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Under the Northern Lights

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,983 ratings  ·  444 reviews

From the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Thoughtless series comes a sweet, thoughtful romance set high in the Alaskan wilderness.

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 pl

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 253 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The idea of a photographer crashing her plane in remote Alaska and being found by a mysterious mountain man was what made me interested in this book. Surviving the crash, badly hurt, in freezing weather and then being found by this man, to be taken back to his cabin, Mallory was in for a long winter, without anyone but that man knowing where she was and that she had survived a plane crash. I was interested in knowing about this mountain man, Michael, why he was living out there alone, and what M ...more
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OMG - I just saw some reviews talking about hating all the religious shit in this book? WHY KELLAN'S MOM??? WHY???? THERE'S ALMOST NOTHING I HATE MORE THAN RELIGION!!!!! I'm already seeing myself giving this book only 1 star - whyyyyy????
I was hoping for something amazing like The Simple Wild - but I'm afraid I'm not getting that .... well - let's hope (or PRAY) I'll survive this trip to Alaska!



Mallory is on her way to the Alaskan wild. She does that every year. She goes up there to take pictu
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by Montlake Romance)

-“Love is the most precious commodity we have, and... even if it’s temporary... it should be cherished.”

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Mallory Reynolds is a woman with a lust for life. She lives in a small town in Idaho and works as a photographer. She liked to photograph animals in their natural environment and often traveled to remote landscapes untouched by man. Her job was unpredictable at times and even though she knew it could be dangerous and risky being out in the middle o
3.5 stars
“For every ounce of vileness, there was an equal—if not greater—amount of goodness. Sometimes you just had to look harder to find it.”

This is a book I would highly recommend if you're looking for a survival/wilderness romance. There was so much I loved about this slow burn romance. I loved the romance and both of the main characters a ton, but I got bored with the wilderness parts. I think it was just my mood, but I still liked it a lot. It's been a while since I've read an
Kristy K
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Even though this book is very readable (I flew threw the pages), I felt the emotions and connection to the characters were missing. While Michael’s story was tragic you never really get to connect to it because it’s told so fleetingly. Mallory irritated me some and parts of her story felt so pointless (like the part with her ex-husband- why was this even in here? He was so clingy and almost creepy in his inability to hear “no.”).

I also was conflicted by the part religion, specifically Mallory’s
Apr 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, f-cking-awful
There is something so cozy about the whole, "stuck in a cabin with a gorgeous guy, in the middle of an Alaskan winter, with no place to go and nothing to do except have sex" concept that will forever draw me in. It makes me want to kick everybody out of my house, kids and dogs included, and hibernate with my husband for months on end...with nothing but carbs, soft blankets, Netflix, and his naked body.

Unfortunately, Under the Northern Lights gave me none of those things except...wilderness.

Mallory is a wildlife photographer facing one of my own biggest fears...Every year she travels through Alaska to take pictures of the animals. This year though, the plane she is flying herself (how kickass is that !!) goes down. Damn I hate flying !!!

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Thankfully she lives, and is saved by a mountain man :P

Michael has been running from his past and living a secluded life in Alaska for the last 5 years.  Mallory (literally) crashing into his life forces him to change his ways. She is depending on h
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This had some seriously scary moments. Mallory is a wildlife photographer and she spends a couple weeks every year in the Alaskan wild lands trying to capture pictures of as many animals she can. Just the idea that she pilots a plane all by herself is scary enough. I can't imagine then spending weeks in a tent and risking her life with all the wildlife that surrounds her for pictures. It's pretty fascinating. Then the unthinkable happens. Her plane crashes.

5 years ago Michael left New York to li
Sentranced Jem
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-2019, romance, 3-stars


Title: Under The Northern Lights
Author: S.C. Stephens
Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Here's the thing, I would honestly read just about anything this author writes.
I might not love them all but I will read them. why? Because Kellan Kyle? That man will forever be one of my favourite book boyfriend. *Be still my beating heart
And it is because of him that I always have high hopes when it comes to a S.C. Stephens's book. And it is also because of that man that I will be a tad partial
Bookphenomena (Micky)
UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS was an intense story that didn’t just centre on two characters, there was virtually no-one but them. This made for a surprisingly deep story with all the feels.

