From The Top
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #2)
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Their hot New Year’s Eve wasn’t supposed to have consequences…
Fiercely independent after a difficult childhood, Ilke Lunquist devotes herself to one thing: skiing. She’s on the cusp of gold when an unexpected pregnancy throws her future into chaos.
Nathaniel Hart takes on the daunting project of restoring Whiskey Jack Ski Resort to be close to his young son, but with one failed marriage behind him, he avoids serious relationships.
They might be virtual strangers with only a baby in common, but Nate is determined to be part of his child’s life. Ilke didn’t become a champion by backing down from a challenge, especially not one where her child’s happiness and her own heart are on the line. When tragedy strikes, heartbreak draws them closer together. Nate discovers he’s more than ready for a bigger family and maybe, just maybe, Ilke will find the home that has eluded her all her life.
Nate and Ilke get roped into sitting together at a business dinner…
Nate didn’t look at her and she wondered why she was waiting for him to do so. She looked to her plate and picked at the grass-fed steak that everyone else had finished.
Was this how their relationship would be going forward? Her trying to resist his effect on her, aching for some sign of softening in him, while he resented her for daring to be fertile? Both of them pretending they were only casually acquainted when they had a child between them?
“Did you grow up here, Nate?” one of the women asked. “Are you an avid skier?”
“Sacramento,” he replied. “I didn’t try snow sports until last spring.”
“Really?” Ilke couldn’t help asking. He was so well built and athletic. “I assumed you must love to ski, otherwise why would you take this job?”
“Because I love building stuff,” he replied dryly.
“But what about now? Do you ski? Do you like it?” Love what I love, she silently urged.
Their gazes snagged and his mouth quirked. “I grew up on a skateboard. Trigg gave me a board and that felt more natural.”
“You sound like Rolf.” His gaze warmed with humor.
“Next you’ll tell me you prefer Microsoft over Apple products.”
“Did you bump your head? Of course, MS.”
“Enjoy your viruses.”
For a few seconds, they were grinning at each other the way they’d been that special night. Electricity crackled like a live wire between them.
She saw when he remembered she was pregnant. That this evening was a pantomime for guests. Maybe he even watched the way her thoughts clouded with her own helplessness that they couldn’t be the easygoing couple who had enjoyed each other’s bodies, but had to reckon with the reality that they were grown-up strangers with a very real issue between them.
Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in BC, Canada with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to travel and visit their grown children.
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