Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 308 (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction/Romance/New Adult
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Falling hard never felt so good.
Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.
The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…
The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?
This is the first book in the ICE series. The series continues with book #2, LOSING THE ICE.
When I first started reading this book, I had just come off of a two-month-long otherworldly-binge-read. I read 3 series of nothing human. It was all sidhe, night human, witches, etc. So, it took quite a bit to get into this book. I finally had to take a break and start fresh, forcing myself to not expect anything otherworldy in this story. That's when it clicked into place and I actually enjoyed the restart.
I know nothing about ice skating outside of enjoying it myself every few years and watching it on television. It is not something I understand the references of. I did have a bit of a time with the names of such moves in this book, but it was okay because by the end I could picture the moves in my head with ease. Otherwise, I liked this book so well that I came to have edge-of-my-seat-anxiety at times where my husband would ask me what was wrong and I'd have to hold up a finger to 'hang on' or just hold up my Kindle. The competitions were definitely that way.
I loved the spins in the story by having it all figured out ahead of time in which it then crashed down in my lap. Wow! Great spins!
Now let me get to the love-story part. Court and Josh were too different to be anything but competitors. Especially with his b*tch of a sister always being in the way and gracing everything with her snide remarks and snottiness. Stephanie was the exact opposite of Josh, thank God, as I would not have been able to read the book if they were similar.
But then Josh and Court spend more time together on and off the ice. And off the ice, they were steamy and had much more in common than they ever thought. Their chemistry rose off the charts many times, and many times there were crash landings that hurt... and by that I mean it hurt me as the reader. I wanted to strangle Court so many times.
Then mixing the competitions in with the on-again-off-again chemistry... it was almost too much for the reader. As for the steamy couple...let's just say have your pillow ready to bury your face in so you can scream and yell at the characters. Then have your kleenexes ready. Then your glass of wine. Then grab your pillow once more. By the end of this roller coaster of a story will be one you will be so glad you read, you'll be recommending it to others.
I am now off to purchase the 2nd book in the series because I need more of the plot twists and turns.
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books. You can also find Jennifer on Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads.