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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 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. Genre: Romance


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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 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. Genre: Romance

30 review for Gold

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    Loved it! Anyone who knows me knows I’m an unapologetic E.J. Noyes fan. I just love her books. Her writing absolutely clicks for me. I happily would and do recommend her book Ask, Tell to anyone looking for great lesfic. I have anxiously been waiting for this her third book to arrive. I loved her first book and her second, would I love her third? I’m so happy to say yes. Olympic medal winning skier Aspen Archer has been running away since a horrible accident cut her career short. She deals with c Loved it! Anyone who knows me knows I’m an unapologetic E.J. Noyes fan. I just love her books. Her writing absolutely clicks for me. I happily would and do recommend her book Ask, Tell to anyone looking for great lesfic. I have anxiously been waiting for this her third book to arrive. I loved her first book and her second, would I love her third? I’m so happy to say yes. Olympic medal winning skier Aspen Archer has been running away since a horrible accident cut her career short. She deals with chronic pain, panic attacks and self-loathing, but she still is able to teach skiing. After meeting Cate, the parent of a kid she was teaching, Aspen can’t get her out of her mind. The chemistry is intense but both women have baggage galore. Can these two women overcome their issues for a real relationship or is a fling all they can ever have? I actually started reading this book the night before. I thought I would get in a few chapters in before bed. I ended up reading until 5am, and was a zombie at work. I could not put this book down. Just one more chapter, one more, I was completely hooked in. I read a lot of pure romance, but rarely does a romance draw me in like this. That’s when I know I am reading a book that really works for me. I purposely slowed myself down and finished this book tonight. It might be 2019 before I read another book by Noyes; I needed to savior this more. The character of Aspen was just wonderful. She is the kind of character you don’t soon forget because she was such a sweetheart. Cate on the other hand could be a little prickly. It took me longer to warm up to her, but she did truly care so she won me over. I did really like them as a potential couple. I thought they balanced each other out quite a bit. It was a little of opposites attract in some ways, but it worked. In so many romances lately you watch two people get together, than some big angst drama moment happens at the 85% mark. They break up and then the characters get back together right at the end of the book, never really working out their issues. I don’t want to spoiler anything so I will just say that this was not the case in this book. This book is exactly the way I wish romance authors would get back to writing romance. This is what I want to read. Thank you E.J. Noyes! Just a few other quick things I want to mention. This book made me cry. I cry more easily now than I did when I was younger, but I’d keep a tissue by you since you will probably need it. Noyes knows how to make her readers feel. Lastly, I forgot to mention the sex scenes were good and steamy. A perfect amount that switched up enough that they were never repetitive, just hot and steamy. If you are a Noyes fan, get this book. If you are a romance fan, get this book. I didn’t even talk about the skiing… if you are a skiing fan, get this book. As a big Noyes fan I might be a little bias, but this book just really worked for me. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. An ARC was given to me by Bella, for a honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pin

    Gold by E.J. Noyes is a romance novel for my favorites shelf. The title is evidently a good omen for this book, as it is topnotch -- golden all-over. I love everything about it -- the setting, the protagonists, sweet and convincing romance, a nice bunch of secondary characters, the skiing... The writing is excellent with great dialogue and pacing. There is some well-placed angst along with a really believable conflict. On top of all that, the ending (the entire last chapter) is truly great. I lo Gold by E.J. Noyes is a romance novel for my favorites shelf. The title is evidently a good omen for this book, as it is topnotch -- golden all-over. I love everything about it -- the setting, the protagonists, sweet and convincing romance, a nice bunch of secondary characters, the skiing... The writing is excellent with great dialogue and pacing. There is some well-placed angst along with a really believable conflict. On top of all that, the ending (the entire last chapter) is truly great. I love when the author knows how to write a really satisfying ending. All in all, E.J. Noyes did an admirable job here. Kudos to her! Highly recommended. 5 stars May 27, 2018 *A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.*

  3. 3 out of 5

    lov2laf

    Oh, hark! Lo, the lesbians doth communicate in this romance and act like adults. Let the readers rejoice! Take heed other writers. Please make your characters follow in this vein. It doesn't detract from the quality of the read nor the drama. Many others have written great reviews of this book. I'll just say that I enjoyed it as well and think this is my favorite of my three Noyes reads so far. It was refreshing, non-cliche, and all around solidly written. 4.6 stars.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Alexis

