Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: Breaking the Ice by T.Torrest

23922073Rating:  ★★★★ stars
Date published: December 16th, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
A Reader-Generated Love Story 

Zachary McAllister's entire life revolves around hockey and sex, in that order. 
When a career-ending injury changes everything, he’s left mourning the life that could have been. Now the owner of a rundown local pub, the ex-NHL star finds himself grappling with his "ordinary" existence, trying to come to terms with a very uncertain future. 

His former team is on track to win the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship without him, and preparations are being made for a victory party at the bar. 

Enter Avery Brooks. 
She’s the straitlaced event planner hired to arrange the party, thanks to her father's connections. 
Her father who just happens to be the General Manager for the NJ Devils…
and the guy who handed Zac his walking papers four years ago. 

Suddenly, Avery finds herself face-to-face with her teenage crush. 
The two had a minor flirtation going on back in the day, when Zac was just an arrogant, womanizing rookie and Avery was a naive, starry-eyed fan. 

Their chemistry is undeniable, but both are completely different people than they were all those years ago. 

In order for this fiery Devil to melt the heart of an ice princess, Zac will need to up his game. 
All he needs to do is relearn everything he ever thought he knew about how to play. 

Breaking the Ice was written based on the input and suggestions from readers.
From the characters’ names to their occupations to the years this story takes place, the entirety of this narrative has been created by (and for) readers like

***This book is intended for readers 18+ due to some offensive language, underage drinking, and graphic sex/sexual situations*** 

Sweet, inspiring, a little funny, a little angsty, a little sexy 

What I Thought:

The idea of having the readers participate in a story they'd like to read is one I really like. Especially since readers can be very critical of what they do not like.  I was one of the readers who voted on names and characteristics for Zac and Avery.  I loved taking part and was very eager to see how the story would shape up.  I knew from my first glance at the beautiful cover it was going to be good.

I loved having the book told from both Avery and Zac's points of view, especially with the way it was told.  I got to know Avery, her thoughts, feelings, and how she felt about Zac from the moment they met.  When they reconnected, I really wondered what Avery was thinking, but was so happy to finally get Zac's spin on things.  As much as I loved being in Avery's head, I loved being in Zac's more.  I feel like I had a stronger emotional connection with him.  The two of them had such chemistry together and I loved seeing them spark off each other. 

There were parts of the story I wish had been better developed.  This is perhaps where being in Avery's head would've been beneficial.  I wish I knew more about Avery's past from when she had Zac were apart, in particular her relationships.  I would've liked to have seen more of Zac when his life had changed from what he wanted it to be and his interaction with his father and family after that. Beyond that, and wanting more to read of course, the story was very well written.  I laughed and got emotional.  I really enjoyed reading the story and couldn't put the book down.  I stayed up late in the night to finish it and it was so worth it.

T. Torrest has done a wonderful job of taking reader's input and creating a story that's memorable.  She took bits and pieces and put together two characters I loved and a story I enjoyed.  The tagline at the bottom of the synopsis. "READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: Sweet, inspiring, a little funny, a little angsty, a little sexy." is absolutely true and so fitting. I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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About the Author
T. Torrest is a fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her main audience is mature teens and twenty-somethings, but her stories are geared toward women of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik's cube for a laptop and her catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.

* I purchased an ebook copy.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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