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When Love Comes

(Diamond Creek, Alaska #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,351 ratings  ·  142 reviews
A poignant, sexy and heartwarming love story set against the stark beauty of Alaska.

After a few years away, Hannah Gray returns home to Diamond Creek, Alaska. Once wild and impulsive, she shut her heart off to love and adventure after her parents died. Hannah hopes to rebuild her life and find joy again.

Burned once before, Luke Winters has committed himself to nothing but
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Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published November 26th 2014 (first published November 22nd 2014)
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Carly Ellen Kramer
An endearing romance set amidst a lovely cast of characters in small town Alaska... what's not to love? For me, female lead characters need a strong supporting cadre of girlfriends... J.H. Croix gives Hannah a charming friend in Susie, and adds quite a twist with Emma. Emma's role reflects an intriguing side story - I'd like a bit more here. Perhaps we'll learn more in a sequel?

I always enjoy well written family dynamics between a male lead character, his brothers, and their (almost inevitably)
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Anrea
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
When I started the book it looked very promising, but I found a bit tedious after a while: things were explained in a lot of detail, sometimes several times.
I struggle with books where the characters take too long to make up their minds and it took AGES in this book.
There were parts that had discrepancies in: e.g. in the beginning of one chapter it said they haven’t seen each other in a week and on the next page he says they saw each other the day before.

The chemistry was really good though and
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Coco.V
Dec 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri Hayes
3 stars

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled with what rating to give this book. The two main characters,Luke and Hannah, were very likable, as were many of the supporting cast. Their love story wasn't rushed, which I liked. And you can't beat Alaska as a backdrop.

Given this was the author's first book, I padded my rating a little. An author's first book is a learning experience in many ways. The overall story was good. It was the execution where I had
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Angel
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not big on romance in general, especially as the main focal point in a novel but, J.H. Croix made me believe that love/romance is possible through tragedy and heartbreak and through these setbacks/stepping stones love can prosper and bring two people together who need it the most. J.H. Croix's very descriptive showing not just telling with her words of the backdrop of Alaska put this novel in the travelling romance category for me, which is well developed and well done on this aspect even ...more
Kate McMurry
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Love in Alaska

Two commitment-phobes find love in a small town in a beautiful area in Alaska. The setting is described in loving detail and is as significant to the story as the two lovers themselves. A pleasant read, low on melodrama. There's plenty of sex, but it is tender and generous, never crude.
Lynn Lim
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a description on a book and thought wow I need to read this book? Then started to read it and thought hmmmm..... I picked another one! I want to say thank you JH Croix for the ARC gift of Follow Love, the second book in this series for my honest review of it. I wanted to start at the beginning so I purchased this book. I am glad I did.

JH Croix did a phenomenal job telling this story. You see all of the emotions that both Luke and Hannah are going through as their relationship
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Sherrod Wall
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When Love Comes" is an easy going romance. While I don't agree with how Croix structured her plot, I did appreciate how she drew me into her setting. If you've never been to Alaska, you'll want to go experience it after reading this novel, and if you have, Croix's prose will make you feel like Alaska is merely a page turn away.

Her main characters, Hannah and Luke have similar pasts and are from the same town, but I don't necessarily think it would make them talk and behave the same. One of my
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Ronesa Aveela
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet romance set in Alaska. What I liked most about this story was the descriptions of the location. The author has captured the beauty and majesty of Alaska, from salmon "dipnetting" to descriptions of the area.

What I didn't like was each main character's backstory was lumped all together in chunks. Then later in the story, much of the same information was repeated. The details could have more seamlessly been incorporated as the story progressed. Other informations is also often
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Maggie Baily
When Love Come is a sweet romance set in a picturesque town in Alaska. I was intrigued with the setting as I’ve never been there but have heard about its rugged beauty. The setting definitely plays a part in the story between the main characters Hannah and Luke who both love the great outdoors. I found the story to be slow paced at times with a lot of extraneous details and there were many scenes that didn’t seem to move the story forward except to keep reiterating what was going on in a ...more
Tony Parsons
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah (6, now 22) had moved from NC to Diamond Creek, Alaska (Kachemak Bay). Janet Gray (mom) & John Gray (dad) were still living there but the tragedy of a plane crash took both of their lives.
Hannah (22) lived in Massachusetts & has now graduated with a MS in environmental science.

