Reviewed by Helyce
Tessa doesn’t do anything half way. From the moment she saw the old paddle wheeler her mind started planning the successful Bed & Breakfast she knew it could become. She had so many ideas her own brain couldn’t keep up. Starting the process and offering to buy it was simple and well received by the owner so she heads up to Haines, Alaska immediately after receiving his response, ready to start making her dreams come true.
Mark Weaver wasn’t totally honest when he responded to Tessa’s offer to purchase his paddleboat. There’s a catch-he can’t actually sell it, but he’s got some ideas of his own if Tessa is willing to listen to him. Unfortunately, the moment he meets her he realizes she’s his mate and he can barely get two words out.
Problem-he’s a wolf and she’s a cat.
I have read and loved this series since book one and I adored this story as well. Tessa and Mark are such an unlikely couple for obvious reasons, but from the moment they meet there’s a chemistry that while obvious to Mark is not so obvious to Tessa. You see, cats don’t do the mating thing like wolves do. Mark has this expectation that Tessa will just accept the mating, but she makes it really clear that she wants to fall in love and above all she wants romance.
Mark is thrilled that Tessa has agreed to work with him as they find some common ground where the paddle wheeler is concerned. They immediately begin to make plans to upgrade and renovate and through it all they are spending time together and getting to know each other.
Mark finds himself between a rock and hard place though. He’s trying to give Tessa what she needs but his wolf is screaming for him to fulfill the mating call. Tessa shows interest but she’s still waiting for some grand gesture. It takes her good friend Keri to point out the obvious and when she does, things finally fall into place.
I really enjoyed this one! Watching Mark struggle with his wolf as Tessa bounces around the paddle wheeler every day was both a humorous and an emotional ride. You could feel his need for her in every single thing he did. Unfortunately, Tessa wasn’t seeing it right away and watching her come to the realization that romantic gestures didn’t just come in the form of hearts and flowers and that in his own way Mark was romancing her from the moment he agreed to her plans for the paddle wheeler. The scene where she finally sees what’s been in front of her the whole time and accepts Mark as her mate was beautifully done-loved it.
As always, I am impressed by the fact that Ms. Arend is able to create a satisfying and heartfelt story in just over 100 pages. Not only is there total focus on the couple but she also treats us to little updates of previous characters, which for me is simply a bonus. Definitely recommend!