Author: Theresa DaLayne
Summary: He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.
Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.
Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge. -Goodreads
My Thoughts: I was graciously given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What a fantastic read! This was an unexpected delight and I had a hard time putting this down! Definitely a read I wanted to sink into until I was done. I love when this occurs; books that yank me in, make work painful but reading so enjoyable!
Maya’s life quickly spiraled out of control and in order to keep her family together she makes sacrifices that cost her a dream scholarship. I personally love the selfless heroine that is willing to lay down in order for others. She ends up in a smaller than small town struggling to find how she fits in and how she can save a family that seems unwilling to put in the same effort.
Jake’s got the world on his shoulder and all the while he’s supporting his ailing mother. While he has not had an easy life I love that he is unwilling to give up. He’s a fighter without the aggressive screw you attitude. I could read about a lot more Jake-like characters. I love that he lacked that attitude and he came off much stronger, in my opinion, due to that.
Theresa DaLayne painted a beautiful picture when it came to these two and the scenery, I am putting Alaska on my list of places to go. I fell in love with these two and became invested in their journey, which made it stressful and heart lurching when one mucked it up. A beautiful story!