Mira, Feb 24 2015, $8.99
ISBN: 9780778317722 (MM); 9780778317937 (HC)
Following the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Izzy Banks left behind figure skating and her martinet mother Winnie to become Grace Dillon the florist in Thunder Point, Oregon. She still enjoys skating at Jake Galbreath’s rink, but has no plans to go back on the circuit as either a performer or coach. Grace also is attracted to high school history teacher Troy Headly, but he treats her as a friend not interested in romance having just ended a long-term relationship.
However, Troy begins to realize he still wants Grace as a friend but also needs her as his lover. As they become a loving team, each judges what they have as a 10. That is until her mother arrives in Thunder Bay with new but needy demands of her daughter that shakes up Izzy and leaves confused Troy no longer confident in them as a duet.
The seventh Thunder Point Oregonian romance (see The Homecoming, The Promise and The Chance) is a moving entry starring a superb female and a bland but okay male. The return of previous leads adds depth to Grace’s story as she fears the serpent entered her Eden.