Landing in Anchorage Hannah headed for Diamond Creek.
Reminiscing; Damon (ex B/F) was from Juneau. Susie (BFF) & Hannah were at a coffee shop & Damon was there with another female.
Hannah got quite
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Terry
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

-MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS-

I had read the second book in this series before I read this one, so I had spoiled this book a little bit for myself accidentally, but it was still great! I fell in love with Nathan when I read the second book in this series that focuses on him, but damn, now I'm thinking that Luke might have my heart. He's very charming, gentle, caring, family-oriented, and manly. I liked Hannah right from the beginning. She was so
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Layla Dorine
Right off I loved the descriptions of Alaska and the life lived there, it created a beautiful backdrop for the story and only served to enhance my desire to spend a few months up there with a camera and lots of memory cards.

This worked well as a contemporary romance, both parties came across as equal in their reluctance about where they wanted their relationship to go and how they wished to define it. I loved that both came into the story dealing with issues from their pasts, though it would
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Heather Miller
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this free ARC Copy in exchange for a review. I did enjoy the storyline that was being told by the author. I did like the over all story. I've never been to Alaska, so, it's nice to read about part of it. Not sure if I would like to live in such a small town as this, as everyone would know what you are doing or who you are seeing. Hannah is a very strong character, who has retreated back into herself after the passing of her parents. Hannah knew her mom thought she had wild ways, and ...more
Dawn Brower
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet romance. Hannah is still reeling from the loss of her parents and feels alone in the world. She returns home after finishing her undergraduate degree. When she gets home some things come easy--others don't. She has to find her place in familiar surroundings without the two people she always relied on. Living without her parents changed her in a lot of ways. She had to grow up and stopped being reckless with her decisions. She stopped dating altogether.

Luke moved to Alaska after
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Trudy
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Love Comes by J H Croix


This is the first in the "Diamond Creek, Alaska" Series


She had gone from one extreme to the other. After a major loss she went in to survival mode. No men, no flirting, no one nights stands, nothing........

After deciding to return home to where she felt safe, back to familiar surrounding and getting back to friends she left behind. Starting again seemed daunting!!

He got burnt bad, he was no longer looking for anything of significance.

After finding a home for a
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Sue
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance, Alaska, Beautiful people - can't go too far wrong with this. The book was good with a lot of description of one of our most beautiful States.

When Hannah comes home to her empty family house in Alaska, after finishing her graduate studies in the lower 48, she has to come to terms with the loss of her parents...and her inability to let loose and have fun. She has tied herself up and can't seem to get free.

She meets Luke when he asks her about giving a stray dog, Jessie, a permanent home.
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Connie N.
#1 in the Diamond Creek, Alaska romance series

I read a later book in this series and enjoyed it, so I decided to go back to the beginning. In this book Hannah comes home to her small town in Alaska after grad school and the death of her parents. She's trying to rebuild her life, but I'll admit to rolling my eyes at her several times. For such a tall, physical, outdoorsy woman, she's very tentative mentally. She shies away from relationships and has to force herself to let go and be friendly.
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Linda Berg
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have been an Alaskan resident for 50+ years and always interested in romances, mysteries and fiction that takes place in our great state. This story is about Hannah Gray, now returning to Diamond Creek a couple of years after the untimely death of her parents in a plane crash. Hannah meets neighbor, Luke Winters, and Jessie, Luke's four-legged running partner. Their relationship quickly becomes sizzling! Wonderful story with some twists and turns - Hannah's parents had a secret that they had ...more
Ju Ephraime
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J. H. Croix, ‘When Love Comes’ is a sweet romance about loving and losing, and finding love again when you’re least expecting it. The main character, Hannah is still grieving the unexpected loss of her parents in an accident, trying to come to grips with them being gone forever. As an only child, she was very close to her parents, although like most teenagers, she'd make hasty decisions, and that included her love life, that were not the best. She'd moved away to school and is now returning to ...more
H.A. Larson
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

