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The Tourist Attraction

(Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  9,122 ratings  ·  1,755 reviews
He had a strict "no tourists" policy...
Until she broke all of his rules.

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way...

Two weeks in Alaska
Paperback, 390 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Laura Sifuentes I think it’s technically for adults but it is very PG-13, there’s no explicit content or scenes in the book so I think it’s safe for a teen to read.

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Might be more of a 3.5, but I'll round up because this was a lot of fun and it gets bonus points for being the first book that was able to pull me away from my constant Animal Crossing playing, lol. This book was very cute! It had a great mix of sassy characters and a fun setting and I am definitely looking forward to reading more books from this series in the future. My only real complaint is that the main relationship felt very surface level. I enjoyed our two main characters and I thought tha ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know how you meet a book that thinks itself funny and charming and you're like...


Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was so enjoyable and cute for 70% of it. Graham and Zoey have an instant connection. Graham is a grumpy, Alaska native who runs a local diner, has a blind dog that he dresses up in outfits, and is a woodcarver in his spare time. Zoey is a tourist who has been saving up for this Alaska trip for years (so ~she’s not like other tourists~ in this typical rich area). Because of their instant connection, the story provides a lot of cute moments of them feeling like a couple from nearly the b ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The things you do for love...

I had to go back to the beginning after reading Enjoy the View book #3 in the series.

In the beginning, we have Graham Barnett, the owner and cook at The Tourist Attraction, his diner in Moose Springs, Alaska, which he named in a very tongue in cheek kind of way. Zoey Caldwell is working on her bucket list. She has saved so she can come to Alaska and do everything she can possibly do to enjoy her two weeks there.

Although this one did not blow me away as much as Enjoy
may ❀
this book claimed to deliver a lot of things but did none of the above, i will not be taking questions at this time 💋
Larry H
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

You can’t trust tourists not to do make you fall in love with them.⁣ This is the moral of sorts in The Tourist Attraction , Sarah Morgenthaler's new rom-com.

FYI: I’m a sucker for sappy rom-coms, books set in Alaska, and dogs wearing outfits, so I was a goner here. There's also a moose in love with the smell of freshly baked bread. I mean, I was SUNK with this book before I started.

Graham runs the Tourist Trap, a small diner in Moose Springs, Alaska that has become
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was just fine, nothing special. I thought the romance was cute, but it was definitely insta-love. Sure they had a fling and liked hanging out, but I didn't really feel that depth to their relationship that would have led to love that quickly. The conflicts were fine, but he kind of blew up out of nowhere about tourists and that had felt out of place because that was really only his issue in the beginning and wasn't really brought up again until it was needed as a conflict in their relations ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
3.75 ish. Super adorable.

There's just something about books set in Alaska that just make me super interested. And The Tourist Attraction definitely delivers on all the best elements of the last frontier, bringing you narwhal pods, killers whales, cute moose, and a lot of humor.

Graham Barnett is in love with his hometown, but the high-end resort at the top of the hill keeps filling it with tourists who party day and night and disrupt the small-town tranquility. When he decided to open his diner,
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Never did I expect to almost cry over a (fictional) moose. Believe me, if you have read this'll know why.

Aside from that disclaimer, this was such a fun read. It was humorous and the relationship was charming and enchanting. Even if it didn't necessarily start out that way.

An unexpected outcome that occurred from this story was that I got a different perspective on being a tourist, especially in smaller communities. Prior to reading this novel, I did know of some of the positive and
Graham kept calling Zoey “gorgeous” and “darling” after every sentence and it drove me insane 🙃
Renaissance Kate
This book is out this week! If you're in need of a quarantine pick-me-up, look no further!!

Zoey Caldwell has saved every penny she's earned working as a truck stop waitress for the last several years to make her dream vacation to Alaska a reality. Although her wealthy best friend, Lana, could easily foot the bill, Zoey won't allow it. All she asks is that Lana show her the ropes during their two week trip to Moose Springs, a small Alaskan town with a luxurious mountain resort where Lana's famil
Abby Jimenez
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this! I can't believe this is her debut novel!

It's a light and fun storyline, great for escaping right now. I loved the town and characters she created. Very fun and well written.

My favorite was all the corny tourist offerings at Graham's bar, because it felt so authentic. It actually made me want to go there!

A great read, highly recommend.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

“You have weird taste in everything,” she decided, but her voice had softened.
“I’m not Cinderella, Graham. I have a good life, and I don’t need to be rescued.” Graham chuckled, low in his throat.
“No rescuing from me, gorgeous. I’m definitely not the prince.”

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Graham hates tourists. He hates their expensive cars, they manner, their need to take a photo with a moose (even though it’s dangerous) - he just hates them.
And even though he’s a little rough and sometimes impolite to people, t
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There’s something about a grumpy hero in a romance novel that just works for me, maybe it’s because I’m kinda grumpy myself but Graham stole my heart almost instantly. His diner started out as a joke and his customer service is nonexistent, picture lots of grunting and you get what you get with a surly attitude. Then there’s Zoey who is his polar opposite, she’s adorable, sweet, quirky and awkward and I loved her too. So with two main characters that I liked I was already happy and then thr
3.5 Stars - Graham Barnett is the owner of a diner called The Tourist Trap. He feels stuck in the job, and I found it pretty hilarious when he would just throw customers out or shut down on a whim. He hates tourists so much, yet Zoey walks into his life. Alaska is Zoey's dream vacation, and she has scrimped and saved to get there. She goes with her good, and very rich, friend Lana.

Love the Alaska setting so much that I find myself specifically searching for books set in Alaska. Cover and title
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
but like why did her friend drug her?? lol that's not cute.

