Fiercely independent after a difficult childhood, Ilke Lunquist devotes herself to one thing: skiing. She’s on the cusp of gold when an unexpected pregnancy throws her future into chaos.
Nathaniel Hart takes on the daunting project of restoring Whiskey Jack Ski Resort to be close to his young son, but with one failed marriage behind him, he avoids serious relationships.
They might be virtual strangers with only a baby in common, but Nate is determined to be part of his child’s life. Ilke didn’t become a champion by backing down from a challenge, especially not one where her child’s happiness and her own heart are on the line. When tragedy strikes, heartbreak draws them closer together. Nate discovers he’s more than ready for a bigger family and maybe, just maybe, Ilke will find the home that has eluded her all her life.
Title: From The Top
Series: Blue Spruce Lodge #2
Author: Dani Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Ilke and Nate had one amazing New Year’s Eve, in a very private celebration. It was supposed to be a one time thing, but fate had something different in mind for these two. Ilke was working toward one goal, and that doesn’t include a family. Now faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Ilke has to face the man she can’t get out of her mind. Neither are prepared for a relationship let alone a baby but somehow they have to make this work – and not simply because of the baby but because of themselves.
From The Top takes us back to the Blue Spruce Lodge series with two people who don’t do relationships, each has emotional scaring that they have difficulty trusting in someone else again yet their feelings for each other won’t go away. Life can get complicated, but Ilke and Nate have to decide what is worth the complications they bring to each other. Their story has sadness and joy, fear and acceptance, and a love that is worth the risks they’ll have to take to trust each other.
Secondary characters can make or break a story for me. The glimpses we get of Rolf and Glory, a budding romance between another couple and hints at things to come was the just right blend of secondary characters being a part of Ilke and Nate’s life. ( it’s when secondary characters take over the story that it gets a bit rough – and that was not the case here) The lodge itself becomes a character as it is rebuilt with come complications. I enjoyed my time in this world once again and would not hesitate to recommend From The Top to any Contemporary Romance reader who enjoys a solid story, interesting characters and a beautiful setting.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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