Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"crossing the ice" by jennifer comeaux

Crossing the Ice (Ice #1)
by Jennifer Comeaux
Release Date: 08/03/14
Narrated by: Emily Stokes
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
As someone who used to be completely obsessed with figure skating (just ask any of my family members!), I couldn't pass up the chance to review Crossing the Ice, which takes place in the amateur skating world.

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?
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Overall, I enjoyed Crossing the Ice. At its core, it's a star-crossed lovers kind of plot, but it's made more interesting (at least to the 15-year-old figure skating fanatic that's buried inside of me) by being set in the figure skating world. I especially enjoyed the look at the inner workings of a pairs team. The novel was predictable in an unpredictable and satisfying way. (Does that make sense? Basically, I went into the novel fairly certain about how it would turn out, and it did ultimately end in the way I'd anticipated, but some of the events along the way completely surprised me in the best way.)

Rather than reading the novel, I listened to it on audiobook, and that definitely changed the way I consumed it. It certainly takes much longer to listen to an audiobook than it does to read the book (for me, anyway). At one point, I had five hours of listening left, and I kept thinking, "I could read the rest of this book in two hours. Tops."

The audiobook also had a few problems—repeated phrases, long pauses, etc. Obviously, this is not the author's problem, but I think you should be aware in case you decide to purchase the audiobook. 3-1/2 stars for the novel; 2-1/2 stars for the audiobook version.

Content note:
Some mild curse words are sprinkled throughout the novel. While the novel does not contain any sex, the main character thinks about it a lot. There is quite a bit of passionate kissing which, had I read it on the page, probably wouldn't have phased me. But hearing the main character talk about it (the novel is written in first person) just felt a little ... icky and voyeuristic.

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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 travelling 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.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free for review via YA Bound Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the great review and for being part of the tour, Becky!!


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