3 / 5 stars
Read in April 2020
Book #1 in the Moose Springs, Alaska series
Zoey Caldwell has saved every penny she’s earned working as a truck stop waitress for the last several years to make her dream vacation to Alaska a reality. Although her wealthy best friend, Lana, could easily foot the bill, Zoey won’t allow it. All she asks is that Lana show her the ropes during their two week trip to Moose Springs, a small Alaskan town with a luxurious mountain resort where Lana’s family has been vacationing for years.
Their first stop in town: The Tourist Trap, a run-down restaurant owned by Moose Springs native Graham Barnett. Despite Graham’s hatred of tourists and the lack of effort he puts into running his business, what was originally intended to be a locals-only food joint has somehow managed to become the most popular restaurant in town… especially for rich tourists, to Graham’s chagrin.
Lana insists Zoey try one of The Tourist Trap’s infamous “Growly Bears”, a blue and very boozy drink she claims is a rite of passage for all Moose Springs visitors. Graham is instantly drawn to Zoey, who stands out among the wealthy resort-goers in her Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and glasses. At the end of the evening, he ensures a very tipsy Zoey makes it back to the resort safely, believing that will be the last of their encounters. But fate seems determined to bring them together, starting with a hilarious misunderstanding in the woods that begins with a chainsaw and ends with a delicately-placed ice pack. With the help of his adorable dog Jake, Graham decides its up to him to ensure Zoey’s trip is one she’ll never forget, no matter the road blocks they encounter along the way. Zoey soon realizes she’s falling in love with more than just the picturesque Alaskan town, and Graham discovers there’s only one tourist he doesn’t mind having around.
Full of humor and heart, Sarah Morgenthaler’s The Tourist Attraction is a laugh-out-loud story about discovering where you belong and, more importantly, which people you want at your side. Featuring a wide cast of characters, including a lovestruck moose and the cutest canine companion you could ask for, this book is perfect for readers looking for a mildly steamy romance with wilderness adventures, heartwarming friendships, and lots of laughs.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.