Crossing the Ice

Crossing the Ice

by Jennifer Comeaux

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ISBN-13: 9780990434214
Publisher: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Crossing the Ice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a great first book of the planned Ice Series Trilogy by author Jennifer Comeaux, Crossing the Ice will appeal to many young adult readers who love a sweet romance. Follow the story of pair skaters Courtney and Mark as they are working to their goal, a shot at making the Olympic team. They promise not to let anything get in their way. Another pair couple, Stephanie and Josh, a sibling duo, is their primary competition. But when Courtney finds herself more and more drawn to the sweet and shy Josh, will their dreams be forever changed? You'll need to read this fantastic book to find out! I very much enjoyed Crossing the Ice. Author Jennifer Comeaux has done a wonderful job at creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and continue to think about long after the book is finished. If that isn't a sign of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The story line is sweet with the promise of young romance without going too far, so both young readers and their parents will approve of this story. Any young reader, and perhaps especially young women who enjoy a romantic read, will certainly enjoy Crossing the Ice. I highly recommend this book. I was happy to find that this is the first book in a trilogy, and I can't wait to read more from the Ice Series as soon as I am able to do so. If the subsequent stories are anything like Crossing the Ice, they will certainly be worth the read!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I went into this book with no expectations, but hopes for a fun book with a romance I could ship. I got all that and more! This book was sweet and charming and proves that sometimes winning is about more than what happens on the ice. Despite barely being able to remain upright while ice skating, I've always been more than a little obsessed with the sport. From watching it religiously during the season to watching my favorite ice skating movie – The Cutting Edge (Which I saw in the theater as a child. Yes, I'm dating myself.) – I love all things ice skating. I'd had my eye on Jennifer's earlier series, Edge, for quite awhile, but just never got around to reading it. When the opportunity presented itself to review an audiobook copy of the first book in her new season, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad I did, too, because I enjoyed every minute of it.  Courtney was easy to relate to and like. She was sweet and dedicated to her sport. She seemed a little younger than the early-20s I have to guess she is, but I didn't find that to be an issue. A lot of times, when kids are in a competitive sport like ice skating, they're pretty sheltered to the rest of the world, so it wasn't all that unheard of for them to come off as younger than they are. I never particularly cared for Courtney's partner, Mark. He was just a little too self-centered for my liking. He wasn't a bad guy, but he couldn't hold a candle to Josh. (NOT that there was a love triangle in this book. There wasn't.) Josh was quiet, shy and charming. The exact opposite of his snobby sister Stephanie.  The romance in this book was super sweet. I loved the pace at which things developed between Courtney and Josh. There's something adorable about a first love like this and I was completely addicted to it. Courtney and Josh had a ton of chemistry and a lot of similar interests, but they had to be cautious to hide their friendship, and then more, from the other people in their lives. There was a lot going on with the competition, the coaches and Josh's family. What they had was just for them. In addition to a lot of smiles and laughs, I definitely got a little teary-eyed during this book.  The narrator, Emily Stokes, was perfect for Courtney's character. Her sweet voice, and they way she was wrapped up in the story, made it even better for me. I actually looked forward to being stuck in (some) traffic so I could spend more time listening to her. Her pacing was great. I didn't love all of the voices she used, but when she was voicing Courtney, I was hooked. There were some odd pauses in the audiobook, particularly at the end of chapters, but I didn't find them all that bothersome. The first time it happened, I was taken by surprise. I thought my iPhone had frozen or something. But I soon learned it was just part of the book. Overall, I thought Crossing the Ice was an enjoyable audiobook.  I'm excited about how this story started out and I will definitely keep reading to see what happens next, especially after finishing the bonus epilogue! I'm also planning to go back and read the Edge series. I might know how everything turned out for Em and Sergei, but I feel compelled to get the whole story now. I received an audiobook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review..
