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Icebreaker: A Novel (The Maple Hills Series) (edició 2023)

de Hannah Grace (Autor)

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A TikTok sensation! Sparks fly when a competitive figure skater and hockey team captain are forced to share a rink.
Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. It looks like everything is going according to plan when she gets a full scholarship to the University of California, Maple Hills and lands a place on their competitive figure skating team.

Nothing will stand in her way, not even the captain of the hockey team, Nate Hawkins.

Nate's focus as team captain is on keeping his team on the ice. Which is tricky when a facilities mishap means they are forced to share a rink with the figure skating team??including Anastasia, who clearly can't stand him.

But when Anastasia's skating partner faces an uncertain future, she may have to look to Nate to take her shot.

Sparks fly, but Anastasia isn't worried...because she could never like a hockey player, rig
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Títol:Icebreaker: A Novel (The Maple Hills Series)
Autors:Hannah Grace (Autor)
Informació:Atria (2023), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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It has taken me FOREVER to write this review and it still feels like I just finished this book yesterday. The layers upon layers between Nate and Anastasia burrow so deep into your psyche that you find yourself thinking about scenes long after you close the book. If you are a fan of Elle Kennedy and have finished the Off-Campus Series - consider this a second helping (yes, I am aware of the Briar U Spin-off).

For as long as she could remember, all Anastasia ever wanted to be was a figure skater. Now, with her partner Aaron, she finally has a chance of qualifying, moving her even closer to her dream of competing in the Olympics. Said dream quickly turns into a nightmare when the antics of the school's hockey team causes one of the only two rinks on campus to shut down, forcing the skaters and hockey players to split rink time. With competitions coming up, consolidated practice time and distractions are not an option, even if the drop dead gorgeous Hockey Captain is apologetic and determined to "make nice". As the hostility builds, the coaches come up with a bright idea to have an icebreaker exercise. Despite skepticism everywhere, it works and bonds are formed. All is well until one run-in leads to an unexpected connection. Reminding herself that she doesn’t do relationships and can live without the drama, Anastasia suddenly realizes there is something (or someone) else she can’t seem to live without.

The best way to describe this book is as a very "casual", laid back read. It has its moments of intensity and insanely spicy scenes, but nothing was over the top, which is a nice change of pace. You didn't feel like you were going 160mph in terms of intensity and hostility between these two characters. It felt more like watching a relationship develop and evolve - namely the ups and downs caused by different backgrounds combined with their own hopes, aspirations, and dreams. What did make me laugh was the unrealistic maturity level of people in their very early 20s. While I am not saying it is impossible, it reminded me a lot of Dawson’s Creek and the unbelievable vocabulary and articulation of high school students!

Back to the casualness of the story, when reading most contemporary romantic comedies, as I have said on numerous occasions, the tone is set by an overly used formula. This one didn’t even consider it and just let events fold as they happened. This book was a literary rollercoaster (again no deep dives or high drops, just in the up and down aspect).

The supporting characters in this book were some of my favorite people. I am 100% IN LOVE with Nate’s teammates. Robbie cracked me up and I am head over heels for Henry! JJ was just too much for his own good! I also enjoyed the inclusivity of the book, from Robbie being wheelchair bound to JJ being pansexual, the sexual liberty of Anastasia and Henry having same sex parents.

I think for individuals disappointed in this book, what they may not have liked was the mellowness of it and the lack of resolve for certain characters. There are a few characters plot holes that leave open the possibility of adding books to the series but if this is a one and done, we are left wondering what happened!

***Quick note - as again it has taken me a lifetime to write this review, I have learned there is a book two! While I was hoping it was going to be about Henry, it focuses on Russ. Can't wait!***

Anyone who has read this book will tell you it is hot. Sure, I could call this book spicy. I could call in steamy. Truth be told, I feel like it needs a whole new category. This book was not just five alarm chili hot, it was stuck in Death Valley kind of heat! Hannah over delivered and just kept it coming. The scenes between Nate and Anastasia were some of the best I have read (no one has been able to top AK Landow yet though but Tessa Bailey and Amy Daws may have some competition!)

While the heat was front and center (and what many gushed about when it came to this book), I enjoyed the ongoing theme of communication and therapy. The book also showed how some may try to weaponize mental health as well.

Icebreaker is definitely one I will read again in the future. Again, it wasn't the type of book that will have you weeping (fanning yourself - definitely) but it will get those gears moving and give you a lot to think about when it comes to love, life, relationships, friendship, hopes, and dreams. ( )
  romcombc | Nov 25, 2023 |
Cute romance. Begin start met goeie smut ( )
  DailyvdVorst | Sep 13, 2023 |
So as I was just bitching about KU, here's one I am relieved to say I did not pay $10 for because it suffers from almost all the same problems of the other NA I just quit.

Unforgivably boring.
And long. Like really, really long. Which is bananas because a lot of the sex scenes were actually pretty good, as I recall, but I put this down so long ago I can't even remember their names so what do I know. ( )
  samnreader | May 23, 2023 |
Was good, wasn't an addictive book but good writing, lovable characters. Didn't focus on romance and relationships quite the way I thought it would ( )
  ElizabethCombs | Apr 29, 2023 |
Imagine yourself on the figure skating team at your college and you are forced to sit across from a hockey player and tell them about yourself. During this book, there were many times when my jaw dropped. When I first heard of this book people were saying incredible things about it, but as I kept reading the book was even better than what people said.

This book is a college sports romance novel. It shows the stress that these college athletes have to go through to maintain their sports, school work, and relationships. The book also demonstrates how a toxic person can manipulate you into thinking that they know what's best for you when in reality they don’t. The theme of this book is to take help from the people who care for you. For instance, in the book the main character didn’t realize that the antagonist didn’t have her best interest at heart, she had to accept that and had to count on other people to help her get through all of the stress that comes with being a student-athlete.

The book has a layout that I really like. The book has short chapters so it is easy to find a stopping point and you won’t get bored reading these chapters. It also has a dual point of view. It allows the reader to understand what the two love interests are thinking.

Overall, I think having a dual point of view gives the reader more detail in the plot.
I recommend this novel because it is very current, meaning that a teenager today would enjoy this book more than someone in an older generation. This book is also filled with humor, love, and drama. Although it can be considered to be inappropriate for younger audiences containing strong language and has adult themes.
  emmawagner | Apr 20, 2023 |
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A TikTok sensation! Sparks fly when a competitive figure skater and hockey team captain are forced to share a rink.
Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. It looks like everything is going according to plan when she gets a full scholarship to the University of California, Maple Hills and lands a place on their competitive figure skating team.

Nothing will stand in her way, not even the captain of the hockey team, Nate Hawkins.

Nate's focus as team captain is on keeping his team on the ice. Which is tricky when a facilities mishap means they are forced to share a rink with the figure skating team??including Anastasia, who clearly can't stand him.

But when Anastasia's skating partner faces an uncertain future, she may have to look to Nate to take her shot.

Sparks fly, but Anastasia isn't worried...because she could never like a hockey player, rig

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