    Don't read this without your AC on or something cold nearby! Another fantastic book by E.J. Noyes who has become one of my favorite lesfic authors in a very short time considering every book she has written so far has made it onto my favorites list and this book is no different. I won't bother recapping the book but instead will point out the things that made me once again get totally lost in this story and develop a character crush. (Though Audrey from Turbulence still makes me swoon) The first w Don't read this without your AC on or something cold nearby! Another fantastic book by E.J. Noyes who has become one of my favorite lesfic authors in a very short time considering every book she has written so far has made it onto my favorites list and this book is no different. I won't bother recapping the book but instead will point out the things that made me once again get totally lost in this story and develop a character crush. (Though Audrey from Turbulence still makes me swoon) The first would be the writing. It seems obvious to point this out but what I mean is that everything from the pacing to the development of the characters has been written exceptionally well. I liked that the focus remained on Aspen (mainly) and Cate even though they both had a lot of other things going on. Sometimes authors focus too much on the relationship between a main character and a secondary character and it ends up overpowering the main story line but that is not the case in this book. The second thing might also seem very obvious to point out but it's the relationship between Aspen and Cate. Yes they have fantastic chemistry and yes the sex scenes are (scorching, blazing, polar ice cap melting) HOT but these characters have layers upon layers upon layers as well. (Cate honestly made my brain melt because to me there is nothing sexier than a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it.) The story is told from Aspen's POV and therefor we don't learn a lot about Cate and her inner demons but boy does she have them. (She's actually my second character crush written by Noyes.) The third thing that made me once again fall in love with this book were the secondary characters. As much as I adored Gemma and Phoebe and all the others, my weak spot was really Danielle. She cracked me up every time she spoke. If there should ever be a sequel (please write a sequel 🙏) I would like to see more of her. On a final note, am I the only one who tracks their year by book releases and not by birthdays, anniversaries or vacations? (Oh the hardships of being a bookworm.) if you haven't seen it already there is a sequel in the make to Ask, Tell called Ask Me Again so mark your calender's. Full 5* rating and more for this sexy snowball! This book is already available! Just check the site of the publisher.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Joc

    *Sigh* And now it's finished. I've been skirting around this book for ages now waiting for the right moment to read it. I was fairly certain I would like it and wanted to give it my full attention. I was so certain that I'd like it that I chose to be the last book of my 2018 reading challenge. I more than liked it, I loved it. Noyes creates characters who become complete people in my head and I found myself completely immersed in their love story. Even though Gold is told in first person from As *Sigh* And now it's finished. I've been skirting around this book for ages now waiting for the right moment to read it. I was fairly certain I would like it and wanted to give it my full attention. I was so certain that I'd like it that I chose to be the last book of my 2018 reading challenge. I more than liked it, I loved it. Noyes creates characters who become complete people in my head and I found myself completely immersed in their love story. Even though Gold is told in first person from Aspen's point of view I never felt that Cate, Gemma or any of the other characters, were lacking in depth. This really is a superbly told story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    Goooooooooooooooold!!!!!!!! What a stu.pen.dous book! E.J. Noyes has scored a hattrick with Gold, an excellent feel good romance that ticks all the boxes. I’m such a fan of this woman’s writing. I was swept off my feet after her debut novel Ask Tell and will buy everything she puts out, don’t even need to read the blurb. I could go on and on and explain in great detail what I loved about this book but what’s the point if fucking everything was bloody perfect?! The romance is awesome, I had such a Goooooooooooooooold!!!!!!!! What a stu.pen.dous book! E.J. Noyes has scored a hattrick with Gold, an excellent feel good romance that ticks all the boxes. I’m such a fan of this woman’s writing. I was swept off my feet after her debut novel Ask Tell and will buy everything she puts out, don’t even need to read the blurb. I could go on and on and explain in great detail what I loved about this book but what’s the point if fucking everything was bloody perfect?! The romance is awesome, I had such a character crush on Cate, I would marry her in a heartbeat (sorry Aspen). There are not many books that leave you euphoric after you finish them. This one does. I’m high as a kite right now on lurve. Lol! Buy this book, people. Enjoy it and sing E. J. Noyes’ praises far and wide and let her know how much you love and appreciate her fabulous contribution to the lesfic community. f/f off the wall sexual chemistry! Themes: I was ambivalent about skiing but I love it when Noyes writes about it, prescription drug addiction, such a wonderful romance, there is some relationship related angst but not of the stupid kind, this was constructive to the story and none of that where-at-the-80%-mark-lets-throw-in-some-bullshit-angst-to-stirr-the-pot-for-no-reason angst. 5 Olympic stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Netty

