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Feature book: In Too Deep

17 July 2019

In Too Deep by Dani Collins

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 7 Aug 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Format: ebook
Length: 315 pages
RRP: $4.99

Wren Snow took over her niece, Skylar’s (Sky), care when she was still a teenager after her older sister, Mandy, died. Wren managed to survive a highly dysfunctional family until moving out with Sky. Now 12 years old, Sky is more than a handful and Wren has finally agreed for her to meet her father, hoping this will improve her behaviour. Wren takes a job as Manager at the Blue Spruce Lodge which is owned by Trigg Johansen and his brother. Trigg is a retired Olympic medallist in snowboarding and Sky’s father.

It doesn’t take long for Wren to decide she’s made a mistake with Sky’s attitude and behaviour upsetting her new relatives, and Wren being caught in the middle. A physical attraction that also seems to be growing between Trigg and Wren is another complication, neither needs.

When Sky pushes Wren too far, and she reveals a major secret from her past, Sky begins to consider her aunt’s feelings. Trigg also rethinks his actions and assumptions. This makes for a nice period of getting to know each other in the lead up to a society and family wedding at the lodge.

With the attraction even stronger between Trigg and Wren, and Sky finally happy, it all goes wrong when the business is threatened. Wren agrees to a marriage of convenience to secure Sky’s future but is there a chance for more? Can they both realise what they have and turn a trio of lonely people into a happy family?

This book has a range of secondary characters including Trigg’s family, lodge staff and past characters from the first two books in Collin’s Blue Spruce Lodge series. They are all very different and provide depth and humour to the story. I found it tough going at the start with Sky’s thoughts and actions dominating the story. I didn’t like her much and this also meant it took time to warm to Wren also. She seemed to expect the knockdowns and wasn’t fighting for a better deal. This does change, and the story picks up pace with both Trigg and Wren stepping into the hero and heroine roles more fully. Sky also improves on further acquaintance and you will cheer them on as you move through the story.

This book can be read as a standalone book, however, as there was a lot of backstory to process in the beginning, having read the earlier books probably would make this one more enjoyable. With Summer supposedly over, now could be the time to curl up and enjoy a romance in the snow. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Tracey

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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