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On the Rim of Love
by Marie Astor
Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Maggie’s doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.
Taylor glanced at his watch – the day sure seemed to drag: as if the pressure of guiding a group of fairly inexperienced skiers were not enough, he had had to contend with their egos as well. Correction, there was only one ego to contend with: Jeffrey’s, and, well, not all the skiers in the group were inexperienced. Maggie certainly knew what she was doing, and, despite his cavalier ways, so did Jeffrey – at least until he did something reckless, which Taylor hoped would not happen on his watch. As for Charlie and Bethany, both were average skiers who could manage moderate terrain, but neither of them had the skill for advanced inclines, which of course made the situation all the more cumbersome since Jeffrey kept insisting on switching to tougher terrain.
Well, the day was almost over – it was already two o’clock and Taylor had made it clear that they would call it a day at three. There was just about enough time left for two more runs, and then he would be home free. But it was too soon to think about that yet – first, he had to get the group back to the ski base safe and sound. And in order to do that he had to stop thinking about Maggie – something he had promised himself to do this morning, but was still unable to accomplish. Of course the fact that every time the two of them exchanged a word, he froze like some imbecile, did not help matters either. The fact of the matter was that he simply could not remember the last time he had been so intrigued by a girl. There was a lot more to Maggie than her good looks: not only did she know how to ski, she also had a gift for photography, which, of course, made him wonder what she was doing sticking around a man like Jeffrey, a man who, from what Taylor could tell, was taking her for granted.
It had been a while since Taylor had a steady girlfriend. Actually, come to think of it, Gina, his high school sweetheart, was the last girl he dated for more than a year - that relationship ended when Taylor made the decision to leave New York for Eagleville, right after high school. His good looks attracted plenty of attention from the opposite sex, and Taylor never had a shortage of dates; however, that had been the extent of his relationships: a series of dates. He was twenty-three now and was starting to get tired of meaningless flings. Over the past four years he had briefly dated a string of pretty girls from out of town, but in the end, he would inevitably end up unattached. He was by no means a womanizer and valued loyalty above all; in fact, it was the lack of loyalty in these fleeting encounters that prompted the breakups. Too often he found himself a subject of a stereotype, discovering that the girls he dated were only interested in him because of his skiing. Superficially labeling him as reckless and a daredevil, they had no interest in getting to know him as a person, thinking of him as someone who was great to have a fling with, but nothing serious. While this arrangement was mildly disappointing, for the time being, it suited Taylor just fine, as he enjoyed it for the thrills it had to offer.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website:
Other Books by Marie Astor:
This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.
On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.
Marie will be awarding to five randomly drawn commenters at the end of the tour, one of the following five custom-designed jewelry prizes:
Prize 1: Blue quartz three strand necklace with sterling silver clasp
Prize 2: Jade and prehnite necklace
Prize 3:Green aventurine sterling silver earrings
Prize 4: Smoky quartz sterling silver earrings
Prize 5; Rose quartz sterling silver earrings