Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden

Coming home was the easy part… Facing her will take everything he’s got.

First in a bold, sexy new small-town Alaska contemporary romance series from Jackie Ashenden.

Deep River, Alaska boasts a fiercely independent though small population. The people who live here love it, and they don't much care what anyone else thinks. Until the day Silas Quinn comes back and tells them an oil reserve has been found below the town and now it's neighbor vs. neighbor. Some want to take the money and run, while others want to tell the oil company to put its rigs where the sun don't shine.

Hope Dawson never expected to leave Deep River. Her mom needs her. Her grandfather died and left her the local hangout to run. Her dreams of college and adventure died long ago. Until Silas comes back to town, holding the key to set her free. But freedom means she loses him again, and he's the one she's really always wanted.


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Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden. Free bonus story by Sharon Sala.

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Silas returns to Deep River in remote Alaska where he grew up and is faced with seeing his friend and the girl he loves, Hope Dawson. The early interactions between Hope and Silas are packed full of emotion and I was having all the feels. The story of Silas’ childhood growing up with his father is sad, but it is the feelings he has for Hope that really moved me.

Silas has only returned to Deep River temporarily and has no plans to stay, whereas Hope has no plans to leave, so a no strings attached fling is in the cards. These two are hot together but the author going off on other tangents in one character's head when things are getting steamy did not work for me. Another thing that didn’t work is that Hope runs a bar with only one helper/bouncer, yet she rarely seems to actually work in the bar although she spends heaps of time in her office. It bugged me.

What I did like about this story was seeing Silas and Hope work together trying to convince the town not to sell up to the oil companies. I liked reading about the town and its people too. In that respect, the story had a nice cozy feeling.

Unfortunately, the deep emotions the beginning of this story roused in me were long gone by the time I got to the end, which was overly sweet but still a good ending.



Author Bio

JACKIE ASHENDEN has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. A mild-mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with librarianship until a chance meeting prompted her to devote herself to writing romance. When she's not torturing alpha males and their gutsy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis and reading anything she can lay her hands on. She and her family live in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Come Home to Deep River (Alaska Homecoming #1) by Jackie Ashenden to read and review.

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