Warm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1)
Search and Rescue: Book One Survive the adventure. Live to love.Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other.The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory's love is real?Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn's job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?Dreamspun Desires #86

Warm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1) Details

TitleWarm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 16th, 2019
PublisherDreamspinner Press
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Contemporary Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Fiction, Action

Warm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1) Review

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    When I met Amy Lane a few years back, I told her that one of her recent books had shattered my heart into a thousand pieces. She looked at me and said, "That book wasn't Dani approved." So you see, I am allowed to read only Amy Lane Lite, Amy's lighter stories without the full-on pain and angst. Which is not to say Warm Heart is all kittens and rainbows, because it's not. This book is about surviving: surviving in a blizzard on a mountain top, surviving the death of a loved one, surviving long e When I met Amy Lane a few years back, I told her that one of her recent books had shattered my heart into a thousand pieces. She looked at me and said, "That book wasn't Dani approved." So you see, I am allowed to read only Amy Lane Lite, Amy's lighter stories without the full-on pain and angst. Which is not to say Warm Heart is all kittens and rainbows, because it's not. This book is about surviving: surviving in a blizzard on a mountain top, surviving the death of a loved one, surviving long enough to get your wounded friend to safety, surviving for five years while the love of your life goes through hook-ups like socks. Tevyn is an Olympic snowboarder. Mallory is his financial adviser. Mallory rarely misses one of Tevyn's competitions. He claims he's just doing his job, but he clearly goes above and beyond for his favorite client. Mal likes to watch Tevyn fly. Tevyn—a decade Mal's junior, free-spirited, charming, impulsive—knows he can count on Mal; he's just waiting for Mal to catch up. Mal kissed him softly ... "If there's breath in my body, I'll stay."Tevyn nodded. "If there's breath in my body, I'll always fly down the mountain for you." One night Mal gives in and dances with Tevyn. The timing isn't great though, because Mal arrives bearing sad news: Tevyn's grandmother, the woman who raised him, is dying. Tevyn and Mal, along with their pilot and friend Damien, take off in a helicopter during a blizzard, and the unthinkable happens. The first 60 percent of the story is set in a raging snowstorm with the three men trying to survive. The weather may be freezing, but things between Tevyn and Mal heat up quickly, as the two finally (finally!) give into their feelings and kiss. I appreciated the slower pacing of the story because it gave me a chance to see not only how Tevyn and Mal are together but how they deal with the curveballs life may throw their way (and nearly dying in a helicopter crash is one hell of a curveball!). Hurt/comfort is the predominant theme in the story, but there's a focus on family and friendship and dogs. Damien is basically the third MC in the first half of the book, not that I minded, because he is amazing, and I can't wait for his story next. I'm less in love with Charlie, Mal's friend and business partner. I didn't care for her attitude toward Tevyn. I know she was just protecting Mal, but Mal's a grownass man and didn't need protecting from the love of his life. The epilogue is all kinds of sweetness, what with hand-knitted sweaters, dog kisses, and promises of forever. This series is gonna kill me, but what a way to go.
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  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read, but not the type of story that I typically gravitate toward.I usually want quite a bit of slow burn in my books, but in this story, the majority of the slow burn happened during the five years prior to the start of the story, with feelings actually divulged by the MC's within just a few chapters in.While trying to rush back to see Tevyn's sick grandmother before she died, Tevyn, Mallory and their pilot, Damien, crashed their helicopter on top of a mountain during a fierce sn This was a fun read, but not the type of story that I typically gravitate toward.I usually want quite a bit of slow burn in my books, but in this story, the majority of the slow burn happened during the five years prior to the start of the story, with feelings actually divulged by the MC's within just a few chapters in.While trying to rush back to see Tevyn's sick grandmother before she died, Tevyn, Mallory and their pilot, Damien, crashed their helicopter on top of a mountain during a fierce snow storm, leaving them with very few supplies and entirely cut off from help.I did enjoy the survival plot, which lasted until around 65% into the book, but with so much to do to simply stay alive, while the romance was present, the never-ending storm was pretty omnipresent.I have to say that I loathe being cold, so the damn near arctic conditions described as their days of being stranded were drawn-out chapter after chapter, well, I was really, really, REALLY ready for them to be rescued.Mal and Tevyn were pretty adorable characters and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow, while keeping a lid on their hormones until after they made their way back to civilization and much-needed medical attention for Damien.Then once they'd been saved, the rest of the book was a bit of a whirlwind, which kinda sort felt slightly fast-paced, but not really annoyingly so. I suspect I'd just gotten used to how slow things has progressed previously, with them stuck in a snowy little cave for days on end.The angst was 99% a side-effect of... SNOW, with an itty bit thrown in by the grandmother's decline in health.There were three steamy scenes, which were pretty damn hot, so enough fun times in bed, but the reader wasn't ever in danger of being buried in an avalanche of dick.Amy told me that she's currently writing Damien and Preston's story, so I'm anxiously awaiting to read about their adventures, but also PRAYING that it's on a warm, sunny beach somewhere.I'd rate this book at around 3.75 stars and recommend it to fans of rescue stories. And snow. *shivers*-----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------
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  • Jewel
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWarm Heart, while an Amy Lane book that starts with a catastrophic event, was surprisingly fluffy. Is my angst meter that broken? I enjoyed the story, but man I wish we could have experienced at least some of that UST from the 5 years previous to the story's beginning.Tevyn Moore is a champion snowboarder -- think Shaun White. He's young, cocky, and confident; at least when it comes to snowboarding. He's also been in love with his money guy for ages, but he doesn't think his feelings ar 3.5 starsWarm Heart, while an Amy Lane book that starts with a catastrophic event, was surprisingly fluffy. Is my angst meter that broken? I enjoyed the story, but man I wish we could have experienced at least some of that UST from the 5 years previous to the story's beginning.Tevyn Moore is a champion snowboarder -- think Shaun White. He's young, cocky, and confident; at least when it comes to snowboarding. He's also been in love with his money guy for ages, but he doesn't think his feelings are returned. Tevyn also has a bit of a reputation. He's kind of known as a bit of a player, but everyone loves him, and the people he has taken to his bed leave with smiles on their faces. Mallory Armstrong is Tevyn's money guy. Ever since Tevyn walked into his office, more than 5 years ago, Mallory has been enthralled by Tevyn's drive and energy. Mallory is in love with Tevyn, but being a decade older than Tevyn, he is cautious. Mallory isn't looking for Mr. Right Now and he's not sure if Tevyn is ready to settle down.There is nothing like a catastrophic event to put people's priorities in perspective. Being faced with your death and/or the death of someone you care about has a way of opening your eyes to what you almost lost. That's exactly what happens in Warm Heart. I can't say that the story is entirely angst-free, but everything happened too fast for my tastes. I like to feel some tension between the MC's, but I didn't get that. 95% the angst came from the survival aspect of the story, which was 2/3 of the book, and the rest from Tevyn's grandmother's impending death. None of it was relationship angst or tension. Did I enjoy it, anyway? Yes, and that is why I rounded up.I loved that getting down the mountain took effort and that it wasn't just the two of them. That did give me something to chew on and the fact that all three of the characters had knowledge and skills that contributed to their rescue, made sure that no one was "just" a prop. I can't say I was unhappy they made it off the mountain, though, because did I mention 2/3 of the book? I'm looking forward to Damien's story, next. I enjoyed getting to know Damien quite a lot in this story and Preston looks like a tough cookie to crack.