Rosemary Chamberlain was no pink-cardboard-and-plastic princess. She was a flesh-and-blood woman with plans that made it impossible— literally impossible— for the two of them to turn into anything. She had her own stuff, her own interests, her own power, her own life. He liked that about her, liked that she listened and formed her own opinions, but he didn’t like that it meant she saw things. Rosemary wasn’t the kind of woman he could pick what he wanted to show her and not show her, hiding behind a nice-guy mask, ghosting her if he had to, telling her he was busy or had a lot going on in his life until she gave up and went away.
I have been reading Ruthie Knox since her debut way back when and I really love her voice. They tend to be a little heavy, but not too angsty and always pretty sexy. This book was no different. This is the third and I think final book in the New York series. They are all interconnected but could be read as stand-alones. I recommend reading the previous ones to really understand the connections between the characters.
The premise on this is interesting, Rosemary and Kal meet and hook-up after both were on Mount Everest and had to give up their adventure because of an avalanche. Kal is kind and caring and makes sure Rosemary is okay after coming down off the mountain. They end up seeking comfort in each other with some sexy times. I was a little disappointed because that first sexy time was fade to black. I was worried the whole book would be fade to black, but that is not the case. I say that, but even at the time, it made sense that it wasn’t on the page.
Rosemary Chamberlin is the ex-wife of Winston Chamberlin, hero from book two. Rosemary is really struggling with who she is. She is divorced and talks about how when she was in her marriage, she felt like “wallpaper”. When her daughter was 17, Rosemary left her family and began going on travel adventures. She is now a part of a group of women who are attempting to summit seven of the biggest mountains. After the incident, Rosemary is shaken. She thought this was her new destiny to travel and climb, but now she doesn’t know.
Kal is Sherpa and known as an “ice doctor” in the climbing community. He assists groups as they climb up Mt. Everest. He’s kind of grumpy. He’s kind of caught up in his own sadness and shit and I kind of loved him. He’s a bit younger than Rosemary and he struggles with his feelings for her and how someone like her could love him.
When they get back stateside, they have to navigate through the real world and how and if they can translate chemistry and physical attraction into a real relationship. The conflict felt authentic and was emotional while they worked through their nonsense.
There is a subplot of how women frequently get overshadowed by the men in their lives and their accomplishments. I didn’t feel like it was heavy-handed, but some readers may not enjoy it. Rosemary’s daughter was annoying and I really wanted Rosemary to stand up to her a little more, but I also understand why that didn’t happen.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t quite as good as the previous books, but I felt like it was a solid read. Good characters with a love story I could believe in and hope the best for. We do get a glimpse at characters from the previous books, so that was fun too.