I love sport romances, but I especially love when Julie Cross writes them. When I received this book in the mail from Entangled Teen, I squealed with delight. I loved Off the Ice, book one in the Juniper Falls series, and I couldn’t wait to return to this world. After turning the last page of this book I couldn’t wait to return to Juniper Falls – and I just left. Once you read one of Cross’s books, you’ll want to read them all.
I loved the romance between Tate and Claire, so I wasn’t sure what I would think of Haley in her own story. She got on my nerves some in book one, for obvious reasons, but I liked her. Some of it was I feel sorry for you, but she wasn’t all bad and overbearing. The more I read, the more I loved her. Her story was so raw, and raw in a different way than Claire and Tate’s story. Her personality latched onto my heart and kept me reading, and I can’t wait to see her again in the future Juniper Falls novels.
Cross did a wonderful job in integrating Haley’s ADHD. She did the disorder justice and showed how a vibrant, kind person could move past her shortcomings. She showed Haley’s infallible strength and fortitude. The story shined more the brighter with Haley’s humanity in full display.
Fletcher Scott didn’t commit to anyone. He lived with the constant weight of the bad gossip that surrounded his family and the things of his past. There was something about Tate in book one that I loved, the I’ll do anything for you quality that he had around Claire. Fletch came into himself in this book. He started out at a completely different place – an untrustworthy place – and evolved a lot throughout the story. There were moments when he infuriated me. Still, like Max in Kissing Max Holden, I fell for him, even when he made all those bad decisions. Even when I wanted to slap some sense into him, he found a way into my heart. Furthermore, I loved his passion for hockey. I enjoyed how he wanted the coach to choose him, how it meant more than glory to him.
The love story sucked me in, but the small things made me fall in love with the characters and the world even more. If you’re looking for a wonderful sport romance, look no further than any of Julie Cross’s novels. Her writing is fantastic, and she gives you a brilliant story, as well as telling you enough about the sport to suck you in.