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Crossing the Ice (Ice Series #1) by [Comeaux, Jennifer]
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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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I've only recently discovered the wonderful thing that is audiobooks. Only a few months back I listened to my first one and was hooked. However I do find that my enjoyment has a lot to do with the narrator. If it's not how I imagined, I can find my mind drifting a little while I'm reading. But I didn't have that problem once with Crossing the Ice. Emily Stokes did a wonderful job of alternating voices so that I was never in doubt over who was speaking. I especially loved Sergei's voice. She also expertly captured each characters different emotions, and it was so easy to be swept away in the story.

I'm not shy in admitting that I have a real thing for bad boys. They're usually a little broken and I find myself really attracted to that. But let me tell you, the shy and quiet type may just be my new thing. I adored the ease with which Josh's cheeks reddened, but I also loved experiencing his comfort and Joy at being with Courtney. Josh was just so, so beautiful, and sweet, and caring, and loving. When a guy treats a girl the way that Josh treated Court, it was impossible not to want to swoon at his feet.

I also really Liked Courtney. She was competitive and dedicated and committed to her dream of getting to the olympics. She was sweet and she loved completely and always tried her hardest to make everyone around her comfortable.

Although Crossing the Ice is listed as New Adult it had a real YA sweetness about it. But don't get me wrong, while there was no overly descriptive scenes, in fact it was a very clean read, there was lots and lots of kissing. Lots of yummy kissing.

I absolutely loved the competition of the ice skating in this book. There were times I was sitting on the edge of my seat just waiting for the scores to be revealed after a skate.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 105 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable and too many one dimensional characters. 29 August 2014
By A. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Comeaux writes about figure skating with an accuracy that is unusual and welcome. The skating parts of her novel ring true (other than the fantasy of the U.S. having pair teams that skate together longer than two seasons and have international success...but skating fans will appreciate that as a great hope for the future). Training, scoring and competitions are represented accurately. But the rest can leave a lot to be desired. Courtney's character is bland, as other reviewers have pointed out. Unlike the female voices in her previous series (Emily and Aubrey), she is not developed with her own quirks, interests or much of a voice. Her skating partner, Mark, is an entirely undeveloped character. This is a huge misstep and those who read Comeaux's previous series know she can do better--Emily's partner Chris was not an empty prop. In the reality of competitive pair skating, partners have to have a real connection and have endless time together. It is not quite believable that Mark is entirely in the background of Courtney's existence. Josh's sister and skating partner, Stephanie, is also a completely one dimensional character to the point that it is unbelievable. Showing some vulnerability in that character would not only make her more believable, but would make Josh more real--there has to be a reason he can live and work with his sister other than sharing the same DNA.My biggest reason for giving the book only two stars, though, is the endless make out scenes between Courtney and Josh. Even though the characters are adults, the scenes read like a YA romance and are tedious. While their friendship is well developed, once they actually kiss each other, the entire relationship begins to read like a hormone drenched 15 year old's fantasy. I also found the ending exceedingly predictable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sporty, sweet NA romance 7 August 2014
By Ashley @ Book Labyrinth - Published on Amazon.com
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When I read a Jennifer Comeaux book I know that I can count on reading a sweet romance, and that was definitely the case here. I loved reading about Courtney now that she’s all grown up. Courtney first appears as a minor character in Jennifer’s first series, though you don’t have to read those books to understand Crossing the Ice. Courtney and her skating partner Mark want nothing more than to go to the Olympics, so it’s incredibly problematic when their rivals (Josh and his sister Stephanie) come to skate at the same rink, under the same coaches. Of course it’s even more problematic when Courtney enjoys Josh’s company much more than she’s willing to admit.

Courtney and Josh are very sweet together. I liked that Josh is the shy guy, hanging back and being friends with Courtney at first, despite his feelings for her. It fit with his character so completely. His inaction when it came to the relationship and his life choices wasn’t always appealing, but it was so completely him. Courtney, on the other hand, is more of a “go getter”, willing to fight for what she wants. The two of them have some very sweet scenes together, and I loved where they ended up.

As always, the skating parts of the book were so well done. I honestly don’t know much about skating at all, but reading about the sport through Jennifer’s writing makes it jump off the page so that you can almost picture the routines in your head. Jennifer also excels at making readers feel what her characters feel. You celebrate with them, and so too you feel their disappointments.

