Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen [Review]

 Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Coming in from the Cold (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download
Date read: August 30, 2016

Gravity
1. Coming in from the Cold - Paperback | Kindle
2. Falling from the Sky
3. Shooting for the Stars

Sarina Bowen
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Coming in from the Cold: I'm all over the place with how I feel about Dane in this book. I liked his straightforwardness when he first met Willow. He laid out his boundaries and that was that. Then things came to a head and he said some things that were tough to read. Once his reasoning was brought to light, his stance made sense, but there was a time where I didn't like him. BUT...I totally got why he acted the way he acted. TOTALLY. The guy had some serious baggage and he was handling it the only way he knew how.

It just took a while to reach the point where everything was laid out.

For all I'm whining about Dane's actions, I thoroughly enjoyed the mental journey he had to take to piece himself back together. Going from one extreme mindset to another takes time and Dane had to get things straight in his head before he could move forward with his life.

Then there's Willow. Her circumstances are cruddy, but she's honest with herself. When an obstacle is thrown into her path, she does what she has to do to work around it. I liked Willow. I liked that she considered all the paths open to her before making a choice.

Bottom line: I liked this book. It was sexy and angsty and it gave me the happy ending I wanted. *thumbs up all around, even when Dane was being an extreme douchecanoe*

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