About the Book
After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.
After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink.
Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. But competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.
About the Author
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write more than twenty bestselling novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists and three-time Whitney Award winner. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.
Frigid air, skates scraping against the ice, the scent of stale popcorn. Amaliya
Marcell sat in one of the twenty thousand seats of the Cap Centre and laced up
her figure skates before she tugged her leg warmers into place and watched
while twenty hockey players worked through their last drill.
As soon as they finished, they joined her father at center ice.
The great Robert Marcell. Amaliya still missed watching her father
compete, but his transition from player to assistant coach to head coach had
allowed her to enjoy her routine of spending time with her dad at work. She
could hardly remember a Saturday when the Washington Capitals were home
and she hadn’t been here with him.
Travis, the goalkeeper, stepped off the ice and gave her a disapproving
shake of his head. “You’re wearing the wrong skates again.”
“You sound like my dad.”
“Coach knows what he’s talking about,” Travis said.
“Maybe for you, but I don’t think I’m going to be joining a hockey team
anytime soon.” Amaliya stepped past him. “Figure skates are more my style
“Too bad. With a bit more practice, maybe you could score on
me.”Amaliya’s eyebrows lifted. “I scored a goal on you last week.”
“That was a lucky shot.”
“That’s what he always says,” her dad said as he joined them.Amaliya
grinned. “Yeah, I know.”
“Travis, get some rest. It’s the kid’s turn to play.”
“Kid?” Amaliya stepped onto the ice and twirled to face her dad. “I hate
to break it to you, but I’ll be an adult next week.”
“Don’t remind me,” Robert groaned.“Good luck, Coach.” Travis started
toward the locker room.
“Thanks. I’m going to need it.” Robert turned his attention to Amaliya
and spoke in French, his preferred language, thanks to his upbringing in
Quebec. “Are you going to play a little one-on-one with your old man?”“Don’t
you have to check on your players?”
“I can spare a few minutes.” He tapped his stick against the ice. “Show
me what you’ve got.”
“Okay.” Amaliya combined her years of ballet training with growing up
on the ice and executed a spin that resembled a pirouette.
“When you skate like that, you look like a ballerina on the ice.”Amaliya
laughed. “I am a ballerina on the ice.”
“Honey, I hate to break it to you, but most ballerinas can’t do that once
they put on ice skates.”
“If you say so.” She skated backward so she could still see her dad.
“You’re going to let me skate while you’re in your meetings, right?”
Robert grabbed an extra hockey stick and held it out. “Play a little hockey
with me first, and I might be persuaded.”Amaliya made a quick stop and
returned to her father. She took the offering and grinned. “Deal.”
An Unlikely Pair is a captivating and engaging sports romance that readers will adore. It’s about a pairs figure skater and a ballerina turned pairs figure skater. Readers will be enchanted with not only the magic of the dancing on the ice, but the magic of the importance of family and friends. And of course there’s some sweet romance and a charming love story as well. This story has some terrifying and heart-wrenching moments with overcoming hardships, but it also has some wonderful moments showing the strength of the characters taking on their situations. Readers will fall in love with this story from the turn of the first page. This story is perfect for readers who enjoy ballet, as well as the Olympics and figure skating, and of course romance.
Genre: contemporary, romance, sports
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: June 7, 2021
Number of pages: 304
Other books in the series:
0.5-Dancing to Freedom
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