Review: All That Glitters by Laura Oliva

July 17, 2013 Review 0

Review: All That Glitters by Laura Oliva

Ava Faraday has spent her life running- from love, from her past, from herself. Now she has only one place left to go: home.

She arrives in Nome, Alaska determined to make a fresh start. Out of luck and out of options, she joins the crew of her estranged father's dredge, and struggles to learn her new- and dangerous- job before she dies trying.

The last thing she needs is to fall in love.

Gold dredger Ethan Calhoun has struggled to put the ghosts of his own troubled past to rest. After five long years as an outsider in Nome, he's finally made good.

When Ava comes to town, she stirs up feelings in him he can't control, and isn't sure he wants to. The closer they become, the more Ethan wonders: will those feelings destroy everything he's worked for?

In Nome's dredging community, loyalties change, and trust is anything but guaranteed. When faced with a common threat, Ethan and Ava realize they must work together to survive.

Can two lifelong runners trust each other? Can they convince each other- and themselves- love is worth the risk?

Title: All That Glitters
Author: Laura Oliva
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: What the Body Needs
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: March 5, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 207
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Alaska provides the perfect backdrop for Laura Oliva’s contemporary romance All That Glitters. Oliva pulls you into her character-driven romance with realistic and believable characters.

Rugged, strong, and part Inupiaq, Ava Faraday belongs to two worlds but doesn’t fit in either. Ava searches to find the place where she belongs. Having no luck away from home, Ava returns to Nome, Alaska, to join her estranged father and his crew on his gold dredge. Upon her return, Ava meets Ethan Calhoun, another gold dredger, who relocated to Alaska five years before. Oliva does a beautiful job of blending in Inupiaq words and ceremonies, which adds depth to this story. Ethan sympathizes with Ava and her struggles to find where she fits in. Ethan does his level best to help Ava overcome her worries, which endeared Ethan to me. Their quick-witted dialog while they are figuring out that they have feelings for each other is fun to read. The sexual tension between Ava and Ethan smolders until they share a sensual and scorching night of passion together. Along with the romance between Ava and Ethan, Oliva consummately develops the mystery surrounding the accidents on the dredges.

All That Glitters with its appealing couple and suspenseful plot keeps you riveted to your e-reader right up to the emotionally satisfying conclusion.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

T.C. Archer

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