Off the Ice

Off the Ice

All is fair in love and hockey…Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the n...

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Author:Julie Cross
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Off the Ice Reviews

  • Danielle

    Off the Ice is Tate and Claire.

    Tate is the backup hockey goalie. He is in his junior year at high school. His dad is famous in the ice hockey world and he lives with his mum and stepdad. He's dating one of the most beautiful girls in school and is doing pretty well academically. To the outside world he has everything, but if you take a closer look he is juggling more than most can handle. He can't be the guy his girlfriend wants him to be. He can't be the hockey player his dad wants. Tate is gi

    Off the Ice is Tate and Claire.

    Tate is the backup hockey goalie. He is in his junior year at high school. His dad is famous in the ice hockey world and he lives with his mum and stepdad. He's dating one of the most beautiful girls in school and is doing pretty well academically. To the outside world he has everything, but if you take a closer look he is juggling more than most can handle. He can't be the guy his girlfriend wants him to be. He can't be the hockey player his dad wants. Tate is given the chance to get off the bench and be in the net, but he needs to control his nerves. He needs to fight for what he wants and stop trying to please everyone else. He and Hayley break-up. It's tough, but he knows it's the right thing to do. No one ever said getting what you want is easy. Life's complicated and we all have to find the right path for us.

    Claire is Tate's long-term crush. She's a couple of years older and one of his sister's close friends. She has returned to town because her dad is ill. She is also juggling more than any one person can manage. She's helping the family business, trying to hold it together and find a way to make more money. Her dreams were left behind at university. She wants to be a star but her family means more to her.

    Little Tate Tanley is all grown up and Claire finds herself looking at him in a different light. They have been through a lot together. They became each other's rock, their constant and trusted friend. They both have a lot going on around them but their bond is strong. This is a love everlasting story, which is more than insta-love. It grows. Loves hard, but with the right person, it's worth it.

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a realistic storyline with a lot of backgrounds. Both characters are perfect for each other but struggle with the rest of life.

    This book contains adult content 16+ (u.k).

    4.5 stars out of 5.

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  • Hristina

    There is so much to love about this book. Well-developed characters that jump off the page - check. Characters that don't act like spoiled twelve-year-olds all the time - check. Intriguing story - check. Swoony romance - check. Storyline and plot points that aren't overused - check. A good writing style - check.

    I seriously enjoyed this book. Lovers of YA and romance will love this book.

    Note: there is mature content in this book, so consider yourselves warned.

    Copy received through NetGalley in ex

    There is so much to love about this book. Well-developed characters that jump off the page - check. Characters that don't act like spoiled twelve-year-olds all the time - check. Intriguing story - check. Swoony romance - check. Storyline and plot points that aren't overused - check. A good writing style - check.

    I seriously enjoyed this book. Lovers of YA and romance will love this book.

    Note: there is mature content in this book, so consider yourselves warned.

    Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

  • Siobhan Davis

    I read Chasing Truth by Julie Cross a few months back and absolutely adored it so I was super excited to get my hands on this book, especially because I love me some hockey romance. While I did enjoy this book, and I'm definitely invested in this series, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with certain aspects of it.

    Tate's sister is besties with Claire O'Connor - the local publican's daughter. They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. Claire is a talented musici

    I read Chasing Truth by Julie Cross a few months back and absolutely adored it so I was super excited to get my hands on this book, especially because I love me some hockey romance. While I did enjoy this book, and I'm definitely invested in this series, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with certain aspects of it.

    Tate's sister is besties with Claire O'Connor - the local publican's daughter. They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. Claire is a talented musician and actress and she has moved away to college when we first meet her. Fast forward and she's back in town to help mind her very sick dad and to help run the family business. Tate has broken up with his girlfriend, has just landed a coveted place on the hockey team and he appears to be going places, but he's hiding some pretty shocking secrets and almost buckling under the pressure.

    Both Tate and Claire were complex characters who were wonderfully developed. I felt every emotion as if I was living and breathing it myself. It was gritty and raw and downright painful at times. Julie deals with some difficult subject matter in this book but she deals with it extremely well. It isn't dramatized or glossed over and it's handled realistically and sensitively. We have a horrid example of a parent in Tate's dad but that scenario is beautifully contrasted with Tate's stepfather Roger and Claire's parents, who were both fantastic and it was clear they loved their daughter so much and only wanted the best for her.

    I adored the hockey aspect and it was the perfect balance for me - enough detail without pulling me out of the story.

    All the side characters were very well developed and I love Jamie and Leo in particular and I sincerely hope they are getting their own books as I really want to read them.

