Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

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 received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 Stars

Crossing the Ice was a lovely story. It was simple to read, easy to put down and pick back up again. The story had the romantic elements that made it lighthearted and the nasty characters that added drama.

The problem with these perfectly nice elements is that they made the book wholly predictable. I could tell from the out set what would happen. It would have been more interesting if the plot had veered away from the traditional path and brought something unique to the table.

The characters, while they did serve their purpose, were not very interesting by themselves. They seemed rather one dimensional, like they were actors playing a part they had to rather than characters living their lives. The villains of the piece had next to no character development. They were there to be evil and you didn't get any sense of redemption for them, or reason for their being hateful people other  than they were the rich snobby types that are designed to be evil and little else.

I will say this for the author: she included quite a lot of skater talk, as it were, that enables the reader to feel as though they are a part of the figure skating community.

Music Recommendation

I was trying to think of a song that Courtney and Josh would have danced to, maybe even performed on the ice. At one point in the book he helps he learn to tango and this song popped into my head. I can listen to it and picture them together, swaying to the music.

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