I ignored Zero Visibility by Georgia Beers for a while. I’d seen the book in a couple of recommended lists, but the whole mountain town and skiing star thing just wasn’t my thing. Or so I thought. (Spoiler: I was wrong.)
After a while, my curiosity got the better of me and I purchased the audiobook. Now, I wish I had listened to it sooner! Zero visibility is a highly entertaining lesbian romance book. The small town setup and many characters turn it into a heartfelt story that goes beyond the cliche romantic angle.
Listening was like taking a vacation
Family life, loss, grief and regrets are a big part of Zero Visibility. I love it when an author takes the time to create a credible world rather than focusing solely on the ‘girl meets girl, girl gets girl’ part. You get to take a trip, a vacation to a wonderful ski town, while reading this book.
So, the story, you ask? Cassy has lived in Lake Henry all her life. She owns a successful local business in sporting goods. She’s happy and content. Emerson shares her small town upbringing, but has fled the snow covered Lake Henry a long time ago.
A dramatic event ruining her professional skiing career, shame and regrets have kept Emerson away from Lake Henry, and her mother Caroline. When Caroline dies unexpectedly, Emerson is forced to go back to her home town. She’s not planning on facing her demons, though. She wants to do what’s necessary and leave.
The town isn’t exactly welcoming either. Everyone assumes Emerson is cold-hearted and ungrateful. A real ice queen. Gentle Cassy, too, has her doubts. She was close to Emerson’s mother, who missed her daughter immensely. But Cassie can’t stop herself from wanting to know more about Emerson.
The master of ice queens
There’s one thought I kept having while reading (or listening to) this book: Georgia Beers truly is the master of ‘ice queens’. It’s almost a given in lesbian romance fiction: warm woman meets cold/arrogant/(enter other opposites) woman. But Georgia’s Beers’ icy women are *extra* cold.
This makes her books more interesting and at times also more frustrating. While other authors let the ice break fairly soon (The ‘See? She seems cold but is actually very sensitive’ moment), Georgia Beers makes you wait for it. And I mean: waaaait for it. At times, I wanted to scream at Emerson to get over herself already.
Hours flew by
But the wait was worth it. I just checked how long the audiobook is for this review. I was surprised to see it’s over 9 hours! Those hours sure flew by. The performance of this book is good, but not great. At times, I felt like the characters’ styles got mixed up a bit. But this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the audiobook!
I’m happy I finally listened to the recommended audiobooks section on Audible.com and purchased Zero Visibility. I truly enjoyed it and I hope to hear (like, literally) more from Georgia Beers on Audible! I promise to listen sooner next time 😉
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