Alec Hunter is head of a search-and-rescue crew and a workaholic. Even on vacation, he can't stay away from the slopes. So he volunteers to act as Christine's instructor. Though strongly attracted to Alec, Christine doesn't want to be involved with a ski bum. She is delighted to discover that he's gainfully employed, but with her home in Texas and his in Colorado--and neither willing to move--does this romance have a future?
Once again, Ortolon mixes humor into a well-crafted story of self-discovery and personal growth. Christine not only reaches her goal, she discovers that being true to yourself can be more important than parental approval, and that love is something that shouldn't need to be earned. (Oct., 304 pp., $6.99)