Title: CROSSING THE ICE
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Source: eARC from author
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?
“I’ve always wondered what it would be like to skate with someone you’re dating,” I said. “If there would be just this crazy amount of energy.”
Josh turned to me and held my gaze. “I bet it would feel incredible.”
A few years have passed since we last left off and Courtney is all grown up and living her dream. She is well on her way to the Olympics with her partner Mark at her side. Then the unthinkable happens. She is forced to work side by side with her competitors...day in and day out. Soon feelings start developing between Josh and Court and there is nothing they can do to stop it. How on earth could a relationship work with so much stacked against it? Courtney and Josh are about to find out the hard way.
I love being back in Comeaux's world of skating. The Edge series she wrote is one of my all-time favorites ever and I got absolutely giddy when I started reading this one. Seeing Emily and Sergei again....seeing old characters get their own story, experiencing some of the best and sweetest romance I have ever read before...it was great to be back.
You fall and you fall hard for these characters and soon you realize they are a part of you. You care about them and want the best for them as well. And seeing them go through the sweet stuff makes a reader’s heart melt. But seeing them go through the rough spots, hurts you too. There was a scene towards the end of the book that had me tearing up. I hurt for two characters and what they were dealing with. And it wasn't what was happening between Court and Josh. Actually it was happening between Court and Emily. They've been through it all and in the end it just festered to a nasty head. And I am not going to lie...it hurt me as the reader to read that part. But Comeaux handled it like a boss and gave us a story that everyone is going to love.
The romance was beautiful. It had me excited to see new love emerging, even if it was sort of forbidden. Courtney and Josh have a long road ahead of them as they try to evade their feelings through most of the book and move on with their lives as if these feelings they were experiencing were not there. But in the end, I couldn't have asked for a more real, more believable read.
Most definitely pick this book up and give it a go. 5 Beautiful Stars!
I turned to Josh with my arms folded and my head cocked to the side. “So, you’re an athlete, a dancer and a musician? If you tell me you’re a skilled artist, I’m gonna have to hate you.”
He laughed. “I can barely draw a stick figure.”
“Whew.” I swiped my hand across my forehead.
“Even if I was the next Picasso, though, I wouldn’t have told you.” He paused and held my gaze. “I don’t like the idea of you hating me.”
My stomach fluttered. Josh didn’t often make extended eye contact, but whenever he locked those sinfully blue eyes on mine, I became a mesmerized puddle of swoon.
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.