Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and stil...

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Title:Breaking the Ice
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Breaking the Ice Reviews

  • Danielle

    So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.

    Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than Off the Ice.

    Hayley is Queen Bee, Juniper falls raining princess and captain of the cheerleaders. She is a stereotypical character and loveable. She's popular, more interested in cheerleading than sch

    So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.

    Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than Off the Ice.

    Hayley is Queen Bee, Juniper falls raining princess and captain of the cheerleaders. She is a stereotypical character and loveable. She's popular, more interested in cheerleading than school work and has simple goals. Unfortunately, she finds herself in summer school and needs to pass with flying colours. Her best friend Jamie is also in her class but he won't graduate if he fails. They need help. Failure is not an option.

    Fletcher is part of the hockey team, but he likes to keep his head down. He keeps himself to his self. His youngest cousin Cole has a crush on Hayley. Fletcher ends up sitting behind her in summer school which he is attending for extra credit. Cole wants him to put a good word in for him. Before Fletcher knows what's happening he's agreeing to be her assignment partner and inviting her over. Cole will get his chance to talk to her if he can stop blushing.

    Fletcher is a mystery Hayley can't leave alone. He's smart, cute and definitely hiding a thing or two. She manages to convince him to be her assignment partner but soon realises he has a hidden agenda. She wants an A but she wants to work for it. Fletcher is going to struggle to shake her. She's determined and stubborn just like him.

    Fletcher doesn't want attention from people at school and the Juniper Princess isn't keeping a low profile. He doesn't see her coming and he can't shake her off. Before he knows it he has extra hockey practice with Jamie and Hayley trying to find out all of his secrets.

    I love this book. I don't want to give too much away so I've tried to be cryptic. Fletcher comes across as a little standoffish at first, but with good reason. The story is full of great side characters and some comical moments.

    I feel like there could be a sequel to this book and I want more of Hayley and Fletcher's story. I want to know what happens when the book is over. This book does have a good happy ending. I just want more!

    5 stars out of 5.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My blog post and interview with the author is scheduled for the 1st January.

  • Sam Kozbial

    It was fun being back in Juniper Falls, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to spend my time with. They may have appeared to be an unlikely match, but Haley and Fletcher were perfect together.

    Full review to follow.

    *I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.

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  • Deniz

    Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.

    Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed.

    However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.

    I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I was left with a few questions and the end kinda felt a bit rushed. (a tiny bit)

    I found that I didn't have enough closure after this one. Not sure if that means we will get more in the next one, but sinc

    Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.

    Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed.

    However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.

    I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I was left with a few questions and the end kinda felt a bit rushed. (a tiny bit)

    I found that I didn't have enough closure after this one. Not sure if that means we will get more in the next one, but since these could work as standalone books I think probably not.

    Oh! And then there is the big question if there are more books. Please tell me there are? And while we are at it, will we get a Jamie book? And what about Mike? Will we ever hear his story? Jack? Last but not least, Cole?

    You might see a pattern here, yep I love the hockey boys. They are really rather a wonderful (not to forget handsome) bunch after all.

    Just like in the previous one, I love the camaraderie between them. It was even more highlighted by Jamie "adopting" Fletcher.

    The character building is really flawless. I mean, we get to revisit the crew. And they are just as awesome as before. But we get to see them from a different POV, which adds to each personality.

    Then we got Fletch and his crowd. I totally love the man cave. Their supportive, manly way is very endearing.

    The writing style is on point. I mean Cross can write chemistry. By the way, while the last installment had some quite explicit smut, this doesn't. And I have to say, I was kinda disappointed. LOL.

    Yeah, right. I did just say that. I wanted more smut. Take a picture and frame it. We all know I might never say that again. But in Off The Ice Cross did such an amazing job at the love scenes, I kinda expected some in here as well. There aren't really any. Well, there are steamy scenes, just no smut.

    Moving on.

