In Too Deep
Series: Blue Spruce Lodge #3
Also in this series: From the Top
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release date: August 7th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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At her wit’s end with her twelve-year-old niece, Wren Snow takes the manager’s job at Blue Spruce Lodge so Sky can get to know her father, Trigg Johanssen—a tycoon snowboarder with a playboy reputation.
Gold-medalist Trigg Johanssen is furious she kept Sky a secret, but quits competition to focus on his newly discovered daughter only to have his chemistry with Wren complicate their attempts to co-parent.
When outside forces threaten the ski resort he’s rebuilding, a marriage of convenience seems like the answer. It would give his daughter the life she deserves, but is it too much for a heartbroken woman still nursing past hurts?
The Faerie Queen’s review
What I’ve learned about Dani Collins is that she doesn’t do just fluffy romances. Her love stories may feature elite athletes and wealthy people, and they may have their happy endings, but she does not hold back from dealing with real-life issues. If you read the previous book, From the Top, you will have met the couple starring in In Too Deep: playboy charmer and professional snowboarder Trigg and the new manager Wren, aunt and guardian to Trigg’s daughter, Skylar.
I couldn’t imagine how Wren managed to “parent” Sky. At 24, I would not have been able to care for a child full-time, let alone a 12-year-old, and she’d been doing this for years by this point. Just knowing that fact made me believe Wren was strong and brave as hell, and she went on to prove that while she wasn’t perfect, she was trying her hardest to do things right by Sky. I’m closer to Trigg’s age (he’s 29) and I still don’t think I’d be able to do it, but then that’s exactly what Trigg had to figure out how to do. Both had a tough time with it, with judgement coming from all around at first, something I’m sure all parents have to deal with even when their kids aren’t as difficult as Sky was. While I didn’t envy either of their positions, I appreciated how Dani played with the tension and emotion within and between the characters, not making Sky out to be an angel or having Trigg take to being a dad easily. I loved seeing Trigg figure it out, and all the family come together to help.
The relationship between Trigg and Wren was interesting. It was very strained at the start, and they didn’t exactly warm up to each other for a long while. Sure, they acknowledged the attractiveness of each other secretly, but there was this whole child standing between them. I mean, I would have found it a bit weird to be with my sister’s baby-daddy (if I had a sister). So there was a lot for the two to work out, both between each other and with how they wanted the whole co-parenting thing to work. We were kept waiting for ages, though I loved their first make-out scene!
Dani threw in a surprise with this book; on top of the expected dual perspectives of Trigg and Wren, a lot was also told by Sky. I’m not used to my romances being filled with the voice of a very angry 12-year-old girl, so that did take a bit to get used to. But that’s what sets Dani’s books apart from the norm: they don’t just focus on the growing love between the couple. She fleshes out all the characters, giving them flaws and interests and quirks. With Sky’s parts, she even gave voice to Sky’s mother through “diary” entries (notebooks with “letters” to various people). It wasn’t just Trigg who had to grow up; Sky had to do the same and accept other people’s love, especially Wren’s.
This wasn’t just a romantic love story. It was also a story about family and belonging, even when you’re a little brat. And Dani wrote it all with depth and surprising sweetness and just enough heat to balance out the heavier emotions.