Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Series: Dream’s Edge #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: June 7, 2021
After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.
After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink. Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. However, competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.
I can envision this story as a great underdog sports movie that would be really fun to watch. I would love to see the dance and the skating on a screen. It would be beautiful. I thought Tyler was a true gentleman once he got past the moment of whining when his sister announced her plans. He was so caring and I liked him a lot. Amaliya was a little young and I wasn’t too sure about her in a relationship. I’m glad the story focused so much on them as skating partners and maybe less as a romantic couple. And frankly, the skating aspect of the story was intriguing enough that this could have been written with no romance involved and still have been a great story.
A word to the wise before you read this story. Pay attention to the year it takes place so the fact that they were using landlines instead of cell phones, etc… doesn’t confuse. And recognize that this is a series that will continue. I presume we will see them at the Olympics. I didn’t realize that until after reading it so the ending felt abrupt. It wouldn’t have if I’d realized before hand. I still would have had the “NOOOOO! You can’t end there” response since I wanted the story to continue but it wouldn’t have been so bad.
As I read I wondered why these kids were eating so much junk food when they were supposed to be in training, and their coach was a disaster. I believe the casualness of their eating habits and even the tone of the book early on was to show the huge contrast to what their efforts would look like by the end.
It was a good story and I was happy to see their efforts pay off in the end.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.