Hi Everyone! I have become a big fan of Julie Cross’s romance books. They are the perfect blend of heart and sizzle and I have happily read everyone of the books in her Juniper Falls. You can read my review for the second book in this series, Breaking the Ice, here. I was excited when I found the newest Juniper Falls books on NetGalley. I had high hopes for this book and it definitely lived up to them.
Title: On Thin Ice
Author: Julie Cross
Note: I voluntarily read and reviewed advanced reader copy of this book. All Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summary: Brooke Parker’s life has been turned upside down. She has moved from her home in Austin, Texas to Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Brooke doesn’t feel like she belongs in the hockey obsessed town but when she gets the opportunity to join the town’s new girls hockey team she reluctantly joins hoping to find a place where she belongs. At practice, Brooke encounters Jake Hammond a hockey superstar who is sentenced to be the assistant coach of the girl’s team after a hazing ritual gone very wrong. The two are drawn to each other and quickly form a connection that will help them overcome Brooke’s painful family history and Jake’s troubling hockey future.
Review: I had high exceptions for this book because I enjoyed the others in this series so much and On Thin Ice easily lived up to all my expectations. Julie Cross is very good at creating characters that don’t seem like they should be each other’s perfect matches but somehow they just work. Brooke and Jake’s romance was filled with sweet moments of them learning to understand each other and realizing that they fill the voids in each other’s life. Their story about slowly fall in love is a very nice love story with sweet moments and some deliciously sizzling moments and makes this an excellent romance. However, Cross also was able to make On Thin Ice so much more than just a simple romance. This book goes much deeper. Cross uses Brooke and Jake’s love story to also discuss the abuse in high school sports and the issue of hazing. The book illustrates what many students are experiencing with the pressure placed on them by the adults in their lives. It is this discussion that takes a simple romance and turns it into novel about real life issues with which many teens maybe able to relate. Cross ties all the pieces (the romance, the hazing, parent issues) together to make a story that was both sizzly and heartfelt and left me hoping that this is not the last time that we get to visit Juniper Falls.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5