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Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

holiday-on-iceTitle: Holiday on Ice

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Play by Play (Book #8.5)

Publication Date: November 18, 2014

Format: eBook, 127 Pages

IBSN-10: 0698183096 (InterMix/Penguin)

IBSN-13: 978-0698183094 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

Quick & DirtyA hockey player and dancer have always kept things casual, but can they win at love?

Opening Sentence: “Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer walked into McGill’s, his favorite after game bar hangout, with several of his fellow players.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Patrick and Stella have an on and off casual relationship. Lately it has been off, in fact when Patrick sees her in his favorite bar it has been several months. They fall back into a casual relationship, but both of them begin to wonder if it’s something more. Stella is fighting that the best that she can, she is carrying her secret heart around like armor for years. Patrick really hasn’t ever had a serious relationship, so he is a bit thrown off when he realizes that this is exactly what he wants with Stella.

As time passes and they spend more and more time together outside the bedroom; they both realize that they want to give this a try. But can Stella let the past go? Can she truly trust another man with her heart again?

This is about novella length, just slightly longer, but a super quick and lovely read. I really enjoyed Stella and Patrick. I am not a fan of instalove or fall into bed and fall in love, but the author set up the casual past and it really made sense for them. The relationship just worked, and quite possibly because Patrick might be the perfect reformed player boyfriend. Honestly, Stella made my eyes roll more than Patrick did! Although he might be too perfect! Honestly, the only thing that is slightly unbelievable is that a guy who has never been in a real relationship would be so good at it, but that’s just my jaded view.

I think I have to acknowledge that I might have a thing for hockey players, it seems like even though romance isn’t my go-to genre anymore, I always love any romance novel I read that involves a hockey player and this was no exception. I enjoyed their banter, the relationship and the between the sheets times was totally smoking!

Notable Scene:

“He wanted to say something to her about wanting a relationship with her, but figured maybe now wasn’t the right time. She was tired and that was a conversation to have when she was more clearheaded. Besides, her breathing grew deeper, and when he looked down at her again she was asleep. Okay, definitely not the time for that conversation. He pulled the covers over them both and reached to turn off the light. He liked having her in his bed. In his life. He wanted to keep it that way, see where things went between them. But Stella always having one foot out the door didn’t make for a relationship.”

Play by Play Series:

1. The Perfect Play

2. Changing the Game

3. Taking a Shot

4. Playing to Win

5. Thrown by a Curve

6. One Sweet Ride

6.5 Holiday Games

7. Melting the Ice 

8. Straddling the Line

8.5 Holiday on Ice

9. Quarterback Draw

10. All Wound Up

10.5 Hot Holiday Nights

11. Unexpected Rush

12. Rules of Contact (December 6, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: InterMix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Holiday on Ice. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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