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Liza Petrov's entire life has been about skating and winning her sport's top prize - Olympic gold. She's stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

©2016 Jennifer Comeaux (P)2017 Jennifer Comeaux

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Cute figure skating romance

If you could sum up Gold Rush in three words, what would they be?

Sweet skating romance

What does Emily Stokes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. She sounded like I wanted Liza to sound like in my mind!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it made me very unproductive because I couldn't stop listening! :)

Any additional comments?

I'm a sucker for first love stories, as well as sports-related stories, so this was perfect for me! I was actually bummed when it was over, the true sign of a good book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Rough Start, but Pulled Me In

The book started out as a slower, more Young Adult contemporary 3-rose-worthy story. Not bad in any way, but I did find myself having to actively stay with the story, as it didn't really pull me in and keep me there, the way a really good book does. It was sweet, very one-dimensional, and somewhat stereotypical for what I'd expect an ice-skating story to be. It honestly felt like all the others out there about ice-skaters in high school - not bad, but...typical.

Then things kicked up a notch. I'm honestly not sure what happened, but the author's voice changed about a third of the way into the book. The pace picked up, the story became more aggressive, and several layers appeared out of no where. The "hook" this book lacked in the beginning, grabbed me hard, and it was awesome.

In a way, it felt as though the character grew up a bit, and the story grew up with her. As she got stronger, the story got stronger, and more gripping. Fitting, for a coming-of-age story. There were enough plot twists and layers in the last half of the book to make it feel as though I'd experienced an entire series. Many authors probably would have chopped it into at least two books, if not three, and it would fit today's market. I loved it as is.

This book is deep, emotional, realistic, and well written. The slow start at the beginning simply ended up being a "calm before the storm" for the rest of the book, and once I hit the meat of it, I was enthralled. The family dynamics were dramatic and modern enough to fit a television script, and the multi-cultural aspect was wonderful. I also enjoyed the fact it was a sweet romance, and while the author could have made it much more inappropriate, she cleverly dropped hints where she wanted the readers' imaginations to go, without spelling it all out. I prefer that - I don't like reading romance scenes on paper, but it is something that happens in real life. Any author who can add it in with tact and finesse, earns my respect as a skillful writer.

Just as skillful as the writer, was the narrator. Between her portrayal of all the characters, accents, ages and culture, she had her work cut out for her. She did amazing, and I had no problem picturing everything easily. Her voice was relaxing, while delivering all the inflections I could imagine the author had added, and made the characters come to life. I was impressed, and couldn't have imagined a better narration.

Overall, this book blew me out of the water. I adore sports-related stories, however finding a good one these days seems to be a challenge. I was somewhat wary going into this one, but was incredibly pleased. I would definitely recommend this book to others, and do plan to listen/read it again.

*I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via YA Bound Book Tours, to listen to in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks the author and the promotion company for the opportunity.

~Rose
@Desert Rose Reviews

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Fun read, memories of my daughter and her experiences with skating

As an adult and father of a little girl who loved skating, I very much enjoyed the parts of the story that were about the actual skating. The two tangents that filled out the story were enjoyable as I remember scenarios that would attempt to come between her and her skating. Tweens would really appreciate this story. I'm glad no sex took place.
I was given this audio book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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Fun Cliche Read

Would you listen to Gold Rush again? Why?

Yes because its adorable and Liza and Braden's Chemistry is so cute

Who was your favorite character and why?

Liza her drive

Have you listened to any of Emily Stokes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was just cute, fun, and easy to read.

Any additional comments?

Super cute read would recommend for any age. I received this audiobook in exchange for unbiased review.

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A charming coming-of-age romance

Would you listen to Gold Rush again? Why?

Yes. Gold Rush is a sweet coming of age story of a young girl with a competitive edge for ice skating learning what it's like to fall in love.

What other book might you compare Gold Rush to and why?

Titles in the Edge and Ice series!

Which character – as performed by Emily Stokes – was your favorite?

Don't have a favorite character. Each character has their own quirkiness and distinct personalities for readers to love.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

FULL REVIEW:

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Well, I'm no stranger to stories by Jennifer Comeaux. So when I saw the opportunity to review another book by this amazing author, I signed up. Again, she has published yet another sweet Young Adult/New Adult romance in the world of ice skating. With characters that are familiar, especially if you have read titles in the Edge and/or Ice series, Gold Rush focuses on Liza Petrov's life as a skater, a young adult growing up, and a young woman learning about falling in love for the first time. Not only that, Emily Stokes, the narrator of this audiobook, does an amazing job telling this story.

Jennifer Comeaux, again, takes us into the world of competitive ice skating with these characters. Although this is a standalone novel, characters from her other series are intertwined into this new story. For fans familiar to the Edge and Ice series, much of the setting is recognizable. But this time, this world has been expanded with this new book. As for the characters, I found these simple, yet complex, characters likeable and funny. Although the dramatics throughout is subtle as the romance blossomed, it was enough realism for a young adult to relate to. Of course, there is no denying that Liza's passion for ice skating is apparent throughout even with the ups and downs of falling in love and growing up. Well, enough of that... Gold Rush is a sweet...I guess a coming-of-age... romance with a touch of a competitive edge to it that Jennifer Comeaux fans will enjoy.

Now, as for the narrator, Emily Stokes... I love how she takes the story and tells it in an animated voice. She even changes her tone and/or accents with different characters. With her animated storytelling, listening to this audiobook made it even more enjoyable. It is a great pairing, a good story and an animated narrator, that makes listening to this audiobook all worth while.

Gold Rush is a charming coming-of-age romance of a young girl with a competitive edge.

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Sweet!

Really enjoyed this book. It is ver sweet and clean and it would be a good read for young teens and older readers like me who enjoys YA.
I liked the narrator's voice, but she was slow at at times, and there were quite a few pauses and I could hear her breathing sometimes.
I think the narration just needed a little "cleaning up" but overall a great book. I recommend it.

This book was gifted to me and I volunteered to give a honest review.

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