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Courtney and Mark have their last chance to get to the Olympics. That is until their coaches invite their competition to train with them. Stephanie and Josh are brother and sister pairs skaters who are fierce competitors. Courtney and Josh try hard to get along. Their partners are not willing, looking at the others as competition and the enemy. Courtney has always secretly been attracted to Josh and cannot help herself. Josh starts to be her friend. Then they work together at the restaurant where she tends bar. Hard to fight the attraction, and now spending so much time together, makes it that much harder. Mark is not happy when he finds out what has been going on. Is the dream still alive? Mark does not seem to understand where she is coming from. What can she do to prove she wants to win? This is such a sweet story. What amazed me was the authors knowledge and use of the figure skating industry and practices. I found this to be entertaining, as well as full of interesting insights. I love the banter and these characters literally swept me up until I was thinking OTP! Great start to the Ice series! ***This ARC was given in exchange for an honest review only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge figure skating fan and I obviously love books but I had never read a book about figure skating. Before I started the book, I kept thinking I would either love it or hate it. But as soon as I started reading, I quickly realized it was going to be the latter. Crossing the Ice was funny, nerve-wrecking, sweet, and above all very entertaining.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Courtney and Josh and in various occasions I found myself laughing out loud. Josh was a different kind of leading man than I'm used to, but it was a refreshing change. I loved his patience, his sweetness and his overall goodness. Then, I found myself biting my nails during the competition and experiencing the same kind of conflicted feelings that Courtney and Josh were battling. It was very emotional and I felt a special connection with this book. I would highly recommend it, whether you are a figure skating fan or not, you are definitely going to enjoy it. It is very well written; the story flows perfectly, keeping you engaged the whole time. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy Crossing the Ice. I loved Ms. Comeaux’s Edge series, and I couldn’t wait to read the first book in this spinoff series. It started off a bit slow. It took me a bit to get into the story, and I’m not exactly sure why. That may have been a personal reading issue. I’m not sure. However, once I got into the story, I didn’t want to put it down. Courtney and Mark are trying their best to achieve their dream. You can’t help but root for them. I wanted them to skate their best, to do their best. I was behind them immediately. I didn’t like Mark’s attitude toward their training mates, but I understood it. They tried their best to make the most out of an awkward situation. I loved Josh. He was my favorite. And I could just see he and Courtney together. If only this were a movie, it would be fantastic to watch unfold. So romantic. So sweet. I’m jealous of Josh’s piano playing ability. I have never been able to play by ear–put a piece of music in front me, and I can play it; but play a piece of music, and I cannot replicate it. Anyway, I love their friendship, their past, their wishes/hopes, and their future. I loved Emily’s and Sergei’s roles in this book. Emily really grew up from the Edge series. It made me happy to see them coaching together. And their twins!! So cute. Personal preference, I don’t like reading baby talk. I don’t speak it to my kids. It is cute when relayed or heard from them, but to read it, it’s a bit awkward. But there wasn’t that much of it. So, it was okay. The ending was fantastic. I loved it. I can’t wait for the next book. I need to know what happens!!! Would I recommend it: Yes, especially if you love romance and figure skating. I can’t wait for the next book! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I had no expectations heading into this. I knew it was a romance set on the ice and that was good enough for me. I ended up really enjoying it. I listened to the audiobook and found reasons to take extra walks during the day so I could listen to more. Courtney and Mark are pairs skaters with their sights set on the Olympics. Josh and Stephanie are their competition. So when Courtney and Josh develop feelings for each other, things are going to get interesting.  