Thanks to Berkley for inviting me to be part of the tour & Berkley & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
It's up to a trio of adorable rescue huskies to make two lonely hearts in a coastal Alaskan town realize that true love is worth too much to turn tail and run.
Glaciers have nothing on Kelsey Porter when she decides to freeze someone out. After getting burned once, she's not about to let it happen again. And right now all that icy contempt is focused on one annoyingly attractive and entitled interloper: Ian Roth. Not only is he looking to take advantage of her quaint, coastal community, tainting the small-town charm of Helen, Alaska, but he has committed the one crime she can never forgive--he doesn't like her dogs.
Unlike what Kelsey believes, Ian loves Helen's charms as much as she does. That's partly why he's determined to open a brewery there, and he's not about to let anything or anyone stop his dream from coming true. But he didn't count on the beautiful, prickly woman getting under his skin. Or having to be within hand-biting proximity of her three huge huskies.
When Kelsey's family conscripts her into helping Ian get his brewery off the ground, she finds herself caught between a rock and a hard . . . muscular . . . man who has a fear of dogs. But the longer they work together, the more she can feel herself begin to thaw. Now she'll have to choose: let sleeping dogs lie to protect her heart, or mush head-on toward love.
Alanna Martin’s Paws & Prejudice is a romance set smack in small town Alaska, where the biggest threat isn’t quite the local wildlife but instead a long-running, take-all-prisoners feud between two families.
Everyone’s expected to take sides, even new residents of Helen, like Ian Roth, hopeful brewery owner & transplant from Florida.
He’s a more laid-back type except he does get annoyed by self-described “ice queen” Kelsey Porter, who’s mastered the snarky behavior that keeps people from looking too closely.
She also doesn’t like outsiders. But when they’re made to work together, they both realize the other isn’t quite as they seem, & maybe Helen, Alaska is big enough for both of them.
There’s quite a lot going on here & on balance I found it entertaining with some enjoyable steam. The ice queen-“puppy” personality hero is a fun take, even if the heroine made me raise my eyebrows on a couple of occasions.
At the beginning of the book I had reservations about her & the feud she’s been part of for so long & it’s cool seeing her realize for herself that the feud is damaging & not necessary, that she can step out of it & achieve positive change using the power the feud has given her.
The fact that the heroine is a romance novel writer in secret—& the hero has a dog phobia & the heroine has three beloved huskies—gives them both more opportunity to grow emotionally.
I wanted more build up for their feelings before things between them really accelerate, though they do start establishing more of that intimacy—& the book has more thorough relationship development—after they sleep together the first time.
Paws & Prejudice has some sweet moments, some hot moments, & it’s 3.5 ⭐️ for me.
About the Author
Growing up, Alanna Martin wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, and an actor--possibly all at once. After nine years of studying psychology, she somehow became a writer instead. This turned out to be the best career choice of all because she can work in her pajamas while drinking wine. She firmly believes in the power of fluffy books, long walks in the woods, and that there's no such thing as too much coffee.
Give me that HEA, please.
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