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Series: Juniper Falls #2
Title: Breaking the Ice
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled Embrace, Entangled Publishing
Published: December 26th, 2017
This is the second in a series of standalone teen romances and has ‘real’ teen characters, flaws and all. Haley Stevenson has been the ‘Queen Bee’ in Juniper Falls, but is struggling to achieve the GPA she needs, has relationship problems and is having to attend summer school in an effort to enable her to achieve her personal goals. She’s also determined to avoid distracting male influences until she gets to college. In her Civics class she is paired with Fletcher Scott, a quiet, studious guy who also enjoys hockey but seems to spend most of his time on the bench. He’s determined to make the hockey team and achieve his academic targets without being distracted by his beautiful, attractive, study partner…. She’s Miss Popular, he’s Mr Invisible – what a great recipe for opposites attracting!
This story deals sensitively with a number of issues including learning disabilities, bullying and living with severe food allergies. The latter issue is particularly pertinent to me as someone very close to me has such allergies – though not to as many allergens as this character, so I found it very easy to relate to the parental concerns and problems he encountered. The chemistry between the two main characters was fantastic, especially as they were so reticent to become romantically involved with each other. I thought the revelations from the past were superbly handled, showing how guilt and getting to know others can alter attitudes and relationships.
So, if you’re looking for a feel good teen romance which also deals with some pertinent issues in a sensitive and informing way as part of the storyline, grab yourself a copy of this engaging story!
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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.
Each book in the Juniper Falls series is STANDALONE:
* Off the Ice
* Breaking the Ice