Shot on Gold

Jaci Burton. Berkley, $16 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-399-58516-6

In her signature sizzling style, Burton masterfully captures hearts in this perfectly paced Winter Olympics contemporary, the 14th in her Play-by-Play series (after The Final Score). Sheltered, driven figure skater Amber Sloane is back at the Winter Games for her third—and last—shot at Olympic gold. She’s won bronze and silver, but that top honor has eluded her. Will “Mad Dog” Madigan is a charismatic, hard-partying professional hockey player, also focused on winning gold but dedicated to having fun along the way. When Amber’s roommate introduces them, their chemistry is explosive and immediate. Amber’s never dipped her toe into the world of physical pleasure, but with Will, she jumps in immediately and embraces it. However, this intense romance may derail both athletes’ efforts to attain their ultimate goal. Potent sex scenes—including a red-hot interlude on Olympic ice—abound. Burton’s careful crafting of complex characters enhance this irresistible, heartfelt treat. (Feb.)