Off the Ice by Julie Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
All is fair in love and hockey…
Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.
Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he's in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.
It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.
For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.
I have to hand it to Julie Cross, she knows her hockey. I love hockey and unlike some authors who write a "hockey" book and then forget it's about hockey, she actually wrote about it. I loved that. What really resonated with me was Claire. I know what it's like to have to do without and take care of your parents. Sometimes it's really hard and choices have to be made. Sacrifices have to be made and I liked the way it was handled in the book. There were a lot of side characters in this book that kind of made it murky at times. I almost thought there were too many at times and maybe it needed to be scaled down some. The overall storyline was really well-done. I thought each character was well thought out and had depth. I would recommend it for ages 18+ because of adult themes but otherwise is was an overall quick, good read. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and adding it to my collection. Great start to a new series.
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on NetGalley for an honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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