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If you don’t like the rules, make new ones. 

If you want to be the best, show no fear. 

And if Ryker Black is your boyfriend, you better be ready to fight. On and off the slopes. 

Overnight, Roxie Slade went from an outsider at Stark Springs Academy, to a ruler at the prestigious boarding school for elite winter athletes. But Roxie didn’t know if she wanted that power, and she definitely wasn’t sure about sharing it with Ryker Black, who came from a different world and lived by a different set of morals. Ryker may have decided to trust her, but could she trust him? 

Roxie only cared about her rising position in the ski rankings, but now her status at Stark and within the winter sports community is skyrocketing, whether she asked for it or not. Can she handle both while attempting a real relationship with Ryker Black? Roxie once believed that her sole purpose was proving herself on the slopes, but she’s done that once, and she’s far from satisfied. She has so much more to prove. 

©2016 Ali Dean (P)2020 Ali Dean

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Complex and Intriguing!

This is the second book in the Stark Springs Academy Series, a Bully Romance. The story continue where the first book left off. Roxie and Ryker's story is complex, and filled with twists and turns. The supporting characters are intriguing. Leanne Woodward did a nice job with the narration. Looking forward to listen to Black Ice, the last book in the series. #AudiobookObsession

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Actions, Secrets, and Trust

Title: Double Black
Author: Ali Dean
Format: Audio
Narrator: Leanne Woodward
Genre: YA/NA, Romance, Sports (Skiing)
Standalone: No
Part of a Series: Book 2 in the Stark Springs Academy trilogy
POV: Roxie
Steam Level: Some kissing and sexual references but no real heat
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I had been waiting to read Double Black because I knew it was the second book of three so would probably end on a cliffhanger. It did, but not too terribly. In Double Black, Roxie and Ryker's relationship is coming together but there are still a ton of secrets that are tearing them apart. I liked the action and adventure of Double Black, especially the competitions and seeing Roxie's friends from Vermont as well. Things are changing for Stark Springs Academy and I cannot wait to see what happenes.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Obsession. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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I love Ryker Black!

Roxie and Ryker are together and Roxie is really making a name for herself in the ski rankings. However the duties of CEO and being a champion snowboarder and student are weighing on Ryker. He has to make a decision about his future. Roxie also starts to worry over her and Rykers future. With all the competitions there isn't much time for a relationship. Also Aspen is not happy with being removed from Posse and she blames Roxie. There is some serious drama in the book and a bit of a cliffhanger at the end too. Ali does a wonderful job of taking the reader into the winter sports world and Leanne masterfully brings everything to life. #Audio Obsession Reviewer.

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love this series

This story continues around Stark academy ,the ski and snowboarding world. Ryker was livid when finds out what happened to Roxanne while he was away a few days. There's a power change at the academy between the Posse , Roxanne and Stryker. There's a lot going on in this book to keep up with. Roxanne feels he is holding back, but how can they go forward with a secret he is holding back?
Theres plenty of jealousy, mystery, revenge, accidents, secrets revealed and changes at Stark Industry. Oh and an OMG cliffhanger.
Leanne Woodward narration is very good.
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A great continuation

This book was action packed from beginning to end, but make sure you listen to book 1 first. I love the balance of sports and suspense in this one! It definitely had me listening as much as possible to see what happened, and now I'm anxious to see how it ends!

Roxie and Ryker's story definitely doesn't lack drama! I like the way Roxie really came into her own in this book. I like that she took control, but didn't completely lose her compassion. I also loved the way Ryker opened up in this and began to go after what he really wants. I'm so anxious to see how this story ends!

The narration was well done. Leanne Woodward has an enjoyable voice, and did a good job bringing the drama and emotion.

I can't wait to listen to book 3!

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love this story

This series is so good, love that it is now on audible. Can't wait for the last book.

