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Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska by Loree Lough

Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska
(Love Finds You Series)
By Loree Lough
320 Pages
ISBN: 9781935416197
Published October 1, 2009
Courtesy of Me, Myself, and I


A former Marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair. Bryce Stone has returned to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska and he's not very happy about it. The town where it's Christmas all year long does not appeal to the self-admitted scrooge. What?'s worse, Bryce must postpone his dream of opening a furniture shop when his Aunt Olive retires and leaves him to manage the family's cluttered Christmas boutique. Bryce hires a petite and inexperienced young woman to run the store, figuring that if she fails, he can sell the place but Bryce underestimates Sam, who grew up with seven rowdy brothers and is out to prove her mettle in the frozen north. It's a battle of wills and the two soon find that they re fighting for more than just the shop. After all, love takes as many forms as the snowflakes that blanket the streets of North Pole.

MY THOUGHTS:

I know I read mostly read what my family and friends like to call smut, but I read this book for a book club I help with (check out shameless page promotion: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/59391.BTS_Book_Club) and at first I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. When the first thing you are told is that it talks about God, you kind of take a step back and think, umm, ok do I really want to read this? Lol. My reasoning behind this is every Christian based book I have read, they have basically "shoved" religion down your throat. I have nothing against religious people in the least, I mean come on, I grew up in a Baptist church, I just don't appreciate an entire book that dedicates itself solely to getting the "word" out. That is not why I wanted to read the book in the first place. But you know what I found with LFYNPA? There was none of that. Yes they did go to church and pray but it wasn't what the sole purpose of the book was.

The romance between the two characters was so sweet and refreshing, it lightened my heart. A dirty book is really great but once in a while it's nice to kind of step away and read something different. It kind of restarts or refreshes your system. And it doesn't hurt to branch out to different type of genres either. Oh and another thing I loved about this book...it's based in North Pole, Alaska where it's Christmas season ALL the time. Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love Christmas. I think if I ever went there I wouldn't want to leave, well at least until that good ole Alaskan winter hits. Lol! I'm a Virginia girl, we don't get too much snow here and cold for us in winter is 40 degrees. The most snow we have got so far this year is 3in so far and I don't see much more in the future. Enough of my ramblings and back to the book. I do love how the character I pictured in my head for Sam was eerily close to the girl on the front. It's actually close to creeping me out. 

There was one part of the story that actually had me in tears. I am not an easy crier but something takes place at the end of the book that reminded me of something that happened in our family a couple months ago. Let's just say that this part of the story abso-freaking-lutely broke my heart. I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. :( You know it's a good book when you are emotionally involved with the characters, you cry like it is actually happening in your own life. I can definitely say that I look forward to reading more from Loree Lough in the future! She now has one more new fan to take on to her list.  :)

RATING:

I loved the sweetness to this book. It was absolutely refreshing with a tear-jerking twist at the end.

This actually shouldn't even be getting a single flaming heart because there wasn't any sex. But there was some sweet times and kisses that I think earned its own special rating.

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