SERIES: Seasons of Alaska #6
GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2019
Can he stop the one who got away—
from getting away again?
Everyone in her Alaskan town hopes Iris James is back for good. Including Dr. Flynn Ramsey, who stole her heart when they were awkward teenagers.
She realizes he’s planning an encore, but a prestigious job in Washington, DC, is calling to her. Only, ever since their kiss at her brother’s wedding, Iris isn’t sure about anything.
Except her reignited feelings for Flynn…
This latest installment in the delightful Seasons of Alaska series contains TWO of my favorite tropes: friends-to-more and fake-relationship-to-real… so you know I was grinning and swooning a lot during this sweet romance!
I love Iris and Flynn together – their friendship, the emotions & attraction simmering between them, and the romantic sparks that start to fly as their story progresses. When Flynn’s voice gets all husky and he can hardly form coherent words? The scene while shopping for bridesmaid dresses? The first kiss? Swoonlicious. Add in the gorgeous Alaskan setting (despite how Iris might feel about it) and oh blissful sigh! I also love Iris’s relationship with her siblings, including the brother and sister that make her a triplet, and the local friends in the community (that last part is another aspect to Flynn that I love too).
Speaking of Iris and her distaste of her beautiful home state… I admit I could relate to her on one level, as I’m about the farthest thing from an ‘outdoors’ person that you’ll find. I don’t really see the appeal in general… except on a nice crisp fall day & if you can throw in the Appalachian, Smoky, Blue Ridge, or Teton Mountains, even better. I do think I’d probably be a little more grateful for the breathtaking beauty of Alaska were I fortunate enough to call it home, as Iris does, and I’m not really sure I still understood her reasoning once it was given… BUT the author does a great job of using this (and another plot point) to facilitate a lot of character growth in Iris over the course of the book. This other plot point of which I speak, on the one hand, felt like a little too much crammed into this novel that is already packed with solid plot points and character arcs. On the other hand, as I mentioned, this allows for a great deal of character growth in both Iris and Flynn.
Bottom Line: Alaska. Best friends. Romance in the air. Big changes suddenly at hand. Big choices to be made. All of this, plus some great characters and delicious chemistry, make In the Doctor’s Arms a great read from start to finish. Readers will enjoy the characters’ relationships with each other in this scenic small town, building off previous books but also easily absorbed as a stand-alone novel. Friends-with-feelings-who-pretend-to-be-more is a trope (or tropes) that I never get tired of when done right, and this one most certainly is. Plus, that cover is so pretty!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.
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What about you? Do you love where you live or would you rather live somewhere else?