Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a review copy of Enjoy the View
Enjoy the View is the third book in the Moose Springs series – a series of books set in Alaska, focused on locals of a small town falling in love with tourists. Naturally, when I found out that this third entry would be about Easton, the mysterious mountain man, I was thrilled.
A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet
And miles of untamed wilderness…
What could possibly go wrong?
Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.
Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.
Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.
From a plot standpoint – this was the most exciting book of Moose Springs series – there were real life or death situations, high stakes, and lots of mountain climbing adventures. The addition of action scenes to this otherwise rom-com book definitely helped to drive the plot forward and keep me hooked. There were chapters where my heart pounded and I wasn’t sure of what the outcome would be.
Easton was my favorite side character from the first two books in this series – he was clearly generous and kind to those around him, including virtual strangers and tourists in town. Ever since encountering him in The Tourist Attraction, I was hoping he would get his own book. I greatly enjoyed getting to read from his point of view and getting to get inside his head. River, on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite character. She struck me as fairly one dimensional: her main trait was that she was adventurous to a fault. While this was fun, I wish she would have had more character growth throughout the book and would have had a more well-rounded character.
For me, the relationship between Easton and River is where Enjoy the View falters a bit – their chemistry was not very organic feeling. This was especially stark when you compare River and Easton’s chemistry to that of the couples from the previous two books. Right off the bat, River and Easton had a mutual attraction, but it took me a long time to buy into the authenticity of it. It wasn’t until well into the second half of the book before I felt chemistry between them.
I wanted to love Enjoy the View more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun rom-com, but it was lacking the magic that the first Moose Springs book, The Tourist Attraction, had. If you haven’t started the series yet, check out my reviews of The Tourist Attraction and Mistletoe & Mr Right. 4/5