Then a young speedskater named Jonah shows up. He and his family have relocated to Phoenix and he needs a place to practice for his Olympic bid. He brings much-needed money to pay for his rink time, but he also reignites Olivia's interest in skating. Chemistry builds between them, but their dreams are leading them in different directions. Meanwhile, Olivia's mother is taking a turn for the worse and she needs expensive medical treatment that they cannot afford, unless they sell the rink, leaving Olivia without her home base.
A satisfactory romance and athletic adventure, but the storytelling slips off the rails too often for my tastes with muddled endings and incomplete idea. Some of the key plot points that never quite get finished explored include Olivia's biracial background and the possibility of Olivia and Jonah skating together. These are not casually mentioned ideas. They are actually built up steadily through the story, but then get tossed aside and forgotten. Climactic moments in this book tend to be confusing to track (I did a lot of re-reading). Action just isn't Fujimura's strength. That's a problem. No matter how good the characters are, if the story doesn't deliver, they are basically orphaned, and that is what happened here.
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