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Breaking the Ice Paperback – 18 November 2013
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- Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (18 November 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 324 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1493768972
- ISBN-13 : 978-1493768974
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 1.85 x 19.84 cm
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About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads. She is represented by Kate Nash of The Kate Nash Literary Agency.
In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance and has since scooped Top Ten Reads/Book of the Year places from a number of UK book bloggers.
Traditionally published by US publisher Sapphire Star, Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse, and most recently, digital fiction specialists, Bookouture, a great story is never far from her fingertips!
A contributor to writing blogs and short story anthologies, Mandy is also a regular speaker at literary festivals, events and women's networking groups.
Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World's Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1's Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
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Sam suffers from anxiety and can't get out of her own head, Jimmy is an ex-skating star and a recovering alcoholic, Cloe is a nymphomaniac with relationship issues and together they make a fun group of characters.
Samantha Smith is not your typical female lead, she is a nervous wreck, lacking in confidence and has a tendency to have panic attacks. She works for the local civic centre, that she adores, and takes on many roles there from box office sales, to usherette to health and safety, stock manager and ice cream seller. The book starts with her trying to work out what went wrong and why she has 4000 tubs of an ice-cream flavour that isn't overly popular to try and sell instead of her regular order!
The latest show to be held at the civic centre, features sexy ice-dancer Jimmy Lloyd, and slowly he tries to get to know Samantha, and always seems to be on hand and unfazed by any of her borderline crazy behaviour.
And there really is some crazy actions, many of which lead to me almost laughing out loud, and there is a scene involving a meeting that will stick in my mind for a while. Somehow I found Samantha to be quite endearing, unlike her sister Cleo who she lives with. Cleo tends to get through men quite fast, until Jeremy arrives on the scene. However I hated the way Cleo spoke to her sister at times, it was patronizing and down right mean at points.
There is something about the civic centre at the heart of the book that got under my skin, and I was enjoying seeing how Jimmy was around Samantha, including teaching her to skate to a really high level.
At this point I may have to repeat what I have said in previous reviews of Mandy Baggot's books, but I can't stress enough how much I enjoy this talented author, and I'm delighted to say that although this is the earliest of her books that I have now read, its just a good quality, and just as enjoyable as her later releases.
The storyline revolving around the two main characters of Samantha and Jimmy is so good. Mandy keeps us enthralled throughout this wonderful book.
I look forward to reading more wonderful books by Mandy.
Life for Samantha is running along quite nicely for her, she has her routines her job & who wouldn't want love but she doesn't see herself as others do, she's been bullied because she's shy which just makes social things outside the confines of her job so scary, then in her little theatre along comes an infamous ice skater to put a show on at first she can't believe it people that well known don't come to their hall but no Jimmy Lloyd, much talked about Canadian ice skater, womaniser & alcoholic is there to put on a skating show.
Samantha has no idea who he is until she tells her celebrity loving, fashion loving, outgoing sister tells her who he is & that he's been in rehab for drink & drugs. Then one day she goes into work early & sees him practising all alone out on the ice & it reminds her of her love of ice discos when she was 15. The first time she meets him it doesn't go to well but over the next few days she starts to see a different side to him than the one the papers show, can he really be that bad, how can somebody who is like that be interested in little towns like theirs. I'm not putting any spoilers in all I will say is that this book really makes you wonder how badly some real life celebrities, sportsmen/women, athletes have been portrayed in the attention seeking, sensationalising media & how nice they could be in real life. Can't wait to read my next Mandy Baggot book :)
I think this is one of the first times I have read a book where I didn't really like the main character. When the book first started I quite liked her, but quite quickly she really started to grate on me. I found myself wondering how someone who seemed to suffer from quite severe anxiety in stressful situations ever really managed to function in a customer service position. As Samantha's confidence grew I started to warm to her, but there was a few things she did that were completely out of character that I felt affected the readability, I had to re-read to make sure I had actually read it right. Cleo, Samantha's sister, was awful. On just about every level. She was self-centered and selfish and at times she was downright mean to her sister and just when I thought Samantha was growing a backbone she let her sister treat her like crap. Again. It kind of made me realise why Samantha was the way she was... when this was the support she had at home.. and probably why I started to feel sympathetic towards her again.
There where a few moments in the book that I found predictable but it didn't spoil the overall enjoyment for me.