I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Off the Ice by Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls
on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Breaking the Ice
Also by this author: Whatever Life Throws at You, Halfway Perfect
All is fair in love and hockey…
Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.
Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.
It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.
For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.
This book was a pretty quick read. I’ve read a few hockey books before, but none in the YA genre. And good gravy, it may be more intense than the Adult hockey books I’ve read.
I really liked both Tate and Claire. They tiptoe the line of attraction. Claire has only ever seen Tate as her best friend’s little brother, and Tate has had a crush on Claire since he was a preteen. But when Claire comes back home she doesn’t see him as the little brother she did before. He’s grown up, and isn’t the same as he used to be.
Tate and Claire are dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. I won’t mention what because it something that needs to be felt and processed while you read, but I couldn’t imagine dealing with the situations they are. Claire struggles with being back home when she wants to be back at school working on her theater program, and Tate is trying to keep afloat when he becomes the star goalie for his hockey team.
The hockey team practices, and how the town lives and breathes hockey, completely blew me away. It was insane how much the town felt based on how the hockey season was going. I also want to know what other secrets the team is keeping.
The romance isn’t insta-love. They both had a pretty memorable night, maybe not in the best way, before Claire left for school. But that night spurred the feelings they both have a year later.
I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Contemporary Romance Challenge
- 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- 2017 New Release Challenge