Double Black by Ali Dean
Stark Springs Academy #2
If you want to the best, show no fear.
And if Ryker Black is your boyfriend, you better be ready to fight. On and
off the slopes.
Overnight, Roxie Slade went from an outsider at Stark Springs Academy, to
a ruler at the prestigious boarding school for elite winter athletes. But Roxie
didn’t know if she wanted that power, and she definitely wasn’t sure about
sharing it with Ryker Black, who came from a different world and lived by a
different set of morals. Ryker may have decided to trust her, but could she
Roxie only cared about her rising position in the ski rankings, but now her
status at Stark and within the winter sports community is skyrocketing,
whether she asked for it or not. Can she handle both while attempting a
real relationship with Ryker Black? Roxie once believed that her sole
purpose was proving herself on the slopes, but she’s done that once, and
she’s far from satisfied. She has so much more to prove.
Black diamond is book #2 in the Stark Springs Academy Series. I was gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
I really enjoyed the first book and I managed to get straight into this second book and instantly engaged with the characters.
I really like Roxie she’s very young but she acts like she’s a teenager so I enjoyed her youthful view on life. I found her relationship with Ryker a bit stilted in this book and I missed the angst from the first book.
The skiing elements were great and actually really informative and useful. The integration of Roxie and Ryker’s friends was very sweet and comfortable.
I would have loved Petra to have become a real problem for me she just wasn’t sinister or crazy enough to be a real villain.
For me this book just didn’t flow as easily as the first one. I’m not sure if it’s because everything was out in the open so it took away the element of mystery or if it was just because at times this felt a bit like kids playing at being grow ups.
Either way I struggled to get really involved in the story.
Ryker’s family drama was interesting but I was almost expecting something to happen so I wasn’t hugely surprised.
I didn’t love this book but I did enjoy it and I will definitely continue with the series.
Black diamond gets 3.5 stars from me.