-------------------ARC of Warm Heart was generously provided, by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this, this was a solid romance story. I really do love when Amy Lane deviates from total and complete angst, although with some light angst in there to keep it interesting. This follows the story of Mallory Armstrong and Tevyn Moore, who have known each other for five years, and loved each other for about that long and have never done anything about it. Mallory is ten years older then Tevyn and is his financial advisor and consultant or whatever, and Tevyn is a professional snow I really enjoyed this, this was a solid romance story. I really do love when Amy Lane deviates from total and complete angst, although with some light angst in there to keep it interesting. This follows the story of Mallory Armstrong and Tevyn Moore, who have known each other for five years, and loved each other for about that long and have never done anything about it. Mallory is ten years older then Tevyn and is his financial advisor and consultant or whatever, and Tevyn is a professional snowboarder who has gone to the Olympics and medaled in them and so on. He got endorsements and more money with the help of Mallory, and they've just been dancing around each other for too long.And Mallory goes to where Tevyn had his latest competition to tell him about his grandmother who raised Tevyn, who is fading fast and who Tevyn needs to see before she goes.Only thing is, where they are at a blizzard is coming in, and they have to leave fast, but they don't leave fast enough and get caught in the winds and such from the blizzard and get in a wreck on a mountain with their pilot friend who gets injured, and they have to survive in the blizzard with little food and barely enough to help keep their friend stable enough to survive. I thought reading about their survival in the mountain was an interesting read and seeing these two come together was great. I liked their chemistry and they were sweet together once they got together, and the sex, once we got to it, was indeed hot. Since this is one of Lane's lighter reads (and yep, lighter for Lane is the MC's getting stuck in a mountain in a blizzard after a helicopter crash lol) there wasn't a ton of plot to it other than them surviving the mountain and getting to safety, and realizing their feelings for each other and finally getting together.As always, this was well written and engaging, with these two having great chemistry, and the secondary characters were interesting too and I suspect they'll be getting their own stories too. So overall I recommend this, this was a good, run, fairly light read with a great romance to go along with a fun plot.Two thumbs up from me! <3***ARC generously provided by the Alpha Book Club in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    [email protected] around 35%I'm in the minority here but this one just wasn't doing a lot for me.
  • Kaje Harper
    January 1, 1970
    For five years, Mallory thought Tevyn was too young for him, and Tevyn was too gun shy from past losses to dare anything more than one-night stands. So Mallory took care of Tevyn's affairs, leaving the young man free to shine and win on the snowboard slopes. But now, as Tevyn's beloved grandmother is fading fast, Mallory is almost ready to be more than just a manager, and Tevyn is almost ready to risk his heart. If life left them alone, this would be the moment they fell into each other's arms, For five years, Mallory thought Tevyn was too young for him, and Tevyn was too gun shy from past losses to dare anything more than one-night stands. So Mallory took care of Tevyn's affairs, leaving the young man free to shine and win on the snowboard slopes. But now, as Tevyn's beloved grandmother is fading fast, Mallory is almost ready to be more than just a manager, and Tevyn is almost ready to risk his heart. If life left them alone, this would be the moment they fell into each other's arms, bodies, maybe hearts. But fate is a bitch, and instead, they fall out of the sky in a helicopter in the middle of a blizzard. Love has to take a back seat to survival, even while knowing they could lose each other puts a sharp edge on every moment together.This was adventure and romance, slow burn only because... hypothermia, and had moments of humor. The survival aspect had some drama, but didn't plunge into the emotions or angst it might have, and the resolution was sweet. Even the aftermath reactions were shown to us in retrospect, when a real time panic attack would have added more poignancy. Definitely a lighter, fluffier Amy Lane, with appealing main characters, and a warm ending. A couple of characters with more difficult pasts look like the prospective MCs for a future book, and I'll be onboard for that one.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI really wanted to like this, but this didn’t feel like the Amy Lane I know. I’m not a fan of the angsty Amy Lane books, but the light ones I adore.But I immediately felt like I was dropped in the middle of a series when I started this book. The helicopter crash and the resulting survival these guys had to do was the one thing that made me finish this book. Because the romance was just so very underdeveloped.These guys had already known each other for 5 years and somehow I never felt as 2.5 starsI really wanted to like this, but this didn’t feel like the Amy Lane I know. I’m not a fan of the angsty Amy Lane books, but the light ones I adore.But I immediately felt like I was dropped in the middle of a series when I started this book. The helicopter crash and the resulting survival these guys had to do was the one thing that made me finish this book. Because the romance was just so very underdeveloped.These guys had already known each other for 5 years and somehow I never felt as if I caught up with them and their history. I felt as if lots of things were assumed in this. Like after the crash when Mal hints at being in love with Tevyn, and Tevyn doesn’t really act surprised but just goes with it. It was weird how they never really reacted to life altering revelations. Damien mentions in passing that Mal loves Tevyn and Tevyn just goes back to what he is doing at that moment. The same with the actual I love yous, it was like it was mentioned in passing. There was no real start to the relationship. These guys just suddenly decided they were an item.I felt like the emotions never went very deep. These guys start a relationship based on the fact that they’ve apparently loved each other for years, but that didn’t felt entirely right to me. Because it is also mentioned that Tevyn slept with anything that moves. Why would he do that when he actually loved Mal?I was also quite confused sometimes and that has never happened to me with an Amy Lane book. These guys would talk about something and I would be completely lost. Like when Damien mentions Preston. I know this is supposed to be a hint/teaser/intro in the next book, but it just seemed strange how Damien suddenly ‘introduced’ Preston. Especially because both Tevyn and Mal knew him so they went with it, but I as a reader was confused and I felt it was weird that that information suddenly got dropped into a scene when I wasn’t expecting it. “Leg doesn’t work, Mal. You’re cute. But you’re not Preston. Why aren’t you Preston, Mal? I woke up this morning and wanted Preston. He won’t even look at me if I’m not a Labrador retriever.” “Well, we’ll have to get you back home so you can be a Labrador retriever for Preston! Okay?” “Can’t,” Damien said glumly. “He’s Gecko’s little brother. No touchin’ the little brother, Mal. That’s a rule.” “Tell that to Blake Manning,” Tevyn said, because Mallory was busy fishing out a strip of T-shirt from the water. “Who’s tha’?” “Guy who plays for my favorite band,” Tevyn told him, taking his own strip of T-shirt to wash the vinyl now that Mal had stripped the old gauze. “Three guys in the band are older brothers, and he just got engaged to the fourth, the baby brother. You gotta be honest about it, I think.” He’d seen interviews—the way Cheever Sanders had looked at Blake Manning had made him yearn for things he’d never voiced to himself before. “He’s young.” Damien sighed. “Likes dogs more’n people. Don’ blame him.” These kind of conversations happened the entire time. Like I was supposed to know all of these people. It was weird and made me feel disconnected from the people and the story.I had high hopes, but this wasn't the book for me.
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  • CrabbyPatty
    January 1, 1970
    Tevyn Moore ("shoulder-length curly blond hair flying, lithe, powerful athlete's body gyrating [with] a smile and a booty bump for everybody") has three Olympic medals and four World Championships but what he really longs for is his financial advisor, the sensible, stable guy who manages his finances and makes it possible for Tevyn to care for his beloved grandmother. However that hasn't stopped Tevyn from getting laid a lot ... "these guys [...] and girls - they're, you know, dance partners who Tevyn Moore ("shoulder-length curly blond hair flying, lithe, powerful athlete's body gyrating [with] a smile and a booty bump for everybody") has three Olympic medals and four World Championships but what he really longs for is his financial advisor, the sensible, stable guy who manages his finances and makes it possible for Tevyn to care for his beloved grandmother. However that hasn't stopped Tevyn from getting laid a lot ... "these guys [...] and girls - they're, you know, dance partners who got naked."Mallory Armstrong is solid and rooted - "he was concrete when Tevyn was air" - while nurturing his "pathetic old-man crush" for five years and comparing every man he meets to Tevyn. And when Tevyn, Mallory and their pilot Damien crash on a snowy mountaintop, everything changes in a big hurry. Even though this book features a catastrophic helicopter crash with injuries, an epic struggle for survival and a harrowing trek down the side of a mountain, "Warm Heart" still rates considerably lower on the Amy Lane Angst-o-Meter than some of her other works (String Boys, I'm lookin' at you ....). The story really holds your interest as the men work together to survive and find a way back home. After five years of basically foreplay, Tevyn and Mal are all-in on their relationship and their chemistry burns hot in a sexy handful of scenes. About 65% of the book is the escape down the mountain (which personally feels just a bit too elongated), while the remainder rapidly deals with the loss of Tevyn's grandmother, establishes the relationship between Damien and Preston for the next book in the series, quickly introduces some conflict in the person of Mal's very irritating business partner / former lover Charlie, and then gives us what is undeniably a perfectly lovely happy ending. 4 stars for this enjoyable read. ... love was always worth the risk, and that faith could be rewarded, and that whether you stayed on the mountain or came down, what mattered was you did it together. I received an ARC from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.Review posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!
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  • Morgan Skye
    January 1, 1970
    Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! This is the Amy I love. Leave it to Amy to take a “stuck on a mountain in a blizzard” story and make it about hope and love and humor.Normally I hate these kinds of stories. I grew up in the mountains and I totally don’t ever want to build a snow fort or live in a cave or do anything revolving around 5 layers of clothes. No thank you. And I don’t really love reading about being cold either.But, Amy manages to take what might be cliché and make it totally diffe Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! This is the Amy I love. Leave it to Amy to take a “stuck on a mountain in a blizzard” story and make it about hope and love and humor.Normally I hate these kinds of stories. I grew up in the mountains and I totally don’t ever want to build a snow fort or live in a cave or do anything revolving around 5 layers of clothes. No thank you. And I don’t really love reading about being cold either.But, Amy manages to take what might be cliché and make it totally different. There was a lot of “happy coincidences” that allow our guys to make it but she does make it seem at least mostly plausible. (I’m not sure about the final “snowboarding” bit… but it was fun to imagine! ;) )I really enjoyed these characters and am looking forward to more in this series.Highly recommended!5 of 5 stars
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I’m to the point in my Lane hoarding that I want to choose every Lane to love. And this one is so fresh (and frozen) and different but still encompasses everything I adore about Amy’s stories. We are in the midst of a heatwave and I loved slipping into the blustery snow-covered setting. I’m a sucker for snow. However, this snow wasn’t kind or forgiving. Things kick off with a startling crash. Helicopters and snowstorms aren’t a good mix. And this time, the angst comes in the form of mother natur I’m to the point in my Lane hoarding that I want to choose every Lane to love. And this one is so fresh (and frozen) and different but still encompasses everything I adore about Amy’s stories. We are in the midst of a heatwave and I loved slipping into the blustery snow-covered setting. I’m a sucker for snow. However, this snow wasn’t kind or forgiving. Things kick off with a startling crash. Helicopters and snowstorms aren’t a good mix. And this time, the angst comes in the form of mother nature. Survival is the name of the game. Despite the focus revolving around the men making it off the mountain top alive, the core of the story was most definitely all Tevyn and Mallory. I enjoyed both very much and was eager to see them claim their happily-ever-after.What's to like: As with all Dreamspun Desires, the flow felt balanced and I’d consider this a fairly easy lighthearted read. Tevyn and Mallory have a professional relationship that has been on the cusp of becoming personal for quite some time. Tevyn is waiting for Mallory to make his move and Mallory is waiting for Tevyn to move on. He’s a decade older and thinks Tevyn deserves more or better. However, Tevyn knows exactly what he wants and he’s ready to take it. When they are suddenly faced with a life or death situation he can’t see the sense in holding back anymore. He’s just going to take and ask for forgiveness later, that is if he needs it. Turns out…he doesn’t. I was captivated with all of the survival tactics and was fascinated with Tevyn’s never-ending Go bag. I enjoyed all of the secondary cast except Mallory’s partner and best friend. She was rude and rude and rude. Besides Charlie, everyone was great. I’m thrilled this is a new series and look forward to Damien and Preston’s story.What's to love: Not many people can take a deadly situation and sprinkle romance into the mix. Thankfully, Lane can. Even though danger loomed I felt the spark and the heat of their desires. Of course, there’s not a lot of naked dancing in a blizzard but the sexual tension was intense. I loved the loyalty and confidence they had in each other. I loved the deep harbored feelings that finally burst free. I loved how selflessly they cared for one another. I loved the pride Mallory had for Tevyn and the respect Tevyn had for Mallory. I loved Tevyn’s grandmother and her sweaters. The dramatic scene that saved their skin was a bit far fetched but nevertheless, I loved it. Finally, I loved the furry friend. Yep. There’s lots to love here.Beware of: Severe weather forces a slow burn. Fierce determination keeps the coals burning. And a climactic plunge proves to be successful.This book is for: Lane fans probably have this on their list, and if you don’t yet, get on it. I believe snow lovers and snow haters alike will enjoy this warm-hearted adventure.Book UNfunk
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  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. **3.5 stars**I have a long and love-filled history with Amy Lane stories and I’m sure most have been four or five stars for me, but this one squeaked in at a 3.5 and the .5 is only for the warm and fuzzy feelings I’m left with from the end. Tevyn is an Olympic-level snowboarder, in his midtwenties, strong-willed, driven, with a dying grandmother who raised him and a manager/financier who ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. **3.5 stars**I have a long and love-filled history with Amy Lane stories and I’m sure most have been four or five stars for me, but this one squeaked in at a 3.5 and the .5 is only for the warm and fuzzy feelings I’m left with from the end. Tevyn is an Olympic-level snowboarder, in his midtwenties, strong-willed, driven, with a dying grandmother who raised him and a manager/financier who loves him. Mallory is that manager and has come out to Tevyn’s current event to let him know his Grandma Missy is in her last days in hospice care. Mal’s the kind of guy who wouldn’t have just called—because he cares too much for Tevyn. What he doesn’t know is that Tev cares for him as well. Each hopes they’ll get a chance to finally tell the other how they feel. When they leave to get Tevyn to her side, the helicopter they’re in is hit by a vicious updraft and crashes. The two men and their injured pilot, a friend named Damian, survive the wilds for over 5 days in a snow cave they’ve hollowed out and through extremely ingenious and highly creative ways of making things work. The only luggage they pulled from the copter before it slipped over the cliff was Tevyn’s go-to bag and apparently that young man not only carries hand warmers, water, protein bars, and extra clothing, he knows creative ways of making those all work to help them survive. Together with Mal’s high-end wool overcoat with the silk lining, a thermal blanket, and creative weaving, they manage to keep out the wind, create snow shoes, and toward the end, they even manage an impossible slide down the mountain. All of this lends to the excitement but the romance fell flat for me. We’re told about their past attraction and the current situation acts as a catalyst to get them talking, but when they declare their love for each other, it’s based more on the backstory that readers weren’t present for so their closeness feels more like insta-love. I didn’t feel the depth of emotion usually present in an Amy Lane story. The words were there but they didn’t penetrate my heart. I guess that’s the only way I can say this. I liked the men, separately and together, but not as a couple.I totally disliked Mal’s best friend and former lover, Charlie, portrayed as nasty female who was jilted, though apparently she wasn’t. They parted amicably and are still business partners. And, supposedly, she and Mal have been friends for years. She acted more like a jealous bee-atch. So no, not good. I also liked Damian and his unrequited love for a young man named Preston. I hope their story is book two. In hindsight, I suspect my feelings on this book relate to how unbelievable their crash survival was and how even more bizarre their eventual trip down the mountain was. I guess you’d have to read it to believe it so don’t be put off by my review. If nothing else, it makes a great survival handbook.
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  • Nat ReadingAllNite
    January 1, 1970
    I think we all know Amy Lane can write deep angst as well as fluffy romance and she struck an excellent balance between the two with this adventure story. Tevyn the snowboard champion captivated Mallory, his financial advisor, since the day they met when Tevyn was only 19. Not quite a Bear Grylls survival challenge, Tevyn and Mallory mostly MacGyver their way through the crash, days trapped in a blizzard and caring for injured friend and pilot Damien. Tevyn is the most prepared, naturally, from I think we all know Amy Lane can write deep angst as well as fluffy romance and she struck an excellent balance between the two with this adventure story. Tevyn the snowboard champion captivated Mallory, his financial advisor, since the day they met when Tevyn was only 19. Not quite a Bear Grylls survival challenge, Tevyn and Mallory mostly MacGyver their way through the crash, days trapped in a blizzard and caring for injured friend and pilot Damien. Tevyn is the most prepared, naturally, from years spent on snowy mountains in a dangerous sport. The survival aspect is probably the most interesting part for me but the romance comes through loud and clear when the POV’s alternate. Internal musings about the previous five years and numerous conversational exchanges bolster the authenticity of the seemingly sudden relationship. There’s kisses but no nookie in the snow! With allowances for necessary fictional license, the entire situation felt authentic. Tevyn did act awfully mature for his age after initially being shown as quite the young playboy. There’s a lot packed into the narrative, especially the last third or so, introducing more secondary and future series characters. It also contains seriously heated scenes in the bedroom once Tevyn and Mal recuperate. I liked it a great deal and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Damien and Preston, as Preston is particularly intriguing. Happy reading!*An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or a promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review*
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsAmy Lane has released Warm Heart, her first in a new series. With their lives on the line, we watch Mallory and Tev admit the feelings both have kept hidden and desperately hope are returned in kind. With some fairly intense survival conditions motivating their every move, these two men realize that they either must come clean about how they feel or could potentially die without ever uttering those three magical words. As the basis for the new series, the author doe A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsAmy Lane has released Warm Heart, her first in a new series. With their lives on the line, we watch Mallory and Tev admit the feelings both have kept hidden and desperately hope are returned in kind. With some fairly intense survival conditions motivating their every move, these two men realize that they either must come clean about how they feel or could potentially die without ever uttering those three magical words. As the basis for the new series, the author does a good job setting up who will get the focus in the next novel and creating the additional two characters with enough mystery surrounding them that I must admit I will want to be reading about them in the future.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 “I'll”stay stars
  • Mia Sciberras
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect blend of angst and sweet romance with a bit of sauce and a whole lotta snow thrown in. I must admit, I've been heavily programmed to expect bad guys chasing after people in a snowstorm situation but in this instance, the only thing chasing them is time. I liked how the slowburn component of the romance has already happened and we're instead invited to the realisation of all the MCs yearning set to the scene of an horrific helicopter crash. Mallory and Tevyn are in the fight for their The perfect blend of angst and sweet romance with a bit of sauce and a whole lotta snow thrown in. I must admit, I've been heavily programmed to expect bad guys chasing after people in a snowstorm situation but in this instance, the only thing chasing them is time. I liked how the slowburn component of the romance has already happened and we're instead invited to the realisation of all the MCs yearning set to the scene of an horrific helicopter crash. Mallory and Tevyn are in the fight for their lives, will love show them the way? 4.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Well, leave it to Amy to take a crash in a blizzard, with injuries and barely any hope of survival, and turn it into a winner of a love story. And funny at that. The quips with these guys lol. Even injured, tired, hungry and running out of hope, they're sassy, sarcastic and whipping out one liners.Superstar snowboarder Tevyn has been the object of Mallory's desires for 5 years. But Tevyn is a client. But when Mallory lost his last boyfriend because he could see how much Mallory cared for Tevyn, Well, leave it to Amy to take a crash in a blizzard, with injuries and barely any hope of survival, and turn it into a winner of a love story. And funny at that. The quips with these guys lol. Even injured, tired, hungry and running out of hope, they're sassy, sarcastic and whipping out one liners.Superstar snowboarder Tevyn has been the object of Mallory's desires for 5 years. But Tevyn is a client. But when Mallory lost his last boyfriend because he could see how much Mallory cared for Tevyn, it was kind of a wake up call for him. The problem is Tevyn feels the same way but Mallory has no clue. All he sees is Tevyn flirting with guys and girls and taking them to bed. But he's still there for Tevyn, doing all he can to take care of him and his grandma, Missy. Which brings him to the bad part of his job and friendship. Missy broke her hip and is severely sick and may not make it much longer. They try to hurry to leave but the weather is too much so they wait til