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- File size : 1270 KB
- Print length : 175 pages
- Publication date : March 6, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Swerve (March 6, 2018)
- ASIN : B076H9F2P1
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,701 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He is the relaxed, easy going one..with the necessary intense focus when needed.
Jubilee is the whirlwind of control, schedules and planning...and no emotions, none she shows anyway.
They work well together as skating partners. When forced to room together, things change and intimacy is let in the front door. Beckett thrives and Jubilee panics.
How can he convince her to give him a a chance?
Will Jubilee get past her fears?
Get the book and find out
4 stars — Quite a few of the books in this series start off in such a strange manner wrt the romance…and this one was not an exception. I was initially super uncomfortable with the arrangement between Beckett and Jubilee. It was awkward, and not hot, and just…f*ed up. But here’s what’s funny. It was awkward and f*ed up to them too…and it really sort of opened up a completely different way of falling in love. I loved that they were both so stubborn that they got themselves into that situation. In the end I loved that it started off all awkward and wrong, because that made the transition that much more believable. I loved that Beckett tried to put a stop to it, and kind of forced Jubilee to make some confessions to herself. It was SO WEIRD, but it felt realistic in a weird way too. I just…can’t go into it further without spoilers.
I had a HELLA hard time connecting with Jubilee. Which is not to say that I didn’t feel for her situation, and that I didn’t actually understand how her past had shaped her into who she was. But it was SO HARD to see her willingly hurting Beckett, and being willfully blind to him at the same time. I can get her and still not really like her. But the thing is, that I did like parts of her. I liked her vulnerable side, and how she tried to hide her squishiness from the world as protection. I loved her drive and determination, and her respect for Beck as her partner. I just don’t think I could be her friend…then again, I’m not sure I could be any professional athletes friend, b/c that requires a certain personality that’s probably not super compatible with my own.
Beckett was much easier to love. He reminded me a bit of Blake Riley in his general personality and demeanor. He’s someone who is not shy about his own accomplishments, who’s super confident in his sexual capabilities (and rightfully so), but who has just this odd sunny demeanor that is hard not to love. I found it interesting that the author made him less book smart, but showed that that didn’t impact how successful he could be. I hurt for him and the kinds of discrimination he faced as a man in figure skating…I thought that was super interesting. But he didn’t let it beat him down, he just became more determined and driven. And that goofy personality was just so endearing…the pajamas…and the pillow. *swoon*
As I said, their romance was odd…but I still fell in love with them together. They fit somehow. He didn’t take her crap personally, and she didn’t take his goofiness as lack of talent/drive. And I loved how his effervescence kind of rubbed off on her. I truly felt their caring for one another, despite the obstacles in their way.
As I’ve said with every other book in this series, the sport aspect is just BAR NONE the best. I love all the different sports explored, and I loved that you could tell the author respects athletes, and enjoys the sports themselves. I love that we actually get to read about them performing, and that I learn something new about them. It just makes me really want to watch the Olympics right now.
So yeah. These stories are all complicated and unusual, but I’m always invested in the end. It helps that I love sports romance, and am humbled by athletes, so I’m fascinated by their lives (that I would never ever want for myself).
Second, I loved that the book was so honest. Jubilee was not a "nice" character. She was closed off, controlling, and assertive. In Beckett's mind, he labeled her the "ice princess" and it was not particularly complementary, although he admired her drive and the way she constantly challenged herself and everyone around her to give their absolute best, all the time. However, my heart ached for Jubilee throughout the book. Early on, it's revealed that Beckett is 4 yrs younger than her and is her second partner. She'd been with her first partner since they were young children. They grew up together, were each other's best friend, were partners that had won a gold medal together, and were married and deeply in love. Then he died suddenly at a practice leaving Jubilee injured and alone. She is utterly terrified at losing anyone else, so she chooses instead to completely close herself off from emotion. Viewed in this light, I found Jubilee to be a completely sympathetic character, no matter how cutting she was to Beckett, or how cold and closed off she was.
Jubilee also controlled the purse-strings for both herself and Beckett, making for an interesting and unusual (in romance) power dynamic where the woman holds the financial reins. It's explained in the book that this is not at all unusual in pairs figure skating because while there are plenty of female skaters, strong male skaters capable of performing at the top levels who are also willing to work as a pair rather than skating individually are quite rare. Therefore, the woman often funds the team and pays for most of their expenses.
I'm afraid, though, that some readers will be put off from the book because in the beginning, the sex is not particularly sexy and is rather uncomfortable to read. When the book starts, Jubilee and Beckett have arrived at the winter games only to find that due to a scheduling mix up, they've been assigned to the same room. Beckett is normally pretty single mindedly focused on training, so he's been looking forward to sexually blowing off steam at the games with other athletes. However, since they are forced to share a room, Jubilee doesn't want him bringing other women around at all hours, so she makes a bargain with him that they will only sleep with each other. This leads to some awkward sexual encounters. As time goes on, though, both give in to an attraction that has probably always been there, but was completely buried under the layers of Jubilee's total freeze on personal relationships.
As I said earlier, my heart totally ached for Jubilee. She could see what a sweet, decent, nice guy Beckett was and she totally fell for him, but was holding on to her fear so tightly that she could not open up and let him in. As for Beckett, you've got to love a guy who will freely admit that he's not the brightest bulb, but who makes up for it with total dedication, persistence, charm, and utter devotion to whatever or whoever he chooses to spend his time on. He was the perfect man to melt Jubilee's frozen heart and soul. This book gripped me hard, made me feel all the feels, and put a big happy smile on my face at the end. I highly recommend this book as long as you are willing to read something that is outside the usual formula for a romance.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.