    Fucking great read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    EJ Noyes - has become one of my automatic reads. Loved it! 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 Stars. It will most probably be full 5 Stars upon reread. I read most of it while waiting in lines at the San Diego Comic Con. Not conducive for me to absorb everything I was reading. But I couldn’t put it down! I’m looking forward to her next book, a sequel to Ask, Tell - Ask Me Again

  9. 4 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    What a beautiful love story. I loved the authentic feel to the post career life for many professional athletes. Aspen's scars, both physical and emotional keep her relationship with Cate from developing into her white picket fence, wife, dog and kids dream. Lots of soul searching and growth needed for this former Olympic ski racer. Loved the passion and obvious connection every time Cate and Aspen shared moments together. It's been a while but this book tops my list for best last line in a novel What a beautiful love story. I loved the authentic feel to the post career life for many professional athletes. Aspen's scars, both physical and emotional keep her relationship with Cate from developing into her white picket fence, wife, dog and kids dream. Lots of soul searching and growth needed for this former Olympic ski racer. Loved the passion and obvious connection every time Cate and Aspen shared moments together. It's been a while but this book tops my list for best last line in a novel. Loved it.

  10. 3 out of 5

    vacatedboat

    Noyes is one of those authors that I almost wish I didn’t find until she had a huge library of books available because once I finish one, I just want more. And right now, 2 minutes after finishing ‘Gold,’ I really just want more. ‘Gold’ is written in first person POV and that is usually a POV that really works well for me, at least in the romance genre. A large part of that is because we discover so much about the main character’s love interest at the same time the narrator does and I enjoy that Noyes is one of those authors that I almost wish I didn’t find until she had a huge library of books available because once I finish one, I just want more. And right now, 2 minutes after finishing ‘Gold,’ I really just want more. ‘Gold’ is written in first person POV and that is usually a POV that really works well for me, at least in the romance genre. A large part of that is because we discover so much about the main character’s love interest at the same time the narrator does and I enjoy that element in these types of stories a lot. I don’t want to have all the answers up front and too often, third person from the perspective of 2 characters leaves a lot to be desired for this precise reason. I’m in two people’s heads, I know what they’re both thinking, and I spend way too much time thinking ‘what the hell is wrong with you two?! Why can’t you f’ing communicate?!’ Here, I didn’t spend one second thinking this because I was too busy being interested in what was next for Aspen and Cate. I liked both of these characters a lot and I could absolutely feel the love. It was in words they shared, in intimate touches, how they were always protecting one another…and holy-hell was the sex between these two on fire. This is not a book I’d recommend reading in public unless you 1) don’t mind closing the book when you get to those scenes or 2) you really don’t care if some nosy person (like myself) reads over your shoulder (I’ve been guilty doing this on airplanes without even thinking about it…I see words and I just want to read them!) and finds you reading smut (this book is not smut, not what I’m saying, but the sex scenes are really well written, they are explicit, and quite lengthy). Noyes is not shy about her word choices, Cate is one vocal lady, and blushing is inevitable… So, yeah, I’ve said nothing about the actual storyline. I don’t think I’m gonna. I’m going to be lazy and just point you in the direction of the synopsis and/or other people’s reviews. 'Gold' is going on both my 'favorites' and 'to-re-read' shelves. I recommend this to any and all pure romance fans full stop.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Rosi

