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Haley is the princess, top cheerleader, she seems to have it all and she would if she didn't have to be in summer school. Yep, her grades aren't as stellar as she is. But she sure can get Fletcher's attention by just the tap of her pen. Perhaps that would teach Fletcher not to attend class hungover.
It was never Fletcher's plan to get close to Haley. He was going to put in a good word for his cousin. Next thing you know, Fletcher wants more than just being her partner in class. As they learn more about each other, their flame starts to grow and its undeniable what they have.
As I've read these two books, the characters only get better. I love how realistic they are so that many people can relate and fall in love with the characters and story even more.
I cannot wait until the next one!
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!
It's going to be hard to review Breaking the Ice without full-out fangirling so bear with me here.
Fletcher and Haley mix as well as oil-and-water at first. Fletcher's used to being a man of very little words while Haley just wants to talk, talk, talk. I adored seeing them interact with each other. The first scene, in particular, was one of my favorites! As soon as Haley's tapping began and Fletcher's annoyance grew and grew, I knew it was only a matter of time before they ended up together. The chemistry between them is spicy - so spicy in fact that I felt like the pages were going to melt at certain points. Honestly, Julie Cross writes some of the hottest non-kissing scenes I've ever read! The tension between these two was just off the charts, trust me. I was blushing!
What I loved the most about Haley and Fletcher, however, was how real they were. They both had their fair share of drama and problems, and I enjoyed seeing them explore them as the book progressed.
For instance, Haley's used to being the social butterfly of her town, and that was incredibly evident in the way she carried herself. She's friendly and sweet. She's great with children and organizing events. Truly the ultimate "Princess." However, below the surface, Haley struggles more than she'd like to admit. She's terrified about failing civics, and she also hates how the one person she wants to know the most (Fletcher) is the one person who wants nothing do with her. I appreciated Haley's determination. Once this girl had a plan in mind, she set it motion before you knew it! Sometimes her meddling got a little out of control, but it was always done with good intentions. Also, I LOVED that we got a boy best friend that wasn't a love interest here. Jamie was my third favorite character of the book (behind Fletcher and Haley of course!), and he added so many laughs to the book. His friendship with Halley was very much brother-and-sister like, especially when it came to squabbling.
Fletcher, on the other hand, is a man-of-mystery. Even though his POV alternates with Haley, it was so hard to get a feeling for him at first. I wanted to know just as badly as Haley what exactly he was hiding. Why did he have wads of money as well as pockets full of panties? Was he truly a stripper? When the big secret was finally revealed I couldn't have been more surprised. It added a whole new layer to Fletcher's character - one that I adored. I also liked that while Fletcher wasn't one to hold back the sass and one-liners he still had so much heart to him. I loved seeing him interact with his family.
My only compliant? There were some secondary story lines I would've liked to know more about: however, at the end of the day it wasn't the biggest of problems. I got what I came for - a well-developed romance - and to tell the truth sometimes that all I need to be content.
In all, Breaking the Ice is a slam-dunk YA Romance in my book. Combining scorching hot chemistry with lovable characters, Breaking the Ice will have you smiling and swooning the whole way through! I can't wait to see what adventures occur next in Juniper Falls! Also, I want more Jamie! Please and thank you!
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