My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing wasn’t bad, and while I can’t say I really felt an instant connection to Z or Ophelia, I did warm up to the pair after a while.
The story revolves around a reckless phenom Snowboarder, Z and Ophelia, a girl running from her own reckless past. Z has a difficult past he’s been hiding from beneath daredevil tricks, booze and lots of women. He meets Ophelia and decides he needs to have her.
Ophelia has moved to Park City from New Orleans to escape the death of her boyfriend. She doesn’t like the cold and isn’t really cut out for the hospitality jobs her aunt and uncle keep trying to put her in. She’s working at the lodge’s coffee bar when cocky and insanely good looking Z walks in and tries to ask her out. Well, let’s say Ophelia isn’t having any of it, and dumps an entire iced coffee down the front of him, trying to let him know she’s heard the rumors of his player ways.
The ice cold coffee bath does nothing but to persuade Z to try even harder to win her over.
The back and forth banter between Z and Ophelia is fun and when they finally get together it is pretty hot. They have to get through their pasts, which gets a little frustrating and Ophelia flees a couple of times, which also gets old. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book, especially the last chapter. It was the epilogue that dropped the ball on this one. I won’t go into it for spoiler reasons, but let’s say the ending was really contrived with the purpose of giving some kind of drama/conflict for the next book in this series. I don’t think Wolff really needed this to be able to make a worthwhile series and it disappointed me that she felt the need to take this route.
All in all a quick, easy read and if you’re looking for a hot snowboarder story to fill the gap now that the snowboarder events are over in the Olympics, pick this up.