This was my first time reading Jennifer Zane and it will definitely not be the last. Zane has made a somewhat far fetched story fun to read. Violet is a mild mannered teacher who fishes and has a secret ability to write smoking hot erotica or what she refers to as creating "word porn" and Mike is a podiatrist with a well developed Alpha side. It's a little hard to believe that a grown man would need to call in reinforcements when trying to dissuade an unwanted admirer, but the story falls into place a little later when the reader finds out that there have been other forces at work in both Mike and Violet's lives. The secondary characters are interesting and I definitely plan on going back and reading the first books to get their stories. Violet is working at Goldilocks, the town's only adult store for the summer, when she takes a call from Mike and is roped into a scheme to help him fend off the over eager neighbor who has her sights on snagging herself a good looking doctor. Goldie, the owner of Goldilocks and infamous busy body encourages Violet to go out to Alaska and see what happens. Goldie is a hoot, but you wouldn't want someone like her helping you out much though. Her brand of "helping" could be a bit much to take, but it is all done with good intentions.
Although this can be read as a stand alone, like in so many cases, the back stories of people who make an appearance would be a plus. However, not having read the other stories did not take away from my enjoyment of this book, it only made me want to go back and read them as well. I like that Mike and Violet do not fall instantly on each other and that the thing that separated them in the past is not glossed over when they come together again. This is a light, quick read that will give you a giggle and is a fun escape.
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Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she's been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she's never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won't be hard work.
Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady's advances.
A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong?
Jennifer Zane has lived all over the country--from Georgia to Maryland, New York to Colorado, including an exciting five years in Montana. Her time in Big Sky country was the basis for this book. When she's not writing, she savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She currently lives with her family in Colorado.