morning. Thinking they can do it with their pilot, Damien, they try to go. But a blast of wind sends them crashing and barely making it out before the copter careens over a cliff. But it's not all happy endings. Damien's leg is badly broke, the blizzard is getting worse, and they have no chance at being rescued right now. For days, they do all they can to survive, but knowing they're running out of time, they have no choice but to try to make a run for it. All while hoping and praying they make it somewhere where they can be rescued.I guess the good thing to come out of this crash, is Tevyn and Malory finally decided to stop circling each other and let out how they feel. But at what cost? They're terrified they won't make it out, just when they could be starting their lives together. And even more terrified because how hurt Damien is. But the thing with Tevyn and Mallory, they have so much to learn about each other, even though they've known each other for 5 years. They both need to learn to trust and believe in each other. Well, Tevyn needs to believe a bit more. Mallory has always believed in Tevyn, even when his business partner said it was a bad idea. But nothing like some bad situations and life changing incidents to make you see what's been in front of you all along. It's a damn good book. As only Amy can write. Now I'm ready to see two others get their story. I feel like they really deserve it.http://lovebytesreviews.com/
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  • Shymsal
    January 1, 1970
    This book was full of warm hearts and, despite the deadly serious situation our men found themselves in, it certainly warmed mine! Mal's devotion and Tev's wonderful response to it were very special. Damien was such a trooper it brought tears to my eyes. It may have been a short book, but I know the human connection in it will stick with me for some time.Thanks to Amy Lane for giving me an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • ChaosMoondrawn
    January 1, 1970
    I would rate this 4.25 stars. This is not a typical full length Amy Lane novel; it is part of the Dreamspun Desires line and has to fit into those parameters. This is like reading those romances with the red covers when I was younger--you know, the ones with blazing heat you can get a subscription for and can read in about four hours? My rating is for what it is, rather than what it isn't. Mallory is the finance guy hired by Tevyn's grandmother Missy five years ago to take care of his financial I would rate this 4.25 stars. This is not a typical full length Amy Lane novel; it is part of the Dreamspun Desires line and has to fit into those parameters. This is like reading those romances with the red covers when I was younger--you know, the ones with blazing heat you can get a subscription for and can read in about four hours? My rating is for what it is, rather than what it isn't. Mallory is the finance guy hired by Tevyn's grandmother Missy five years ago to take care of his financial future for when he retires or gets injured. Tevyn is a professional Olympian level snowboader. He's young and has fun with whatever guy or gal catches his eye. With Tevyn being a client as well as a bit of a player, what chance does a ten years older, built for monogamy guy like Mal, have? Turns out, he has a really good chance and maybe Tevyn has only been biding time until he can have the man he really wants. Of course, now Tevyn has his own reputation to overcome. As Missy lays dying and a snow storm rolls in, their lives will change forever. An emergency can draw people closer and tell you who they really are; Missy's decline and the crash are just catalysts that allow them to be real about the things that matter. The reader knows right away they are in love with each other. In fact, everyone may know but them. With the author's writing style, having both points of view enhances the story. Tevyn knows snow and emergency training from working at resorts. Mallory is the sensible, dependable one who is used to calculating risk so even though completely out of his depth, he is an asset to the team as they try and survive. Tevyn stepped up to show he is not a kid and can be a mature partner for Mal. Even though he is older, Mal lets Tevyn take the lead and as this dynamic kicks into place, so does their relationship. The other great character here is the pilot Damien, who is badly injured when their helicopter goes down. Damien is former military and now works for a rescue outfit. Having Damien there adds a layer of depth that keeps this story grounded, ensuring that the crash is not an excuse for them to just be alone together or focus on sex. Don't worry, there will be some steamy sex also but this is heartwarming and romantic. After such a traumatic event Mal's business partner and friend, Charlie, tries to be the voice of reason about Tevyn, but the reader already knows there is no need. Still, it's good he has someone in his corner. Amy Lane is known for a bit of angst, but in this shorter format, I didn't feel it. Even with the harrowing circumstances and the grief, the overwhelming notes here are of life and love. After five days where the survival details sounded plausible--the way they are rescued is not. I will say the end got a little too saccharine for my tastes, almost to make up for any of the actual realism. I really did enjoy this though and hope Damien gets his own story soon.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Lane delivers adventure and romance in the first of her new Rescuers series, Warm Heart. It is a survival story embroidered with unexpressed love and devotion. I was drawn to the premise and am happy to say this is only the beginning of what should prove to be a wonderful new series by Ms. Lane.At the core are the main characters, snow-boarder Trevyn Moore and Mallory Armstrong, his financial advisor. After their helicopter crashes, they are stranded together in a Sierra Nevada snowstorm wit Amy Lane delivers adventure and romance in the first of her new Rescuers series, Warm Heart. It is a survival story embroidered with unexpressed love and devotion. I was drawn to the premise and am happy to say this is only the beginning of what should prove to be a wonderful new series by Ms. Lane.At the core are the main characters, snow-boarder Trevyn Moore and Mallory Armstrong, his financial advisor. After their helicopter crashes, they are stranded together in a Sierra Nevada snowstorm with few provisions, no shelter, and an injured pilot. What ensues is not only a struggle for survival but a revelation that their long-time attraction to one another simply cannot be ignored or denied. In such critical circumstances, they are forced to confront their feelings and face the fact that they may not have another chance to do so.I really enjoyed these characters, who had kind of an opposites attract vibe. They complement one another, with a “thinker vs. action” personality contrast. I particularly liked Trevyn’s resourcefulness, despite his young age. They are both relatable, wonderful characters who truly care for one another. I would have liked a bit more tension created through their backstory, but overall they are sweet together and satisfyinging to watch as their romance progresses. I also appreciate the dual POV, as it provides the reader with both character perspectives of the plot situations and of their relationship. The story feels rounded-out, and it is easy to feel connected to the characters, as well. There is low angst here, which helps the characters focus on the here and now of the external struggle while maintaining a subtle sense of urgency to seize the moment.Those who are familiar with Ms. Lane’s beautiful writing know that she can pack a strong punch with angst and heart-breaking characters. However, she is also very adept at creating low-angst, delightfully charming stories and characters that wrap the reader up like a warm, comfortable blanket. This book falls into the latter category. Though the situation for these men is dire, the plot never becomes maudlin or bogged down with too much doom and gloom. This is an easy read with gentle, tenderly-crafted characters and some exciting action and suspense woven throughout.I am a sucker for survival stories and am thrilled to see this new series develop. Readers will see shades of possible storylines to come, filled with both human and canine rescuing heroes! What’s not to love? I highly recommend Warm Heart, as it does just that--warms the heart.
