Book Review: Alaska Dreams by Jennifer Snow

Posted February 12, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 15 Comments

Alaska Dreams
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by Jennifer Snow
Publication Date January 25, 2022
Published by HQN Books
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Workplace, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

Is she making the right decision…for her career and her heart?

Following a near-death experience, Selena Hudson is finally going after the career she wants. And since casting directors won’t see her as anything but a rom-com queen, Selena signs on to produce and star in her own movie—an edgy psychological thriller. But just as the cast and crew arrive on location in Wild River, Alaska, the leading man drops out of the production.

Reporter Gus Orosco is not hiding out in Wild River—he’s waiting for the dust to settle after his on-camera “overreaction” triggered by watching his ex-fiancee get engaged to a superstar hockey player. Gus doesn’t want to be anywhere near the film crew shooting at his family’s campgrounds, but Selena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: she’ll snag Gus an interview with Sports Beat if he’ll be her leading man. All Gus has to do is learn his lines, hit his marks and somehow ignore the sparks flying between them…even though they’re hot enough to melt the Alaskan snow.

Bonus Novella
Jade Frazier learns that Christmas is the season for second chances—in life as well as love—in Jennifer Snow’s An Alaskan Christmas Homecoming.

My Review:

Alaska Dreams by Jennifer Snow is the sixth book in her popular Wild River series but can easily be read as a stand-alone book.  I chose to read this book because of the location in Alaska, but I enjoyed it so much more than just that.  These characters were realistic and I was rooting for them both.   I really enjoyed this steamy, enemies to lovers romance.  

Selena Hudson was a child actress and the as she got older she became the queen of Romcoms.  Now she wants to do more serious movies and has a thriller she wants to produce and star in.  With a shoestring budget, she decides to film her new thriller in an abandoned campground near Wild River, Alaska.   But, she finds out that the campground isn’t as abandoned as she thought.  

Gus Orosco just made the biggest mistake of his life when he had a meltdown on live TV and lost his job as a sportscaster for a local Seattle news station.  Embarrassed and jobless, he decides to hide out in Wild River to let the dust settle as he ponders what he will do next.  What he doesn’t expect is a film crew descending on his family’s campground, and he doesn’t have time for the attraction he feels for the star and producer of the film.  

I enjoyed this fast-paced book.  Gus and Serena are both sympathetic characters and I wanted both of them to be happy.  Although Serena is a famous actress, I found her very relatable and down to earth.  And Gus was much more than a dumb jock sportscaster.  Both characters have something to prove and something to overcome, and the book was emotional as well as entertaining.  Gus and Serena have great chemistry, but they also had some fun banter as they realize they have much more in common than they thought at first.  

I highly recommend Alaska Dreams to anyone who enjoys a sizzling romance set in a gorgeous location.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is an award winning, contemporary romance author writing for Harlequin, Grand Central and Berkley/NAL. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son.

15 responses to “Book Review: Alaska Dreams by Jennifer Snow

  1. I’ve never read any HQN romances. I do love romance, though. I wonder if I’d enjoy something published by HQN. This one sounds like it might be fun. I think I might try it.

    • I find some of the mass market paperbacks from HQN really good. I don’t read much of their category romance. There is just so many books out there!