Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review: "Summit of Passion" (Stone Summit) by Elena Aitken


When Deanna Gordon left Marcus Stone behind to pursue her dreams, she not only broke his heart, but hers. Now she needs his help but it will come with a price. 

The only thing Marcus needs in his life, is to get back on the professional snowboarding circuit, and he’ll be able to do that, if he buys into Deanna’s crazy plan. A plan that could cost him a whole lot more than he’s willing to risk.

After all these years, their attraction is stronger than ever, and as much as she tries to pretend it isn’t real, the love between them never really died and now Deanna must decide whether she can leave Marcus again—for good—or whether a second chance at love is worth everything she’s spent her whole life working toward.

Like all my books, Summit of Passion can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel, but are even more enjoyable when you read them as a series. Catch up with your favorite characters with the rest of the books!

Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Review:
Summit of Passion gives the reader the opportunity to come back to Cedar Springs, check in with some of your favorite residents, and dig into the story that the author teases you with at the end of Summit of Seduction. In Summit of Passion, we finally get to understand Marcus and what makes him tick, and that is apparently Deanna. What I liked about this book that I don't often see in other connected books is how interrelated this story was with other stories, and characters, in the Stone Summit series. You get to see the dynamic of Deanna's relationship with Kylie, who found her happily ever after in Second Glances and Summit of Desire, as Kylie observes Deanna's developing relationship with Marcus. Kylie realizes Deanna's role in the breakdown of her previous relationship with Marcus. The feelings leap off the page as we observed Kylie and Deanna hash out their circumstances. You also get to see more of the twin dynamic, since Marcus's twin, Malcolm, is the one now with Kylie. So many interrelated relationships leads to tension as Marcus and Deanna are navigating their relationship.
There were other parts of this story that just didn't sit right with me. Deanna is a doctor and she acts completely unprofessional in her dealings with Marcus in a professional capacity, and frankly, she acts extremely immature for a 30-year old. She strikes a deal with Marcus, inappropriately leveraging her professional relationship with him, rather than having an honest conversation with her parents about what she wants out of life. And the ethics issues just didn't sit right with me and tainted the remainder of the book for me.
I also felt this book was rushed. It was a quick read - I read it in an afternoon - but I felt like there was so much more that could have been added into the story to give it more depth and richness. The couple in question basically have two "staged" dates, each involving sex, the hero leaves, the heroine cries, the hero comes back, hero and heroine reconcile and all is happy. I just felt the author left so much on the table that could have been developed to a deeper level than it was. 
My misgivings aside, the book was still well written, the dialog was enticing, and the sex scenes were steamy. I won't let my discomfort with this book turn me away from future Elena Aitken books. 

About the Author:
I’ve been writing in one form or another since elementary school but although I always knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, instead I earned university degrees in Marketing and Psychology and writing got put on the back burner. After my twins were born I was buried in diaper changes, middle of the night feedings and mountains of laundry—obviously it was the logical time to start writing again. I guess it took me while to grow up. 

I turned to non-fiction and became a regular contributor to local parenting magazines, published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, and a compilation by Seal Press. It wasn’t until 2005 that I tried my hand at writing fiction and wrote my first novel. It’s buried on my hard drive where it should be, and ever since I just keep writing more.

Like a lot of my readers, I’m a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!

There’s nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book. As well as contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women’s fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I’m always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what’s next!


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