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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alaska Heart by Christine De Petrillo

Alaska Heart by Christine De Petrillo
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (360 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Alaska is supposed to be cold, so why is Alanna Cormac on fire?

Sent on a dream assignment to Denali National Park, nature magazine writer Alanna Cormac has no intentions of falling in love with Dale Ramsden, sexy Iditarod winner. When Dale, his family, and even his eighteen sled dogs charm their way into her heart, however, Alanna’s fast-track New York instincts crumble. The Alaskan landscape and the caress of a man too good to be true ignite feelings she never had time to explore before. Feelings that have her so blissfully busy she’s unaware she’s being watched. Judged. Targeted.

She’s next.

Love will either save her or swallow her whole. Is there a difference?

Allana Cormac just may have been given the chance of a lifetime. It may be a boost for her career as a writer for a nature magazine and it may just break her Alaska Heart. Dale Ramsden just won the Iditarod, what’s next, is he going to Disney Land? No, he’s hoping for something more corporeal than that, he’s hoping for a certain magazine writer to show up and steal his Alaska Heart.

Ms. De Petrillo definitely has a wonderful way with words and she shows her audience that talent by her fresh faced look at a time honored romance tradition of boy meets girl. She does this with witty dialogue full of comedy and tragedy. And her narrative will transport her readers deep into the majestic, panoramic natural beauty of Alaska, complete with all the pleasures and hazards of the wilderness. Her characters are all well developed and interesting enough to each launch their own story from what you learn about them in this one. Her hero, Dale, and heroine, Allana, are two opposites that attract like a mega-magnet, and we will see the sparks fly at the very first meeting.

The romance is fast paced and yet the pre-knowledge of each other makes the haste of the relationship very believable to her readers. The love scenes are spicy hot and put the romance on the sizzle burner. And yet with each encounter we can’t help but feel the intensity and honesty of the feelings this couple has for each other.

All in all this novel made one thing very clear to me, it made me want to visit the last frontier we call Alaska. Ms. De Petrillo made the places and people come alive for me so much that I can’t wait to buy tickets. So if you’re in the mood for a cozy fire, a cup of cocoa and a hot romance, you don’t need to go any further than Alaska Heart.