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Summary

When you spend your life at the top, there's only one direction you can go.

Pro alpine skier Aspen Archer's downfall happened in the worst possible way - a career-ending crash on a gold medal run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Aspen packed up her broken life, picked up her broken body, and now hides in comfortable obscurity at ski resorts around the world, coaching tourists and ignoring her problems.

Cate Tierney knows who Aspen Archer is, but the last place she expected to meet the former Olympian was during a ski trip to Australia. Hurt by a past relationship, and with a teenage daughter to protect, Cate's initial reluctance is quickly overcome by her intense attraction. But with Cate's vacation ending in a few short weeks and Aspen's aversion to staying in one place, can their encounter be anything more than a fling?

When Cate discovers Aspen's secrets, Aspen is forced to face everything she'd been trying to forget. And everything she'd forgotten she wanted. Aspen already knows the route from start to finish doesn't always go as planned. Now she needs to figure out how to get herself back on course for good.

©2018 E. J. Noyes (P)2019 Tantor

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Another triumphant collaboration of E. J. Noyes’ fabulous storytelling with Abby Craden’s genius narration. It’s not just the voice work that makes this so good, but the pauses, breathes and sighs combined to create the whole immersive experience. I am in total awe, as always, in the deftness of Abby Craden’s performance, which lifts E. J. Noyes’ work even higher in my estimation.
There is one sequence towards the end that had me laughing out loud and is arguably my favourite piece of Abby narration ever!
I will be re-listening to this for a long time.

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Wow!

Simply amazing sobed my way through this alternatively with sadness and joy! The struggle with injury mental health and love is so real. nothing is easily accomplished but it can still be accomplished.

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Good character development

I know there are no murders etc which is usually how lesbian romances play out, but in this story, it is about the characters themselves, their development, and frustrations with their lives, and that was interesting.

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Great

Yet another great book by E.J.Noyes & well read. Emotional book really enjoyed it.

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A bit too long for me, but a good book over all!

A bit too long, could have ended about 3-4 chapters earlier for me. Also not a big fan of back-and-forth romances. I personally liked much better “Alone”. Abby Craden is a great narrator as always. Definitely a listen worth, but I won’t be listening to it again as I do with my favourites.

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highly recommended

My 2nd E J Noyes book and I already bought a third, excellent writing that draws you in and makes you care about the characters . Aspen is my favourite character and I love her flaws are woven in you as the reader go a journey with her as she comes to term with aspects of life.
I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend Gold to anyone who likes romance with great characters and character development
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How can she keep you this hooked?

It grabbed me from start to finish...what a writer... my 4th book now and I have enjoyed every single one... I have not for 1 second felt absent... I am all in....
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a little note for Abby.. ❤

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Yet another awesome book by EJ Noyes

Loved the characters, the struggles and working through some pretty complex trauma which was handled really delicately and sensitively by the Author. Thoroughly hooked the whole day listening to this gem! Literally couldn’t put it down!

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Brilliant

Another brilliant book from one of my favourite authors, expertly performed by the outstanding Abby Crayden, my absolute favourite performer.

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loved it! Easy to follow and a beautiful story. I was sad for it to come to the end.

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  • MissLynn
  • 12-01-20

Great book - fabulous narration!

After a relatively short time in publishing lesfic, E.J. Noyes has quickly become a go-to favorite of mine. From the Ask, Tell series to Alone, to Turbulence, to this work, her subject matters vary widely - keeping things interesting - and her first person narrative pulls me deeply into her stories. Of all her books so far, I probably considered Gold my least favorite. Like in the way when you have a plate of your favorite delicious cheesecake options and you have to choose which one you are going to devour first. Then she releases this audiobook performed by Abby Craden and DAMN - it's SO GOOD - and you have to re-think that! Abby just has a way of elevating an already good story into a great one, or an excellent story into a fabulous one. What a talent! She makes me melt, swoon, cry, laugh and exclaim, "JEEEZUS!" during deliciously intimate love scenes and God knows E.J. excels at writing them! I think I'm going to have to start considering my feelings about E.J.'s books like I would my own children (if I had any - lol) where they're all my favorites for various reasons. My God - how can you choose?? If you could only get one format of this book, I would go with the audio. It's just fantastic!

