Narrator: Emily Stokes
Series: Ice #1
Published by Jennifer Comeaux on December 10th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Length: 9 hrs. 5 mins.
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Also by this author: Losing the Ice, Taking the Ice
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 heard good things about Jennifer Comeaux’s Edge series, so I was excited to get the chance to checkout the audiobook of her newest book Crossing the Ice. Crossing the Ice is a spinoff of Edge, though it is not necessary at all to read that series first. (Though you may want to afterward!) Crossing the Edge centers around a pairs skater who dreams of making it to the Olympics. When a new rival pair (a brother-sister team) joins their skating team, Courtney and Mark worry about their chances to nab that Olympic gold. And when Courtney falls for her competitor Josh, that makes things even more complicated. Figure skating makes a great backdrop for all the drama on the ice and off.
This is a great New Adult book for readers who like sweet, well-rounded romantic stories with an athletic edge. I like to watch Olympic figure skating, though I don’t know a lot of the technical terms about the sport. I enjoyed getting some inside knowledge into the world of skating in Crossing the Ice. There’s a good balance of skating and off-ice action, providing a comprehensive look at the life of an Olympic hopeful and all the sweat and tears that go into it.
The romance is complicated since Courtney falls for her rival Josh. Her partner on the ice, Mark, wants her to keep her eyes on the prize, not fall for the competition. Plus, Courtney cannot stand Josh’s sister Stephanie. Only one of the pairs teams can make it to the Olympics – with so much at stake there is the potential for Courtney to lose everything. Can Courtney and Josh keep things professional? Will their relationship survive professional jealousy, meddling siblings, and annoyed skating partners?
Audiobooks are my format of choice, though I think this is my first experience participating in an audiobook blog tour. The author published the audiobook herself and got to choose the narrator that best suited the story. Emily Stokes performs the audiobook and she has a sassy, age-appropriate voice for Courtney. I liked the tone of Stokes’ voice and found her pleasant to listen to. She does a good job making the characters sound distinct and with believable sounding male characters. There is one chapter in the book that has some technical flaws, like a rehearsal track got through by accident, but overall I found this audiobook an enjoyable listen. Check out a sample:
Crossing the Ice is the first book in the Ice series. Though the book does not end on a cliffhanger, it did make me curious about what happens next so I’m happy the series will continue. The sequel novella, Losing the Ice, is expected on Feb. 23. Pick this up if you love ice-skating, and sweet contemporary reads. It’s a great wintry listen!
About the Author:
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 travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.