    The storyline is fun, cute and kinda different.

    However, there are also my issues. There are several things that we don't get answers for. While I had the same suspicions about Haley as Fletch. I am a bit baffled, that none of the teaching and counseling staff asked for an expert to see her. It seems a bit, unprofessional.

    Then we never get the story about Fletch's mother. I wanted to know.

    The end, was kinda open when it comes to the hockey thing. I would have liked more closure.

    I am knit-picking people. I need to re-iterate this.

    It's a really good series, a really good installment. I adore this book. But because of it, I am also way more involved that I would have been in a book I kinda just liked.

    So basically. A freakn this is so swoony and awesome 4stars.

    I want more! I have a whole list of books and stories I would like to be written by Cross. Starting with Jamie... ending with Mike.

    And then there is the biggest question, will there be another installment and when?

    My advice: go read this ASAP. It's awesome sauce.

    I'll just wait over here obsessing over it some more.

  • Lenore Kosinski

    I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    4 stars — Earlier in the year I read book 1 in this series and really enjoyed it, despite it being very different from YAs I usually read. And so I was excited to see another book set in the town of Juniper Falls. And this one was similarly engaging and yet SOOOOO different!! Honestly, I couldn’t put it down…I was up until 4:30 am finishing the book because I jus

    I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    4 stars — Earlier in the year I read book 1 in this series and really enjoyed it, despite it being very different from YAs I usually read. And so I was excited to see another book set in the town of Juniper Falls. And this one was similarly engaging and yet SOOOOO different!! Honestly, I couldn’t put it down…I was up until 4:30 am finishing the book because I just kept telling myself “one more chapter” until there were no more chapters left.

    Fletcher and Haley were seriously unlike most teenagers I read…but they felt very honest and authentic. They were both EXTREMELY flawed and occasionally made me want to hit them over the heads, but I also felt for both of them and the struggles that they were going through. It felt kind of like a coming of age story for both of them, even though this is definitely a grittier book…more mature young adult than just young adult, you know? But that also just made it feel more real and authentic. And their chemistry with each other was fantastic…I really felt how they were drawn to each other, despite some reservations.

    I adored Haley, which surprised me a little. She has a lot of qualities that might normally annoy me, but she is just so genuine and sincere that you can’t help but love her. Her peppiness and overachieverness and just constant overthinkingness was crazy. Like, I was seriously worried that those things would overshadow the rest. But I LOVED that the author sort of explored the reasons for these qualities in her personality…she really made me think about all the other effects ADHD could have on a person’s life. I really loved that. And honestly, the depth with which Haley loved her friends and took care of them was truly inspiring. It wasn’t just that she was trying to achieve some goal, she genuinely cared about her friends and wanted them to succeed. She had such a fragile and breakable heart sometimes, and she broke my heart with how she thought about herself, especially wrt her academics…not to mention the fall out from her breakup with Tate and what happened in the last book. But it was so satisfying to see her grow throughout the book too!

    Fletch was a different animal altogether. He was so messed up from his childhood and his allergy issues, it was heartbreaking to see inside his head and his genuine lack of trust for the people of Juniper Falls, and his very skewed views of relationships. He really just took so much of what his family went through to his heart, and stubbornly wouldn’t let go. Sometimes I felt like his situation was just a bit odd and unbelievable…NOT the allergy stuff, that was super well done and I loved how that was explored (and all the different ways it affected his life). But the part with his job. I just can’t imagine that in real life… I tried to suspend my disbelief, it wasn’t completely out of the realm of possibility…but I don’t know. It really did make him grow up in a different way, and yet stunted him in other ways. I would have loved to see it though, hoowee, talk about sexy.

    I did really love Fletch’s determination to make the Varsity team though, and prove that he’s more than his medical issues. And even though it dragged out longer than I would have liked, I appreciated how flabbergasted he was by the new friends that I don’t think he realized he was making. Again, it broke my heart. He was so freaking stubborn, and damaged, and man could he be a jerk sometimes. But he was a very consistent character. And it did make me appreciate his growth as well.

