- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jennifer Comeaux
- Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016YHNC3O
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Taking the Ice: Ice Series Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Ice series, by Jennifer Comeaux, has been one of my favorites, and I'd recommend reading them in order. In addition. Ms. Comeaux wrote an additional series (The Edge) that focuses on the younger years of Courtney's coach Em, but you can always go back and read those after if you've already started these books (that's what I did).
We meet Courtney and Josh in December, almost 3 years after the end of the second book, Losing the Ice. They have skated well together and are now once again facing the pressures of competing well enough to make the Olympic team. All the series regulars are here, with the addition of a few new characters who present some added pressure.
I was really wrapped up in the story and couldn't put the book down. It wasn't a very long read, but felt like a good length for the story at hand. Sometimes authors drag out angst just to hit a page-goal, and the story suffers because of it. In this case, it felt just right.
Josh remains as loving, loyal, and silently strong as ever. If ever there was a perfect book boyfriend, he's it. Courtney is faced with the difficulty of skating on top of the internal stresses associated with her past skating goals, which have thus far come up short of her lifelong dream. When you add Josh's insufferable parents to the mix, you'll probably be wondering just how much more they can take. That being said, the book has plenty of sweet, tender, and happy moments that left me swooning. The relationship between Court & Josh is so strong, but she is longing for an engagement ring. After seeing how Josh's parents interact and learning more about the way in which they raised (or didn't raise) their children, she has to wonder if he might agree with his sister Stephanie in swearing off marriage forever.
I absolutely loved all the interactions with their coaches, and fellow skaters, and especially Liza! She was a wonderful surprise, full of so much energy and inner-strength. And her relationship with Courtney is something many sisters would long for. Even Stephanie surprises with an unexpected interaction with one of Courtney's competitors.
Will Courtney and Josh pull it together at Nationals and get to take that elusive trip to Sochi? Will Courtney get the engagement she has been hoping for? Or will Josh's mother pull off the incredible upset and finally succeed in driving a wedge between her son and the girl who she believes has derailed his life?
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, ice skating, the Olympics, and light-hearted feel-good stories.
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Most of the conflict in this book focuses on whether Courtney and Josh will overcome their on-ice issues to make the U.S. Olympic team. While the two still clash with Josh's awful family, the couple's relationship is solid and they're very much in love. Josh is gentle and kind-hearted, Courtney is the more vocal half of the couple and in previous books, has shown no qualms about speaking her mind, especially to Josh's mom. In this book, she's still quite outspoken, but has a moment of conscience that reflects a new maturity. Comeaux effectively shows how Courtney has grown up, softening a rough edge, while not taking away from her personality.
I appreciated that Comeaux simply allowed them to be happy, and to focus the story on their skating. As a figure skating fan and author, I am in awe of the way this woman writes skating scenes! She captures the couple's programs beautifully, and her knowledge of the sport shines through.
Readers looking for a sports romance that's a little different, and not only features a female figure skater, but a male skater as well, should check out the Ice and the earlier Edge series.
I look forward to seeing what Comeaux has in store next!
I enjoyed the various couples and the challenges they faced and felt that Ice #3 was a great way to wrap up the series. Not only was there romance, backstabbing, family drama and excitement, but people like me that enjoy figure skating, got lots of background information on the sport.
I'll be looking forward to Jennifer Comeaux's next book and would definitely recommend this series.
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Another great book in the Ice Series.Read more