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  • Kat E.
    January 1, 1970
    OK, I have to admit I'm a sucker for a survival story that turns into a romance. This book delivers in spades.Mallory Armstrong is a financier that is deeply devoted to his star client, snowboarder extraordinaire Tevyn Moore. Mallory has managed the athlete's money and his snowboarding competitions for the past five years. Mallory is a stable and steadfast man that is not prone to making rash decisions.Tev is the polar opposite. His entire life and career is about taking the most improbable chan OK, I have to admit I'm a sucker for a survival story that turns into a romance. This book delivers in spades.Mallory Armstrong is a financier that is deeply devoted to his star client, snowboarder extraordinaire Tevyn Moore. Mallory has managed the athlete's money and his snowboarding competitions for the past five years. Mallory is a stable and steadfast man that is not prone to making rash decisions.Tev is the polar opposite. His entire life and career is about taking the most improbable chances and risks he can. This also carries over to his physical cravings. He never thinks about sex as anything but a means to an end and he is just as reckless in bed as on a snowboard. Tev was raised by his spunky grandmother Missy who is his only family left. They are very close and he adores her. Missy is seriously ill and Mallory travels to tell Tev he needs to come to see her before it's too late. Mallory respects and cares a great deal about Tev's grandmother. He also has a secret buried deep inside of him. Mallory is in love with Tev but does not believe his feelings will be returned.On a helicopter ride to get to Missy, the pilot Damien runs into unexpected high winds which causes the copter to crash on a mountain top. The survival scenes were expertly written and take up a good portion of the storyline. No complaints from me as their battles with the brutal elements were fierce and had me totally riveted to the book. One of the trio is seriously injured and the group decides they should stay together. Either they all are rescued or they meet their untimely end on the top of the mountain. Tev and Mallory finally come to terms about how much they mean to each other and Mallory discovers that Tev loves him back. Tev suffers from a fear of abandonment and he knows he can finally place his trust in this strong and kind man. Facing death, they are done pretending and hope for a chance for a real relationship if they can only live long enough to have a life together. Ms. Lane's attention to detail was perfect. The story was very believable where only one portion of their flight from the treacherous environment stretched the imagination but overall it was an amazing tale. I highly recommend this thrilling survival/romance and hope for another story from the supporting characters. Happy reading!***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet romance wrapped in a life or death disaster. Tevyn Moore is a famous snowboarder. He's a daredevil, virtually fearless. Mallory Armstrong is the man Tevyn trusts to manage his money and by extension, his life. Tev and Mal have worked together for five years, both harboring feelings for the other that have never been voiced. When Mal gets word of a Moore family emergency, he goes to Tevyn. Not a phone call, no. He gets in a helicopter and flies to Tev. Who is on a mountain. With This was a sweet romance wrapped in a life or death disaster. Tevyn Moore is a famous snowboarder. He's a daredevil, virtually fearless. Mallory Armstrong is the man Tevyn trusts to manage his money and by extension, his life. Tev and Mal have worked together for five years, both harboring feelings for the other that have never been voiced. When Mal gets word of a Moore family emergency, he goes to Tevyn. Not a phone call, no. He gets in a helicopter and flies to Tev. Who is on a mountain. With a massive blizzard on its way. UGH even typing this is getting my heart pumping again! It's all swoony and terrifying!Needless to say, trying to fly off the mountain was going to have some complications. But Tev, Mal, and their pilot Damien were not expecting a crash that would leave them stranded with said blizzard trying it's hardest to kill them. With Damien unable to help (view spoiler)[ because of leg's compound fracture and the massive infection that quickly set in (hide spoiler)], it's up to Tev and Mallory to get them off the mountain in one piece. This one was a nail-biter folks! There were a few scenes that really displayed Tevyn's ingenuity and Mallory's bravery. After these I couldn't help but go out to the garage to check my family's hurricane survival kit. Hurricanes are the blizzards of the deep south right? Amy Lane is a remarkable storyteller. Page after page, I was there with these guys as they fought for their lives. I could feel the biting cold. I could hear Tevyn trying to guess Mal's middle name. I could see Damie. (view spoiler)[ His failing health, his decent into sepsis. I was so anxious that he wouldn't live long enough to find out whether or not he would lose his leg. (hide spoiler)] She paints such vivid pictures that you can't help but fall into them. For me, this is going in my re-read pile because I LOVED IT. Oh and it's the first in a new series??! Hell Yes! Can't wait to see what's next in this story!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is Amy Lane at her best. The exciting story of an Olympic snowboarder attempting to survive a helicopter crash in a blizzard is also an intense romance. After the crash, Tevyn finds himself stranded with his financial manager Mallory and their injured pilot. As Mallory and Tevyn work together to survive the storm, they are both forced to acknowledge the feelings they’ve had for each other for a very long time.I always love I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is Amy Lane at her best. The exciting story of an Olympic snowboarder attempting to survive a helicopter crash in a blizzard is also an intense romance. After the crash, Tevyn finds himself stranded with his financial manager Mallory and their injured pilot. As Mallory and Tevyn work together to survive the storm, they are both forced to acknowledge the feelings they’ve had for each other for a very long time.I always love Amy Lane’s new adult characters best and snowboarder Tevyn is one of my all time favourites. The Olympic medallist is talented - and he knows it. He’s fearless and sexy but he’s also smarter than he seems. Mallory has taken care of Tevyn’s finances since he first started riding competitively as a teenager and Tevyn’s trust and admiration for the older man has slowly become something more. Mallory is older and more conventional. He works with money and he’s happiest when he sees the people and projects he funds doing well. Over