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Gold

Written by: E.J. Noyes
Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: LGBT
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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 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.

©2018 E. J. Noyes (P)2019 Tantor

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EJ Noyes always hits it out of the park on her stories and this one deserves a gold medal and so does narrator Abby Craden she is amazing with her voice changes

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  • MissLynn
  • 2020-01-12

Great book - fabulous narration!

After a relatively short time in publishing lesfic, E.J. Noyes has quickly become a go-to favorite of mine. From the Ask, Tell series to Alone, to Turbulence, to this work, her subject matters vary widely - keeping things interesting - and her first person narrative pulls me deeply into her stories. Of all her books so far, I probably considered Gold my least favorite. Like in the way when you have a plate of your favorite delicious cheesecake options and you have to choose which one you are going to devour first. Then she releases this audiobook performed by Abby Craden and DAMN - it's SO GOOD - and you have to re-think that! Abby just has a way of elevating an already good story into a great one, or an excellent story into a fabulous one. What a talent! She makes me melt, swoon, cry, laugh and exclaim, "JEEEZUS!" during deliciously intimate love scenes and God knows E.J. excels at writing them! I think I'm going to have to start considering my feelings about E.J.'s books like I would my own children (if I had any - lol) where they're all my favorites for various reasons. My God - how can you choose?? If you could only get one format of this book, I would go with the audio. It's just fantastic!

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  • Becca B
  • 2020-05-02

good story

loved the narration. good story. the narrator brings life to the story with different voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-15

Great storyline

Abby Craden does an awesome job so many different voices now accents really talented
The storyline was awesome and the fact that it was different -exciting all the way through in more ways than one!

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  • JK
  • 2020-01-14

Beyond topnotch

One of EJ Noyes' best. So many emotions. The avalanche segment was outstanding. I had to stop for a minute and catch my breath because it is so real. Oh and the passion and sensuality....off the charts. Work of art. Ms. Crayden's talent is limitless.

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  • Salome
  • 2020-05-23

This book does NOT disappoint

I have been binging on all the audiobooks I can find by Noyes and Craden and so far I have not found one book that is not close to spectacular. In my opinion, Noyes is one of the best authors in this genre and Abby just adds magic ;)

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  • Jude
  • 2020-05-02

Excellent!!!!

When I read this book a year ago, I rated it 5*. I wish I had more stars to give the audiobook version. E. J. Noyes is an incredible writer, Abby Craden is an incredible narrator, and the combination of the two works perfectly every time.

After an accident brought an end to her career as an Alpine skier, Aspen Archer became a ski instructor, losing herself in the sports she loves despite not being able to compete anymore. On holidays in Australia, Cate Tierney hires Aspen to give lessons to her daughter Gemma, then for herself. The attraction between the two women is instant. Cate is everything Aspen wants in a woman: smart, beautiful, kind, and a mother to a clever and sweet kid. Cate’s feelings are just as strong but she comes with baggage (who doesn’t?) and is wary of asking too much from Aspen, who is a few years younger than her.

Pain, whether physical or mental, is a recurring theme is E. J. Noyes’ books, or, more specifically, the way her characters deal or do not deal with that pain. How they grow from it, with it, away from it. How they conquer it. In Gold, Aspen is living with physical pain from her accident and with anxiety and panic attacks that probably go back to way before that. Cate is recovering from an abusive relationship. Both are scared of themselves, of not being strong enough, and of not being able to be there for the other. What makes Noyes such a great writer (among other things) is her ability to always hint at hope, making the reader root passionately for her characters, feel optimistic even in the darkest times.

E. J. Noyes is also one of those writers who completely stump me and my review-writing skills. Nothing I write will do her books justice. I have so much respect and love (yes, love) for her words that mine fade, as if they weren’t worthy of coming so close to the sun. So I’ll leave it at what I wrote in my first review: read (or listen to) this book. It’s good. It’ll make you feel good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-19

Another great story by Noyes

This is the second book I have read by this author and I loved it. She has a way of making the reader feel connected to the characters. Interesting story line. More please!

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  • dreacraftie28
  • 2020-02-19

Made the snow melt

*fans self* this was one of the best books I’ve listened since I’ve been a member I’ll definitely wait a few months and listen again I wouldn’t mind a sequel either

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  • Anubix
  • 2020-02-15

EJ Noyes never disappoints!

EJ had my constant attention and interest, from the first word. Interesting plot took me away from my reality to snowy mountains and ski racing so vividly described, I thought I was there watching the action. Abby Craden did an excellent job, as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-13

So good!

The book made me laugh, almost cry and gave me real heart pain. Noyes has a way of writing that takes you really close to the charachters and make you feel what they feel. Another thing I like about her charachters, is that they are ordinary people with bad habits just like the rest of us, and urgent needs. They are also voulnerable, which make them whole.