    Before reviewing this book I've checked my previous valorations over the two books of this author and I must say that I was too harsh and somehow unfair. Because my feeling after reading this book, as happened  after finishing the two precedings, is that I've read a complex story, with a lot of content and without artifices. All the characters are well defined, consistent in their way of acting, even when is a little bit annoying, their behaviour makes sense at the end. Even the secondary ones, t Before reviewing this book I've checked my previous valorations over the two books of this author and I must say that I was too harsh and somehow unfair. Because my feeling after reading this book, as happened  after finishing the two precedings, is that I've read a complex story, with a lot of content and without artifices. All the characters are well defined, consistent in their way of acting, even when is a little bit annoying, their behaviour makes sense at the end. Even the secondary ones, though their role is not very relevant in the whole, they have their importance. And the story has it all, romance, steamy sexual encounters, angst, fun, pain, drama, love, all in the right dose for not make lose the focus of the plot. And it has a little bit of sport, ski, that even not being the main thread, is present all over the book. It's a very much recommended book, that will hook you from the beginning and keep you wanting for more and at the end I didn't want it to end. Fulfilling, satisfying, interesting and absolutely recommended.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Heinerway

    Fantastic story about a retired skier meeting the love of her life, the mother of a teenager she was teaching. The story is told in first person from the perspective of Aspen Archer, the retired skier, and I must say I love it. Did I say it's a fantastic story?

  13. 3 out of 5

    Michele

    I always like to read a book after all the excellent reviews have already been written for two reasons. 1. I see the book was great so I know it’s a slam dunk for me and 2. I can just provide my shitty, half-assed review that provides basically zero insight into the book. So here’s my lazy caveman review for those who have not read this book yet: (In caveman voice) “You now go read book.” Grunt. And I apologize up front about this next crass comment. Here goes...There is some serious Olympic Gold I always like to read a book after all the excellent reviews have already been written for two reasons. 1. I see the book was great so I know it’s a slam dunk for me and 2. I can just provide my shitty, half-assed review that provides basically zero insight into the book. So here’s my lazy caveman review for those who have not read this book yet: (In caveman voice) “You now go read book.” Grunt. And I apologize up front about this next crass comment. Here goes...There is some serious Olympic Gold fucking in this book. Oh and the story and characters are pretty darn good too.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Heather

    This is so bloody good I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am to have found this. From one of my favorite authors, E.J. Noyes, comes another tragically beautiful tale about internal struggles and finding yourself while finding love and family. The narrator of this book is Aspen Archer, a professional alpine skier that had a career ending crash at the Olympics. She’s suffered more than physically, and now avoids fanfare and life by living wherever winter is in the world at various ski resort This is so bloody good I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am to have found this. From one of my favorite authors, E.J. Noyes, comes another tragically beautiful tale about internal struggles and finding yourself while finding love and family. The narrator of this book is Aspen Archer, a professional alpine skier that had a career ending crash at the Olympics. She’s suffered more than physically, and now avoids fanfare and life by living wherever winter is in the world at various ski resorts as an instructor. In strolls Cate Tierney, mother to the adorable Gemma, who is taking a skiing lesion from Aspen. They hit it off immediately, and during Cate’s entire three week vacation spend the time getting to know one another (intimately, and oh, is that fun to read. Noyes makes all things steamy but also meaningful and deep) until her eventual departure.. I’m not going to spoil the ending, as it’s important to see Aspen and everything she goes through. Her internal struggle, coupled with her physical pain and how those intermix weave such a realistic emotional and psychological journey that I savored. Usually I rush through good books, and I took my time with this. One of the rare books that makes you THINK and FEEL while also being steamy. Very highly recommended.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Clare Ashton

