Series: Smugglers Cove, #1
Release Date: March 30th, 2021
Jake is confident in his ability to capture the attention of any woman, but Cammie couldn’t be further from interested. She is convinced her fiery personality will ward off unwanted attention, but will her walls withstand the strength of Hurricane Jake?
The most impulsive decision Cammie ever made was moving to Smuggler’s Cove to become a kayak tour guide. She quit her job, left her cheating ex, and moved to the tiny, remote town in Alaska.
After falling in love with the adventure, the pristine landscape, and the loveable, quirky characters who seem to brighten even the dreariest of days, she ran into—or was nearly run over by—Jake Davis, the man who was at the helm of Cammie’s near-death experience.
Cammie has learned the hard way that the people we think we need most in life are the ones who ultimately disappoint us. No matter how hard Jake Davis tries to prove her wrong, she’s determined to not let history repeat itself.
This is a brilliant debut novel, featuring relatable and interesting characters, set against the backdrop of a small town in Alaska and all the magic that comes from the American state.
“You can’t run from your person. Once you meet, it’s like a magnet becomes activated and you no longer can separate before meeting again.”
Every Step of the Way follows Cammie and Jake as they fight against attraction and feelings, while still giving each other a chance to accept those things. Jake is a local boy, he’s born and raised in Smugglers Cove and while he’s been gone for a few years, he’s still everyone’s favourite hometown boy. Cammie, on the other hand, is more of a new girl in town. While she’s been there for almost a year now, she still knows that she doesn’t exactly fit into the town and their lives.
Cammie and her best friend, Hilary, work as kayak tour guide and it’s everything she ever wanted. She left her hometown and moved to Smugglers Cove for a chance at a new life. She’s done with men who don’t stick around and aren’t trustworthy and she’s done living half a life. And in this small Alaskan town, she finds herself. And in the process Jake.
“I have to be near you. I’m drawn to you like a magnet. Like a plant needs sun and water to survive, I need you.”
I loved these two characters completely, they’re not opposites as much as they are not too much alike. Jake likes the big life and being Mr. Popular and having grown up there, everyone is always in his business and he’s used to it. Cammie likes to keep her circle and her life small. It’s not about making waves, it’s about enjoying the little things. When they come together, it’s pretty entertaining. Jake’s drawn to Cammie right off the bat, he likes what he sees and he wants more. Cammie, on the other hand, doesn’t want anything to do with him. She’s not there for a relationship and she’s definitely not going to spend it with someone she barely knows. But Jake is pretty relentless and I actually liked that. He wasn’t pushy, but he was also genuine and interested in Cammie, which she takes some time to adjust to.
While their romance is absolutely adorable, I felt like it was a little rushed. Cammie’s got all of these trust and relationship issues, but she seemed to give in to Jake’s flirting and advances a lot easier than I would have liked. In her defence, Jake is pretty damn charming and when he turns up the swoon, it’s hard to ignore. But, their relationship is a really nice slow burn, and it’s partly because Cammie continues to hold Jake at a distance even while letting him into her life.
“My thoughts are filled with questions and desires, emotions I’ve never felt before in my entire life. As I hold her there, against my chest, I realize that we fit together. Lock and key.”
And a small town romance is not complete without every single supporting character getting involved and trying to either help or destroy this relationship! Hilary and Ryan (Cammie and Jake’s respective best friends) are so cute and I am more than excited to see their love story come to life. Jake’s mother and the other townsfolk really made the story entertaining, every single one of them had a quirky touch and those are some of my favourite kinds.
Honestly speaking, my favourite thing about Every Step of the Way was going on adventures with Jake and Cammie. I’m a visual reader and to witness these places as Anna described and explained them felt pretty damn good. It makes me want to visit Alaska even more now!
Congratulations on your debut, Anna! I can’t wait to read more of your Alaskan adventure-slash-love stories because this one was beautiful!
Thanks to Anna Lindgren for generously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.