TBH THIS BOOK IS A SOLID 2.5. It was so heavy with events of them hanging out and him flirting with her going lol no thank you! and it was supposed to be him seducing her but it felt very one-sided. I felt no connection between them and this story was very VANILLA. I also did not care for the second plot involving her best friend who was doing random stuff and not telling anyone about it.
rachel ☾
#2) Mistletoe & Mr Right ★★★★☆
#3) Enjoy the View ★★☆☆☆

what an absolute rollercoaster

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I’ve read each of the two books that have been released in this series so far and have disliked them both . . . .

But that ain’t keeping me from being butthurt I was denied an advanced copy of the third! First world problems. I have them in abundance.

Anyway, the problem I had with this was that it felt like I was plunked down in the middle of town with the expectation I was already familiar with the place and all of the people – to the point where I double-checked that this wasn’t some spin-
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

This book was a very nice read and I had quite a lot of fun reading it! There were so many things happening and there was never a dull moment. I loved how Graham opened up to Zoey and also how his mindset towards some of the tourists changed. You could definitely see how Zoey stole his heart. Zoey's amazement in regard to Alaska and her dream trip was the cutest thing ev
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2.5 stars

After a rough start (I was ready to DNF at 10% because the hero is such an asshole), the book got better. Still some irritating aspects to make it an overall meh read. Grumpy/sunshine vibes, beautiful scenic descriptions of Alaska, comedy heavily dependent on physical humor, fade-to-black sex scenes, and a rom-com with very little sorrow/grief/trauma.

Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had it all - fun, funny, and endearing read with a side of quirky characters, a grumpy hero, a shy bookish heroine, a diner called The Tourist Trap, a moose named Ulysses, killer whales and my fave narwhals!

This was how I imagined a small town life would be like, where the townspeople’s lives, their homes, their community gets disrupted by some clueless tourists. Enter Graham Barnett, the owner of the popular diner, Tourist Trap who wants to maintain his small town tranquility. His jo
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2020
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Madison Mary
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Please don't forget my dog. Don't forget his water. Don't forget he exists. And please, for the love of everything, don't forget he can't see."

*ARC provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca for an honest review*

A stunning rom-com debut set in the Alaskan wilderness that will having you laughing your socks off.

In the Alaskan mountain town of Moose Springs, there is a clear divide between the locales and the tourists. Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap as a bitter joke, but it qu
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Northern Exposure meets Gilmore Girls!

True, our hero is a younger and hotter version of Luke Danes but the grumpiness and dislike of tourists are spot on. Moose Springs provides the charm and characters for a delightful book. The writing has a lot of cute banter filled with popular references. When Zoey, a hardworking waitress from a small town in Illinois, comes to Alaska, for her two-week vacation, she meets Graham and many adventures ensue. I loved all picture-perfect scenic descriptions of t
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Wow. Where to begin.... The book started off promising with Graham’s fun, grumpy attitude. He quickly became annoying with the way he used the word “gorgeous” as a pet name. “Thank you, gorgeous.” “Be careful, gorgeous.” “Listen, gorgeous.” EW. Giving me all the slimy, dirty vibes. So much of the book is spent on the fact that Graham and Zoey’s time is limited, as she is a tourist visiting his town. In reality, it’s COMPLETELY OBVIOUS that Zoey will move to Alaska in the end. Boooorriiinnngggggg ...more
‘The Tourist Attraction’ is quirky romcom by Sarah Morganthaler and certainly fits the ‘cute’ label, with a ton of secondary characters adding squiggly (and sometimes unbelievably complicated) lines and flavour to the plot. But that was also where it also unfortunately stalled for me.

After the witty, entertaining start, ‘The Tourist Attraction’ seemed to consist of more fumbling, awkward moments—all calculated to be rom-com funny—but in doing so, compromised on depth and perhaps, emotional enta
Caitlin Reads
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars! Zoey Caldwell is on the vacation of a lifetime in Alaska for two weeks. She immediately fell in love with the small mountain town of Moose Springs. On her first night in town she does what every new tourist must, stop at The Tourist Trap, a small burger/reindeer dog joint owned by a rugged and angry Graham Barnett. Graham Barnett hates the tourist infiltrating his small town and being rude to them only seems to make him more popular. Zoey quickly gets under his skin and they both form ...more

I will start out by saying that I am SO HAPPY The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler is book one of a series. I loved most of the characters, the moose, the dog, and most of all, the Alaskan setting. This book was a ton of fun and made me laugh a lot, but it wasn't all fun and games either. There are some more serious moments that I loved, but I also loved that everything came back to romance and laughs. There is some drama in this one which I enjoyed, and I was rather surprised to le
Lily Herman
On top of the original premise, something that immediately drew me into this book should surprise no one: The dialogue was incredible. Pithy, fun, cute, I loved it. That said, Sarah Morgenthaler's The Tourist Attraction didn't quite click for me.

My two big issues? For one thing, as y'all know from my mountain of other romance novel reviews, it's hard for me to stan a book with an insta-love trope. Not every book can be an incredible enemies-to-lovers tale, but I think insta-love is hard to pull
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reads, 2020, romance
An Alaskan town named Moose Springs, an adorable blind dog, a moose in love with a truck and a sexy albeit surly diner owner who despises tourists until the day one walks in that he just can’t seem to get out of his mind. ⁣

This was a sweet and hilarious romcom! I binged it in a few hours yesterday. I love a book set in Alaska - it’s on my bucket list of places I want to see just like the main character in this book, Zoey. I loved how awe struck she was by everything she saw and experienced, eve
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