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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chinook, Wine, and Sink Her by Morgan Q. O'Reilly

Chinook, Wine, and Sink Her by Morgan Q. O'Reilly
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (400+ pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lilac

How does a gold mining fisherman catch the girl of his dreams? Ask the moose and the dog.

Linnet Greenbriar has a job to do on the isolated Alaskan Yukon River. Hoping the remote area will keep her away from men for as long as possible, she is shocked to see the handsome stranger walking up the river and singing a little song. All her hopes change when a mishap sends her falling into the river and also into the arms of said handsome stranger.

Creed finds himself in the wrong place at the right time and becomes a self appointed hero when he rescues the beautiful Fish and Game Officer from the icy river. All he wanted was a little peace and solitude, but one look at this city girl has him changing his tune.

Warning: Sex in bathtubs filled with water from natural hot springs, too many men and a moose, who just might interrupt the fun.

Full of humor and characters you’ll fall in love with, Chinook, Wine, and Sink Her is a great read!

The heroine of the story, Linnet Greenbriar, is a woman with her defenses firmly in place. Focused on her job in the remote Alaska wilderness she neither wants nor needs a man in her life. But when Creed Willis, owner of the cabin she is staying in, shows up, he tests her resolve at every turn. However, an incident from her past still haunts Linnet causing her to be mistrustful of others…especially males. Linnet is a multi-faceted character who has been through a lot. It is only as she gets to know Creed that she is able to heal and deal with her past. I enjoyed her growth throughout the story as the author really made me care about her.

As for Creed, he is a great hero who has his work cut out for him as he hopes to win over Linnet. As he gets to know Linnet and more about what she is hiding, he is determined to break through some of her defenses. He is a strong and caring hero who, until Linnet, never thought of settling down. She changes his whole line of thinking as he lets her into his life. With Creed, the author has created a perfect hero for Linnet considering what she has been through. His gentleness, yet strength shine through with his actions and words. Together the two make a great couple whose chemistry is evident from their very first encounter in the Yukon River and whose banter I really enjoyed.

In addition to the great hero and heroine, there is also quite a cast of secondary characters who seem to interrupt Linnet and Creed’s solitude at every turn from a baby moose to Linnet’s brother and father. In fact, for such a remote location there are quite a few visitors and these characters only added to the story helping it progress.

I also enjoyed the humor that the author occasionally interjected into the story with the various events such as Linnet’s encounter with the moose. And the setting was perfect for this story and the author’s descriptions made me long to visit Alaska. At times the words were almost poetic as she described the Alaskan wilderness.

I did feel that the ending was a big long, dragging things out more than necessary as Linnet makes a few choices that I didn’t understand nor agree with, but overall this was a good read.

If you enjoy fun contemporary romances with great characters, both main and secondary, then you might want to check this one out.