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Fabulous... I took it first to past time but I devoured the book in less than an hour.... It's really a wonderful story and I do recommend it... Larissa Ione has a wonderful written style, clear and easy but even more I was touched by the message in this story. It has steamy scene... really steamy one but for me it was mostly a sweet story about acceptance and trust.
Both main protagonists have trouble with self esteem.... Robyn because she was harassed during her childhood because she was obese and studious...she grew up, lost weight, got a good career however when it's time for a reunion with her tormentor she wants to prove herself and is stressed to the point to be ill. So when her ex boyfriend and boss, Damon, cancel his participation to the auction she is organising there at the last minute, it's the disaster for her even more when she see him there....and understand he is just using her and her contacts to have a interview of importance.
Sean Trenton had it all... fame, success, money and groupie available for flings as soon as he wanted...but his dream of winning the gold medal at the Olympics crashed when he received terrible news... and had an accident nearly voluntarily. Now that his sport life is behind him and 2 years later he is healed...having a job as a skiing patroller and paramedic but that part of his life left sequels and Sean doubt himself, refusing to date a woman since he is maimed in his opinion. He is afraid of rejection, when his friend Todd encourages him to date again, he resist until he met Robyn...she is the total opposite of the women he dated in the past and worse she is not jumping on him ignoring his past fame. Worse, when she does learn about his past exploit she is even more determined to avoid Sean. Without realist why, the hot skier is even more determined to have her and to help her.
Now to be honest, if I do regret something in this book is that part about "fling", one stand etc...for me sex is not a game and it must hold significance so I can't assent to this attitude.. I do understand that Todd wants Sean's happiness but urging him to have " fun" instead of finding love isn't something I approve of. I'm realistic and I do believe this behaviour to be common with celebrities and groupies but still... however Larissa Ione managed to make me forget about that during my reads. Immersed in the story, I enjoyed Robyn reservations but I was sad it was because of lack of self esteem and fear... Sean soon get really involved even if he doesn't recognise it immediately. He is honest in his approach even if he is not telling her all the truth... and he does go against Damon, who I really dislike a lot, the horrible egoistical, abusive man.
Both of them are hurting and in love unfortunately their doubts and fears nearly destroyed their chance until they get stuck in a storm .. then... alone in the world they are about to open their heart about the source of their fear and I enjoyed this intimacy, the sweet approach and the acceptance that happen then... not everything is on the table yet but the story take another level.
It's really a wonderful reads that I recommend if you are looking for a sweet romance with steamy part^^...and perhaps this book will make you love yourself a little more too as a bonus because none of us is perfect but each of us can be deserving.