When Love Comes is a romance novel. I haven't read many romance novels in my time, but the ones I have haven't been as well-written or as developed as this one. Hannah comes home to Diamond Creek, AK, after a two-year absence following the death of her parents. With her Master's degree under her belt, love was the last thing she was looking for when she met Luke, a transplanted fisherman. Lonely as an older orphan, Hannah
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Jane
Hannah Gray returns to Diamond Creek, Alaska were she was raised after completing her graduate studies; it is a bittersweet homecoming after the death of her parents at the start of her time in graduate school, as she faces an empty house without her parents. Diamond Creek is home and she is looking forward to being back to where she feels she belongs.

Luke Winters and his two brothers moved to Diamond Creek just under two years ago with their fishing business. He is the middle brother, easy
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C.D. Gorri
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Hannah and Luke is a sweet romance set in a breathtakingly gorgeous Alaskan town. Author J.H. Croix does an amazing job with describing the setting. I started reading book two and stopped because I had to see what happened with Hannah and Luke, now I have finished both and can honestly say I am quite found of the series. It is a touching heartfelt, and tender read.
There was quite a bit of back story, but I didn't find it distracting from the plot. There is a lot about letting go of
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Lynn Smith
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah returns home to Diamond Creek after being away at school.Her parents having died in a plane crash two years before has kept her away.Hannah has went from chasing after men after a bad break up to almost being a nun.Luke and his two brothers moved to town not long after Hannah left for school. He stayed away from relationships. He leaned his lesson the hard way. meeting Hannah he feels the spraks flying but tries not to take things to serious.
I feel in love with the characters in this
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Rosetta Bloom
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lovely romantic tale that was easy to read. The protagonists, Hannah and Luke, each had their share of heartache in the past and weren't necessarily looking for love. Yet, in each other, they find chemistry and ease that can't be ignored. The main characters are both written lovely and the best friend Susie is just a wonderfully lively addition that makes the book sing.

The story moved pretty well, generally. The Alaska scenery almost made for a character in itself, however, it
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Teresa
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I very much enjoyed this love story. The author does a wonderful job of showing the reader the past hurts and the healing that both Hannah and Luke work through.

Hannah hasn't been the same since her parents died 2 yrs ago. After graduating college she moves back to her hometown and into her parents home. Soon she runs into Luke Winters, a commercial fisherman who moved his family fishing business there shortly after she left for college. Luke has sworn off relationships due to a bad one. They
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Joannes Rhino
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Love Comes by J.H. Croix is a well written romance novel about moving on from the past. It's someone's journey to let go and to find love. I found myself entertained reading this book. The plot is good. The characters are well built. The conflicts are typical any love stories ever. But the way this author describe the setting is truly amazing. I've actually never been to this part of the world, and reading this book makes me want to have a week off to see if this place really exists. Well, ...more
Debra
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet love story of two souls who have been wounded by past lovers. Hannah had been a wild child towards her parents. They loved her and stood by her. When they died in a plane crash she resolved to mend her ways. Returning to Alaska after finishing her masters degree she was determinied to honor her parents memories. Luke moved to Alaska with his brothers opening a fishing business together. He and Hannah meet thru her friend and a lost dog. Their coming together was a slow process with both ...more
K.C. Blackbyrn
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I could tell that this author is a talented writer judging by the engaging characters in this book and the great descriptions of a beautiful Alaskan landscape. However, this story just had too much info dump and telling. I found myself skipping lots of pages because it was information I could gather from character interactions, and sometimes it just plain repeated itself. The timeline also tended to skip ahead by days and weeks at a time, which tells me that there was nothing going on. So why ...more
Terra
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
When Love Comes is a beautiful story about letting go of the past. Hannah has endured so much between a tragic lose, and her track record with men. Luke finds it difficult to commit to any relationship, it's easier to just keep it casual. I loved how Hannah and Luke met, and the instant chemistry they shared. The story takes places in what feels like the most amazing state. The author describes all aspects of Alaska to make you feel like you are truly there. This story was sweet, kind, loving, ...more
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USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with strong independent women and rugged alpha men who aren't afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side ...more

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