Title: Silver Heart
Author: Victoria Green
Published: July 25, 2013
"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. When her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain resort, 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 long years had passed since 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."
First line: "'This is going to be the best vacation ever!'"
Thoughts: Technically, thanks to my good friend Vi from Vi3t Babe, I read this last year. It's finally getting cold again, so I decided to curl up on the couch, have a bit of a reread, and remind myself of how much I adore SILVER HEART. Verdict: Yep, still love it. Chemistry? Check! Drama? Check! Sexy Snowboarder? CHECK!
First off, can we please talk about what a great name Sawyer is? I love it, which ended up with me crushing on him before I even met him. The novel starts in the present (before the Winter Olympics) where Dylan, her best friend Maddie (whom I adore), and her brother Adam decide to take a bit of a skiing vacation. With med school in the horizon and the pressure from her parents, Dylan needs this break from her life. Maybe it'll give her a chance to photograph a few things. After all, that seems to be her passion.
It's here where Dylan "Silver" runs into her old friend and crush Sawyer. This is when the the good stuff happens. The chapters occasionally jump back to the past, so you get to see how Silver and Sawyer met and what happened to their friendship. This is also when things start getting a tad complicated and ridiculously steamy. Phew, let me fan my face for a few seconds before I continue.
What I love about this book is how relatable Silver is. Anyone who comes from a strict and demanding family knows how hard it is to follow your dreams. You're too busy following in your parent's footsteps or following their dreams that you ultimately forget who you are. I love how Silver deals with her issues and grows in this novel, basically evolving into the woman she's meant to be.
Of course, it also helps that she has this hunk of a man to help make this journey a bit more...interesting to say the least. Swoon worthy? You know it! The fact that he's also this down to earth guy and genuinely kind essentially makes him the perfect man. The sexy scenes were intense and though one of the scenes was surely unrealistic (you'll know the one), it doesn't change the fact that they were hot, hot, hot! After all, aren't vacations all about adventure and exploring cabins that belong to rangers?
Overall, I'm rather smitten with this novel and think you will be as well. Winter is coming, therefore, you should curl up next to a fireplace (or by a candle in my case) with this novel. It really is a fantastic winter read, and it'll make you kind of wish the Winter Olympics was happening now.