    Well I loved this. I'm so pleased to find EJ Noyes' writing - it's fresh with a witty turn of phrase and engaging from the first page. The characterisation in Gold is authentic and enticing. There's genuine chemistry between the women and the sex embellishes the characters and their relationship. The crisis is fundamental to the heroines' personalities and their story and it all makes for a very satisfying romance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    Now that’s a nice one :) loved every second of it!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This is a Gold winning romance. I liked everything in this book, the story itself, the main characters, the secondary characters and the romance. Just wonderful. It’s my second book by Noyes, first I’ve read Ask, Tell, and that was a fantastic book too. The story is written in Aspen’s POV. And in this case, it’s just perfect. Aspen is hiding in a ski resort in Australia, as far away as possible from her former life as a medal-winning pro alpine skier. She had to retire from the professional sport This is a Gold winning romance. I liked everything in this book, the story itself, the main characters, the secondary characters and the romance. Just wonderful. It’s my second book by Noyes, first I’ve read Ask, Tell, and that was a fantastic book too. The story is written in Aspen’s POV. And in this case, it’s just perfect. Aspen is hiding in a ski resort in Australia, as far away as possible from her former life as a medal-winning pro alpine skier. She had to retire from the professional sport due to her horrible accident, during an Olympic medal run in Vancouver. She still suffers a lot of pain, has panic attacks and can’t get over, what she has lost the day the accident happened. The only thing she still has, is skiing, not in competition, just for teaching, and she pays a lot for that. So she travels the world from resort to resort. But when she meets Cate Tierney, a US physical therapist, some things shifted inside her. Cate made her dream again. I fell in love with Aspen from the beginning. I could understand her troubles, to accept, that her body isn’t able to endure big efforts anymore. I have my own share of problems with joints and ligaments, and can’t do every sport anymore too. Aspen’s such a great person with a wonderful character. Noyes did a really good job to narrate Aspens point of view. You can perceive what she feels, her pain, her anxiety, her doubt and her love. And it’s also nice to get to know Cate at the same time Aspen does. Cate is wonderful too, a great mom and a caring person. The romance is sweet, the setting wonderful, the dialogues great, the conflict is real and the flow of the story is perfectly paced. It isn’t a sports novel, there is some skiing but not that much. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy this book. The secondary characters are well integrated and gave the story another layer. Especially Gem and Stace are amazing. I highly recommend this book to everybody. My rating 5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rach (Les Rêveur)

    You know when you get a book and you know you’ll like it because everything the author has previously written has been great? Yeah, well I didn’t like this book… I absolutely freaking loved it! E.J. Noyes has just blown everything she’s written prior out of the water because this book is by far her best and I am still coming down from my Gold high. Aspen is an ex Olympic skier, she now spends her time chasing the white gold also known as snow around the world as a Ski Instructor. After an injury You know when you get a book and you know you’ll like it because everything the author has previously written has been great? Yeah, well I didn’t like this book… I absolutely freaking loved it! E.J. Noyes has just blown everything she’s written prior out of the water because this book is by far her best and I am still coming down from my Gold high. Aspen is an ex Olympic skier, she now spends her time chasing the white gold also known as snow around the world as a Ski Instructor. After an injury changed her life (much worse than her exterior shows), she shies away from being broken again especially heart broken. Cate Tierney appears to have herself together; she has a great job, a loving daughter and wonderful friends. While falling for Aspen could be really easy, she has so much to loose and can’t bare to make another mistake that could effect not only her heart but her daughters. With so much emotional growing to do, can either of these women find a way to make their destined love work? Gold is written solely from Aspens point of view and what a view on her life she has. Seeing the relationship develop from Aspens eyes was at times exciting and a little funny, other times it’s was heartbreaking. I wanted to hop in the book and give her a big hug. I really love Aspen. She’s incredibly sweet, loving and wears her heart on her sleeve even to the point in the book that her sister says she has a “Dictionary and Translation service” mapped on her face. But there is a flip side to Aspen; she’s had a tough time. She’s a little timid about love due to her fear that she will get swept up and get left even more broken than the last time she was hurt emotionally and physically. She has her secrets and worries of them often. In saying that, all these things have just made her even more genuine and I felt more connected with her after her emotional scars were known, she seemed more real. I mean this book had me in tears sometimes because my heart was about to burst with all the love and other times because damn, it was just heart breaking. But in walks Cate and Aspen thinks she hung the moon. She’s falling fast and it looks like Cate is feeling the same way. Cate is completely supportive of Aspen in almost every way except how she deals with her injuries from her Olympic skiing career. It’s the only major sticking point between them but what would romance be without a little angst. I have to mention the sex scene because… Damn! E.J. Noyes certainly turned up the heat in this book. Sexually it was Cate that really shocked me and boy, did that get Aspen all hot and bothered! I reckon the secondary characters could be revisited in years to come (book years not actual years) with a relationship between Stacey and Gem. I just get the a warm feeling about them in the future… ‘The Geek and The Jock’ trope always has me swooning. Exceptional book from E.J. Noyes! 5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    What a wonderful story. 4.5 star Albeit not as good as Ask, Tell. This one is wonderful on its own. The characters really communicate with each other. Funny quirky pov! Aspen's thoughts really highlights the book, not to mention the tiny bit ending.... My heart melted lol. A mother with baggages and an Olympian with heavier baggages. Wonder how they will tangle. I swear I didn't expect the turn at mid book. Lovely seeing how they solved it. The chemistry is there, but not pent up enough that it's si What a wonderful story. 4.5 star Albeit not as good as Ask, Tell. This one is wonderful on its own. The characters really communicate with each other. Funny quirky pov! Aspen's thoughts really highlights the book, not to mention the tiny bit ending.... My heart melted lol. A mother with baggages and an Olympian with heavier baggages. Wonder how they will tangle. I swear I didn't expect the turn at mid book. Lovely seeing how they solved it. The chemistry is there, but not pent up enough that it's sizzling like Ask, Tell. Cate and Aspen is more the lovey dovey domestic type compare to her prior book. It fits the story tho. Really well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    K. Aten

