- File Size: 3494 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C3M67XS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On the Ice (Stick Side Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I'm not sure my review can do justice to this book. I loved this story so much; it really twisted me up. There is so much emotional stuff going on – not just between Mitch and Alex, but also with their families. I think I used nearly an entire box of tissues while I read it; there were both sad and happy tears. I knew before the first chapter ended that this was a story I was going to love.
The blurb for the book is great but there is so much more to the story. Mitch's supportive father, his witch of a mother and his brother who won't speak to him all factor into who Mitch is and why he puts on a front with everyone. Only a few people really know the real Mitch.
This is a really slow-burn romance. When they first meet, Mitch comes on to Alex really hard but Alex just isn't interested. It isn't until Alex begins to see flashes of the real Mitch that he even wants to be friends. We learn fairly early on that Alex is demisexual – he doesn’t experience sexual attraction unless he’s formed a strong emotional bond with the other person – but Mitch wants a relationship with him anyway and he's willing to invest the time needed for Alex to find out if he can develop such a bond with Mitch.
The author lets us know that Mitch and Alex were side characters in an earlier novella of hers and she never intended to write a book for them but they just wouldn't leave her alone (and I'm so glad they didn't). Because they were already married in the earlier book On The Ice takes place back in 2008/09 when they first meet. The epilogue takes us to 2015 and I loved how it wrapped things up for us so that we know how Mitch and Alex are making their lives together work with their crazy schedules.
This is a story that's going to stick with me for a while.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
Mitch was a bright and ambitious college sophomore who portrayed annoying confidence with everything, but he was a very hard worker. Driven to get drafted by the NHL, he was still working hard toward a plan B career. He's had some heartbreak (not of the romantic kind) which leads him to be pretty closed off and put on a front in pretty much every situation. When he meets Alex Dean, NHL defenseman, Mitch tries to keep up with his obnoxious appearances, but Alex somehow sees right through him. Despite Mitch trying to hook up and constantly flirt with Alex, those advances go nowhere since Alex is demisexual, and they work on forming a true friendship.
I absolutely loved watching Mitch grow in this book. He was confident on the outside, but fearful on the inside. He was able to finally take ownership of who he was and how he was feeling. Letting Alex into his life really opened so many doors for him. I loved reading about his journey of discovery. I also loved watching Alex fall in love and figure out what he really wanted out of a relationship. There was such a huge amount of respect between the guys, and they made sure to show that. No one was pushed for more than they were ready for, and they genuinely cared for and loved each other.
My only disappointment for this book was the large gap of time between the final chapter and the epilogue. I was glad to see that things were wonderful a few years down the road, but most of those years would have been so interesting to me. I wanted to see how they got to where they were. I saw how they started and formed their base, but I just wanted more. So much more. I am so glad to see that this is labeled as book 1 in a series. I loved this author's story and writing style.
Alex an NHL player in Florida, waiting for a broken arm to heal in Vermont. He there to spend time with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's.It breaks his heart that his gramps never got to see him play a game in the NHL.
They meet when Alex is on a panel that Mitch attends. Mitch hits on him a couple of times but Alex says something hurtful that adds to Mitch's already suffering self esteem. When Mitch needs a tutor he is surprised to find out it's Alex. Still interested in him, Mitch hopes for something to happen. When Alex explains they can only be friends because he is Demisexual, Mitch decides that Alex as a friend is better than no Alex at all. The friendship turns into so much more.
This is a sweet, slow burn story with (mostly) likable characters. Looking forward to more in the series.
I loved the romance at the center of the book between Mitch and Alex. Mitch's first cocky bold approach and then Alex demanding he be real.
As Alex is demisexual, we get a slow burn romance which creates lots of space for emotionial connection.
Alex is just a solidly great guy and so comfortable in his own skin.
Mitch is really wonderful too and the dates and falling in love as they handle a long distance relationship is well done.
Outside the romance, there needs to be better work with the other issues. Mitch's hardworking exhaustion is done well as his Alex's family and they both have good friends. However, Mitch's mom is drawn as a villain too simply and his dad's cluelessness as well as the length of his brother's reaction to something that happen makes little sense.
Good overall! I look forward to Cody or Yeager's story
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