Mallory Reynolds is a driven woman fueled by her passion for photographing wild animals in remote locations. Every year she makes a trek deep into Alaska, but this time the unthinkable happens: she crash-lands after her plane stalls out in a storm. Injured, vulnerable, and threatened by the very creatures she loves, Mallory fears the worst—until she’s rescued by Michael Bradley, a mysterious mountain man living in self-imposed exile.

Mallory is grateful for Michael’s help but desperate to return home to let her family know she’s alive. Unfortunately, neither of them can leave Michael’s secluded cabin until spring. Mallory’s stuck with a stranger for months.

As Mallory recovers, a deep bond begins to form between the pair. Mallory is convinced that fate brought them together, but Michael is buried in his past, unable to move forward. Undaunted, Mallory tends to Michael’s heart as tenderly as he cared for her wounds—but will her love be enough to heal him?

Title:  Under The Northern Lights
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Author:  S. C. Stephens
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 30, 2019
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4 stars

During her annual trip to Alaska to photograph the wildlife Mallory’s plane crashes leaving her in dire straits.  Survival becomes foremost in her situation and her respect for the animals that she’s previously photographed from a distance now becomes a very real fear as she is the injured prey in their world.  Rescue comes in the form of a man who has left society behind as he lives off the grid with the demons of his past.  Michael will rescue her from the wreck, the animals and even from death – but can he keep her safe from himself?

UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS is a romance that I both enjoyed and was, occasionally annoyed by as well.  It’s a story that is going to have readers on either side of an aisle, in my opinion.  And I get why but it doesn’t have to be a divided book if you simply enjoy the story and not get too deep, emotionally, on the other aspects of it.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having faith, from taking solace from it when needed, to relying on it for your own personal strength in times of trouble.  Nothing.  Yet, I imagine, some readers will see that differently – and to each their own in the end.

Mallory and Michael will find attraction developing between them.  One encourages and wants more, the other denies and distances himself from any emotional attachments.  You could call their romance as a slow burn, but it’s not only about the romance.  It’s also a story of survival, of facing a past that is painful beyond belief and moving forward.  There is a definite push-pull feeling to their relationship, perhaps understandable yet it does play a large part in their story.  I enjoyed myself, it’s not a book I would read again – but I enjoyed it the first time around.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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