery.

Shannon lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her professor husband and adorable calico cat.

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When a character opens the door and steps from her world into mine, writing about her is easier. Holly Harris in Crazy About Alaska is a real estate agent, and I was once one. I’ve driven clients around and shown them houses only to have them go a different direction. My husband and I bought a new house a few years ago, so I have tales to tell from that experience too. (Readers may think the purple shower is made up. Think again.) I chose to bring a college professor into her life as a love interest. I’m married to one.

Some of myself always finds its way into a story. Sometimes, it’s just something I might like to do. Holly’s sister Jemma rehabs furniture in Falling for Alaska, book one in the series. The idea for her business came while I was watching HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. Taking trash and making it beautiful sounds like something I’d like to try. Jemma also dislikes coffee and drinks tea. (Here I am again.) But she is not exactly me. She’s cooking challenged, and I’m a good cook.

Does the story become about the author when she inserts herself into it? Reality is only a fun fraction of the book. Holly has two men vying for her affections. That never happened. (It might have been fun if it had!) She also has five-year-old twins. I never experienced that.

By far the most challenging of the sisters in the series was Bree in book two, Loving Alaska. She’s a doctor, and my knowledge of the medical profession comes from sitting on the exam table, not from doing the exam. I spoke with doctors I knew and brought her to life. But Bree isn’t all made up either. She despises being in nature, especially camping. I’ve camped on a frozen river, beside a lake after canoeing or boating in, and many more places, but I’m with Bree and hotels are greatly preferred. There I am in the story again.

Reading the books I’ve written helps you know who I am. I’m a woman with a big imagination who enjoys bringing stories to life. Oh, and that slightly sarcastic sense of humor you may notice with Jemma and Holly? That might be from me as well.

To celebrate this tour, Shannon Brown is giving away a grand prize of a book lovers gift basket – a basket filled with book-related things!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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What about you? Have you ever been to Alaska?

Carrie

36 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Crazy About Alaska by Shannon L. Brown”

  1. Becky Smith

    Sounds interesting. Sometimes we need light reads. I have never been to Alaska, but 2 of our children have visited on a cruise.

  2. Evangeline

    I have never been to Alaska but would love to go. Perhaps I can go through this book. 😊 This is a new author to me, and I would love to win her book. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Sabrina Templin

    I’ve considered moving to Alaska multiple times…lol Sounds like a nice sweet read. Thank you Carrie! 🙂

  4. Winnie Thomas

    I should have taken you with me, Carrie, when I went to Alaska. I’ve been to Alaska twice–both times in the winter! A couple of my grandkids used to live there. Thankfully, they live in Utah now, so I can see them a lot more often! 🙂

      • Winnie Thomas

        I’ve been to a lot of fun places, and I get to go to Cincinnati next month–everybody’s favorite destination! It will be fun because. . . friends, hugging, books, authors, readers. Can’t wait.

        Carrie, Alaska in the winter is very much like Utah in the winter, except it gets dark earlier and light later. It was snowing when we left Utah and snowing when we got to Alaska! 😀

  5. Marylin Furumasu

    No, but I have a friend who lives there and I’m going soon to visit her. I can’t wait. It looks so beautiful.

  6. Carol A Alscheff

    I have been on a cruise to Alaska. I would love to go again and see more.

  7. Marilyn

    Alaska is a beautiful state. This book looks so exciting and interesting.
    Marilyn

  8. Paula S.

    No I haven’t been to Alaska but several friends used to live there.

  9. Dianne Casey

    I have never been to Alaska, but it’s definitely on my places to visit.

  10. Terrill Rosado

    Living in Washington State, Alaska is a popular cruise destination, but I haven’t been there myself. I have a number of friends from college who came down from Alaska to attend Western Wash. Univ. and would love to make it up there to visit some of them. I also had a great number of friends who went up every summer to work on fishing boats. Tough work, but great pay.

    • Shannon L. Brown

      Seattle always felt right next door. I’ve always enjoyed Western Washington. I had a friend who worked in the fishing industry in Alaska and you’re right that it was very hard work.

  11. Vivian Furbay

    My aunt Lucille, her two children and their families live in Alaska. it’s a beautiful state from the pictures I’ve seen. Your rafflecopter wouldn’t my email address so wish I could enter this giveaway.

    • Shannon L. Brown

      Thank you! The book lovers gift basket includes some great things I found on etsy, including a snowman ornament made from the pages of a book. It’s super cute. 🙂

  12. Janet Estridge

    My husband and I along with 2 friends traveled to Alaska in 2000. Picture this, 4 adults in an RV, gone 2 months, and traveled over 10,000 miles.
    Would we do it again?
    You bet we would.

  13. Diane Wallace

    Sounds like a good read😊
    I have always wanted to visit Alaska

  14. carylkane

    Great review, Carrie! No, I’ve not had the chance to visit Alaska.

  15. Pam Graber

    Loved your review, Carrie! I ordered the book from Amazon and can’t wait to visit Alaska through the pages of this one.

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