ARC Review: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler

Thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads: Enjoy the View (Moose Springs #3)
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Publication Date: 19 January 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Panda Rating:

(3.5 pandas)

A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet
And miles of untamed wilderness…
What could possibly go wrong?

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.

TL;DR: I was so excited for Easton’s story because he’s my hero kryptonite and while this didn’t end up being what I expected, I still enjoyed it enough to continue the series. I loved Easton and getting his perspective and even though our heroine, River, wasn’t always my fave, I still rooted for their HEA. There were also some great laugh-out-loud moments with blush inducing ‘Sexy Hagrid’ comments and a very kooky yet adorable marmot that made the story even more enjoyable!

I was so very close to caving and giving this a 4-star because I love Easton so much and he’s basically my hero kryptonite, but even his sweetness couldn’t change my mind. I was so ready for his story and I was sure it was going to be my favourite because, I mean, it’s about Easton. Sadly, that didn’t end up being the case and that’s mostly because of our heroine. Other than that, the writing was easy to read, although it did take a little bit longer for me to get into it at the start. Morgenthaler’s humour is, as always, woven into the story and I enjoyed having several laugh-out-loud moments especially when it came to the marmot scenes. Oh goodness, those were fantastic and I found myself getting just as attached to the kooky furball as Easton did! I kinda wish the marmot had a comeback scene at the end 😂 The crew’s remarks about Easton being a “Sexy Hagrid” were also too good and had me cackling! We get some small cameos with the characters from the previous books which was always fun and of course, I loved when Jake made an appearance in the story again!

Although Easton’s story ended up being different to what I expected, I still absolutely loved him (can’t lie, I might be biased). He’s a gruff bear who’s not big on most people but when he cares, you’ll have no doubt that he has your back no matter what. And when he finds his person, or as he references using his wolf pack comparison, his mate, he’s in it for life and UGH–I’m weak! Especially after that swoontastic ending that had my heart-eye emojis going wild! While I wasn’t a huge fan of River all the time (we’ll get to why next), I was surprised that I still managed to enjoy their romance. I feel it moved a little faster than the other two romances, thankfully not insta-love though, but their chemistry was great from the start. They had some really cute and sweet moments, especially up on The Old Man, that definitely had me swooning and sighing in my feels. It was so great to see Easton’s playful side come out and to see him being cheeky while still blushing like no other mountain man can! 😂

The main reason why I struggled so much with this story was because of River. She wasn’t a bad person or heroine and I found her backstory interesting but I really struggled with her lackadaisical attitude towards safety and how she continued to put herself and others (especially Easton) in dangerous and even life-threatening situations just to get her documentary. I understood her need to find that “missing piece” of her and that it was at the top of that mountain, but also, no? I’m sorry, you don’t make the same decision to keep putting yourself at risk when you KNOW that mama nature and The Old Man is not to be trifled with. You also don’t get to be mad at the person who specifically told you that it was too dangerous and who then rescues your ass, for putting themselves at risk for you because you did the stupid. It just…Kept happening and can ya tell her actions really bothered me? Cos they really bothered me and her crew wasn’t much better either. 😂

Aside from those issues, I didn’t have any new qualms. I still don’t like the citizens of Moose Springs which I continue to find disappointing. I understand why they’re against tourists but knowing how certain characters struggle to make ends meet and yet the town shames them for getting a better job by working at the resort or deciding to open their business to tourists, still really irritates me. Thankfully, we don’t spend a lot of time in town with the grumpy locals because we were up a mountain! In the end, while I didn’t end up loving Enjoy the View, I still liked it enough to want to continue the series if Ash gets a book (and I’m really hoping that she does)!

Have you read Enjoy the View or the Moose Springs series?
Or is it on your TBR?

14 thoughts on “ARC Review: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler

  1. Oh no! I’m bummed you didn’t love this one more. I think it may be my favorite of the three. I think River’s attitude about safety didn’t bother me as much because I’m a bit of a geek over mountaineering stories. I’ve read so many memoirs and non-fiction set on mountains like Everest and K2, and, sadly, that’s how most mountain climbers and journalists seem to be when they’re trying to reach a goal they’ve spent tons of money on or to get a story. They push it to extremes. But I totally get what you’re saying. And, yes, the marmot was one of my favorite things about the story, too! So stinking cute!! ❤️

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    • Yeah, I was disappointed I didn’t love this one more especially because of how much I love Easton’s character! There were moments where I was like “okay, I think River’s alright” and then she’d make some rash life-threatening decision–and then realise how badly she screwed up in the heat of it–and then it made me dislike her again 😂 My feelings really yo-yo’ed! Coulda definitely done with more marmot scenes and I’m kinda sad it didn’t come back in the end 🙈


  2. I thought the synopsis sounded great fun and this to be a really delightful read. But characters can make or break for me and hearing your thoughts about River, I think she would really wind me up. Great review!

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    • I was SO excited for Easton’s story so it was really a shame that I felt so irritated and slightly detached from the romance because of the heroine. Boo 😓 But I would recommend checking out the series! The first two books were great and the second was my favourite! 😃

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  3. […] Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney ★★★★☆This was so different from what I usually read but I absolutely loved it. It was hilarious, it had a strong message and it’s a book that I really wish younger me had access to–although adult me still really appreciated it and I think so many readers of all ages can get something great out of the read. Check out my review!Enjoy the View (Moose Springs #3) by Sarah Morgenthaler ★★★½I was so looking forward to Easton’s story so I’m quite sad that this ended up being my least favourite of the series. Easton is still my kryptonite but our heroine really set my teeth on edge in this one! I tried to be understanding of her drive and the adventurous thrill but… Nope. Morgenthaler’s signature humour was still enjoyable though! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Check out my review! […]


  4. Sexy Hagrid 😂😂😂
    Easton sounds amazing! Sorry you struggled with River and it ended up impacting your enjoyment. Great review, Dini.
    I’ll probably get to the first book in this series soon, just placed a hold on Libby. 🙂


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