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July 25th 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…
For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents' carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.
So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.
But then her past catches up to her—in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.
Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he's standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.
Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn't believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?
Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan's world will never be the same.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Dylan Silver is the perfect daughter, dutifully following her parents wishes when it comes to school, career, and even guys. She’s on track to have everything they ever wanted for her, but the only thing she wanted for herself moved on to life without her six years ago.
Sawyer left his hellish childhood behind, making a name for himself as a talented snowboarder destined for Olympic glory. His life is filled with sports, traveling, and fun, and it’s everything he ever wanted. Almost. There’s just no way he can forget the girl who saw him through the worst time of his life, the girl who was always too good for him, the girl he fell in love with.
A celebratory trip to a ski resort cabin with her best friend Maggie gives Dylan a chance to cut loose and forget about the path her parents have chosen for her, if only for a few days. But on their first night out, she sees him, the boy she never forgot, now the man she’s always wanted. The minute they see each other, it all comes rushing back, and what’s supposed to be a few days of freedom quickly becomes an overwhelming longing for more. But in order to make the future they’ve always dreamed of, they’ll have to navigate disapproving family, ruthless snow bunnies, and an uninspired potential fiance.
Dylan is a very interesting character. She’s been so controlled by her parents her whole life that she doesn’t really know how to let go and have fun, even though she desperately wants to. She’s not meek by any stretch of the word, but it takes a lot of patience and understanding on Sawyer’s part to get her to loosen up and take what she wants. And Sawyer… Wow. He’s a walking dream. Drop dead gorgeous, of course, he’s athletically toned, tatted up, and a bit rough around the edges, though he’s got a heart of gold. With this kind of hotness walking around, it’s a wonder there’s any snow left!
The story avoids crippling angst, but in doing so, a lot of the conflict is dimmed. For instance, Sawyer stalks off angrily upon learning that Dylan has a fiance (kind of), but then the next time he sees her, he’s trying to hide a smile and pouring his heart out. I’m definitely not one to enjoy unnecessary melodrama, but it kind of felt like Sawyer was a bit too accepting and accommodating throughout the story. I get that he wants Dylan more than anything else in the world, but surely he has some strong feelings other than devotion, right? In some ways, I feel like he went to far in being the perfect guy. Oh, and “bare” and “bear” do not mean the same thing, editor.
Silver Heart is a thoroughly entertaining read, complete with a few laughs and tons of steamy action. Sure, the second chance at love thing has been done a million times, but this book stays out of the cliche bucket with fresh characters who face challenges head on and put their love for each other ahead of miscommunication and jealousy. If you like your love stories sweet, this one’s for you. And I dare you to look at a lime popsicle the same way again.