Series: Over the Top #1
Published by Forever Yours
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . .
A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.
Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.
I decided to read this book based on the reviews of some of my GR friends and also because of the eye-catching cover and blurb.
Shay devoted the last five years to catering to her ex-boyfriend and somehow lost herself trying to fit into his mold of the perfect girlfriend. Just when she expected their relationship to move to the next level, she got traded for a newer model. You can see how that would make someone almost crazy and create an aversion for the male species.
Kolton is a single dad who is getting back into the dating game after seven years and a feisty firebrand on the rebound is not the ideal choice to ease him back into the game, but she sets him ablaze like he’s never experienced before and besides he’s not looking for more than a weekend anyway. But what happens in Aspen doesn’t stay in Aspen and when Shay and Kolton get a chance to take their relationship further, will they take it or will they let their fears and hang ups ruin the best thing that ever happened to them?
I enjoyed the banter between Shay and her girlfriends and had really high hopes for this book. Shay’s initial encounter with Kolton gave a hint of just how explosive their relationship would be. And it was very passionate and antagonistic at the same time, maybe a little too much. These two gave me so much whiplash that I was exhausted by the time I made it to the end.
Here is what I think: life is hard and love shouldn’t be, not in real life and certainly not in fiction. The friction between them was hot as it went from fighting to loving, but even that gets tiring after a while and I just couldn’t get past the emotional roller coaster.
Ms. Siskind is a new-to-me author and the writing was really good, but the characters were just too annoying and frustrating for me. In fact I was more interested in the pairings between their friends and I’m looking forward to Raven and Nico’s book. However, anyone that loves long-drawn out angst in their romance will definitely love this one.