Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Coming in from the Cold Sarina Bowen

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Willow needed to keep the old truck on the road and out of the snowy ditch for just one more mile.


Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he’s inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they’d planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love.


When Willow and Dane meet in a snowstorm and spend the night together, that was supposed to be it. Willow is still reeling from her last relationship that left her stranded in the middle of nowhere with a couple of chickens, a countryhouse and a whole lot of debt.

And Dane has seen both his mother and his brother die from a terrible disease. A disease he is pretty sure he himself has. So he has forbidden himself from having any relationships. His rule: just sex, no attachments. No matter how much Willow makes him ache for something more.

Half the men in New England were probably, at this very moment, snuggled up on sofas next to women, watching a movie on TV. That’s what people did during blizzards.

People who were not Dane.

Relationships of any kind were off the table for him. So he never snuggled up to anyone, never tucked his feet onto a coffee table alongside a woman’s, never rolled over in bed to find another warm body there.

What they both don’t know is that their paths will cross again and again, pulling them together.

I really liked their relationship in the beginning. It was sweet. Dane was very straightforward about his intentions, which was nice and Willow was okay with it. They fit together nicely.

However, Dane got hugely unlikeable when he finds out that Willow is pregnant. Yes, he’s afraid of the disease he might have and might give to his children if he has any. But still, he behaved like an asshole.

Plus, I don’t really like plot points that could be resolved by characters simply talking to each other like normal people.

Nonetheless, it was a pretty sweet story overall, with two very interesting protagonists.


A sweet romance with some flaws.


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