NHL star, Benjamin “Benny” Perry, decides to get back at his coach by dating his daughter, Eliza Townsend. He doesn’t plan on falling for her and the complications that come along with it. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. It primarily takes place in Las Vegas.
We met Eliza in the previous book. I was looking forward to her story, and I was not disappointed. I like how the novels overlap. A lot of stuff was going on with Eliza that we had no clue about. She went through a lot. She grows up tremendously in a short amount of time. I like Benny. He is a former substance abuser. He matures throughout the story. He is a sweet guy. I didn’t really like that they both wanted to get to know each other before having met each other, but I like the way that the story played out.
The plot was clever and believable. There were numerous obstacles and twists that kept the story interesting. I like how Drew Chidders was incorporated into the book. I wouldn’t mind hearing his story down the line. The baby food diet was amusing. COMPLICATIONS ON ICE was skillfully written and flowed well. I had a hard time putting down this book. I’m looking forward to Dylan’s story, CAUTION ON ICE. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
I was vaguely disappointed by this book. I say vaguely because it wasn't a bad read, it just didn't satisfy me the way I was hoping it would. I mean, it has some of my fave tropes - the shop owner and the cop, a mystery or two, the promise of a series of adventures, even a holidayish setting. It just never clicked for me.
One problem I had with with it was the shop owner main character. He suffers from achromatopsia, which is total colour blindness. He only sees in shades of grey/white/black and is extremely light sensitive. Now that's not a problem in and of itself, it's just that I spent at least half the book wondering how he saw things and how he could do certain things. Not that the author didn't explain things, she did. It just took a hold in my mind and the wondering would not stop! It was very distracting.
And then there was the instalove. Now.. I find that as I get older, instalove has begun to lose some of its lustre. Especially when the characters aren't new adult age, but one is 33 and the other is 42. Insta- LUST, I will buy. Big time interest? Most certainly. But in this case, Sebastian and Cal seemed to get deep really, really fast and for no perceptible reason that I could see. If anything, the subplot of Sebastian breaking up with his boyfriend, Neil, should have made impeded the whole deepness thing, IMO. Sufficient to say that I wasn't buying it. Now, I do think the characters will grow on me. I hope, anyway. I liked many of the basic traits etc... that were set down in this first book of the series.
I liked many of the secondary characters as well. Seb's father, Cal's partner, Seb's antique store employee and Seb's store neighbour. They all seemed pretty authentic and I hope we see more of them as the series continues. I also hope that the mystery will be a little more weighty - I like it when the mysteries are as important to the story as the love story, but I didn't get that here. It felt to me like the mystery was created so the guys could have some hot sex. So maybe, next book, a little more sleuthing and a little less dancing in the sheets? And some more delving into the emotions of the MCs would e nice too.
I did find that there was more than an echo of the Adrien English mysteries by Josh Lanyon, but thank heavens I didn't dislike one of the MCs the way I do Adrien's erstwhile cop lover. I do believe that if you're a fan of the Lanyons, you'll enjoy this book. So, all in all, the book just left me, as I said, vaguely disappointed. But I will be continuing the series. :) Oh, and BTW, I love the covers of these books. They are nicely evocative, I think.