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He can't have her. And he can't tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane "Danger" Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he's inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they'd planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane's frightening secret and Willow's tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love.

©2015 Sarina Bowen (P)2017 Blunder Woman Productions

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LOVED!

I've read and listened to most of Sarina Bowen's books and I love them all, but I think this may be my favorite. I love the progression of the relationship between Willow and Dane, from when they meet - stranded together on the side of the road during a snowstorm - to the end of the book. I've seen that some people have issues with the characters - for example, the way that Dane acts and the way that Willow is down on herself - but this is a story where both characters have lots of baggage to overcome and some big decisions to make. The ending is great.I love both of these characters and I love what they bring to the story. I love the secondary cast too, including Willow's best friend Callie, who is featured in a later book in this series.

One thing that I especially love about this audiobook is that it is so easy to listen to. There are no instances where I feel like I needed to rewind in order to keep characters straight or re-listen to plot points. The cast is just the right size and the plot is perfectly paced and moves along nicely. I just turned the audiobook on and listened straight through, and that made for a wonderful listening experience for me.

Also: the narrators are great! I especially love Joe Arden as Dane. They both did a great job, but I think Dane's scenes with the bad behavior and bad attitude were voiced particularly well.

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Unexpectedly good!

This was an unexpected little jewel of a story. The characters are so well written and the plot is one that keeps you riveted. I had not read anything by this author before this, but I'm going to be looking for more of her work for sure! Narration by two awesome narrators, Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden make this audiobook a delight to listen to.

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I liked it!

Dane and Willow are a typical romance couple - as far as the genre goes - but yet compelling. I enjoyed this - and felt the emotions were real and visceral. But Sarina doesn't make you wallow in them. Lovely story overall that appears to be yin and yang finding each other. I enjoyed it - and I listen to ALOT of audio books - and I always look for the book that makes me feel this could be real - and doesn't overemphasize abs and repetitive statements and emotions over and over again. Sarina gives me my hearts desire and a HEA is a must - damn reality! Willow is a sweetheart from the word go and she is trying to pull herself from a lifelong feeling of inadequacy - and Dane - well he has an oppressive history that seems to spell doom at the end of everything - and let's just say that thankfully assumptions are just that. Thanks sarina, i look forward to the next!

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I wanted to like this one.

So far I have loved ever Sarina Brown book I’ve read, but this one was a disappointment. I just couldn’t become invested in the male character. He was flat, and unappealing.
Joe Arden did an excellent job on his performance but Maxine Mitchell’s performance made me cringe. The way she emphasized and drew out the end of every sentence was very distracting and irritating.
It’s worth a listen if you adore all of her other books, but If this is your first go at one of her books, I’d pass and choose another. It really doesn’t reflect the perfection of her other stories.

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 03-19-18

Dane and Willow - YES

I've had this audio for a while and now after listening to it, I am thinking why did I wait so long. A really well crafted story with a plot that was and characters I could fall in love with. Perfectly imperfect, both the hero and heroine are lovable in their own way and seeing how their relationship grows, turns into love, how they heal each other and finally their HEA left me with a feel good mood. I need book 2 now.
Well chosen voices, Mr. Arden and Ms. Mitchell gave me the aural experience I love to hear and will stay with me for a while. Love both their voices and how they breathe life in the many characters.

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Engaging, sinfully hot & stellar narration

Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell are basically in their element in this performance. Filled with angsty emotions, steamy hot scenes and filled with drama, this audio delivers and checks all the boxes. The writing is solid with very relatable characters that basically find themselves lost within their current situation but as time goes by they find that what they were able to experience with eachother is something worth fighting for. This audio was short but certainly sweet, hot and very well performed. THUMBS UP!!

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  • Kelly O'connor
  • 10-16-17

I really enjoyed this !

I’m a huge fan of Sarina so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed this one, Sarina is able to write the most swoony guys and heroines that don’t annoy me !
I listened to the audio version of this and as usual it didn’t disappoint the narrators being this book to life making listening a really enjoyable experience !

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  • L Hayes
  • 09-27-17

An 'AAh' Story

My first story written by Sarina Bowen but it was well written and romantic. I will certainly look to read more books of hers.
Bowen also had the Best Male/Female Narraters (in my opinion) in Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell. They bring a story to life, making the reader feel as though they are in the story, not somebody looking in.
A definite 5 stars all round from me.

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  • Book addict
  • 09-26-17

Very disappointing

Can't help but think the author was contractually obliged to create a series of books but didn't feel inspired. I've listened to most of her stuff and enjoyed it far more than this. It was just another book to fit into the chick lit drivel out there and she's usually better than that. The narrators aren't the best - I've heard them in books before and it's always more of a drag than it should be so that didn't help with the enjoyment of the book either.