Sunday, June 16, 2013

All That Glitters Review

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?

All That Glitters is a quick, suspensful romance that will keep you entertained. The story is set in Nome, Alaska, which is on the coast of the Bering Sea. I loved that the setting took place in Alaska. Here I am in Oklahoma sweating bullets with 102 degree weather, wishing I was in Alaska with a high of 50!
Ava comes back to Nome to help her dad hunt for gold, but the story is not just about Ava rekindling her relationship with her father. She also meets Ethan, another gold seeker from Texas. Ava and Ethan are not the type of people to deal with their pasts. Their characters would rather run from their pasts rather than deal with them, but the two eventually find their true selves.
“It had been a week since he’d ambushed her. She’d hoped the lack of contact would get him out of her mind. Instead, she felt like a junkie whose drug of choice was being withheld.”

Laura Oliva wrote a compelling story with so much emotion for Ava and Ethan. I just could not wait to find out what was going to happen next in the story. You would think since the title is called All That Glitters it would be about the gold in the Bering Sea, but it's more about other valuable shiny things, such as love and life. Oh, let's not forget the steamy scenes between Ava and Ethan ;-)

Side-note: I've seen the show Bering Sea Gold on the Discovery Channel, and Nome, Alaska is where it's located! I thought it was so cool to make that connection.

~Casting for Ethan & Ava~

When not sweating blood over the keyboard, Laura Oliva is a full-time mom, wife, amateur chef, gardener, and (non)recovering clotheshorse. Laura lives in Northern California with her young son and her remarkably patient husband.

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