Published by Berkley Books on November 30, 2021
Series: Paradise Alaska #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Passion heats up in Paradise, Alaska, for two people who couldn't be more different in this sweet, sizzling romance from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Dunlop.
Accomplished Los Angeles lawyer Marnie Anton has always been sensible, but when her friend Mia Westberg asks for help with a ridiculous matchmaking project, she can't say no. The idea of transporting city girls into the small town of Paradise, Alaska, is so crazy it just might...work? Against her best judgment, she tags along. Having grown up in a family of intimidating men, Marnie developed a preference for the urbane lawyers and clients in her life in LA. But when she meets a mountain of a buff Alaskan man with an intriguing snake tattoo, intimidated is definitely not the first thing she feels.
Conrad Cobra Stanford was skeptical of the matchmaking event from the start. Big-city women weren't adventurous, they were judgmental. They'd take one look at him and scorn his lifestyle, just like his first love did. Cobra planned to give the women a wide berth, but one of them won't be ignored. Marnie's everything that's wrong and everything that's right for him all at the same time. Just when he thinks he's got her pegged, she blindsides him with a startling past, falling into his arms and igniting his protective instincts and so much more....
Finding Paradise is the second book in the adult contemporary romance Paradise, Alaska series by Barbara Dunlop. Each of the books in the Paradise, Alaska series are set in the same town (Paradise Alaska) and follow interconnected characters, but they are each standalone stories. I have not read the first book in the series, and though I did meet the couple that came from the first book, I had more than enough information and context to be able to enjoy Finding Paradise on its’ own.
I thought the premise behind Finding Paradise was a lot of fun. The small town of Paradise Alaska, seems to be filled with families and hunky single guys only! (anyone up for a trip??) But Paradise is short on women. So to fix this problem, our main character Marnie’s friend Mia decides to set up a matchmaking event in town. Mia selected several women from California who would be open to moving to Alaska for the chance at love and she planned a week long event with all kinds of mixers and games to try and spark some love connections. Marnie helped plan the event, but was never supposed to participate in the actual matchmaking events. But she gets convinced to just jump on the plane to Alaska to see the ladies off and before she knows it, she is knee deep in all of the activities that Paradise has to offer, including the strong and silent Cobra.
I loved Cobra. Marnie tells him right off the bat that she is not here for matchmaking, which I think allows him to let his guard down around her, and allows the two of them to really connect. But what happens when two people who are not looking for a relationship find each other? Their journey was a fun ride, and I can’t wait to read more books set in this world. Paradise Alaska sounds like a wonderful town!