And they do. Jennifer Comeaux creates sexual tension with the best romance writers. The chemistry between Josh and Court is palpable. The story has two main plots -- the skating competition and the romance -- and both are done really well. The pacing is slow in a few spots, but for the most part, it's a compelling tale of love and skating. About the only thing that didn't work for me was the lack of sex. No, I don't need steamy sex in a new adult novel. In fact, I'm okay if all the sex takes place off the page. But I had a hard time buying that it didn't even happen there. Or anywhere. These are young, vibrant, attractive people with healthy sex drives and no real compelling reasons not to engage in a physical relationship. I could have bought into a religious, or any deeply held belief, that kept them chaste. However, that unbelievable aspect didn't keep me from enjoying this otherwise angst-ridden tale. Plot Both plots are strong. The competition was intense and I felt like I was right there with them, battling for a place on the Olympic team. The romance was equally well done, with the push and pull of a forbidden love that is meant to be. There were several subplots, including Josh's relationship with his parents and Courtney's college plans, that were woven into the main plots seamlessly. Characters Courtney was fantastic. I love that she's not perfect. She's flawed in the best of ways that only makes her more human. And Josh is sweet and sensitive. It's refreshing to read about a male lead who isn't an alpha male yet still comes across as incredibly sexy. His vulnerability only adds to his attractiveness. I haven't read any other books by Jennifer Comeaux, but I get the feeling that Em and Sergei were developed in an earlier novel, yet their characters are fully developed here. Steph, Josh's sister, is the only character I felt came across as stereotypical, but it fit the plot, so I'm not going to complain too much. And I do like that she didn't change to become someone more likeable. Her role as the antagonist served a purpose and she does it well. World Building For someone who has never skated competitively, Jennifer Comeaux creates an incredibly believable world. Her descriptions are detailed and the world comes alive through the narration. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Crossing the Ice 1. Emily Stokes narration is really well done with only a few exceptions. I love the way she brought emotion and personality to the characters and the story through tone and inflection. 2. The skating details brought me into the heart of the story and made me feel as if I was on the ice with them. 3. Mrs.  Cassar (although I'm not sure if that's spelled correctly) is a hoot, and I loved listening to the way the narrator brought her to life. 4. So many of the locations were familiar to me, Los Angeles, Staples Center, Provincetown, it was easy to visualize them. 5. The big competition didn't turn out the way I thought it would. It was a twist I never saw coming and was deliciously refreshing. Bottom Line Crossing the Ice is a sweet new adult romance set in the world of competitive pairs figure skating. The audiobook is high quality and the narration is superb. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A cute and touching romance of young love and competition Note: This review contains NO spoilers For being the first time listening to an audiobook, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed listening. First off, Emiliy Stokes did an awesome job in narrating this cute romance by Jennifer Comeaux. I loved how Emily didn't just read the book, she animated the read with the different voices and tones of the characters. The emotions and frustrations of the characters was expressed through Emily's animated reading. As for the book, this is the first I have read of Jennifer Comeaux's books. It is apparent that this is a "spin-off" from the Edge Series since the love interests, Emily and Sergei, are pretty dominant presence in this first book of this Ice Series. Although I didn't get a chance to read the Edge Series (wish I did; I'm going to have to make a point in reading it!), it didn't take away from the heartfelt and touching story in Crossing the Ice. Jennifer wrote amazing characters with varying levels of emotions and personalities, in addition to the incredible setting that the story took place in. In this one book, I "witnessed" a coming-of-age (of sorts) for these characters that spanned several years. Emily's narration and Jennifer's writing integrated a smooth transition for these characters to grow and progress as they endured all the obstacles they faced. Crossing the Ice definitely was definitely realistic and relatable...though not necessarily related to ice skating. Readers will be able to relate to the pressures of parents' expectations, college, dreams, and growing up. It is also apparent with all that, sacrifices and decisions are made that these characters make that will determine where their futures will go. And...that's what Jennifer accomplished with this cute romance. I look forward to more of Courtney and Josh's adventures and angst as they continue competing in ice skating and love.
csingh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I've always been a huge fan of ice skating.  There's just something about the way the skaters can propel themselves off the ground and into the air that's fascinated me since I was a child.  Of course the pretty clothes aren't hard to look at either.  The truth is I can't ice skate close to the professional level, let alone an amateur one, so I like to watch it on television and read novels that feature ice skaters.   In Crossing the Ice, Jennifer Comeaux shares with us the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to compete for your country.  Courtney has two dreams, to get into Boston College and compete for the United States at the Olympics.  She's not expecting to have her greatest rivals for the position on the Olympic team to start training with her and Mark, her partner.  Even more unexpected is her attraction to Josh, one half of the invading pair. I read this book quickly.  There's a lot that happens in the book and it's fast paced.  For fans of Jennifer's On the Edge series we do get to see Emily, Sergei, their adorable twins, and Chris.  Of course Emily and Sergei play important roles in Courtney's training and life.  It was very easy to like Courtney and Josh.  It took me longer to warm up to Mark and I never warmed up to Stephanie, Josh's sister and skating partner. I'd like to commend Jennifer for writing a book that was real and raw.  Sometimes reality doesn't live up to our dreams.  I can't fully explain how well I connected to Courtney, Mark, and Josh.  I laughed with them and cried with them.  I'm very happy to see that this is the first book in a new series.  I hope to see more of Courtney and her journey in the future.  Jennifer has once again done a great job to bring ice skating to readers in a way they can understand, relate, and enjoy.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I couldn't be any happier than when I saw that author Jennifer Comeaux was writing a new ice skating spinoff series called the Ice series from her wildly popular the Edge series! In Crossing the Ice, the first book in the Ice series, the stories from the Edge series continue a few years later featuring the ice skating pair of Courtney and Mark and their competitor brother-sister team of Josh and Stephanie. With an Olympic medal on the line and competitor ice skating pairs working with the same coaches, can Courtney and Josh's blossoming friendship turn into love, and possibly stand in the way of Courtney and Mark's obtaining their Olympic dreams? Author Jennifer Comeaux once again calls upon her passion for competitive ice skating to weave an emotionally dramatic tale of friendship, love, and competitive dreams that will steal your breath away. If you are a fan of ice skating and all the drama that goes on behind the scenes, then this new spinoff series is a must read. If you are a hopeless romantic who loves the dramatic challenges and trials and tribulations that Courtney and Josh will face involving the balancing of life choices and forbidden love relationships, then you're in luck, because the author takes the reader on an exhilarating and emotional roller coaster ride as their love story unfolds. With an intriguing cast of recurring and new characters; engaging dialogue and dramatic interactions; a richly detailed description of the settings and world of Olympic competitive ice skating; and a riveting storyline full of drama, angst, suspense and romance; Crossing the Ice is an amazing romantic story that will leave you believing in the power of love and wanting more from this new exciting series.
ClarisaO More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars :) There is something about Jennifer Commeaux´s writing that really works for me. She makes me laugh,cry and truly care for her characters. Having read "FIGHTING FOR THE EDGE"(her previous book), i could not wait to get my hands on this one.And it didn´t dissapoint me :D I really enjoyed this book:It was warm,fluffy,funny,emotional and everything i expected it to be. What i like the most was how easy-going,vulnerable and relatable the characters were.Courtney was lovely,and Josh was a sweet,normal guy who has had a huge crush on her since their teenage years. I just loved it: the plot,the characters and that i was able to get a peek into Chris and Aubrey´s future :) :) :) I definitely recommend it :)    Favourite scene: "Court-" I spun and faced him. "Do you get some twisted pleasure out of rejecting me?" He stared at me,his eyes wide. "What?" "Eight years ago you had the chance to kiss me and you didn´t,and last night you had and even better chance and you walked away again.Do you enjoy rejecting me?" "No,"he said firmly. "I´ve...that´s not.." He took a few steps toward me,his eyes never leaving mine. "The time we first met, i tried all night to get up the nerve to talk to you,but i didn´t know what to say. You were..you were so pretty and you didn´t try to act older like the other girls. And then you picked my name out of the hat and..I´d never kissed anyone before,so i was afraid i wasn´t going to do it right and you´d think i was a total loser.That´s why..that´s why i bailed"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars... Courtney and Mark and on the verge of realizing their Olympic dream when they find out their competition will now be training with them. Emotions run high and the stakes are higher, but you can't always choose the person you'll fall in love with, as Courtney soon learns. The author did a fantastic job of portraying the joys and disappointments and the overall feelings associated with the sport. I was very, very emotional invested in this story! I loved entering the wold of competitive ice skating