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review 2017-02-11 07:05
Blog Tour w/Review - Gold Rush

Gold Rush
Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.
Until she meets Braden Patrick.
He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Braden & Liza meet at the concession stand over her siblings. The attraction is instant and mutual. Only this is going to be the busiest year of her life. Who has time for love?

Liza has never had a date, a kiss, a boyfriend. Rights of passage have been sacrificed for Olympic Gold. Is it worth it? Maybe this year she can find out how to make them both work out.

An amazing story with feels and emotions. I love, love, loved the skating and technical parts. This is one author I can count on to make it real. Did I mention there are feels? This book has everything for everyone, and a little bit more. 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.


Author Bio:
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.


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text 2015-09-05 09:44
Taking the Ice (Ice #3)
Release Date: 08/31/15
Summary from Goodreads:

Olympic rings and an engagement ring.

Courtney Carlton is ready for both.


She and her boyfriend Josh have skated together and dated for four years, and they’ve reached a critical point in their partnership both on and off the ice. With the Winter Games coming up and their career nearing an end, they are fighting to win a spot on the Olympic team, something Courtney has dreamed of since she was ten years old. She also has another wish she hopes comes true soon. She’s waiting for a marriage proposal from Josh that she expected to happen by now. Will she realize either dream or will her heart be broken from disappointment?
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Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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review 2014-10-15 02:32
{Review} Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport
Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes (Game On in Seattle Book 1) - Jami Davenport

When Ethan Parker buys a struggling hockey team and plans to move it to Seattle, a gag order preventing him from discussing the change in ownership until after the playoffs means he has to get creative if he wants to learn more about the inner workings of the organization. Pretending to represent a potential buyer seems to be the best solution, and it certainly gets him an insider's look, but his attraction to the assistant personnel director may be more of a challenge than he can beat.


But... "Should of…" Not have. Of.




I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say about an editing job that fails at second grade English.


The Verdict: It's not uncommon for one of the main characters in a romance novel to be keeping a big secret, but usually it's for entirely selfish or stupid reasons. So it's great to read a story where the plot twists around a bit of deception that actually makes total sense.


Lauren isn't taken seriously by the team owners or good old boys management staff, and while she may have a decent job title, her job amounts to little more than glorified secretary. It doesn't help that her father is one of the many men in hockey that overlooks her contributions. So when she hears that the owners are selling, she's got her fingers crossed that the change will bring new opportunities for both her and the team. And that's where Lauren deviates from what I thought would be a typical romance novel heroine. While she couldn't exactly keep away from Ethan — and really, who would want her to? — she knew her own worth, both in work and in love, and she wasn't going to let misplaced loyalties or a bunch of chauvinists keep her from succeeding. She may not have wanted the team to move cities, but she knew better than to let herself be manipulated into something that wasn't best for anyone.


Now, I have to say that Ethan got on my nerves a little at first. While I liked him, he was awfully sure of himself, and when it came to light that he'd fairly recently been involved with an employee — hence his hesitation in giving into his attraction to Lauren — I had a hard time reconciling him with who I knew would emerge for the happily ever after.


However, I loved that he kept his true involvement with the team hidden from Lauren because he was legally bound to, not because he had the typical screwy idea that she wouldn't understand or would otherwise turn away if she knew the truth. It's strange how uncommon that is. Normally whoever's keeping the big secret is ruled by pride or arrogance or something else that really doesn't matter all that much, but in Ethan's case, he really didn't have much of a choice.


The romance was also paced very well, with just enough hesitation (for good reason) from both characters and just enough chemistry to make sure they gave in soon enough. It balanced out the overconfidence Ethan initially showed and added a bit more depth to the characters and the story. All in all, Skating on Thin Ice, is a classic romance story line injected with a bit more realism, providing exactly what one might expect from a romance novel while ditching a lot of the usual cliches and formulaic character mistakes.



***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
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review 2014-09-24 20:57
Skating on Thin Ice (Game On in Seattle #1) by Jami Davenport Review
Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes (Game On in Seattle Book 1) - Jami Davenport

Billionaire, Ethan Parker, is on a mission to bring a professional hockey team to Seattle. He has an agreement to buy the Gainesville Giants hockey team and plans to relocate them from Florida. Part of the agreement is that the deal cannot be revealed until after the playoffs. Until then, Ethan goes undercover with the Giants as a consultant to learn everything he can about the team.


As Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants, Lauren Schneider, is assigned to help consultant, Ethan Williams. She has enjoyed working with Ethan but feels betrayed when she discovers he has been lying about his identity and is about to become her boss.

I respect Lauren. She loves hockey and wants a career in the sport. Being a woman that is not easy. While I was reading this book, I came across an article in Huffington Post’s Sports Section entitled, “How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?” by Emily Cornelius. I had to laugh at one of her quotes and thought it was the perfect companion to this book. Cornelius wrote, “I won't even get into the frustrations of a female hockey player who has a better chance of winning the lottery, while getting struck by lightning in a double rainbow than making it to the NHL... ” Even though Lauren’s career is on the staff side, I still thought the statement was appropriate to her situation. She was dealing with a lot of old-school hockey players, including her father, and not getting the respect she deserved. That is until, Ethan came into the picture.


Speaking of Ethan, I appreciate that he is progressive, and he loves hockey so much that he wants to share it with the city he calls home. I know that he didn’t like lying, and it went against his character but it still bothered me a that he did it. Had it been me, I probably would have never gone undercover, in which case we wouldn’t have a story; a very good story at that.


I am a huge hockey fan. Even though I live in Chicago, I would love to see an expansion team in Seattle. It is a great city, and I could see a NHL team doing well there. Especially considering that the first US team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917 was the Seattle Metropolitans which played until 1924. With all the talks of possible expansion teams in Seattle and Las Vegas, I think the timing of this book is perfect, making it all the more believable and exciting. I can see a ton of potential for this series and what the team will

go through being a new team, in a new city.


As for Skating on Thin Ice’s plot, it was refreshing and interesting. There were a lot of hockey scenes but also a ton about the business side of professional sports which was fascinating. Plus, it included an office romance that was trying to be avoided; not to mention all the drama and uncertainty of all the people affected in the Giant’s organization.


I have enjoyed the books I have read in Jami Davenport’s Seattle Lumberjacks football series, I also am really excited that she decided to start a hockey series. Between Skating on Thin Ice and Crashing the Boards, she has done an admiral job transitioning sports. I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with in the Game On in Seattle Series.


Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2012-01-02 00:00
Murder on Ice (Figure Skating Mystery)
Murder on Ice (Figure Skating Mystery) - Alina Adams Murder on Ice is a very entertaining mystery. The author definitely kept me guessing as to who the killer was, which is something I have always liked in a book. Bex is a great character. She is smart and has lots of courage to try and figure out who the killer is. The other characters in the book definitely enhance the story. I loved the scenes with Frances and Diana as they were very amusing! Recently re-issued with enhanced multimedia content, I did have problems connecting to the videos of the skating through my Kindle, but that could have just been my connection at the time. When I switched to reading on the computer, I had no issues. I like the videos because it added a nice visual to the story. If you missed this first in the series, pick it up. Old or new version, I know you will be entertained by a great mystery
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