    The romance is angsty and there is lots of toing and froing but I have to say, it got way too frustrating, and it takes a lot for me to say that because usually, I love that type of romance but I felt it was taken to extremes here. All they did was constantly shut each other out (especially Claire) and I wanted to throttle both of them. However, the main reason this is a lower-star rating is because it was so slow in the first half - the plot was not moving forward and I was struggling to maintain interest. My personal view is you could cut about twenty-five per cent out of the first half ('cause it's a decent length as it stands) and not lose anything. I felt like giving up on several occasions but I hate doing that so I persevered. I'm really glad I did because the second half was superb and everything I was expecting and hadn't seen in the first half of the book.

    The writing is excellent and I certainly can't fault the characterization. My issues were with plot development and pacing, in the main.

    By the end though, I was definitely hooked and I totally want to continue with this series. I'll be anxiously awaiting Leo, Jamie, and Jake's books.

    1st half rating - 2.5 stars. 2nd half rating - 5 stars. Overall actual rating = 3.75 stars.

    Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This review will appear on my blog on March 16th -

  • Irene

    4 stars

    I really enjoyed Off the Ice by Julie Cross.

    The storyline was well written, the characters Tate and Claire were likable, entertaining and I loved watching the relationship develop.

    Overall, Off the Ice was a quick and heartwarming read, a great start to the Juniper Falls series.

    Buy your copy now ~

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    *A big thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the advance copy*

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

    Claire has returned home from college to help the family business while her father recuperates from a life-threatening illness. Assuming staggering responsibilities, helping run the business and dealing with financial debt, Claire is dealing with a lot. But spending time with Tate, the guy she had previously only thought of as her best friend's younger brother, helps her step away from the responsibilities and have something just for herself.

    Tate is dealing with school, an ex-girlfriend

    Claire has returned home from college to help the family business while her father recuperates from a life-threatening illness. Assuming staggering responsibilities, helping run the business and dealing with financial debt, Claire is dealing with a lot. But spending time with Tate, the guy she had previously only thought of as her best friend's younger brother, helps her step away from the responsibilities and have something just for herself.

    Tate is dealing with school, an ex-girlfriend, a fractured relationship with his father, and he's just been named the starting goalie for his team. The pressure is intense and he is floundering. He's had feelings for Claire for years and with her back at home he finds himself seeking her out again and again. When little else in his life is making sense, Claire seems to be the one thing that does.

    Off the Ice started a bit rocky for me. I felt like some things weren't explained well and I was a little murky on details (and readers like me with zero hockey knowledge are at a bit of a disadvantage). Even so, I was quickly invested in the story which was made easy with such genuinely likable main characters. Both Claire and Tate were mature young adults with a lot on their shoulders. They had great chemistry (those kissing scenes - whoa, baby!) and I loved their honesty and openness with each other. (There is one sex scene that is handled perfectly, with tenderness and humor and just felt so genuine.) These were characters that truly had each other's best interest at heart and were incredibly supportive of one another.

    There were a lot of themes touched on within the novel (some could argue perhaps too many) and covered the extreme pressure in competitive sports, illness of a parent, abuse, friendship, and the transition into young adulthood. Even with so much going on I never felt anything was glossed over or treated as a cliché. Instead, Cross managed to create complex main characters that were anything but cookie cutter. Not only were Claire and (the oh-so-swoony) Tate well developed but there was also a full cast of secondary characters that made for a richer story. (Is it too early to hope that the next Juniper Falls book focuses on Tate's best friend, Leo?)

    Off the Ice is a solid mature YA contemporary romance filled with emotional topics and tempered with all the romance of first love. I recommend this one to fans of YA contemporary and sports romance and I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

    This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a high-school hockey player.

    The characters in this were okay, but I found it a bit hard to relate to them. I did feel a bit sorry for Claire with her having to deal with her dad’s cancer, and for Tate having to deal with an abusive father, but I just found it hard to connect with them.

    The storyline in this was about Claire dealing with her father’s ca

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

    This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a high-school hockey player.

    The characters in this were okay, but I found it a bit hard to relate to them. I did feel a bit sorry for Claire with her having to deal with her dad’s cancer, and for Tate having to deal with an abusive father, but I just found it hard to connect with them.

    The storyline in this was about Claire dealing with her father’s cancer and working in his bar, and about Tate being scouted for college hockey teams. We did get some romance between the two, but it was really slow and got a bit lost for me, and I didn’t feel sucked into the story the way I expected to.

    The ending to this was okay, but I was disappointed with the book overall.

    6 out of 10

  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    I had really enjoyed the other sports book that Julie had written, so I was pretty excited about this.