    4.25 Nicely done, E. J. Noyes! I just finished Gold by E.J. Noyes and was pleasantly surprised. Noyes is another new author for me and I’m always a little leery when I try new authors. On top of that, the book is written in first person. My preference has always been for third person, however I do make an exception on occasion. The upside is that I’ve always liked books about athletes (for whatever reason) so it helped draw me in. But truthfully I don’t see many contemporary romance in first pers 4.25 Nicely done, E. J. Noyes! I just finished Gold by E.J. Noyes and was pleasantly surprised. Noyes is another new author for me and I’m always a little leery when I try new authors. On top of that, the book is written in first person. My preference has always been for third person, however I do make an exception on occasion. The upside is that I’ve always liked books about athletes (for whatever reason) so it helped draw me in. But truthfully I don’t see many contemporary romance in first person, not sure why. In the end, neither first person, nor first time reading the author kept Gold from being a thoroughly enjoyable novel. The story is told from Aspen Archer’s perspective. She is an Olympic skier turned instructor, following the winter season around the world. She doesn’t really need the money but it allows her to run from past failures, injuries, and failed relationships. Her world is changed when she meets a woman who is vacation at Aspen’s resort in Australia. Cate Tierney is the mom of a teenage girl, and perhaps its fate that has Cate and her daughter living only an hour away from Aspen’s home in Colorado. Their love affair lasts the entire three weeks that Cate, her daughter, and friends are on their trip. There is also a nine year age gap between the two but not enough to make it unbelievable as Archer is in her 30’s. The biggest question of the book is if what they’ve built over such a short of time can overcome both women’s fears, and draw Archer back to the home that loss chased her away from. I liked both the characters, including the daughter. I also found myself connecting with Archer and rooting for her as she was forced to face and accept that her chronic pain from old traumatic injuries was a disability in and of itself. A disability that was outside the anxiety and panic attacks. And her changes are prompted by none other than Cate holding up a metaphorical mirror for Archer to see her behaviors and understand the motivations of them. This is a story about an internal journey, but it’s also a tale of love and healing. It was well-written and had a cute ending. This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    This book is in my recommended books of the month https://lezreviewbooks.com/recommende... 'Gold' is the third book by Ms. Noyes that won't disappoint her growing fan base. I think by now lesfic readers can agree that she has evolved from a promising writer to a damn good one. Pro alpine skier Aspen Archer is retired from competitive skiing due to a serious injury. She prefers to keep a low profile by teaching in ski resorts and hiding her problems. While working in Australia, she meets Cate Tiern This book is in my recommended books of the month https://lezreviewbooks.com/recommende... 'Gold' is the third book by Ms. Noyes that won't disappoint her growing fan base. I think by now lesfic readers can agree that she has evolved from a promising writer to a damn good one. Pro alpine skier Aspen Archer is retired from competitive skiing due to a serious injury. She prefers to keep a low profile by teaching in ski resorts and hiding her problems. While working in Australia, she meets Cate Tierney, a Physical therapist with relationship issues and a teenage daughter. Their mutual attraction is undeniable but will their emotional baggage get in the way of happiness? This book is written in first person as it's this author's usual style (she affirms that she cannot write in third person). As the story is told from Aspen's point of view, the reader gets into her headspace enjoying her sarcasm and wit while suffering with her insecurity and anxiety. Aspen lives with constant physical pain in addition to her inability to redeem herself. Her suffering is so raw that we want to shake her out of it though it's a fight she has to do for herself. On the other hand, we know little about Cate as each layer of her story is peeled excruciatingly slow. We don't understand many things that she does or says but Ms. Noyes gradually clues us in. Together, their chemistry is spot on, realistic and hot. All the secondary characters, children and adults, are well defined and have their own distinctive voice. I love the way this author casually drops hints about the characters' personalities and hides others, unapologetically teasing the reader. She suddenly throws a tidbit of information that ties a loose knot or reveals something that we didn't know it was missing. These are fantastic 'penny drops' moments such as, for example, the reason for Aspen's agent nickname. Ms. Noyes doesn't give in to the urge to make us understand or to explain what's going on. The characters and the story talk for themselves. As a result, the book is a delightful read with a good balance between enjoyment and angst. Overall, another winner by EJ Noyes. 5 stars. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.wordpress.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo reece

