Plot Summary: Former Olympic skier Sean Trenton left racing and his glitzy lifestyle two years ago when an injury ended his career. Now he's an EMT and works ski patrol at an alpine resort. Robyn Montgomery is the music director at a Chicago radio station and her life starts falling apart piece by piece. Her ten-year high school reunion is supposed to prove to her old tormentors that this former chubby misfit is now a success, but Robyn's comeback is headed for disaster when her ex-boyfriend backs out of his promises and further sabotages her career. When Robyn meets Sean in a bar, they're both just looking for a fling, but deeper feelings quickly develop.
I thought this one was a tad bland, which is a bummer because I very much enjoy Ione's Demonica series. Maybe it's just me, because lately when I try a standard contemporary romance, without any danger or paranormal elements, I have a hard time getting excited. I thought the Kindle edition was a great deal (four dollars and change), but I wouldn't recommend buying the paperback for $10. It's just not good enough to justify that price.
Robyn's transformation from the fat strudel-stuffed daughter of the town's bakers, to a thin, successful radio station director might rub readers the wrong way; I'm not saying that being healthy is bad, but the way Robyn obsesses over her weight is a bit depressing. Her desperation to gain acceptance from her high school cohorts was also sad. To me, Robyn represented a lot of those typical female traits that I hate, but I'm forced to acknowledge that it was all plausible and realistic.
Sean is one of those nice guy characters who are pleasant to read. We learn that he was a shallow jerk back in his hey-day, but he's already been humbled by his accident from two years ago. He has a few dumb-dumb moments, but he's never malicious in his omissions with Robyn. This story features one of those `trapped in a cabin by snow' scenes, which I'll admit is one of my favorite romantic fantasies. Also, women who lusted for the best skier on the mountain will definitely enjoy this tale. Unfortunately, I never got a sense of the passion and heat I'm used to seeing in Ione's other novels. This was a nice read, but ultimately forgettable.