Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seduction on the Slopes by Tamsen Parker

Title: Seduction on the Slopes
Author: Tamsen Parker
My Rating: A

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Snow and Ice Games #2
Main Characters: Miles and Crash
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Swerve
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where competition is not the only thing that is heating up! The second book in bestselling Tamsen Parker's romance series continues with two competitive teammates.

Miles Palmer has dominated the downhill slalom in every Snow and Ice Games he’s competed in. Double gold, double gold, double gold, and he’s confident he can round out his career and his trophy case with two more medals in his last appearance at the games. The only thing that could stop him? Crash Delaney.

Crash is a young upstart who came out of nowhere and shocked the downhill world with his swagger and untraditional style. As a kid, Crash didn’t have the resources to learn how to race properly, but he begged, borrowed, and stole equipment, and went to any competition he could thumb a ride to. Now the only thing between him and his dreams coming true is his childhood hero, the man whose posters have graced his walls since before he’d ridden in his first chairlift.

Miles and Crash are technically teammates, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they fight. The veteran and the nobody have both got big things riding on this race, and neither can afford any distractions. Especially not each other.

My Review:
This was the first book I've read by this author and I was completely blown away by the quality of the story.

This is an opposites attract story, but there's really not even an attraction between them at the beginning because they are SO COMPLETELY different. Miles is a rule follower. He's completely disciplined and controlled at all times. That's how he's won his six gold medals. 

Crash doesn't even know what the rules are. On his own since the age of fifteen, he's had to scrape and claw his way to get to this level of competitive skiing. His rags to riches story is huge to the media and public, but for him, it's nothing but stress. No, he hasn't had an easy time, but that's all he's known. He hates the attention his upbringing has brought to him. He wants to ski and do that as best as he can. He's unkempt, his skiing style is unconventional, and he regularly tokes up. 

In other words, Crash is Miles' nightmare. But Miles can see just how much pure talent Crash has so he's put himself out there to make sure that Crash gets on the team, but that's meant that the coach has put Miles in charge of making that Crash shows up and follows the rules. And that takes some interesting (and extremely sexy) incentives...

This romance is a great one. The two of them are so unlikely, but as they work together to get Crash to do what he needs to do for the team, they begin to truly respect one another and see the other's perspective. I loved that. I also loved the case of hero worship that Crash had going for him. He's always adored Miles as a fan. To be on the team with him is beyond his wildest dreams, but then when things get deeper, I adored Crash's internal fanboy. So much fun to this story. 

And dang...it was so sexy. Neither of these guys saw this situation going where it did, but once it does, they get so swept away with it all... Seriously, sexy!

Crash's backstory was heartbreaking...just in how much skiing meant to him and no one ever shared in that excitement with him. His parents were neglectful at best. But the idea that he managed to reach this level of competitive skill with the worst of circumstances and equipment is astounding. His story alone made for really riveting reading. 

The guys are opposite personalities, but so much of that is because of their completely opposite upbringing. It was an interesting dichotomy. They both are super-competitive, but I loved Crash's actions at the end. 

This was a GREAT book. I definitely look forward to reading this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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