    I liked Claire and Tate well enough. They're both good people in difficult situations and they both handle it as well as they can. When they finally get to supporting each other, it was fantastic.

    There was a lot of background story and a lot of characters. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting and I wish we would have gotten a bit more of an epilogue, but I'm just being

    3.5 stars

    I had really enjoyed the other sports book that Julie had written, so I was pretty excited about this.

    I liked Claire and Tate well enough. They're both good people in difficult situations and they both handle it as well as they can. When they finally get to supporting each other, it was fantastic.

    There was a lot of background story and a lot of characters. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting and I wish we would have gotten a bit more of an epilogue, but I'm just being greedy.

    Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I'm intrigued to see who the next book will be about.

    **Huge thanks to Entangled Teen for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Annika

    I'm sad to say that, while I positively ADORED Julie Cross's

    , her latest release

    didn't really do it for me.

    Up until the 70% mark, the story was hardly able to hold my attention for more than a few chapters at a time, which is why it took me so long to finally get through it. And while I'd love to blame the issues I had with this book on the book funk I've been in lately, I know that wasn't the reason. The pacing was just so incredibly slow, and though the romance was ki

    I'm sad to say that, while I positively ADORED Julie Cross's

    , her latest release

    didn't really do it for me.

    Up until the 70% mark, the story was hardly able to hold my attention for more than a few chapters at a time, which is why it took me so long to finally get through it. And while I'd love to blame the issues I had with this book on the book funk I've been in lately, I know that wasn't the reason. The pacing was just so incredibly slow, and though the romance was kind of cute, I was bored most of the time.

    The saving grace of this book, and what made me decide on 3 stars eventually, were the last 30% when finally, finally, things started happening.

    Still, the characters were very likable (I was particularly fond of Tate's team-mates and their adorable bromance), the plot was emotionally charged but not draining, and although the pacing was way too slow for me, I really like Julie Cross's easy yet engaging style of writing.

  • Carrie

    Claire O’Connor didn't think she would be back in her home town so soon but after only a year away at college she's had to return to help take care of her ailing father and the family business. With the bills piling up Claire struggles to keep her family afloat and hopes her dreams of returning to school don't slip out of her grasp.

    Claire soon finds herself crossing paths with Tate Tanley again after returning home. Tate is slightly younger than Claire but the two grew up together and before Cl

    Claire O’Connor didn't think she would be back in her home town so soon but after only a year away at college she's had to return to help take care of her ailing father and the family business. With the bills piling up Claire struggles to keep her family afloat and hopes her dreams of returning to school don't slip out of her grasp.

    Claire soon finds herself crossing paths with Tate Tanley again after returning home. Tate is slightly younger than Claire but the two grew up together and before Claire had left she found herself in the middle of a secret with Tate when his father abused him. After the year away Claire finds that the boy she once knew has now grown into a man and she finds herself drawn to him.

    Off the Ice is a young adult contemporary romance read that for me seemed to just be a bit too slow paced for my taste. The story had a lot of different things going on in the read that seemed to take away from the romance but with so many things such as Claire and Tate both struggling with their families, Tate's hockey career, previous relationships etc this all seemed to bog down the story and each get a bit lost here and there.

    Also, while reading this one with so much going on in the story and the book being a bit lengthy in my opinion for this type of read I struggled with believing these characters would even come together. Tate was said to be a year younger than Claire but only in his junior year of high school I believe so I find it odd that Claire returning from college would be interested. Of course I also argued they did have somewhat of a past so maybe it was possible. In the end though I'd say this one was simply an OK read overall.

    I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Natalia

    I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book, but it wasn't this. It's not that I didn't like the book, but I was a bit disappointed, because for some reason I expected a lot more. The story basically follows Tate, a hockey player, who has a lot of problems with his dad and Claire, a talented musician that returned suddenly after her fathers illness. The plot wasn't that bad, but for some reason I just couldn't relate at all with the characters.

    Both Tate and Claire had serious problems,

    I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book, but it wasn't this. It's not that I didn't like the book, but I was a bit disappointed, because for some reason I expected a lot more. The story basically follows Tate, a hockey player, who has a lot of problems with his dad and Claire, a talented musician that returned suddenly after her fathers illness. The plot wasn't that bad, but for some reason I just couldn't relate at all with the characters.

    Both Tate and Claire had serious problems, but I couldn't take them seriously. The way they were handling everything just seemed over dramatic.

    The romance story line wasn't bad and I shipped them. All of their arguments really annoyed me, but otherwise they were cute.

    Overall an entertaining book, but nothing special either.

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