Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: August 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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?
This is the first book in the ICE series. The series continues with book #2, LOSING THE ICE.
Forbidden love – it’s a tale as old as time. The heart has a funny way of choosing the one person we think we should stay away from and earnestly begin to yearn for. Especially when the stakes are high, and you have everything to lose.
This story revolves around the lives of pair ice skaters Courtney and Mark. These two are dedicated athletes who have poured everything they have into their art, and the refuse to let anything stop them, including their arch rivals. Stephanie and Josh are a force to be reckoned with both on and off the rink. But as fate and love would have it, Josh slowly begins to melt the ice around Courtney’s heart, and she quickly finds herself in the direst place a driven woman can. She is faced with the difficult decision of having to choose what is the most important to her, and that struggle is perfectly depicted in this work.
I adored the way Jennifer Comeaux fashioned her characters. Each one is filled with intense drive and purpose, determined to reach their goals no matter what stands in their way. Comeaux is inventively clever by weaving each of the individual’s paths together. No path is clear, and each member of this story must encounter obstacles to reach their desired destination. More often than not, these obstacles were people, and even more terrifying, their feelings about the people they once thought they could mow over without a second thought.
The voice of Courtney stood out to me immensely. Of course, her name is PERFECT (I felt like I was in a book!) but so is her personality. She thinks exactly like a real woman would, especially one that is trying to sort out the mess her heart seems to have created of her professional career. It always seems it is so much more difficult for women to manage their professional and personal lives, and my thoughts on that is because we never want to let anyone down, including ourselves. Courtney perfectly embodies this thought in a light and realistic way that I instantly fell in love with.
I also fell hard for Josh. His tone and charisma swept me and my book counterpart off of our feet in a matter of mere pages, it just took some time to realize it. He is the perfect book boyfriend, and I was so sad to have the book end as it meant my relationship with Josh was over by extension. However, I will let him live on in my heart long down the line, and he has most certainly made my top book boyfriend list.
This book was a fast paced read and very light hearted. It was an enjoyable read in which I could just melt into this world and leave my cares behind. Comeaux has created a beautiful world to get lost in for a while, and I plan on visiting again very soon.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. This was a very sweet, happy romance novel that was more than well done. It was structurally sound as well as exquisitely penned. This was my first book by Comeaux, but I know for certain it will not be my last.
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. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.