Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross

Posted March 9, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Giveaway, In Review / 1 Comment

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Off the Ice, the latest book by Julie Cross! If you’re a fan of YA sports romance, you will want to pick this one up! Keep scrolling to learn more about the book and read my review. Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie CrossOff the Ice by Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie.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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As a huge fan of Julie’s Whatever Life Throws at You, I was thrilled to learn she was writing another YA sports romance. I loved the characters, plot and, honestly, the sex-positive approach to teen romance in that book and I hoped to find more of the same with Off the Ice. And you know what? I did. It was wonderful.

I really liked both Claire and Tate and found it fairly easy to put myself in their shoes, even if I couldn’t exactly relate to them. (Which I think was just the age difference, to be honest.) I enjoyed watching both of them develop and grow over the course of the story here. And, of course, my romantic side loved seeing them get a second chance with each other after the messiness in their past as they also dealt with the challenges of their present and what the future might bring for them. They gave me feels and swoons and I loved how realistic their romance was. And, as I stated above, I love how Julie approaches sex in her YA books. It’s not graphic, it’s not shunned, it’s just … real. There’s something to be said for that.

I breezed right through this book. I thought it was a great start to a new series and I’m excited to see what’s next for the Juniper Falls gang! I have a feeling there are a lot of stories there to tell and I, for one, can’t wait for them!

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Puberty is when you lose the ability to look a girl in the eyes. And when you discover internet porn.”

“Princess policy. Keep your panties a secret.”

About Julie Cross

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I'm a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I'm a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I'm a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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