I really enjoyed this tale of an ice skater finding love on the rink. Don't forget to check out Jennifer's other books and the giveaway!
Release date: August 3rd 2014
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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?
I turned to Josh with my arms folded and my head cocked to the side. “So, you’re an athlete, a dancer and a musician? If you tell me you’re a skilled artist, I’m gonna have to hate you.”
He laughed. “I can barely draw a stick figure.”
“Whew.” I swiped my hand across my forehead.
“Even if I was the next Picasso, though, I wouldn’t have told you.” He paused and held my gaze. “I don’t like the idea of you hating me.”
My stomach fluttered. Josh didn’t often make extended eye contact, but whenever he locked those sinfully blue eyes on mine, I became a mesmerized puddle of swoon.
★★★★ 1/2 stars
I've always been a huge fan of ice skating. There's just something about the way the skaters can propel themselves off the ground and into the air that's fascinated me since I was a child. Of course the pretty clothes aren't hard to look at either. The truth is I can't ice skate close to the professional level, let alone an amateur one, so I like to watch it on television and read novels that feature ice skaters.
In Crossing the Ice, Jennifer Comeaux shares with us the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to compete for your country. Courtney has two dreams, to get into Boston College and compete for the United States at the Olympics. She's not expecting to have her greatest rivals for the position on the Olympic team to start training with her and Mark, her partner. Even more unexpected is her attraction to Josh, one half of the invading pair.
I read this book quickly. There's a lot that happens in the book and it's fast paced. For fans of Jennifer's On the Edge series we do get to see Emily, Sergei, their adorable twins, and Chris. Of course Emily and Sergei play important roles in Courtney's training and life. It was very easy to like Courtney and Josh. It took me longer to warm up to Mark and I never warmed up to Stephanie, Josh's sister and skating partner.
I'd like to commend Jennifer for writing a book that was real and raw. Sometimes reality doesn't live up to our dreams. I can't fully explain how well I connected to Courtney, Mark, and Josh. I laughed with them and cried with them. I'm very happy to see that this is the first book in a new series. I hope to see more of Courtney and her journey in the future. Jennifer has once again done a great job to bring ice skating to readers in a way they can understand, relate, and enjoy.
* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author:
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.