Mallory was a independent type of woman, flying off into the wilderness once a year to take photographs which she’d made a career out of. Mallory got into serious trouble and Michael was the quiet saviour. Michael was a complex character but a really good guy, which is my hero-kryptonite. The interplay between th
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book makes me want to take a vacation on a very secluded remote area. With a very sexy brooding man by my side. Under the Northern Lights is a book you take for that vacation. Not beach read though.

In the middle of the book, I find it dragging. I do not like the push and pull between Michael and Mallory. Yes Michael is sweet and gentle man with a traumatic past. However I can not connect with him entirely. His reason to secluded himself is bit.. off. Mallory is sometimes too needy. The way
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Mallory has two loves in her life, photography and flying her plane. She particularly loves photographing landscapes and wildlife. Her favourite place to do this is in North Alaska. Each year she makes a trip up there in Fall and stays for a few weeks enjoying the serenity of this special place in the world.

For Michael this unique place is his home. I guess you could call it his sanctuary. It is a place he seconded himself to five years ago after he desperately needed to be alone, to close himse
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually really loved this book! If you are looking for something along the lines of Thoughtless, this isn't it. This book had much less angst and drama.

Mallory is a professional photographer and prides herself on her annual trips flying herself to remote areas in hopes of catching that one magic photo that will launch her career. Unfortunately, her trip turns scary when her engine dies and she crashes into the barren forest. She is hurt, stranded, and things are not looking good. That is, unt
Tianna✸loves books✸
This is so....dull.

The h’s plane crashes in snow region.
Yes, she is herself driving the plane.
Yes, she was alone on the plane.
And yes, now she is stranded with no hope for rescue.

20% through the book and we have nothing but the h getting on the plane, thinking about her family, her ex husband, then her plane crashing, and then her survival.

And after the boring part, we come to yet another boring part where the H, a mountain guy rescues her. He is a lonely sad man (view spoiler)
Anne OK
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

SPOILER-FREE -- the book blurb will supply the hook, line and sinker!

S.C. Stephens hooked me years ago with the release of Thoughtless and her ever-so-popular bad boy rock star, Kellan Kyle. And she’s continued to keep my attention with other wonderful romance stories. Now comes a much different read from this author. It begins with a basic story of survival and not just from a plane crash – but the everyday harshness of life in the rugged Alaskan wilderness.

Books with
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the reclusive hero story that I've been wanting. Finally a hero that is reclusive not because he has a disability or is misunderstood by his community but a hero who has lived through a tragedy and gave up on humanity. Decided to leave civilization to live off the grid and survive off the land. This was actually a really refreshing read. Michael's past still haunts him but living alone only having to be accountable for himself is what he needed to survive. Going to a crash site to scave ...more
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
I recieved this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read this author previous works and was excited to start this one. The first chapter is very slow. Then the next chapter hits you with a bang. This book is close to YA so it's not like her other works.

Mallory is wildlife photographer who flies to Alaska on a yearly basis. She has plane trouble and is saved by Michael. My heart broke for them you can tell he cared for her. He just didn't know how to move on. Yes the m
Nicole Patterson
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was so boring. Such a slow burn romance that it made me yawn. First kiss 59% in. The only thing that kept me going was the animal attacks and drama of living in Alaska. It was very predictable too.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
2,5 stars

Under the Northern Lights is standalone novel by S.C.Stephens, an author that I always read gladly.
The fact that it takes place in Alaska is added plus because I recently read amazing read about wilderness and greatness that is wild life in Alaska, so I was very happy to get copy of this book.
I watched National Geo documentary Life Below Zero so if you want added info of life in Alaska and Alaskan winter definitely watch that.

Now onto the book, well overall I wasn't impressed. I love
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Under the Northern Lights starts off with a bang and will keep you captivated from the very first page. Under the Northern Lights follows the story of Mallory and Michael. Mallory’s passion in life is her photography. She loves seeing nature and animals in their natural habitat. Every year she journeys deep into Alaska. Everything has always gone to plan until this last trip. The unexpected happens and causes her plane to crash. Mallory suddenly finds herself injured, alone and vulnerab
The Book Bee

As upsetting as it is to admit this, I just couldn't with this book. This won't be a long review because I honestly didn't make it past 28%. The biggest, single most annoying reason I didn't get any farther was because I was DONE with the repetitive nature of the entire book.

Repeating something for a dramatic effect is ok. I can live with it, but when it's talking about her injuries and what happened and why she can't move and how she hurt herself an
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The synopsis had me really intrigued. A photographer was in a plane crash on a deserted Alaska. She was rescued and nursed to health by a mysterious mountain man. They were stuck together for months before the weather could clear enough for her to go home. As she recovers they got to know each other and eventually fell in love (not without a huge bumpy road ahead). She is convinced that fate brought them together but Michael is not ready to take the next step. I did not feel the connection like ...more
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UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS by S.C. Stephens is a sweet contemporary romance set in the Alaskan wilderness. This romance is a very slow burn with a reclusive hero who rescues a heroine trapped and injured in the wilderness by her small plane crash. (Depending on your personal preferences, I believe it should be disclosed that this story has dialogue about Christian faith and values.)

Mallory Reynolds has a passion for photography. She
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I'm always a sucker for a good adventure story, so this one was just my style. I admired the courageous main character, Mallory Reynolds, as she headed off alone to the Alaskan wilderness for a yearly trek to photograph wildlife. The unthinkable happened, and her plane's engine stalled during a storm. Unable to avoid a crash, Mallory is hurt, but amazed that she survived. Even with her injuries and having lost almost all of her supplies, she manages to tend to her wounds as well as possible and ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rachel by: NetGalley

Under the Northern Lights’ cover art is beautiful and such a refreshing change from the unimaginative naked torso cover art that the romance genre is oversaturated with.

The cover art, as well as me being a huge fan of S. C. Stephens’ Thoughtless series, immediately drew me in. But it’s possible my expectations were set unrealistically high, because I’m sorry to say this one wasn’t for me. It was painfully slow at times, particularly the beginning of the book - Whilst I appreciate the amount
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"We needed to be extremely cautious with each other, because despite everything out there that might hurt us—being mauled by a bear, frozen in a river, impaled by a felled tree, or lost for all eternity in the woods—losing our hearts to each other might be the deadliest of all."

Yes, I'm one of the millions of readers who enjoyed the author's Thoughtless series. So, of course, I was excited to get my hands on another of her stories. Though I must say, this is very very different, in every way
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
📚 "We needed to be extremely cautious with each other, because despite everything out there that might hurt us—being mauled by a bear, frozen in a river, impaled by a felled tree, or lost for all eternity in the woods—losing our hearts to each other might be the deadliest of all." 📚


מלורי היא צלמת טבע הנוסעת כל שנה לאלסקה לסשן צילומים, אך הפעם המטוס שהיא מטיסה בעצמה (שזה לגמרי מגניב!) מתרסק... 💥
מלורי שורדת והפרקים הראשונים מתארים את חוויית ההישרדות שלה בטבע, לבדה. 😱 אמנם זו חוויה קשה ומפחידה
Duchess Nicole
I hadn't read an S.C. Stephens book since Thoughtless, but I thought I'd give this one a go since I love wilderness stories, plane crash survival stories, etc. It still retains a New Adult feel, even though the protagonists are established adults. The plane crash scene was great...exciting and edge of your seat. There were definitely some dramatic survival moments that kind of brought you back to reality within the romance. I do wish there had been more subtleties within the romance aspect...our ...more
R.J. Lewis
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. Sucked in from the get-go. She has a way with words that keep me glued to the screen. Juggled my 8 month old and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning. I missed that feeling. ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
This was so original, a little like Castaway the Alaskan edition.

Mallory is a wildlife photographer and all around outdoors gal whose plane crashes in the middle of nowhere en route to her latest photo assignment. She’s rescued by a true mountain man, Michael, and for reasons I won’t go into, they are both stuck in his remote log cabin for months and months until he can repair his plane and return them to civilisation.

I loved the originality of the plot and the survival details - there’s lots
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S.C. Stephens is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of

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