Brenna Daniels has been in love with Tyler O’Neil forever. After an accident ended his champion downhill skiing career he returned to Snow Crystal, and Brenna finds it harder and harder to work alongside him. Tyler is focusing on bringing up his teenage daughter Jess and coping with the loss of his career, but when circumstances force Brenna to move into his home he finds himself thinking thoughts about his best friend that could ruin their friendship.
This is the final book in the O’Neil trilogy and I must say I think it is the best one. While all three books are stand alone, one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much is the way we have grown to know and love Tyler through the previous two books. I would therefore recommend reading the previous ones to develop that deeper connection with the characters but it isn’t essential!
I love the setting of Snow Crystal and can very easily imagine myself there – although I would definitely be in a cabin with a log fire rather than skiing. The imagery through the writing was really well done.
Tyler feels he is struggling with his teenage daughter and I loved the way their relationship developed. I also had a good chuckle at the embarrassment he felt when he realised why Jess needed to go to the store urgently. Tyler is also struggling with the loss of his skiing career, which in turn has an impact on his relationship with his daughter who wants to do nothing but ski.
Brenna is a character who comes across as confident in some situations but in actuality has very low self esteem and issues dating back to high school. Tyler being a man of course is oblivious to all this, and never thinks to compliment her on what she is wearing to boost her confidence. She is also very passive and allows people to rail-road her even when the situation makes her uncomfortable. Fortunately she does start to grow a set after she downed tequilas with the girls.
Of course the rest of the Snow Crystal family are in the book as well (including the dogs), and it was great to catch up and to see the resort doing so well after nearly closing the year before (I know it’s just a story but still…)
The ending for this book is so romantic, one of the more romantic ones I have read and a very fitting end for this couple. I loved the ending, loved it 🙂
Christmas is a great time for romance and I love it. If you love romance too, you will love this book – read it snuggled up in a duvet on a cold winters night and prepare to be transported to the snowy mountains of Vermont.