The Alaskan Rescue
Harlequin American, Feb 5 2013, $5.25
Dr. Cole Stevens flies from Ketchikan to Marshall’s Fishing Lodge And Resort on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska to attend to several sick guests. However, he becomes livid to learn that the owner Frank Marshall lied about the ailing individuals who instead of Kansans were foreign visitors; thankfully suffering from Strep and sea sickness, and not a virus. He stays the night and meets dancer Sashi “New York” Hansen who dreams of opening up a ballet studio in Alexandria, Virginia, but gruelingly works at Marshall’s with three days of employment left here for her and her BFF anthropologist Kendra Knight. The dancer and the doctor spend the night together.
A few days later, a distraught pregnant Kendra runs outside at night after seeing the father of her unborn Freddy Marshall with another woman; Sashi follows her. A bear attacks them killing Kendra and injuring Sashi. When they are reported missing, Cole joins the rescue party that finds Sashi. As Cole and Sashi fall in love, his rage against Freddy and her guilt over Kendra keep them from emotionally healing.
The Alaskan backdrop enhances a strong contemporary romance. Character driven, fans will root for the doctor and the dancer to forge a healing tango built from their love.