St. Martin's Feb 2005, 6.99, 4164 pp.
Following the death of her beloved grandmother who raised her, Ally Jarrett decides to live her dream. She leaves the relative warmth of Southern California to become a wildlife photographer in wintry Porcupine, Alaska. Not long afterward, her grandmother's nerdy personal assistant Mitchell Carruthers arrives under the pretext that he needs her to sign estate documents.
Mitch is actually a private investigator bodyguard hired by Ally's grandmother to keep her safe from her Uncle Kurt. Because she knew Ally would reject a bodyguard, grandma got Mitch to pretend to be a nerd and obtained a deathbed pledge from him that he would keep her beloved safe. As Mitch and Ally fall in love, Kurt arrives with his dominatrix girlfriend Vivian pretending to be a famous wildlife photographer for they have plans for the wealth that his stepmother left totally to his niece.
Mitch tries to ignore his desire and love for Ally who thinks he is pathetic until the first kiss. Some readers will be turned off by the S&M bondage relationship between Vicki and Kurt.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner