Review: Just Friends by Stacy Gold

Just Friends by Stacy Gold
Series:   Emerald Mountain (# 1)
Release Date:  March 3, 2017
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Pages:  41
Source: book provided by author for review



Taya Monroe is trying to pick up the pieces of her failed writing career and broken life after walking out on her cheating fiancé. The last thing she needs is a serious relationship. The last thing she wants is a fling. Then she runs into an old friend and ski partner—the one man she always wanted who never wanted her.

Ski Patroller Jordan Wiley is a single dad with zero time or energy for dating. When he reconnects with Taya, his attraction to her is even stronger than before she left him behind for a career in the city. But with a young son to think about, he’s determined to ignore his feelings. Again.

After a magical day on the slopes, a snow storm traps them in an avalanche of chemistry neither can deny. Will their friendship survive the weight of their passion or will they surface as more than friends?


Review:   At forty-one pages this was even shorter than a novella and was a super quick read.  This is Jordan and Taya’s story and we learn of their friendship from eight years ago when they were in Jackson Hole together.  When their paths randomly cross at the mountain it seems like the years just floated away but they needed to catch up on each other’s lives.  Unfortunately, both seemed to want to give the abridged version and not specific details!  The characters lacked the depth I’d hope to see even in such a short story.

The descriptions of the snow and the cold were vivid and made me feel that I was there.  There was some playfulness between the characters but some reservations as well since neither knew what the other was really thinking.  This caused limited communication at times. There were some steamy scenes that could melt the snow along with lots of ski terminology!  There were some unexpected twists but some expected outcomes too.  There is a chance for a happily ever after but the book ended too abruptly for me when there seemed to be more story to tell. There wasn’t the closure I was hoping for.

Gold is a new to me author and I want to read more of her books but hope for more depth and length.  I’ve always enjoyed books published by The Wild Rose Press but it’s been a while since I’ve read any of their books.  I hope to rectify that in the future.

Favorite Quote:  “I was born ready.”  She pushed herself upright and clacked her poles  together to knock the snow off the baskets.  Shifting my weight back, I slashed through the billowing snow, Taya on my heels.

If this wasn’t heaven, I didn’t know what was.