El­yse Springer

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Rip­tide Pub­lish­ing Soft­cover $17.99 (226pp) 978-1-62649-514-2

Thaw is pas­sion­ate and raw, with a re­minder that love isn’t the same for ev­ery­one.

El­yse Springer’s Thaw ex­plores love and what it means to show it, with two peo­ple in a re­la­tion­ship who aren’t sure what one should look like.

Abi­gail lives a quiet life as a li­brar­ian with her own rou­tine—which is just how she likes it. Re­la­tion­ships are dif­fi­cult for her, since Abi­gail is asex­ual and doesn’t want to disappoint a po­ten­tial part­ner who would ex­pect to be in­ti­mate.

At a party with her friend, Abi­gail is asked to dance by the beau­ti­ful Gabrielle Levesque, the renowned model known as the “Ice Queen” in the in­dus­try. Abi­gail doesn’t ex­pect any­thing from their chance en­counter, but Gabrielle sur­prises her by pur­su­ing her. It be­comes ap­par­ent how­ever, that there is a rea­son for Gabrielle’s icy exterior that could end any chance she and Abi­gail have. Deal­ing with her own con­cerns, her job at the li­brary be­ing threat­ened and the worry that Gabrielle won’t care for her once she finds out Abi­gail doesn’t want to have sex, Abi­gail isn’t sure the re­la­tion­ship will go far.

Thaw is a smol­der­ing story with com­pelling char­ac­ters and won­der­ful chem­istry. Abi­gail is a well-rounded char­ac­ter with re­al­is­tic con­cerns. Her love life is not al­ways her num­ber-one pri­or­ity, de­spite the oc­ca­sional griev­ances. With her job as a li­brar­ian be­ing threat­ened, her char­ac­ter is re­vealed. She is a wor­rier, some­one who prefers their own com­pany, with a pas­sion for books she feels can’t be sat­is­fied in another job. All of this is re­vealed very well with the help of the events in her life.

Gabrielle is a more mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure, but her mo­tives has rea­son and ul­ti­mately make

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