• Black Diamond

  • Stark Springs Academy, Book 1
  • By: Ali Dean
  • Narrated by: Leanne Woodward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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By: Ali Dean
Narrated by: Leanne Woodward
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Publisher's Summary

It’s not a place for the weak. 

No one here tolerates wimps. 

If you can’t handle it, leave. 

Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world. When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. 

Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator. Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. 

The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.

©2015 Ali Dean Fiction LLC (P)2021 Ali Dean Fiction LLC

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Sweet sports romance

This is the first book in the Stark Springs Academy series, and the story of Rafe, and Roxanne, who meet when Roxanne attends Rafe's family skiing Academy. This was a sweet story, with mystery, suspense, drama, and romance. 3.5 Stars.

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Must Read

This story is one of my favorites from Ali Dean! You get a little romance, some winter sport action, drama, and an air of mystery! The only reason I marked it down to 4 stars, instead of 5, was the narrator’s voice. She did a good job telling the story and really putting you in it, but her voice just isn’t what I would have picked for the main character. I got used to it as the book went on though.
Definitely recommend!.

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Roxie Junior year

Ali dean does such a good job of capturing that high school/college feel! All the awkward moments, fast heart sweatly palm moments, and becoming smitten with your crush! Another must read!!

Plus the narrator Leanne sounds like a modern day Cher from clueless! with less "as ifs". Have I dated myself ... oops!

Roxie is a skier who doesn't have a whole lot of confidence in her self, but knows she loves skiing! Join her on her journey through bratty rich kids at a boarding school for winter sports, and the winter sport mafia? So many ups and downs, not to mention mean girl vengeance.

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Black Diamond

This is the first book in the Stark Springs Academy series. Roxie has been given the chance of a lifetime. She recieved a full skii scholarship her junior year to one of the most elite winter academies. She realizes real quick that Stark Academy and its students follow Riker Black's rules. I feel like book one was just a dip into the the inner workings of Stark Academy. I have a feeling book 2 is going to put me through the wringer. Leanne Woodward did a great job narrating .

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Great beginning of trilogy

This is the first book I've listened to by Ali Dean. I love the storyline, especially since I've been watching the Winter Olympics figure skaters. I don't usually pay attention to the skiers so this has brought my attention to another sport. The characters are wonderful. I am invested in the lives of these kids. Especially the romance between Ryker and Roxie. I'm loving their push/pull. Slow burn romances are a favorite of mine.

Leanne Woodward is a new to me narrator. Her performance has been excellent! This book rolls like a movie in my head. She does both male and female voices exceptionally. I hope to hear more from this narrator.

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  • 06-20-22

Loved it

I love Ali Dean and this book did not disappoint. A full rollercoaster ride, i am rooting for Roxie and Ryker.

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 04-26-22

Different (in a good way)

It took me some time to get used to Leanne's style of narration, but ultimately, I enjoyed it.
Her range of characters was impressive and the accents were decent.

Having loved and enjoyed Ali's sports infused stories, I was ready to see her take on skiing, snowboarding—and any other winter sports that were thrown in the mix.
What I wasn't ready for was Ryker or the posse (aka Mean girls on steroids).
I was absolutely gobsmacked by their catty vendetta, and better than you attitude.

I really enjoyed Roxie's character. Her strength and resilience, her fight for what was right—and ultimately—not settling for less than what she deserved were all part of her charm.

Ryker, while not my favourite person (to begin with) slowly grew on me.
I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops.

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  • tenisha
  • 03-09-22

Good Listen

Roxie thought she was just going to one of the best schools for skiing, what she did not know was this was a place like she never imagined. She must follow the rules set up by Ryker or face the consequences that he set forth. This book is full of drama.
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  • 03-03-22

Very enjoyable

This bully to friends has a different spin on it with everyone being to competitive it has lots of fireworks. Good characters with a solid storyline. Excellent performance from Leanne.
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  • Gillek2
  • 03-01-22

Ryker and Roxie!

When Roxie receives a scholarship at Spark Springs Academy, a boarding school which helps students train for winter sports, she is equally nervous and excited. When she arrives, she finds herself on the outside looking in as most of the students have been together for years and she doesn’t understand the power that Ryker, one of the students seems to have.

Ryker is intrigued by Roxie and invites her to join his “posse”, the popular group of friends however Roxie declines. In doing so she has only intrigued Ryker more and attracted the negative attention of those in his group which only makes the situation more difficult especially when they develop feelings for each other.

This is the beginning of Ryker and Roxie's story and I am looking forward to seeing where their relationship goes. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters and the story to life. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession