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Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance
Cover Model: Keoni Koch
Following his hockey dreams, Gwen’s fiancé leaves her, and his small town life, behind. She watches her former love rise to fame, drowning out her heartbreak by skating at the rink. Then, at the urging of a friend, she joins a dating service. There, she is matched with Ashton, a handsome and wealthy business man. He falls hard for the aspiring figure skater, and vows to make her his princess. But her new boyfriend has a big secret, one that will plunge her into a world she’s not ready for. And what will happen when the now famous hockey star skates back into her life? Will she take the second chance he offers, or will a threat greater than Ashton stand in their way?
Gwen held her stomach as she stood near the gates that led to the ice. She was terrified, but wasn’t voicing her fear. Her eyes took in the large stadium. The cameras. The crowded stands. She felt like she was going to vomit.
“You all right?” Rossi turned to her, his voice sounding deeper when he whispered.
“No.” Rolling her lips inward, her breath quickened, almost to the point of hyperventilation.
“Umm…” He looked a little sick himself, but more so from her distress.
“They’re so good.” Her fearful eyes watched the movement of the other skaters.
“Not as good as us.” Rossi chuckled. “We have this already. All we have to do is skate.”
“What if I can’t?”
“What?” Rossi’s eyes narrowed on her.
“I’ve never competed in something this big before.”
“You’ll be fine.” Rossi then turned to talk to a few skaters near them.
Feeling a hand on her shoulder, Gwen turned sharply to it. Her eyes fell on a pair of icy blues, Morgan wearing a stocking cap along with his winter jacket. “Hey.” He studied her green expression, a small chuckle escaping his lips. “Nervous?”
“Extremely.” Her eyes scanned the crowd then the skaters that were now performing.
“You can do it.”
“How do you deal with this?” Her attention moved back to Morgan, Gwen nervously wringing her hands.
“I don’t get nervous.” He shrugged his shoulders.
“Liar.” Gwen laughed as she playfully hit his chest. “I’ve seen you nervous.”
“I meant before the games.” He checked around him, Morgan’s casual style standing out among the skaters and their coaches. “Let’s try something.” He bent down and started untying the laces on her skates.
“Morgan?” She was shocked, a flabbergasted expression on her face. Then, she saw him pull out some black and red laces and start replacing the ones in her skates. Instead of getting angry, it brought a smile to her lips. “What are you doing?”
“My lucky colors.” He chuckled as he continued with his task. “They’re from my skates. That way…” He quickly finished then went to the other skate. “I’ll be there with you the whole time and you won’t be scared.”
Her voice was soft as she gazed down at him. “You remembered.”
“You still kept ‘em even after I left.” He stood and shoved her laces in his pocket. The red and black laces clashed with her outfit, but she didn’t care. It was the thought that mattered, and that he remembered. Morgan always remembered. “You said they helped you land that triple and never took them out. They’re Avengers colors, but those are just as lucky.”
“You’re lucky.” She gazed at him with longing eyes, but they showed her sadness. Like her longing couldn’t get any closer to him than she was now.
“I’m not.” Morgan frowned, his eyes scanning her face then the diamonds that sparkled on her neck. “Ashton is.”
Gwen was about to speak, “I—“
“We’re up.” Rossi took her hand, interrupting her conversation with Morgan.
“Okay.” Gwen’s voice was shaky. She hugged Morgan and whispered in his ear. “Thanks for skating with me, Morgan. I’ll win it for you.”
“I know you will.” Morgan smiled.