Title: Enjoy the View
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Source: ARC from the publisher
Release Date: January 19, 2021
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Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.
Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.
Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.
The heroine, River, eager to start her directing career, accepts a job to film a documentary about Moose Springs. If you’ve read any of the other books in this series, you would know that the townspeople of Moose Springs hate outsiders, and they don’t cooperate with River to get her filming permits and the like. Realizing that there would be no filming going on in Moose Springs, River decides to film her and her team’s climb up the nearby Mount Veil. Easton, who you may remember as the grumpy giant from the previous books, will be River and her crew’s guide on the climb.
Before and during the climb, Easton emphasizes time and time again what to do and what not to do. He’s there to make sure they make it down the mountain all alive, and he’s understandably strict with the entire crew. This is the part that frustrates me – during the climb, River makes terrible decisions that jeopardizes her life, as well as Easton’s life. I get it, I really do. She’s desperate to be seen as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and I understand her drive to get the best shots for her film, but really, at the expense of her life? Of Easton’s life? I spent the last third of the book so frustrated at River, and while Easton is kin with her desire, being a climber himself, I’m not. It’s difficult to root for a character so callous of her life, and someone else’s.
I do think that the book does a good job of developing River and Easton’s relationship in such a short span of time, and I feel like the absence of the townspeople shifted the focus on both characters getting to know each other very deeply very quickly. I also think that the climb up Mount Veil was written very well.
All in all, I would say that Enjoy the View is the most well-written book of the series so far, and I enjoyed seeing a different view of Moose Springs, so to speak. I just found it difficult to relate and connect with River, and weeks after finishing the book, I still don’t agree with what she did to set off the chain of dangerous events up the mountain, and I feel like she got off easy despite her stubbornness.
To end things on a more positive note – this is a relatively short review, and very straight to the point, which I always have a hard time with. Yay me!