- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jennifer Comeaux
- Audible.com Release Date: May 29, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07174ZX4D
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Gold Rush Audiobook – Unabridged
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Liza was born to be a figure skater. I loved Liza in this book. She’s been so focused on skating her entire life that she’s missed out on a lot of typical teenage existence, but then she meets Braden. Braden is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend, but boyfriends don’t exactly go with Olympic training. Their story isn’t an easy one, but I think very realistic in the circumstances.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, especially the cameos by Sergei & Emily and Josh & Courtney.
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.
"You Googled me?"
"What kind of twenty-first century guy would I be if I didn't?"
If I had to pick one category for this book, I would classify it as a sports romance. As always, Comeaux dazzles us with her skating world knowledge. From the commentary to the description of the skating sequences, it is apparent she is well versed in this world. I especially loved the competition sequences, as I felt like I was there watching it all unfold.
Comeaux also gives us a beautiful and sweet romance. I was shipping this couple from their first meeting, and found myself frustrated over and over again with the various roadblocks that kept popping up. It was hard to sit by, but the relationship between Braden and Liza was never totally dormant. It was growing and changing as Liza grew and changed.
"'No one could ever steal me from you. This is all yours.' He patted his heart."
And that brings me to my next point. I would quickly classify this book as a sports romance, but there was a lot more to it. One aspect of the story I really loved, was how Liza was sort of coming-of-age. She had been very sheltered. She didn't have many friends, went to an all girls school, had never been kissed, and spent most of her time skating. In this book, she grew so much. She had a multitude of new experiences, but most importantly, she was starting to take a controlling interest in her life. She hesitated at times, and she doubted herself, but in the end she blossomed.
"You embraced my dream with your whole heart."
And, seriously, I dare someone not to fall in love with Braden. He is just the sweetest, most considerate guy out there. His patience was tested time and time again, and he passed with flying colors. Actually, I loved him and his family. I sort of wanted them to adopt me.
"You know what you are? You're my personal sunshine."
I was really in the mood for a sweet, adorbs read, and Comeaux gave me exactly what I was looking for.
Overall: A charming romance filled with exhilarating sports sequences, family, friends, and fun.
Gold Rush is a beautiful and interesting romantic story. Liza has always been a good girl. She went through many difficult times in her past and my heart ached for her because of everything she had to endure. She's strong, talented and determined to reach her goals. I admired her courage and persistency. She tries to learn from her mistakes and works very hard to reach her targets. She's a wonderful sweet person as well and I liked her from the start. Being carefree every now and then is something I kept wishing for her to experience and I loved that Braden shows her what it's like to have fun. He's a serious student and he's a cheerful kindhearted guy. He understands Liza and supports her career. They tell each other their biggest secrets and have a special and deep connection. I couldn't wait to find out if Liza would win the Olympics, but also thought that with Braden in her life she's already a really lucky winner.
Jennifer Comeaux writes about figure skating in an impressive way. She skillfully describes Liza's movements and I could easily picture the skating, the dancing, the state of mind Liza has to be in, the nerves she has before an important competition and her anxiety when she's in front of the judges. I loved reading about Liza's drive to be the best she can be. She's humble and she's kind to her fans, which makes her a likeable person for a large number of people. Being in the spotlight isn't always easy though and Jennifer Comeaux writes about her struggles as well as her successes in an equally empathic manner. I absolutely loved that about Gold Rush.
While Liza has worked her whole life to reach one goal, she all of a sudden knows she wants more than just a medal. She doesn't get much support when it comes to Braden, since her parents want her to focus on skating and don't trust her to make the right choices. She stands up for what she believes in and it was fantastic to watch her build her confidence because of it. Besides sports, love and friendship there are secrets of the past Liza has to look into and this detail made the story even more fascinating. Gold Rush is a fabulous romantic story with a nerve-wracking ending that brought tears to my eyes. I definitely enjoyed reading this riveting book.
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