Crossing the Ice is a great story full of characters who I'd love to read more about. If you're looking for a cleaner New Adult read that focuses on the characters lives and choices just as much as it does the romance, I would suggest you pick this book up. Crossing the Ice is a sporty, sweet romance that I would not hesitate to recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Review: Crossing the Ice (Ice #1) by Jennifer Comeaux 22 January 2015
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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I went into this book with no expectations, but hopes for a fun book with a romance I could ship. I got all that and more! This book was sweet and charming and proves that sometimes winning is about more than what happens on the ice.

Despite barely being able to remain upright while ice skating, I've always been more than a little obsessed with the sport. From watching it religiously during the season to watching my favorite ice skating movie – The Cutting Edge (Which I saw in the theater as a child. Yes, I'm dating myself.) – I love all things ice skating. I'd had my eye on Jennifer's earlier series, Edge, for quite awhile, but just never got around to reading it. When the opportunity presented itself to review an audiobook copy of the first book in her new season, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad I did, too, because I enjoyed every minute of it.

Courtney was easy to relate to and like. She was sweet and dedicated to her sport. She seemed a little younger than the early-20s I have to guess she is, but I didn't find that to be an issue. A lot of times, when kids are in a competitive sport like ice skating, they're pretty sheltered to the rest of the world, so it wasn't all that unheard of for them to come off as younger than they are. I never particularly cared for Courtney's partner, Mark. He was just a little too self-centered for my liking. He wasn't a bad guy, but he couldn't hold a candle to Josh. (NOT that there was a love triangle in this book. There wasn't.) Josh was quiet, shy and charming. The exact opposite of his snobby sister Stephanie.

The romance in this book was super sweet. I loved the pace at which things developed between Courtney and Josh. There's something adorable about a first love like this and I was completely addicted to it. Courtney and Josh had a ton of chemistry and a lot of similar interests, but they had to be cautious to hide their friendship, and then more, from the other people in their lives. There was a lot going on with the competition, the coaches and Josh's family. What they had was just for them. In addition to a lot of smiles and laughs, I definitely got a little teary-eyed during this book.

The narrator, Emily Stokes, was perfect for Courtney's character. Her sweet voice, and they way she was wrapped up in the story, made it even better for me. I actually looked forward to being stuck in (some) traffic so I could spend more time listening to her. Her pacing was great. I didn't love all of the voices she used, but when she was voicing Courtney, I was hooked. There were some odd pauses in the audiobook, particularly at the end of chapters, but I didn't find them all that bothersome. The first time it happened, I was taken by surprise. I thought my iPhone had frozen or something. But I soon learned it was just part of the book. Overall, I thought Crossing the Ice was an enjoyable audiobook.

I'm excited about how this story started out and I will definitely keep reading to see what happens next, especially after finishing the bonus epilogue! I'm also planning to go back and read the Edge series. I might know how everything turned out for Em and Sergei, but I feel compelled to get the whole story now.

I received an audiobook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 19 August 2014
By Sassy Beta Reading & Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great read...There was so much emotion in this book it even made me "ugly cry" I so wanted everything to work out perfectly, but of course, life is never perfect.

I am hoping this book continues with updates on our two wonderful stars Courtney and Josh. I want to see them reach their dream together.

If you are looking for a hot steamy romance, this isn't it..but if you are looking for a sweet, touching romance with major emotional turmoil..this is the book for you!!

Would I recommend this book? Yes!

Would I read more from this author? Yes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, awesome skating scenes 19 September 2014
By Elizabeth Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read the author's previous books and I agree with the other reviewers that her writing gets better with each one. "Crossing the Ice" is well paced, has a very compelling central conflict (what would happen if a pair skater fell in love with her direct competitor?) and Comeaux's glimpes into the lives of her figure skating characters bring the world to life. Without giving too much away of the plot, the characters' reactions to their competitive ups and downs were very well written and I felt those emotions with them. I also enjoyed seeing Emily and Sergei from her previous books as the adult coaches of the young central characters. Their compassionate, but no-nonsense approach to dealing with conflicts between the two pair teams they're coaching enabled them to effectively handle a tricky situation without being sucked into the teenage drama. Comeaux didn't shy away from how the coaches decision to train two rival teams impacts the lives of their students, and not always for the better.
Josh and Courtney are an interesting couple as they're such contrasts. There were a couple of points in the book where I felt Courtney's outspokenness w/Josh's family should have caused more strife than it did. He's very non-confrontational, while she doesn't shy away from it at all. I would have liked to have seen this dichotomy explored more, and a final confrontation (once again, I'm trying to avoid spoilers) played out onstage rather than off. If Comeaux continues this couple's story, I hope she delves into how Courtney and Josh's personality differences impact them as a couple, within the context of his family, and ultimately help them to grow and mature as people, as they draw on one another's strengths.