Thursday, March 9, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross

Book Blurb:

The NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Whatever Life Throws at You kicks off a brand-new series perfect for fans of Miranda Kennealy and Abbi Glines.

All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

One night a year ago, Claire and Tate had a moment together that they never told anyone else about. Nate has always had a crush on Claire, but she just thought of him as her friend’s younger brother. Now, Claire is home from college to help with her father’s recovery and Nate is a matured junior in high school. There is chemistry between the two of them, but will the town and responsibilities keep them apart?

This was the first book that I have read from this author and it was just as good as the hype surrounding her work has indicated. She was able to create realistic, flawed and incredibly likable characters that you root for, as well as the best side characters which were described and were created with just as much care as the two main characters (aka the ex that I was suppose to not like, I was interested in her as her in a person and would love to read a book about her story). If you are looking for a romance filled with angst, so many feels, drama and hockey, then this is the book for you.

The story is dual narrated by Tate and Claire, switching points of view at the chapters. I have said this before, but I absolutely love romances that are told from both character’s point of view. I hate being told only half the story, and this way I know everything and I get the emotions from both people.

It says Claire is a year older than Tate, but she has been away at college for a year (which yes, she left a year early but still) and he is only a junior in high school, so I guess she is two grades ahead? I was really confused at the technical issues of the ages and grades, and I would have preferred them be the same age (to simplify my life), but that is just my hang up, not the books.

Anywho, Claire has so much more life experience I thought it was a little weird she was into this (very attractive) man-child, but the more I read,I realized that Tate has had some bad things happen where he had to mature faster than most boys his age. Claire was a solid character who had to deal with some hard emotional situations, and I liked her, but Tate stole my heart. He was my favorite character; starting from the moment his scrawny self tried to protect Claire during the first chapter.

I would love to read more from this author be it about the other characters in this town, or anything really. This was an engaging read that I cam sure lots of people will love.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

You can visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

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