Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux (Ice #1)
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.
Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux was my first book by this author but also my first figure skating romance. I am a lover of the sport and must say that this book was a really enjoyable read. It was filled with some really great skating action and some great characters, which I now know that some are actually from her previous series.
Courtney Carlton has dreamed all of her life of making it to the Olympics with her long time pairs skating partner Mark Phillips and this is her last chance. Due to their low placing the previous year, the US team can only send two couples to the Olympics, and not three. Now is the time they must skate their best and they must if they plan out skating the current reigning champions as well as their other main competition, Stephanie and Josh Tucker, a brother and sister pairs couple. But things have only gotten even more interesting when they find out that their current coaches, Emily and Sergei have taken on coaching Stephanie and Josh, in hopes to help push them to skate harder and better. With the current champions continually skating flawlessly it looks like it will come down to either Stephanie and Josh or Courtney & Mark making the Olympic team, not both. Mark and Courtney are not happy about having to share their coaches with their main competition, but as Courtney and Josh slowly becomes friends, they soon realize there is more between them than just friends, but how can they cross the line to be with the person that is their main competition for their one true dream, making it to the Olympics to compete.
I must say I kind of wish I had known about and read the author’s Edge Series where some of the supporting characters in this book are the main characters in her prior series, but I will still be definitely checking it out as now that I have fallen in love with Sergei and Em, I want to know more. I also really enjoyed both Courtney and Josh’s characters along with their partners, Mark and Stephanie. Well to be completely honest, I didn’t really care for Stephanie and her mole like tendencies but she did add some interesting twists and a bit of angst to the story. I really enjoyed Courtney’s character and her struggles to obtain her dream of going to the Olympics, her character could be annoying at times but her character was very real. But I must say I was in love with Josh’s character, he came from money but he didn’t act it. He was sweet and caring, and oh so very thoughtful. He truly was so very swoon worthy, how could Courtney not fall in love with him, he truly was absolutely perfect.
Overall this was a really fabulous young adult romance with lots of great skating action included throughout the story that at times which I really loved. There were time that I felt like I was there sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to know if they nailed their jumps and throws. And I must say when it came down to that last competition, I could not put it down nor could I inhale the words fast enough. The author did a really great job showing us their story, I really enjoyed seeing how they met and then watching how their relationship slowly developed, how that even as they were competitors, they became friends which eventually grew into more. There was chemistry there from the start but I loved how things slowly played out. And I must say I love how the author had their story play out but super excited to know it doesn’t end here and we don’t have to say goodbye to them yet, there are two more novellas to read and I can’t wait to dig in.
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.