    E.J Noyes Is quite easily one of my favorite authors. I loved this book. It seemed to have everything you need in a story. It's perfectly written. Love her style of writing too. I've read all previous books by E.J Noyes and have enjoyed all of them so far. And by looking at all the reviews on her books, it seems I'm not the only person who enjoys her story's. Really recommend this author.. don't just read 'Gold' ... read 'em all. Happy reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Top of the Podium Read this! What are you waiting for? Read it now! Great story that I stayed up to late reading because I couldn’t put it down.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Nicole

    By the last paragraph I was dreading finishing this book. I wanted more! This isn't the most technically written book when it comes to sports fiction, which made it pleasant to read. Just enough for me to get the gist of competitive skiing but not enough to drown you in technical jargons. Enough to allow a reader to focus on the main character and her struggles. It's so relatable, I've always liked how well versed Noyes is and is able to describe extremely uncomfortable feelings in ways a reader c By the last paragraph I was dreading finishing this book. I wanted more! This isn't the most technically written book when it comes to sports fiction, which made it pleasant to read. Just enough for me to get the gist of competitive skiing but not enough to drown you in technical jargons. Enough to allow a reader to focus on the main character and her struggles. It's so relatable, I've always liked how well versed Noyes is and is able to describe extremely uncomfortable feelings in ways a reader could unravel with the characters. It's a sweet and endearing romance between two women who have had previous relationship/fears struggles they must overcome to finally get together. Hot steamy scenes a plus! Makes me want to visit Thredbo. Might have to book a flight next season and see what the hype is with skiing 😂.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Margaret

    Deatailed score: 4.75/5 So so so so SO so good. Outstanding. Read it even if you don’t like sport. Such rich characterisation. Such good trope avoidance. Such a multitude of hawt pwoar scenes. Such a realistic yet swoon worthy romance. Bravo.

  26. 3 out of 5

    The Reading Panda

    This is the third book I read by EJ Noyes, and it has cemented her work as some of my very favorite books. Every character is handled with class and grace, and none of her stories are recycled; you get a new experience with every purchase. Along with "Ask, Tell", this book is also on my favorite list. Aspen and Kate had chemistry from the moment they met, but what made this story so touching was that Noyes focused more on how they brought out the best in each other. Aspen was lead to face her de This is the third book I read by EJ Noyes, and it has cemented her work as some of my very favorite books. Every character is handled with class and grace, and none of her stories are recycled; you get a new experience with every purchase. Along with "Ask, Tell", this book is also on my favorite list. Aspen and Kate had chemistry from the moment they met, but what made this story so touching was that Noyes focused more on how they brought out the best in each other. Aspen was lead to face her demons and forgive herself, while Kate was lead to fight for what she deserved in a romantic relationship. While the love was there initially, they were only able to make it work when they faced their challenges. They both had to be the best versions of themselves first before giving the other what she needed. How special is that? I also have to commend Noyes for how she treated Gemma. This is where the author truly stands out. The vast majority of lesbian fiction authors use children as pawns to move the plot along. The children are not focused on and are usually one dimensional. The love interest comes in and the child mysteriously loves her from the beginning. Children are usually at the center of their parents' lives, so the previously mentioned handling of children in books never rang true for me. Kate always had an eagle-eyed watch on how Aspen treated Gemma. Kate was always this protective mama-bear when it came to Gemma. Aspen not only loved Kate with her whole heart, but she also loved Gemma. She doted on Gemma and was protective of her as well. It was always clear to me while reading that Aspen not only fell in love with Kate but with Gemma as well. I highly recommend ALL of Noyes' work. She is one of my favorite authors, and I wait for her new releases. "Gold" sucked me in from the beginning with its lovable characters that deserved happiness. The only good thing about finishing this book is that I have "Ask Me Again" waiting for me. I have missed Rebecca and Sabine SO MUCH! They have my heart. P.S. My very favorite part of the story was when Aspen first referred to Kate and Gemma as "my girls". How could I not love Aspen?