time, Tevyn has become more to Mallory than a simple investment but Mallory doubts the beautiful young athlete could ever feel the same about him. I love that there is very little relationship angst in this story. Tevyn and Mallory work together to survive the harsh winter storm and the forced intimacy of the situation brings them closer and makes them both reevaluate their lives, their futures and the connection that simmers between them. Despite the slightly fantastic situation, this story feels real and the characters are wonderfully complicated and relatable. I love the humour and sense of play between Tevyn and Mallory, even when their situation starts to deteriorate further. I loved pretty much everything about this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Warm Heart was a bit different from the trapped in a snowstorm love stories I’ve read before. This was a story about determination and survival with a romance enfolded into it. I found the story addicting, the writing smooth and inviting, and the characters incredibly likeable.Warm Heart follows a professional snow boarder, his financial manager, and helicopter pilot on their tale of survival in the mountains. The emotion and energy- particularly in the intense moments- was palpable, keeping me Warm Heart was a bit different from the trapped in a snowstorm love stories I’ve read before. This was a story about determination and survival with a romance enfolded into it. I found the story addicting, the writing smooth and inviting, and the characters incredibly likeable.Warm Heart follows a professional snow boarder, his financial manager, and helicopter pilot on their tale of survival in the mountains. The emotion and energy- particularly in the intense moments- was palpable, keeping me glued to my e-reader. I also liked how the author brought the environment and elements to life, making them almost a character in their own right. While Warm Heart definitely focuses on what Tevyn, Mallory, and Damien must to stay alive through the blizzard on the mountaintop, it also has a love story playing out front and center. Mallory and Tevyn have had feelings for each other for multiple years at the start of the story, and there’s a palpable unresolved sexual tension between them from the get go. However, it’s this series of events that finally unearths the depths of those feelings. In this way, the reader doesn’t get to see the relationship build or ignite, but we do get to see that connection catch fire and learn just how much Mallory and Tevyn mean to each other. I really liked the inclusion of those little moments that launch a relationship into more than feelings, but a life together. Warm Heart wasn’t what I expected in some ways, but it was a really sweet romance plus a great story that captured my full attention, and I’d definitely recommend it. Reviewed by Annie from Alpha Book Club
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  • Kirstin
    January 1, 1970
    Soft and fluffy and heartwarming. It was pure Amy Lane.Tevyn Moore is a world champion snowboarder and Mallory Armstrong is his finance backer, but really, there's more to their relationship than that. Even though Tevyn finds his way into a different bed each night, Mal is always there. Tevyn's grandmother is dying and he's got to get to Colorado to see her one last time. When Tev and Mal get into a helicopter with Damien, things get rough in the snowy mountains and their copter crashes into the Soft and fluffy and heartwarming. It was pure Amy Lane.Tevyn Moore is a world champion snowboarder and Mallory Armstrong is his finance backer, but really, there's more to their relationship than that. Even though Tevyn finds his way into a different bed each night, Mal is always there. Tevyn's grandmother is dying and he's got to get to Colorado to see her one last time. When Tev and Mal get into a helicopter with Damien, things get rough in the snowy mountains and their copter crashes into the trees.Now, for the three of them, it's all about survival. Damie's injured and both Tev and Mal lean on each other to figure out a way through this to survive. And quite possibly to start living a life they'd been pretending didn't exist.After reading this inspiring story, I will say that if I was ever trapped on a mountain I'd want Tevyn and Amy Lane with me. I literally wouldn't have known half of what they came up with for survival. And the tenderness between the characters as they each tried to save the others... it was beautifully written. With this story, nothing was vague. The words were clear and heart felt. The dialogue was proud and poignant. Hearts sat on the knitted sleeves of colorful sweaters, to be seen and felt throughout the story. I loved it. It's one I will definitely read again and I'm hoping the next book in the series is Damie and Preston!!*Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted to http://gaybook.reviews/*
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  • Kitty
    January 1, 1970
    I received a ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book to read prior to it's release July 16th, 2019.Amy Lane has a tendency to write 3 different styles of books. Very angsty books, like String Boys, action filled books with some angst, like her Fish Out of Water series,or warm fuzzy books, like her 2019 RITA Award nominated A Fool And His Manny (winner to be announced 7-26-2019!). This book falls into the latter category. Even with all the snow and freezing weather the romance was a warm fuzzy! I received a ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book to read prior to it's release July 16th, 2019.Amy Lane has a tendency to write 3 different styles of books. Very angsty books, like String Boys, action filled books with some angst, like her Fish Out of Water series,or warm fuzzy books, like her 2019 RITA Award nominated A Fool And His Manny (winner to be announced 7-26-2019!). This book falls into the latter category. Even with all the snow and freezing weather the romance was a warm fuzzy! Both the MC's had been hiding their love for the other for 5 years. Then fate in the form of a violent updraft causes their helicopter to crash on top of a mountain in a blizzard, when Mallory is trying to get Trevyn home for a family emergency. The 2 reveal their feelings for each other, but can't really act on them during the fight for survival. (5 layers of clothes!) Not just their own survival, but to save the life of their injured friend/pilot. In the spirit of the Musketeers, it's all for 1 and 1 for all. But of course since it's Amy Lane and a warm fuzzy, they do get their HEA! And yeah, she still manages to get some steamy sexy scenes in too! As with all Amy's books the characters are well written and believable. If you're look for a nice short contemporary "feel good" M/M romance i can truly recommend this book!
