Today is my spot on the Blog Tour for the book From the Top by Dani Collins. A big thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour. I read and reviewed the book and here is my review.
From The Top
by Dani Collins
(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.
Cover I love the backdrop. It’s a beautiful scene with amazing colors. I would’ve liked the cover better without the couple on the cover, but that’s just my opinion.
Plot It took me a bit to really focus on this story. It is the second book in this series and while it’s a standalone, there is some history these characters have. The book starts off being told from different POVs, so I was slightly confused about who everyone was and what their part of the story would be. Once I had read a few parts about Ilke and Nate the story was easier to understand. Even though the lodge is still being fixed up, it sounds like the perfect place to spend a week away. Lots of snow, a cozy cottage and a great view. As the book went on I really liked reading about the different characters. It really felt like a fun community. This book was actually really beautiful. Ilke had her journey of life turning out other than planned and realizing she didn’t have to be as alone as she expected. Love could be different than what she had with her parents. Just like Nate learning that life not may turn out as planned, but it can still be just as amazing. I think they figured out love can come from unexpected places and when you need it the most. This romance was also a lot different than most I have read. I loved the fact that the author took everything slow and let things develop slowly. After reading this one I think I’m going to put the first one on my wishlist and keep an eye on any further books. This story teaches us even when life turns things upside down, it happens with a reason and it’s not always a bad thing.
Characters Ilke was a character I had a hard time connecting to in the beginning. I understand that her life was turned upside down, but when she just planned on leaving the baby with Nate to be able to train again, I was rather annoyed. It was like she thought a kid was just something that could be passed around. As I continued reading and read more about her past, I could definitely understand she never thought that a baby would be something in her life. During this book she really had her own journey. Realizing things happen that aren’t planned opened her up to a lot of things. In the end Ilke was a character I came to like.
Nate thought he had it all, a wife and a little boy he loved with all his heart. His marriage has ended and he is still coming to terms with the fact he won’t be able to give his son the stable family he never had. Nate does his best though. He moved when his ex-wife did to be closer to his son. He seems like an amazing father. Being in a small town complicates things though, so he tries to keep to himself. When Ilke shows up pregnant, he really doesn’t know what to do. Especially after she tells him she will give him the baby. How can he handle everything and still take care of this son he already has? Nate’s life is also turned upside down. Even when things happened that aren’t expected, Nate is still very caring and doesn’t want to see anyone in pain. During all of this, he realizes he may feel even more than he expected. Nate is very caring and protective.
All of the other characters in this book keep everything pretty interesting. It’s definitely a small town and everyone knows everything about everybody. Enough happens besides what we read about the main characters. It’s basically a big family together in the end. It’s a close community. I would love to visit a place like that.
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.