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The Tourist Attraction: A Grumpy Alaskan Hero Falls for a Sunny Tourist in a Sweet Vacation Rom-Com (Moose Springs, Alaska Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B082LLT4H1
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 5, 2020)
- Publication date : May 5, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1855 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
Pub Date: 5/5/20
OH. MY. GOSH. This book was SO GOOD!!!! It gave me The Simple Wild vibes but in a more RomCom style book. The chemistry between Graham and Zoey was everything I want in a book couple and they were both so entertaining by themselves! I’m not a big “book boyfriend” type of person but HE IS MY BOOK BOYFRIEND. Their relationship development was perfect IMO - they started as semi enemies (from his POV), then friends and then lovers. Their banter and one liners back and forth just kept a huge smile on my face. The steam was very minimal, and I’m a steam girl and this book was phenomenal even without it!! I stayed up until 3AM finishing this book because I loved it so much! I’ll post the synopsis in the comments but ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR!!
Thank you so much @sarah, @sourcebookscasa, and @netgalley for the eARC to read and give and honest review!
“He had a strict "no tourists" policy... Until she broke all of his rules.
When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...
Two weeks in Alaska isn't just the top item on Zoey Caldwell's bucket list. It's the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she's smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham's world, she may just find there's more to the grumpy local than meets the eye...and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.”
This was a new author for me.
Overall I really enjoyed the story. It was a very sweet, slow burn romance. There were a few things that I didn’t quite get but not a bad story.
Zoey is on her bucket list trip. She’s saved for years, and with the help of her best friend, she’s finally able to discover and explore Alaska. But jet lag and a very potent cocktail, has her first night in the quaint little town of Moose Springs not going as planned.
Graham hates his job, hates tourists, and he hates being so popular they can’t seem to stay away from his diner. No matter how rude he is they just keep coming. He does however, love his hometown, and the people he grew up with. He also loves Jake and Ulysses. His dog and his buddy the love sick moose. But one very tired, quirky, sassy tourist is about to turn his world upside down.
I loved that both Graham and Zoey were real people, with real issues and problems. Getting by the best they can.
I loved this little town and the people living there. They were fun, loyal, willing to help at the drop of a hat, and fiercely protective of each other.
I loved the banter between Graham and Zoey. It was playful, flirty, teasing and honest.
I loved Jake the blind Border Collie. He has a better wardrobe than most humans. And Ulysses the moose. Who was so in love with the smell of fresh baked rolls he had completely wrecked the side of Graham’s truck.
What I struggled with was Graham. Sometimes he was the gruff, growly mountain man, but then Zoey would walk into the room and suddenly he became a sappy, lovesick prepubescent boy. Sometimes his words and actions just did not match the character. He could go from teasing to flat out violence in an instance. He was all over the place.
Zoey was hyper focused on doing all of the touristy things. Everything the locals hated. And each and every time, something went terribly wrong, she was disappointed but signed up and kept paying for the next one. I think eliminating a few could have helped the flow of the book. It kinda drags in the middle.
If you are looking for a sappy sweet, fun, clean romance this is a good choice.
I’ll be buying the next one to see where these characters are heading.
This is the rare book that would make a better movie than book. There would be more detail and connection with the characters. Don’t waste your time reading it.
Top reviews from other countries
I laughed out loud so much at certain lines and then I reread them and laughed again. I also had to give myself a stern talking to about how much I was crying over the plight of a fictional animal, a fictional moose no less. If that doesn’t tell you how invested in this book I was.
Graham showed Zoey parts of Alaska the tourists don’t typically see or know about so by design I feel like I’ve seen those areas too.
It says right in the blurb that the sex scenes aren’t written onto the page. I thought I needed them to be and that I would miss them. I need not have worried the build up to and the kisses were scorching so much so that I think I preferred it that way.
I am so thrilled to have stumbled across Sarah Morgenthaler right at the beginning of her publishing journey. I already have her next two books preordered. I see they are about a different couple which is my favourite kind of series.
The Tourist Attraction has easily made its way onto my favourite books of the year list. I can’t wait to visit Moose Springs again soon!
Their interactions were so heartwarming and seriously hilarious. Behind grumpy Graham is this wildlife loving wishful artist with a blind dog that he dresses up. Zoey is seriously the sweetest person and she has worked so hard at her dreary waitressing job to save up to make this trip of a lifetime.
I ran the gamut of emotions through this story, but the one that lingers is this warm fuzzy feeling of satisfaction.
Zoey was a sweet character, she was a little shy at times and a little different to the usual tourist that shows up in Moose Springs. She has a real appreciation for Alaska, it was her dream location and she worked and saved hard to make a two week holiday happen. She wants to explore her dream destination and have the full experience.
Graham is NOT a fan of tourists, despite them being the main clientele at his diner, The Tourist Trap. He was so grumpy towards some of the tourists, and it was pretty amusing how he ran his diner. Finding himself unexpectedly interested in and wanting to spend time with a tourist was a surprise that Graham did not see coming.
Overall this was a pretty light storyline. Had some very cute elements, such as Graham's dog Jake, and the local bull moose. Lots of interesting secondary characters - my favourites being Easton and Ash, and Zoey's bestie Lana. Happy to see that there is at least another 2 books coming on Moose Springs.