    The one thing that I loved about the previous book in this series, and that remained true in this book, is the solid cast of secondary characters. I really felt like I could imagine this small town, with all its own flaws. I LOVED Jamie. AGAIN. He was just so adorable, and I LOVED how he was with there for both Haley and Fletch. He is SUCH an intriguing character, and I’m a little concerned that we won’t get his story since he went off to college. I want his story. He was definitely my star secondary character, but I also loved the reappearance of Tate and Claire (and what they both did to help Haley move forward); Cole intrigues the crap out of me…he’s a very odd kid; and all Fletch’s coworkers brought something to the table, and helped Fletch grow up as well, not to mention Fletch’s family (his brother and gramps especially). And I even appreciated the brief appearances of Leo, Jake, and Mike (and his family).

    So yeah, another solid book in this series. They’re very different for me, they definitely don’t follow any usual formulas, and I really appreciate that they’re about so much more than just the romance. Can’t wait to find out whose story is next!

  • nick

    4.5/5

    Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple.

  • Manon

    Well shit, I didn't think it was past 3am...

    Guess who has to wake up at 8?...

    RTC

  • Roxanne

    Full review to come!

  • Stacee

    4.5 stars

    I loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it.

    Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable.

    Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it went somewhere else. There was some conflict and ridiculous behavior that

    4.5 stars

    I loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it.

    Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable.

    Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it went somewhere else. There was some conflict and ridiculous behavior that made me want to push some characters, but for the most part, it was fluffy.

    Overall, it was a fun story and I really enjoyed these MCs. I would absolutely love a Jamie book, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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

  • *The Angry Reader*

    *** I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review ***

    This was your standard dorky guy/cheerleader storyline - except it was really different. Fletcher is kind of the nerdy, lay-low guy in school...but...he has hidden depths. Reasons for wanting out of the limelight. And a big secret about how he's a star after all. And Haley may be the town Princess, but her crown is askew. She has issues that indicate perhaps she's "dorkier" than Fletcher.

    I enjoyed how this book turned so

    *** I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review ***

    This was your standard dorky guy/cheerleader storyline - except it was really different. Fletcher is kind of the nerdy, lay-low guy in school...but...he has hidden depths. Reasons for wanting out of the limelight. And a big secret about how he's a star after all. And Haley may be the town Princess, but her crown is askew. She has issues that indicate perhaps she's "dorkier" than Fletcher.

    I enjoyed how this book turned some conventions on their ear. No character was one-dimensional (even the supporting characters). A YA romance needs some sparkle for me to finish it, and I never considered putting this down. There was enough unique about Fletcher and Haley to keep me interested in their revolving first-person narrative. They each had a lot going on in their heads. Sometimes it was a little muddled, aggravating or confusing, but it never felt mundane or trite.

  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)

    After having read Tempest, Whatever Life Throws at You, Chasing Truth, and Off the Ice, I thought Breaking the Ice would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be. This is Julie Cross with her signature style, encompassing frank and honest portrayals of teen relationships and sexuality. It’s sexy, sporty, and best of all, it deals with important subject matter, including everything from learning disabilities, severe (anaphylactic type) food allergies to many of the top 10

    After having read Tempest, Whatever Life Throws at You, Chasing Truth, and Off the Ice, I thought Breaking the Ice would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be. This is Julie Cross with her signature style, encompassing frank and honest portrayals of teen relationships and sexuality. It’s sexy, sporty, and best of all, it deals with important subject matter, including everything from learning disabilities, severe (anaphylactic type) food allergies to many of the top 10 allergens, and the effects of bullying on both the bullied and the bullies themselves.

    Perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally, Abbi Glines, Julie Cross’ other novels, Dirty Dancing. Don’t miss this one!

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