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    Though there is a fight for survival going on for most of this book, I found this to be one of the quieter stories I've read by this author, who is one of my favorites. Ms. Lane knows how to engage my heart, mind, tear ducts, and funny bone - sometimes all at the same time. While I didn't laugh out loud over this one, I did cry. I also smiled and sighed dreamily a few times. Tevyn and Mallory, as well as their friend and pilot Damien, showed such great qualities as they worked together to save t Though there is a fight for survival going on for most of this book, I found this to be one of the quieter stories I've read by this author, who is one of my favorites. Ms. Lane knows how to engage my heart, mind, tear ducts, and funny bone - sometimes all at the same time. While I didn't laugh out loud over this one, I did cry. I also smiled and sighed dreamily a few times. Tevyn and Mallory, as well as their friend and pilot Damien, showed such great qualities as they worked together to save themselves, knowing their chances were slim of being rescued. I fell in love with these three men, and I was so worried about the author's plans for them. (She's hurt me in the past!) But despite the fear and freezing temperatures, there was a very sweet romance going on between Mallory and Tevyn. It was absolutely lovely.I adored Mallory's quite determination to take care of Tevyn, even when he didn't believe they could be a couple. And I loved Tevyn's fierce heart and his desire to make Mal his. These men were adorable together, and I felt their love from the very first page. This is a great story with characters who are easy to connect with and root for. I recommend this book and hope that there will be a sequel so that Damien can get his own happy ending. For now I will be happy reading this one again. Excellent!
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  • Diane Pohn
    January 1, 1970
    In the interest of transparency, I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Mallory Armstrong is the financial advisor/ investor to snowboard superstar Tevyn Moore. Tevyn was raised by his stalwart grandmother Missy Moore, and is devoted to her. When Missy becomes gravely ill, Mallory rushes to retrieve Tevyn to bring him to his grandmother’s bedside. In their haste to get to the hospital they take an ill advised helicopter ride that ends up crash landing o In the interest of transparency, I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Mallory Armstrong is the financial advisor/ investor to snowboard superstar Tevyn Moore. Tevyn was raised by his stalwart grandmother Missy Moore, and is devoted to her. When Missy becomes gravely ill, Mallory rushes to retrieve Tevyn to bring him to his grandmother’s bedside. In their haste to get to the hospital they take an ill advised helicopter ride that ends up crash landing on a steep mountaintop. Forced to adapt to their surroundings, and with their injured pilot, they make the arduous trek back to civilization. Along the way they discover that they’ve been in love with each other since their first meeting. Mallory fearing he’s too old for Tevyn, and Tevyn unable to convince Mallory his feelings are deep, and real. Is their love strong enough to pull them back to the real world, and can their relationship stand the test of time and notoriety?Warm Heart is a lovely story that I read all in one sitting. I was deeply invested in Tevyn and Mallory’s trek down the mountain with injured pilot Damien. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this love story with a dash of suspense and adventure.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars ~I love winter. The cold and the snow. Hot chocolate, roaring fire, homemade chowder… all of it. Of course, my liking of that season is predicated on the fact that I don’t have to leave my home very often, and I’m safe and warm at all times. This is not the situation Tevyn and Mallory find themselves in, however. They end up perched precariously on the side of a mountain in their crashed helicopter, during a blizzard, while their good friend, Damien, who is also the pilot, has a broken 4.5 Stars ~I love winter. The cold and the snow. Hot chocolate, roaring fire, homemade chowder… all of it. Of course, my liking of that season is predicated on the fact that I don’t have to leave my home very often, and I’m safe and warm at all times. This is not the situation Tevyn and Mallory find themselves in, however. They end up perched precariously on the side of a mountain in their crashed helicopter, during a blizzard, while their good friend, Damien, who is also the pilot, has a broken leg with the bone jutting through the skin… oh and their helicopter is sliding off the rock face. Mallory is everything I love. He’s kind, gentle, considerate, loving, has a logical mind, and truly cares about his clients. Granted, he’s been in love with Tevyn practically since the young man stepped into his office five years ago with his grandmother, but Tevyn isn’t the only professional athlete Mallory’s company represents and he makes a point of going to several of their competitions throughout the year. He’s just a nice, good man. Mallory feels the ten-year age gap means Tevyn could never be interested in stuffy, boring, three-piece-suit-wearing him, but he is so very wrong.Please find my full review at Rainbow Book Reviews
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  • Dionne
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book for an honest reviewThis book could have been really dark since the majority of the story deals with the aftermath of a helicopter crash but, while the story deals a lot with survival and getting off the mountain, it is told in a lighter way than I would have imagined. The story wasn’t about losing hope but how they would deal with each obstacle that stood in the way of them surviving and was told in a way that didn’t bog down the story or make it depressing. When I received an ARC of this book for an honest reviewThis book could have been really dark since the majority of the story deals with the aftermath of a helicopter crash but, while the story deals a lot with survival and getting off the mountain, it is told in a lighter way than I would have imagined. The story wasn’t about losing hope but how they would deal with each obstacle that stood in the way of them surviving and was told in a way that didn’t bog down the story or make it depressing. When I read that there was going to be a third person stuck on the mountain with them, I wondered how that was going to hold up the romance developing with the two MCs if they had a sort of chaperone with them but all three men are friends and the friendship between the men enhanced the story instead of detracting from the love interests getting together. One part of the story that I did not really enjoy was Mallory’s business partner Charlie. I felt like she was unnecessarily pushy about trying to keep Mallory and Tevyn apart and, at one point, I kind of wished that she had been buried in a snow bank next to the helicopter. She ended up only being in a small part of the book and luckily her advice was mostly ignored by Mallory. This was a perfect balance between the author's heavy emotional reads like the Johnnies series and the sweeter reads like Freckles. I enjoyed the story for both the emotional highs and lows and I can’t wait to read Damien’s story.4.5 stars
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  • Cathy Brockman
    January 1, 1970
    OMG this was such an amazing first book in a series. It hooks you from the start with charming characters then pulls you in with the chilling drama. Tevyn is a world-class, Olympic snowboard champion. Mallory is his financier, but Mallory has another stake in Tevyn that Tevyn doesn’t know about. Mallory comes to get Tevyn to take him to see his grandmother and the woman that raised him before she passes. They take a private helicopter since the weather isn’t good and its an emergency, Missy does OMG this was such an amazing first book in a series. It hooks you from the start with charming characters then pulls you in with the chilling drama. Tevyn is a world-class, Olympic snowboard champion. Mallory is his financier, but Mallory has another stake in Tevyn that Tevyn doesn’t know about. Mallory comes to get Tevyn to take him to see his grandmother and the woman that raised him before she passes. They take a private helicopter since the weather isn’t good and its an emergency, Missy doesn’t have long. A wind pulls the copter causing a crash. Tevyn, Mallory, and Damien the pilot escape with a few supplies, but Damien’s legs is badly injured. They are in a place that its unlike search and rescue can find them in time. Will these three men make it out alive.This is such a beautiful, touching story but keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to see how they will make it out and if Damien will survive as well. I cannot wait for more in this series!If you like Olympic sports, snowboarding, winter stories, survival stories, age gap, friends to lovers, and a sweet romance you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
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