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About the Book
Title: An Unlikely Pair
Series: Dream’s Edge #1
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release date: June 7, 2021
After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.
After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink. Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. However, competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.
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About the Author
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write more than twenty bestselling novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists and seven-time Whitney Award winner. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.
An Unlikely Pair
by Traci Hunter Abramson
Book 1 in the Dream’s Edge series
Wow. I got so giddy with excitement at the end of this book. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. As a huge fan of figure skating (you’re talking to someone who wanted to grow up to be the next Kristi Yamaguchi), I was excited to get the opportunity to review an ARC of this story (I ended up purchasing the ebook too). There is a prequel to this book that I have not read yet but I did purchase it and will read it shortly – it was not necessary to understand this story.
I must have misread the description of the book, but I was not ready for this amazing book to start off the way it did and keep going until the end. A devastating car accident involving the parents of ballerina, Amaliya Marcell, drastically changes the trajectory of their lives forcing Amaliya to move to be closer to her parents while they recover. The fear of never being able to dance again keeps Amaliya weary to venture back into ballet, but when she meets Tyler Linden on the ice, she feels like she can breathe again. Tyler’s sister is retiring from figure skating as his pairs partner and now, he must find a new partner. When Tyler sees how graceful Amaliya skates, he knows that she’s the one he wants even though she has not mastered the basics yet. With the grace and beauty from her prima ballerina mother and the strength and speed from her professional hockey dad, Amaliya is a beautiful figure skater who works hard to master the basics and prove to herself and Tyler that she was worth choosing as his skating partner. Can they qualify for Nationals and eventually the Olympics? Can Amaliya find the strength to dance again while also landing the dreaded double axel?
I love figure skating. I absolutely could not stop smiling at the end of this story. I loved the two characters. They had just enough depth and I’m glad that I’ll be seeing them again in the next book. Though the story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, it ends with hope for the future – the Olympics. I think one of my favorite parts was when Amaliya teaches hockey to some kids. You’ll understand when you read it. The author does an amazing job of bringing figure skating to life on the page. I do wish I could see the lift that they create but I’ll just use my imagination.
Highly recommend this sweet clean romance if you enjoy figure skating with a hint of hockey and a dash of ballet.
My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.
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