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  • Salome
  • 23-05-20

This book does NOT disappoint

I have been binging on all the audiobooks I can find by Noyes and Craden and so far I have not found one book that is not close to spectacular. In my opinion, Noyes is one of the best authors in this genre and Abby just adds magic ;)

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  • Jude
  • 02-05-20

Excellent!!!!

When I read this book a year ago, I rated it 5*. I wish I had more stars to give the audiobook version. E. J. Noyes is an incredible writer, Abby Craden is an incredible narrator, and the combination of the two works perfectly every time.

After an accident brought an end to her career as an Alpine skier, Aspen Archer became a ski instructor, losing herself in the sports she loves despite not being able to compete anymore. On holidays in Australia, Cate Tierney hires Aspen to give lessons to her daughter Gemma, then for herself. The attraction between the two women is instant. Cate is everything Aspen wants in a woman: smart, beautiful, kind, and a mother to a clever and sweet kid. Cate’s feelings are just as strong but she comes with baggage (who doesn’t?) and is wary of asking too much from Aspen, who is a few years younger than her.

Pain, whether physical or mental, is a recurring theme is E. J. Noyes’ books, or, more specifically, the way her characters deal or do not deal with that pain. How they grow from it, with it, away from it. How they conquer it. In Gold, Aspen is living with physical pain from her accident and with anxiety and panic attacks that probably go back to way before that. Cate is recovering from an abusive relationship. Both are scared of themselves, of not being strong enough, and of not being able to be there for the other. What makes Noyes such a great writer (among other things) is her ability to always hint at hope, making the reader root passionately for her characters, feel optimistic even in the darkest times.

E. J. Noyes is also one of those writers who completely stump me and my review-writing skills. Nothing I write will do her books justice. I have so much respect and love (yes, love) for her words that mine fade, as if they weren’t worthy of coming so close to the sun. So I’ll leave it at what I wrote in my first review: read (or listen to) this book. It’s good. It’ll make you feel good.

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  • kris
  • 15-07-20

Simply amazing!

I have read several books by the author and just finished “Gold”. The story is brilliant, leaving you with a feeling of fulfillment.

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  • JK
  • 14-01-20

Beyond topnotch

One of EJ Noyes' best. So many emotions. The avalanche segment was outstanding. I had to stop for a minute and catch my breath because it is so real. Oh and the passion and sensuality....off the charts. Work of art. Ms. Crayden's talent is limitless.

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  • Book Reader
  • 22-12-20

Enjoyed this quite a bit

This story was engaging, with good emotional depth for the characters, a fun background of high performance skiing and good plotting. I have only two quibbles. One is that early in the book, it seems almost as if a (small) section was removed, we missed a beat between two of their meet ups. I had a 'how did we get here?' moment. It was small enough that I could interpret my way to it, but it did pull me out of the story.
The second is, and I know I'm not the norm here, but there were too many sex scenes. They were well written, but they also weren't necessary.
Those two bits aside, I did greatly enjoy this book, and consider it one of my better lesbian fiction listens. Ms. Craden was her usual excellent self.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-20

Great storyline

Abby Craden does an awesome job so many different voices now accents really talented
The storyline was awesome and the fact that it was different -exciting all the way through in more ways than one!

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  • Natalie
  • 14-10-21

A must read for romance lovers!

I LOVE this book. It may possible be my favorite lesfic romance ever and I don’t say that lightly as I’ve read widely in the genre. This book centers on Aspen Archer, a former Olympic skier and Cate, a woman whom Aspen meets at a ski resort in Australia. Both woman carry a lot of baggage - Aspen is on the other side of a difficult ski injury and picking up her life after her Olympic career fizzles out. Cate is a single mother who isn’t sure whether she can trust Aspen. The plot and characters are well developed and there is nothing about this romance that is formulaic, which I love. I’ve listened and re-listened to this book because it’s such a great story. The narration is first rate and as usual Abby Craden knocks it out of the park.

I’d give this book my highest recommendation. It’s a must read for lovers of romance or lgbt fiction.

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  • Candy
  • 08-03-21

Good but...

I love Abby Craden reading everything but that Australian accent impersonation was more like South African crossed with English Cockney. A little grating (actually, it was terrible) but luckily there wasn’t too much of it and I still enjoyed the story.

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  • Becca B
  • 02-05-20

good story

loved the narration. good story. the narrator brings life to the story with different voices.

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