Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Breaking the Ice! I enjoy Julie’s books so much and I’m thrilled to be participating today.
Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls #2
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 26, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.
Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.
But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.
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.
It seems like it’s been ages since I read a Julie Cross book and, well, maybe that’s because it has been. The last one I picked up was actually the first book in this series, Off the Ice, and that was in March 2017. I won’t say I forgot how much I enjoy her writing and characters because I’m not sure I could, but I still appreciated the reminder. Breaking the Ice was exactly what I’ve come to expect from her books — sweet, swoony, funny, real and sex-positive. Obviously I was a fan.
I had a really tough time putting down Breaking the Ice once I started reading it. In fact, I read 80% of it in one sitting and only put it down because I HAD TO go to sleep. Seriously, the cough syrup I took wasn’t accepting “just one more chapter” as an excuse. I was charmed by the characters right off the bat. Fletcher was ridiculously easy to like — even when he was being a bit of a stubborn butthead — and I was a little surprised by just how much I liked Haley. I wasn’t sure how much I would relate to a character, regardless of age, who carries the non-royalty title of Princess of anything. But, I found her sweet, realistic and about the furthest thing from a “mean girl”.
It feels weird to refer to the romance in a YA book as “slow burn” but I don’t know what else to say about it. There was no insta love here, which I appreciated. The pace at which things progressed between Fletcher and Haley gave them time to get to know each other. It did the same for me with each of them. One of my favorite things in books like this is seeing the “nothing serious/only fun” guy fall… hard. I’m not saying that’s what happens here, but I’m not saying it’s NOT either.
While I don’t read nearly as much YA as I used to these days, it’s books like this one that make me happy I do it every now and then. Breaking the Ice was a great addition to the Juniper Falls series, a series I’ll be gladly following as long as Julie continues to write new books.
“You’re gonna fall in love with this girl. You can’t stop it from happening, no matter how hard you try. But I promise you, it’ll be okay. We’ve all been crazed in love. We’ve all had our hearts broken. You. Will. Be. Okay.”
Are you as much of a fan of Julie’s books as I am?