“Alaska” by Cate Ashwood


Nobody says no to a Prescott.

Not even one of their own.

Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Victory. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all. There was only one thing standing in my way.

Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away. Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, until one day the past showed up in my backyard.

I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.



The more Ashwood stories I read, the more I confirm she has perfected the recipe for sweet and sexy! Alaska was delightful and wickedly fun. I think this might be my favorite cover of her’s too….yowza! The blurb is a bit vague but I still knew I wanted to read it. I wasn’t sure about Holden initially, but I quickly warmed to him. Gage is easy to love at first sight. Put them together and it’s a feisty good time. They begin as strangers and preconceived enemies. Holden is forced to trek to the back country in Alaska under specific orders from his father with an impossible mission. He must convince his father’s former business partner to agree to return to the hospital and company they founded together. Of course, his father knows the odds of Holden succeeding are a hundred-to-one. I have nothing nice to say about Holden’s father and was thrilled that he exited the story early. Besides him, I loved every other aspect of this story. Gage clearly ran away from his successful and sophisticated life for a reason and Holden is determined to peel away the gruff and grouchy exterior to understand why. Gage gave up the dream of having a boyfriend when he left his life behind and he certainly didn’t expect a persistent and seductive young surgeon to plant himself directly in his path. Their time is limited, they should just enjoy themselves while they can. It’ll be easy to walk away, right? Ummm…..


I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Alaska but it’s on my bucket list. I loved exploring the frozen and quiet life through Gage. He performed a complete about-face when he left NYC and settled into the rural village of Sawyer’s Ferry. It’s the middle of winter (and cold!) when Holden is tasked with his dubious assignment. Holden is on a tight leash from his father and knows very little as to why Gage left or even why he would come back. He simply knows his own future relies on beating the flimsy odds of returning with the hot doctor. When he fails to obey his father, he loses the ground beneath his feet. His job, his home, and everything vanishes. He has…nothing. He might as well make the best of it and kissing Gage is first on his list. They combust into fiery passion but it can’t last. Holden is on the next plane out of there. Or that’s the plan.



Holden is sassy and hilarious and I could easily see why Gage fell for him. They tentatively begin their temporary relationship with  a ticking time-bomb. But they are suited so well for each other and as the weeks slip by, they recognize how well they fit. Gage realizes he was truly missing something in his life…Holden. And he’s terrified of losing him. I loved how they progressed and grew together. I loved their snarky banter. I loved their passionate yet tender romance. Holden’s bestie back in the city and Gage’s best friend were powerful secondary characters. It appears this is the first book in the series and I’m very much looking forward to the next couple…and checking in on our steamy doctors. Lots of wonderful things to love in Alaska.



A nasty piece of work related to Holden. A mysterious back story belonging to Gage. I was a tad confused how Holden didn’t know him from his history with the hospital…Gage wasn’t gone that long? There was a bit of an age gap but I was still scratching my head on that part. And their fall was quick but I didn’t mind in the slightest.



Enemies to lovers fans, Ashwood fans and anyone looking for a lighthearted lovely story. Not a lot of angst but certainly a lot of fun.



TITLE: Alaska (Sawyer’s Ferry #1) 
AUTHOR: Cate Ashwood
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 183 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2018

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