and realized there's more to it than just a few minutes of competition. As for the characters, they were great! They were so well-written, emotionally driven, and realistic. I loved the chemistry and romance, and although it almost got too hot in spots, it stayed clean. This is a great addition to the New Adult genre. Courtney knows what she wants, she just struggles with allowing herself to have it. The what-ifs take over and she falls into the trap of doubt. I really liked how dedicated she was to her sport and her partnership with Mark. She's such a good friend to Sergei and Em and their children. Josh almost seems too good to be true. He's so sweet and shy, not to mention good-looking and kind--completely opposite of his partner and sister, Stephanie. He's the type of person who makes up his mind and is steady and persistent, and very patient. He is so thoughtful, unselfish, and awesome! Content: moderate language; no violence; lots of romance--kissing, a couple of intense make-out sessions, and one time when the boundaries were really pushed, but they were interrupted and it stayed on the clean side. Clean for an older reader. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
Courtney is trying to get to the Olympics. She is half of a pair’s ice skating team. The pair was close last time but a few errors lost her and Mark the shot. Now is their last change and they are both hungry for it. But when their rivals are suddenly their teammates, it is all Courtney and Mark can do try and be nice. Mark doesn’t trust Josh and Stephanie, brother and sister team from L.A. Stephanie thinks she is better than everyone because her family is rich and she thinks she deserves Olympic Gold. While Stephanie and Courtney are don’t see eye to eye on anything, Courtney is falling for Josh. Mark thinks that Josh is using her just to get the advantage. With emotions playing a large part of Courtney’s time, she has to choses gold or Josh. Will Mark and Courtney finally win Olympic Gold or will it be Josh and Stephanie? What will happen when Josh goes back to L.A.? I have always loved watching ice skating on TV and this story takes you beyond the ice and into the lives of the skaters. This is a first for me by Jennifer Comeaux and I loved it, can’t wait to read more from her. **Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review**
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
“I’ve always wondered what it would be like to skate with someone you’re dating,” I said. “If there would be just this crazy amount of energy.” Josh turned to me and held my gaze. “I bet it would feel incredible.” ** A few years have passed since we last left off and Courtney is all grown up and living her dream. She is well on her way to the Olympics with her partner Mark at her side. Then the unthinkable happens. She is forced to work side by side with her competitors...day in and day out. Soon feelings start developing between Josh and Court and there is nothing they can do to stop it. How on earth could a relationship work with so much stacked against it? Courtney and Josh are about to find out the hard way. I love being back in Comeaux's world of skating. The Edge series she wrote is one of my all-time favorites ever and I got absolutely giddy when I started reading this one. Seeing Emily and Sergei again....seeing old characters get their own story, experiencing some of the best and sweetest romance I have ever read before...it was great to be back. You fall and you fall hard for these characters and soon you realize they are a part of you. You care about them and want the best for them as well. And seeing them go through the sweet stuff makes a reader’s heart melt. But seeing them go through the rough spots, hurts you too. There was a scene towards the end of the book that had me tearing up. I hurt for two characters and what they were dealing with. And it wasn't what was happening between Court and Josh. Actually it was happening between Court and Emily. They've been through it all and in the end it just festered to a nasty head. And I am not going to lie...it hurt me as the reader to read that part. But Comeaux handled it like a boss and gave us a story that everyone is going to love. The romance was beautiful. It had me excited to see new love emerging, even if it was sort of forbidden. Courtney and Josh have a long road ahead of them as they try to evade their feelings through most of the book and move on with their lives as if these feelings they were experiencing were not there. But in the end, I couldn't have asked for a more real, more believable read. Most definitely pick this book up and give it a go. 5 Beautiful Stars!
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
Cute romance! I thought this story was very sweet. I enjoyed a break from all of the sexy and stramy for just a purely fantastic story. I liked that this was about skating. I especially loved the correct usage of the terminology. Court and Mark had skated together for nine years. They had grown up together and had a protective brother-little sister relationship. He was very untrusting when Stephanie and Josh came to the arena to train with the coaches they would now share. Stephanie was a snotty, rich girl while her brother, Josh, was genuinely a super nice guy. Two related people couldn't have been more different. I liked the friendship that developed between Josh and Court. It was a very believable story. The struggles while training and the competition preparation was well written. With the ending, while not exactly a cliffhanger, I was left smiling but definitely wanting more. Unsure if this is intended tobe a series, my fingers are crossed that it is. eARC provided free of charge in exchange for a honest review.