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  • Cindy
  • 10-03-20

Double Black

Double Black is another great book in the Stark Springs Academy series. That cliffhanger at the end makes me want to get the final book right now and see how it all ends. The Academy has changed a lot in this book. The posse doesn't exist anymore and the dynamics of the group are very different. Those that were part of the "in crowd" are outcasts now which leaves room for plenty of drama and suspense. Leanne Woodward has done a great job bringing this series to life.
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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 02-23-21

Great

Really enjoyed listening to book 2. Now Roxie has the power she’s not sure if she really wants it all she wanted was to rise in the rankings .
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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 12-06-20

enjoyable series

I have really enjoyed listening to this series by Ali Dean. The books just capture your attention. The narration is done well and fits the story and characters. Double Black can be read alone, but it helps to listen to Black Diamond first. It makes for a better understanding experience.
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  • Megan Bell - The Flock🎧
  • 10-02-20

Sweet and Unexpected

This is book 2 in the Stark Springs Academy series.

Quite a bit has happened and Roxie isn't sure how she feels or what she really wants to do but one thing she does know is she isn't going to let anyone push her around or scare her off.

She is determined to stand up for herself and make a change but then things start to get serious. Sabotage is no joke and lives are at stake. Things with Ryker are unsteady but she doesn't know what she wants to do, run home with her tail between her legs and accept defeat or keep fighting and return to Stark Springs. Vermont doesn't really feel like home anymore now that she has started a life at Stark Springs and has made friends there but she misses her friends back home.. What's a girl to do?

I was thoroughly enraptured by this book. When things inevitably went south I couldn't put it down, I had to know how it all played out. I loved the push and pull and the frustration of it all. This is a sweet young adult series without any NSFW stuff going on and it was refreshing, made me feel like I was a young girl experiencing the flutters and frustrations with a new boy and the sweet and innocent make out sessions that were fun and flirty. Roxie is strong and inspiring, she doesn't let it get to her, well not really.. she wipes the dirt off and keeps moving forward.

But can we talk about that cliffhanger? Like what the what?! UGH! How? Why? Again... What? I didn't believe it.. I went back again and again thinking no.. no way.. yep that is definitely what he said..

Leanne did a fantastic job yet again, I am still in awe at how well she can execute the different accents and the way she can add a little more finesse or a little more edge to her voice to embrace the different characters with their different accents and different personalities. It's really amazing to experience and very entertaining, it brings a unique factor to the book and brings the characters to life much more.

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  • Dektolia
  • 09-19-20

Second in series

The highlights of Black Diamond are explained in Double Black, but I don't think it's meant to be a stand alone. It's more of a refresher and best to read in order. The last minute of Double Black sets up for the third book in the series, but I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger (at least not a bad one). This book seemed more about emotional/relationship stuff, so I'm looking forward to the third book, which sounds like it might add a little more suspense.

Leanne Woodward did a great job with the narration and I would listen to more by her in the future.

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  • 💜SarahBookNerd💜
  • 09-17-20

love love love

i am absolutely loving this story so hard! i cannot wait for the next one?!

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  • PradaInPink
  • 09-11-20

Left me waiting

This was another great listen. It left me on pins and needles with the ending so beware of the cliffhanger but omg so good! Can’t wait to listen to the third!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-04-20

Keep it coming!

I am totally invested in this series! Ali Dean knows how to capture my attention and invest my heart and soul into a story. This second book in her Stark Springs Academy series is incredible. We continue on as Roxie and Ryker's relationship is heating up. Roxie is learning quickly how influential Ryker is, As things progress, he transfers his "power" to her, and she is trying to decide if this is what she wants. Ryker is also looking to his future and decisions are being made. Are they in his best interest? Are they in Stark's best interest? How does Roxie influence it all? As the layers of classes begin to meld at the academy, there is fall out too. What cost is there to the changes? So much is happening, plus the growing relationships of friends, Ryker and Roxie and the school. It's intense at times, it's mean girls catty, it's high school politics, first loves and high stakes business. I love it!!! And the cliffhanger is shocking!!! I can't wait to see where Ali takes us next in the next installment of the series.

Leanne Woodward gives an amazing performance as things heat up. She is fantastic with her voices and keeps consistency between books so it's easy to know who is speaking. Her ability to keep the suspense moving and the love flowing with her voice is wonderful. Looking forward to her next performance of the Stark Springs Academy characters!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 09-02-20

Still more to come!

I think I have more questions that I need answered now than when I started this second book!!! There’s more sabotage in this book. The characters are developing well. Leanne is great for these books.
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