  27. 3 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Freaking brilliant. I could not devour this book fast enough, and then the end came way too soon for my liking. I loved every second of this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    The story feels real, the characters are flawed but working on it, there’s chemistry between the MCs including the teen, happy ending, good story flow, yeah, pretty good book

  29. 3 out of 5

    MJS

    After reading Ask, Tell I went back and bought Noyes’ back catalogue. First on my list was Gold, which I really enjoyed. Aspen and Cate are both great characters (although the use of first person to tell the story means that we don’t get as good a handle on Cate as we do with Aspen). The two have immediate chemistry and their relationship unfolds over a period of time, which gives them time to develop, both as characters and a couple. I loved the secondary characters as well, especially Gemma an After reading Ask, Tell I went back and bought Noyes’ back catalogue. First on my list was Gold, which I really enjoyed. Aspen and Cate are both great characters (although the use of first person to tell the story means that we don’t get as good a handle on Cate as we do with Aspen). The two have immediate chemistry and their relationship unfolds over a period of time, which gives them time to develop, both as characters and a couple. I loved the secondary characters as well, especially Gemma and Cate’s friends, and Hayley. All add to the story and further the relationship between the leads. The story doesn’t lack angst, but the two leads do talk to each other (for the most part) and they also listen, which helps them address issues. I also liked that the story continued past the usual get together stage so that we see how they function in the relationship, though the end still seemed a bit rushed to me. Still, this is another great read by Noyes and I look forward to reading her other books. 4 stars.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Aj Smith

    What happens when you devote your entire life to a single goal, your sole focus but then it all comes crashing down around you? What's left? This is what Aspen Archer is dealing with (or not) in Gold, if she's not 'Alpine Ski Champion, Aspen Archer', or 'Olympic Gold Medallist, Aspen Archer', then who is she now? Her ex fled the scene almost as fast as her sponsors did after she crashed out of the Olympics and her career, so who would want her now, right? This is a fucking awesome book, ideally I What happens when you devote your entire life to a single goal, your sole focus but then it all comes crashing down around you? What's left? This is what Aspen Archer is dealing with (or not) in Gold, if she's not 'Alpine Ski Champion, Aspen Archer', or 'Olympic Gold Medallist, Aspen Archer', then who is she now? Her ex fled the scene almost as fast as her sponsors did after she crashed out of the Olympics and her career, so who would want her now, right? This is a fucking awesome book, ideally I would give it 4.5 stars, I might even come back and give it 5 later, I think what's holding me back from giving it the full 5 now is that it's not Ask, Tell, E.J. Noyes mind-blowingly amazing first book. Anyway, I read Gold in one go, finishing up in the small hours of the morning because I was so invested in the characters that had to know what happened. Aspen and Cate are just so real; full of enthusiasm and hope but also flaws and crippling fears. While I never competed at the Olympics, I did play sport at a very high level and can really relate to a lot of Aspen's mindset, Noyes has captured that exceptionally well; the focus, the fears, the exhilaration (and then the "what do I do now?" when it's over). If you have no interest in skiing or winter sports, doesn't matter you can still love this book if you are interested in people. It's brilliant, (and yes there is a reason she's called Aspen, it's all explained!)

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