- File Size: 1306 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (December 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074SXM3WK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love on the Tracks (Snow & Ice Games) Kindle Edition
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Rowan is competing for Team USA at the Snow and Ice Games and her fangirling over Zane's boy band License to Game is legendary, to the point that it comes the attention of Zane himself. His manager suggests a fake romance to create more buzz for the band in exchange for more sponsorship opportunities for Rowan. I love a good fake romance, but Rowan's constant wide-eyed fangirling over Zane made their relationship that of a star and groupie, rather than equals.
I was thrown by the NA-ish quality of these kids pretending to be faux lovers (Rowan is 20 and Zane is 26), but that's on me: one of my favorite Tamsen Parker works is Craving Flight which is the love story of two Orthodox Jews in their late 30s, and I expected some of that same elegance and maturity. But the fact is that I found no spark between Rowan and Zane other than her awe of his boybandiness and his awe of her dedication to her sport; their outings felt like two junior high kids on dates supervised by their parents.
Then Rowan and Zane tumble into bed together and it becomes a different story. Shy, giggly Rowan is actually super confident in bed and for once, the guy has to keep up with the heroine. This was more fitting with Rowan's need for control and discipline in training, and I wish there was more exploration of Rowan's world than Zane's.
My real problem was that Rowan and Zane fell into bed almost as soon as they started their fake romance so there was really no time for real romance or feelings to grow. Yet, suddenly out of the blue, a weird subplot pops up involving a side character that turns Rowan and Zane into some kind of Romeo and Juliet-lite. The whiplash fast trip from fake romance to awkward plot separation to rapid fire declarations of ILYs was too much for me to take or believe.
The brief foray into Rowan's competitive world was fascinating and I wish there was more time and care spent on her life as a luger. Hopefully the next books in this series will feature more of the Games.
It's a light, fun story though the characters came off as a bit immature and I would have like some more depth in their arcs.
I appreciate that the author chose to highlight a sport that is not so popular. Rowan is a professional athlete and we get to see how ever-present sports is in her life, how it shapes everything about her. What's more Zane was not only not resentful of her commitment to her professional career but he admired her dedication, he absolutely adored her very muscular and athletic body. There is some light femdom which I found fitting to the characters. There was no shame on his part for enjoying letting her call the shots in bed.
Zane a typical musician in a boy band, he is enjoying his fame and good fortune but also looking forward to the next steps in his career. He didn't stand out as much as she did for me though I liked how supporting, caring and the same non-suffocating and non-alpha he acted with Rowan.
The main conflict felt a bit artificial and we saw her dad undeservedly presented as the villain in their story. It all read a bit too much like your average NA romance but was enjoyable overall.
I didn't appreciate the jab at the Russian athletes at the end, felt it was unnecessary for the story.
It's a nice story, a bit on the sweet side. I liked the way the author presented the world of professional winter sports and I'm looking to reading the next books in the series.
Zane Rivera is a rock star, the most popular hunk in License to Game, a successful boy band, is Rowan’s ultimate fantasy. Zane also has a deep appreciation to athletes, and now that the band is right before a renewal of contract he’s in need of some down time. That’s when he finds out from an article, that he’s the rock idol of a certain SIG athlete, and decides Colorado is just the place he can relax and unwind.
From the very minute they meet as a surprise to Rowan on an interview talkshow, where she fangirl squees like there’s no tomorrow, it’s evident there’s something there, and that something is exploited in favor of them both.
I adored how secretive their real relationship hidden by fake outings in favor of some PR and sponsorships, evolves. I loved how they each discovered more about the other, and how it was all layered.
Both Zane and Rowan are vulnerable in ways athletes and rock stars never seem to be, or never thought to be. And that is a great addition to the emotional arc of the story.
I adored this romance and basically swallowed it whole in one sitting (interrupted by a necessary night’s sleep), and I genuinely can’t wait for the next release.
Love on the Tracks is a perfect sports meets music romance. Parker managed to incorporate this world into a we-only-wish-it-were-real love story, filled with romantic moments, sweet gestures, hot sex, one really not shy athlete and one heck of a surprised yet willing rock star. It’s fun, got some drama and a lot of hopeful sweetness and I couldn’t recommend it more.
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