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.
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“Yes, two glasses of champagne, please,” said Jeffrey.
“Right away, sir.”
“Isn't it great, us getting away like this?” murmured Jeffrey, nuzzling Maggie's neck. “You know, it's the first time we've been alone together for such a long time. It was hard for me to manage a two-week break, but it's well worth it.” Jeffrey smiled, planting a kiss on Maggie's neck.
“Yes, it'll be great.” Maggie smiled, stroking Jeffrey's cheek. “I still can't believe that the network let you go for two weeks…”
“Actually, Maggie, there is something else that I wanted to tell you about this trip…” Jeffrey stalled, as though looking for the right words. “You see, I'm producing a documentary about off-piste skiing, and I thought we would combine business and pleasure.”
“I understand.” Maggie bid herself not to be disappointed. This last minute announcement was typical of Jeffrey: one minute they might be sharing a romantic dinner, and the next, Jeffrey would be up and running, scouting for the next idea for a TV show.
“So you're not mad?” Jeffrey nuzzled her neck. “I meant to tell you earlier, but it slipped my mind…”
“I know how important your work is to you.” Maggie managed a smile. Of course she was mad, but she was already seated on the plane, suspended in mid-air, so what was the point of having a fruitless fight?
“You are so understanding. I love you, babe.” Jeffrey leaned back against his seat.
“So what is the documentary about?” Maggie's interest was genuinely piqued. Jeffrey had several successful sitcoms under his belt and one medical show, but he had never been interested in documentaries.
“I know exactly what you're thinking - it's nothing like what I have done before, which is exactly why I want to do it. I am going to shock the pants off those empty suits in corporate and do something that the network has never had the guts to do. You see, I found out about this terrific kid who does this crazy, extreme skiing, and he wants to ski this impossible couloir that no one has ever skied before. He's been looking for a producer to film the thing, and no one wants to take it on because it's too risky, but guess what,” Jeffrey halted, winking at her.
“It's not too risky for me. From the minute I heard about it, I knew this was the project I've been waiting for. Of course it took months to hammer out the legal details, but finally, I got the green light from the suits upstairs. I tell you Maggie, if this pans out the way I plan it to, and I'll be damned if it doesn't, a year from now I will be in a whole new league.”
“That sounds great, Jeffrey.” Maggie had never seen Jeffrey so fired up about anything. “But are you sure it's safe? It sounds really dangerous. What if someone gets hurt?”
“Oh, I wouldn't worry about that. That's why I'm having Charlie come along. He drafted an ironclad contract that absolves me and the network of any legal responsibility, so we're all good there.”
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, Smitten at First Sight, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.
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