Title: Silver Heart [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Victoria Green
Release Date: July 25, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: Seriously, get me a private snowboarding lesson with Sawyer and popsicles STAT!
About the Book: 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.
Silver Heart has it all. Enthralling writing, memorable characters, a touching “second chance” love story, and whimsical moments that get you all giddy and warm inside. Not to mention quite a few strategically-placed sexy times that changed my view on snowboarding and certain frozen food items forever! I’m a sucker for “second chance” love stories, especially when it’s done well, and readers, Silver Heart was fantastic. I think Victoria mixed a perfect blend of a rekindled romance with the inner struggles of the main character, and even some of the secondary characters. I really loved every minute of this book.
Dylan is our leading lady and I’m happy to say, she did not annoy me. Praise the Gods! Yes, she’s struggling with breaking free from the chains of her parents expectations, but I think the way Victoria handled her character growth was done well. You see a lot internal battles Dylan has as she tries to re-discover her love of photography and decide if medicine is the right career path for her. I think I kind of related to her because I’ve been on the long and tedious medicine track for as long as I can remember, going along with what my mother expected from me and kept pushing at me. It’s hard to stand up for yourself when it comes to your parents, but somewhere along the way, you have to figure out who you’re doing this for and whether or not you enjoy living your life. Dylan’s mom was pretty crazy and their relationship was stifling and Dylan never really had any support behind her and what she really wanted in life. Some might wonder why Dylan never stood up to her mom, but I think it took someone like Sawyer, not just because of the love, but because of the understanding and support, to make Dylan believe in herself and find her inner strength. I think this book had the right amount of self-discovery and romance with real substance. Seriously, it’s like Green meticulously measured each aspect of the story to make a perfect blend of all the things I love in a good romance novel.
With Sawyer, I do think she should’ve been more willing to give them a try as a couple, but I understood her reservations and doubts at making it work and believing that what they had was real. Green put in the right amount of drama to stir things up, but also to raise enough questions for the characters to face their problems and come to life-changing decisions. If I was in her place, I would probably have doubts and trust issues, especially if the guy I loved was particularly famous/popular. Hell, I have trust issues with guys no matter what, but I digress…
Sawyer. What can I say about this sexy beast?! He’s a genuinely good guy, extremely hot, and ineptly skilled at certain things that will make your toes curl and a snow-capped mountain melt! Not to mention, he really tugged at my heart with his love and sincerity towards Dylan. His Silver medal! I loved that he challenged Dylan and brought her out of her comfort zone, made her realize that she can take risks in life and still be okay. He also supported her whole-heartedly and unconditionally. They share such a deep and meaningful history, going through the worst times of his life together, it’s not hard to see how much of an impact they had on each other. Green scatters in glimpses of their past together throughout the book that gives you a deeper sense of their relationship and all the hardships Sawyer went through growing up. I soaked up every minute I could of Sawyer and I honestly fell for this guy with a quickness. You just can’t resist him. Go ahead, read this book and see if you can! I dare you!
Silver Heart just reminds me why I love New Adult and Victoria reminds why I love supporting Indie Authors. This book is truly a diamond in a sea of cubic zirconias. Honestly, if you want a sweet “second chance” love story with endearing characters and the right amount of sexy times, you’ll want to get this book. If there’s nothing else I can sell you on, it’s the fact that once you meet Sawyer, you won’t be able to put this book down!
And I don’t normally do this, but this book brought it out in me (and I just happened to hear this song on my playlist while writing this review) and I thought it was the perfect song to describe Sawyer and Silver: