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Crossing the Line (Men of the Ice Book 2) by [Shriver, Michele]
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Length: 66 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The bestselling Men of the Ice series, featuring the players of the San Antonio Generals hockey team, continues with Crossing the Line.

Nikolai Brantov left his homeland of Russia at the age of nineteen to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL. As the first-ever draft pick of the San Antonio Generals, Nik wants to justify the team’s faith in him Adapting to a new country and culture and learning a new language take up most of his off-ice time, and he doesn’t needed any added complications, especially from the team owner’s beautiful daughter.

Hailing from one of the wealthiest families in Texas, Meryl Johnson should have everything she wants. But money doesn’t buy happiness or her father’s affection. Even though she’s been warned that the player’s on the team are off limits, a new community project puts Meryl in regular contact with the budding Russian superstar, and that’s exactly the way she likes it.

When sparks fly between Nik and Meryl, her father sets out to remind them who is in charge—of both the hockey team and his family. Can the young couple triumph over his manipulations, or will falling in love spell the end of Nik’s time in San Antonio?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516932277
  • Publisher: SMC Publishing (18 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YYHC5I0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written hockey romance 23 August 2015
By Em & M Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars

I enjoy my sports romances and really liked this novella. There was a lot going on in a short period of time, which can be expected from a novella, and this romance had more of a new adult feel to it, but it certainly got my attention and has me looking forward to more stories in this series.

I really liked Nik. He was everything that you would want to see in an up and coming athlete, someone who you know will be a great role model for kids and treat his sport with the respect it deserves. Meryl wasn’t my favorite female character, but she did grow on me as the book progressed. For a girl who has grown up with money and privilege, as the book progresses you get to see another side of her that, for me, helped redeem her from her initial somewhat bratty, spoiled, “I get everything I want” impression that she made early in story.

Watching the relationship between Nik and Meryl develop was sweet at times and you could feel the attraction between the two. Things do move rather quickly between the two, and having to deal with the “players are off limits” policy that Meryl’s father has dictated had them trying to keep their budding relationship quiet. When things come to a head let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised with how Nik handled things.

As I said, I did enjoy this read but, for me, I had a bit of disconnect from the main characters, which I think was caused by their ages. The story itself was well written and the characters were well developed, so I’m pretty sure this was just a “me” issue – I liked the other characters and am looking forward to reading more about the San Antonio Generals.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars but I was able to follow the book just fine. When a line is drawn for you 29 August 2015
By Sherri Frye - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The book is well writte, smooth flowing, and a quick/easy read. I have not read book 1, but I was able to follow the book just fine.

When a line is drawn for you, do you stay on your side or do you cross that line and worry about the consequences later. Meryl has crossed that line once before and it cost her everything. Will she cross it again? Her father is the owner of the new San Antonio Generals NHL team. He has made it clear to his 20 year old daughter that she is not to fraternize with the players. She has her eye on 19 year old Russian transplant Nilokav Barstov. This is his first season in the NHL and he is striving to play to the best of his ability.

Meryl proposed to Nik, that he help her with a program to start youth hockey camps and other activities. The goal is to help grow the franchise of the Generals as well as giving kids an outlet. He agrees to work with her on a strictly professional level. Nik has only been in the US for about 6 months and is still struggling with the language and way of life. Meryl told Nik her father doesn't want her fraternizing with players, but he is getting mixed signals.

Will Nik decide to throw caution to the wind and pursue a relationship with his boss's daughter? Will Meryl dare to defy her father, again, to be with Nik. She knows what her father did the first time she crossed the line, but Nik does not know what lengths her father will go through to ensure his daughter follow his rule.

I recommend this book to those who like romance, and more specifically sports romance. 4 stars

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story. This book made me homesick for San Antonio. 19 August 2015
By Theresa Martin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
An NHL team in San Antonio—you have my attention! Nikolai Brantov is a rising star with the San Antonio Generals, and Meryl Johnson is the team’s owner. Meryl has her sights set on Nikolai, but his focus is on hockey, and getting his family to move from his native Russia to San Antonio.

Meryl, using a promotion project with the team, conspires the opportunity to spend more time with Nikolai. To her surprise, Nikolai is a kind, sweet, and smart young man. Meryl isn’t the spoiled brat Nikolai thought she was. She does a lot of charity work for the community, and uses her family’s notoriety to help those who need help. Nikolai respects that about her, and will do whatever he can to make sure her project is a success.

Due to her father’s rule about dating players on his team, Nikolai and Meryl find themselves sneaking around. They’re having fun spending time with one another, but it slowly grows into something more. This was a sweet love story.

I found myself getting seriously homesick and enjoying fond memories of growing up in San Antonio. Most Saturdays until I was 11, you could find me on the observation deck of the Tower of the Americas, then at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Michele is such a vivid writer, I could see all the San Antonio sights she wrote about.

Crossing the Line is the second book in the Men of the Ice series.

I received this ARC for an honest review, and I give it 4 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossing the Line (Men of the Ice #2) by Michele Shriver 23 August 2015
By Diane Lynch - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Nineteen-year-old rookie, Nikolai Brantov, left Russia to pursue his dream to play in the NHL on the San Antonio Generals. Against her father’s warning not to fraternize with the players, the owner’s daughter, Meryl Johnson, sets her sites on the hockey star.

You cannot help but like Nik. He is talented, yet humble. He is grateful for his opportunity to play in the NHL, and does not feel entitled.

I loved that Nik was so attentive to the twelve-year-old son of his host family. I have a godson who plays college hockey and has many friends in the AHL and NHL. Whenever my twelve-year-old hockey-playing son meets someone who plays the sport, they are always really nice to him, so this seems believable to me and struck my heartstrings.

A few times, I felt like Nik’s grammar was a little too good considering he was learning English. Although he did have a tutor who would probably teach him the proper way to talk.

Meryl is a bold heroine who initially comes off as being conniving. Ultimately, she is a good person who means well. She has some daddy issues, and misses her mother. I like that she is good at thinking on her feet, and that she is driven about the things she cares about.

Crossing the Line is a great addition to the Men of the Ice Series. It is a quick read with a great flow and plot.

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 sweet stars for Crossing the Line 26 August 2015
By Carra at Making it Happen blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Crossing the Line was a quick, entertaining read that I read over a couple of hours. There wasn't a bunch of complication and angst, just a sweet romance that kept me interested and made me curious for the rest of the series (confession-I didn't read the first book of this series, but Crossing the Line can easily be read as a standalone).

I thought Nik was just adorable-so sweet and the way he sometimes had trouble with English made his character even more endearing. At first I found Meryl to be a bit of a "puck bunny"--one of those young ladies just out to find a cute hockey player to snag. As the story went on, my view toward her softened, though the fact that she does set out from the start to claim Nik as her own was still a bit of a turnoff for her character for me.

The only major conflict comes in the form of Meryl's father who's a bit of a controlling ass when it comes to his adult daughter's life. And don't even get me started on his wife (Meryl's stepmother). The two of them...just...ugh.

But the sweetness of Nik and Meryl does shine through, and the supporting characters of the other players on the team piqued my interest enough to add the series to my TBR list.

3.5 sweet stars for Crossing the Line, recommended for readers who are fans of sports romance (especially hockey). This one can be easily read in a couple of hours and would make for a good weekend read.