Blog Tour & Giveaway: Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross
Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2)by Julie Cross
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.
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.
Genre: Romance, Teen--
Haley has decided to stay away from boys until she is at college since she is over drama in her life. Her main goal now is to pass her Civics summer school class and the best way to do that is by befriending Fletcher who seems to have it all figured out. Fletcher does not have it all figured out (regardless of what everyone thinks!), but he does school well and figures the quickest way to get Haley to leave him alone is to help her study. Little did he know that she is persistent and inquisitive, and somehow now involved in all aspects of his life- whether he wants her there or not.
This is the second book in a series of standalone YA contemporary romance books that feature different couples but set in the same small, hockey obsessed town. I found this to be a really cute, fun read, so much lighter than I anticipated after the seriousness and angst that I found in the first book in the Juniper Falls series (FYI, I enjoyed book 1 a lot, but it was a little darker than this one dealing with some heavy topics such as abuse). There were serious moments but there were also a lot of fun, sweet and hysterical parts (ahem, some hot dancing just to name one). I also liked that this was a brand new relationship, that they got to discover each other for the first time right in front of the reader's eyes- we watched them learn who the other really was, as well as who they wanted to be as the book unfolded.
I enjoyed Fletch's character immensely and I enjoyed that he was so different from most romantic interests- here is this guy who flies below the radar, most people not even realizing he is there, but he is crazy smart, seen more as a nerd than anything else, has asthma and allergies, yet he plays hockey, but is yet so confident in his own skin. I loved the layers to his personality, as each chapter went by I learned more and more about who he was and I loved the journey. I will admit that I was a little hesitant about this book when I realized that Haley was the female main character because I was not a fan of hers in Off the Ice. But I figured I would give it a try anyway and I absolutely misjudged Haley! She was so cute, sweet, fun, persistent, compassionate and surprisingly innocent. I am really glad that I got to the chance to meet the real Haley and she and Fletch make the perfect couple, flaws and all.
I have enjoyed all the books I have encountered by Julie and every time I pick one up I know I will get an engaging story with well developed characters- which I am a huge sucker for likable, relatable, real characters- and Julie has never let me down. I highly recommend this book, as well as this series in general, for anyone looking for a great YA contemporary read- not necessarily a happily ever after but more of a happily just started!
I received this title for reviewing purposes.
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 Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.