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Series: , The Remingtons #4
Publisher: World Literary Press (Self-Published) on April 21, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Olympic gold medalist skiers Jayla Stone and Rush Remington have been best friends for years. They've seen each other at their best and worst and have kept each other's secrets without fail. Only there's one secret Rush has kept close to his chest. After months of introspection, Rush realizes he's been filling his bed but not tending to his heart. He's changed his womanizing ways, and the only woman who can fill his heart has been right by his side all this time.
Years of intimate conversations and the sharing of hopes and dreams collide when Rush reveals his secret, and one toe-curling kiss changes everything between Rush and Jayla. They're no match for the passion that kiss ignites, or the pull of true love. But being Rush's best friend means knowing all about his revolving bedroom door--and Jayla has a secret of her own that could jeopardize her career and her relationship with Rush. Even their love may not be enough to overcome Rush's past or secure Jayla's future.
Jayla Stone has been in love with her best friend since she was thirteen, and while she wishes more than anything that they could be more than friends, she knows him better than to think he can change his bed-hopping ways. So she’ll settle for movie nights and gummy bears, innocent touches that set her blood on fire, and hiding her feelings, no matter how strong they are.
Rush Remington’s eyes have been closed for far too long. But now that they’re open, he sees Jayla for the woman she is, and that’s not a woman he can be “just friends” with. But she’s dating someone else, she’s hiding something from him, and any attempt at a relationship might damage not just their friendship but also their careers. But keeping his feelings to himself just isn’t an option anymore.
I don’t get it. I really thought Flames of Love was the best book in the series, but then I read about half a chapter of this one, and I have a new love.
Jayla has been pining for Rush forever. He’s her best friend, and she knows him better than anyone, which is why she’s also certain that anything beyond friendship between the two of them can never happen. Now, I can’t say I understood or related to the athletic side of her at all. Sports require movement and exercise and discipline, and I’m vehemently against all those things. But there was something about the way she loved Rush, their easy friendship and the way Jayla constantly reminded herself of their “just friends” status that completely made sense to me — even though I’ve never been in those shoes, either. Guess that just speaks to the quality of character development.
And Rush… Well, I should have had more trouble liking him. While I’m not entirely opposed to reading stories that include a guy who whores around for a while, they rarely completely win me over. But that usual hesitation was out the window the moment Rush’s thoughts centered on Jayla. Beginning the story with Rush already starting to realize his feelings for Jayla and having changed his ways — and without doing that whole macho jerk denial thing! — was a nice change from the norm. His feelings were immediately believable, and the way he put her first in everything was beyond endearing.
Instead of two strangers falling for each other, Slope of Love is a story of lifelong friends discovering a deeper relationship. With their friendship on the line, there’s plenty of hesitation, second guessing, and proving to themselves that it’s real — all with some of the best chemistry I’ve read!