by Lark O'Neal

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Going the Distance II - YOLO

A full-length, stand-alone romance.

When snowboard queen Kaitlin Bouvier gets a weird text from her friend Tyler--who has been missing for months--she tracks him to Iceland, where a volcano is threatening to blow any second. She's been in love with Tyler since childhood and the two shared a few very steamy nights last summer in Italy, giving Kaitlin hope that there might be a real chance for them.

Unfortunately, Tyler is as elusive as the wind. When the volcano does erupt, Kaitlin is trapped in Reykjavik with a group of young travelers who each have their own reasons for being on the road, including the very sexy, very smart grad student Gabe Walsh, who teaches her how hot her blood can boil. She tells herself he's just a diversion--there's no way their crazy lives can work.

Check out the first collection of Going the Distance novels!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157675240
Publisher: Barbara Samuel
Publication date: 12/18/2015
Series: Going the Distance II - YOLO , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 247,110
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lark O’Neal loves books, travel, and romance, so it’s only natural that they should all come together in a series of books. She lives with her British partner in Colorado, where she writes from a studio overlooking the mountains. She has won many awards for her books, and loves to hear from readers at .

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Extreme 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet, well-written, enjoyable book. Kaitlin has won an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding and is continuing to compete, when she gets a text from a friend, Tyler, who has been out of touch for months. She travels to Iceland to see him and meets Gabe, a grad student studying volcanoes. Following Kaitlin's adventures as she develops her relationships with Tyler and Gabe was so fun, and I can't wait to read the next book! It can be read as a stand alone, though is the first of a spin-off series with related characters. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JT1969 More than 1 year ago
Here's a spin-off novel from the Going the Distance series. Get ready for a hot "fling" in Iceland which centers on Kaitlin Bouvier, Olympic gold medalist snowboarder. The simple plot begins like a love triangle in which Kaitlin is faced with helping her long time crush, Tyler, and then meets graduate student, Gabe Walsh. Watch out for the very steamy sex scenes!
mignon-mykel More than 1 year ago
Kaitlin finds herself on a trip to Iceland, trying to find her best friend, Tyler, who up and walked away, not leaving so much as a note for any of his family and friends. After a text, Kaitlin goes to find him -- and it shows the type of true friendship she and Tyler have. On her trip, though, she meets Gabe -- who urges her to see certain sights her first day in the area. Their... friendship... if you will, was quick and easy. However, as readers we get an immediate sense of the chip on Kailin's shoulder. You see, she chose to be a professional snowboarder and all her life, she's had people telling her that's not a career, that's not a way of life -- that's simply a hobby. So there are conversations straight off that she tears Gabe down, all while trying to keep the pride she has in the work she does. She's not looking for anything more, not when she questions her feelings for best friend, Tyler, but Gabe makes her wonder. But then seeing Tyler so broken, makes her wonder more, question further. I enjoyed the journey Kaitlin and Gabe went on, all while she fought for what she seemingly hoped for with Tyler. I loved that once Kaitlin let go of her chip, she allowed Gabe in -- and he showed support in so many ways. Their growing relationship was quick, but in very adult ways, they knew what they found was unlikely... And took that step back (the emotion from there was full and such a great way to close out their story). I found this to be well written and adored the characters. There were times that it felt long, or the story didn't have a pace that kept me completely involved, but I did enjoy the story. I want to see more of them!! Now, there's a reason why Tyler's in Iceland and part of me wants to read the GOING THE DISTANCE series, but I fear it's length for one character, and the fact that Tyler was now in Iceland alone, will annoy me. I want to see this man unbroken... *Review copy received in exchange for an honest review through Xpresso Book Tours
AmberatWickedGoodblog More than 1 year ago
My dad was a military man and he and my mother traveled a lot before my sisters and I were born. They always told us how beautiful Iceland was and when I read the description of this book I instantly knew I had to have it. The story follows Kaitlyn, a professional snowboarder, as she sets off to find her friend Tyler and her path in life really - while running into a hot geophysicist named Gabe (who is dreamy) in Iceland and having lots of fun and hot sexy times along the way. Oh and there is a volcano that erupts which strands everyone. First let me start off with.. I read a lot. I mean, A LOT. Usually I can find something within a book that sparks my interest and I can hang onto that and it keeps me going until the end. I struggled with Extreme. I liked most everything about it. But nothing about the story just snagged me. The characters were good, but not great. The story was steady but I found my mind wandering. I think maybe this has something to do with my age (im 39). My mind is wanting to put this in the YA category but with good sexy times. I think if i were in my early 20s, I might have enjoyed this much more. I want to blame myself because really looking at the book as a whole, its beautifully written. I can tell the author is good, she knows her stuff. Its just...me. :( My opinion only.. I give Extreme 3 WickedGoodStars. I liked it, but I didnt love it. I do however appreciate the opportunity to read and review the book.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Sweet & Adorable! Everyone needs a Gabe in their life... Extreme by Lark O’Neal is a New Adult romance with a dash of adventure. I was pleasantly surprised when Extreme did not follow the usual NA formula. The story does not have the usual level of melodrama and angst I’ve come to expect in this genre. The narration was also unique. Kaitlin is the main character and primary narrator, but periodically there is a chapter from the point of view of the guys. Those refreshing small changes made for a more interesting read. Kaitlin and Gabe are very likable characters, and I felt their connection and chemistry right away. I usually don’t buy the instant attraction/love idea, but O’Neal’s treatment of these two characters made their whirlwind relationship work for me. I appreciated that there wasn’t a rush into an intimate relationship, and they were both presented as strong individuals. Kaitlin is a gold-medal winning snowboarder. She grew up a tomboy who was crushing on one of her older brother ’s friends, Tyler. She has been extremely lucky in that she can focus on her sport with full financial support of her wealthy family. Lest you think she is a snobby trust fund kid, she is down to Earth and totally focused on going for gold in the Olympics. Gabe is a geophysicist who is working on his doctorate in volcanology. He is definitely more mature and a little bit older than Kaitlin. He’s just as dedicated to his studies as Kaitlin is about snowboarding. His good looks, brains, and charm make Kaitlin take a chance on him. While in Iceland, Kaitlin meets several interesting characters. These young gap-year travelers don’t add too much to the story, but they do provide some color and a backdrop for readers to get to know more about Kaitlin. I didn’t feel like Tyler was developed much more that the other secondary characters even though he is the sole reason that Kaitlin has traveled to Iceland. O’Neal’s writing is crisp, clean and descriptive, and her plot is well paced. O’Neal’s descriptions of Iceland’s northern lights, mountains, and folklore inspired me to add it to my list of places to visit. She snuck in some important messages about following your passion and being open to compromise into her sweet, tender story of love and friendship. I was charmed by the main characters’ magical connection as well as the ABBA song, Take A Chance On Me, mystically coming on the radio whenever the two needed a nudge to take a leap of faith in one another.
A_British_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
You know, this book didn't follow the path I expected for it at all. And I'm glad, because it was a great read. I made an immediate connection with the characters and the story as a whole. The author transports the reader to a land of drama and beauty which pales beside the beauty of the developing relationship between Gabe and Kaitlin. There was a real depth and intensity of feeling between the two which was perfectly imagined for me. My only criticism (and it's really more of a niggle) was the ending - out of the entire story, that was the one part which felt a little contrived, and perhaps a little too convenient. But apart from that, a thoroughly enjoyable tale. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.