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Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises (Self-Published) on September 29th, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.
Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.
Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.
Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When Ethan Parker buys a struggling hockey team and plans to move it to Seattle, a gag order preventing him from discussing the change in ownership until after the playoffs means he has to get creative if he wants to learn more about the inner workings of the organization. Pretending to represent a potential buyer seems to be the best solution, and it certainly gets him an insider’s look, but his attraction to the assistant personnel director may be more of a challenge than he can beat.
“Should of…” Not have. Of.
I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say about an editing job that fails at second grade English.
It’s not uncommon for one of the main characters in a romance novel to be keeping a big secret, but usually it’s for entirely selfish or stupid reasons. So it’s great to read a story where the plot twists around a bit of deception that actually makes total sense.
Lauren isn’t taken seriously by the team owners or good old boys management staff, and while she may have a decent job title, her job amounts to little more than glorified secretary. It doesn’t help that her father is one of the many men in hockey that overlooks her contributions. So when she hears that the owners are selling, she’s got her fingers crossed that the change will bring new opportunities for both her and the team. And that’s where Lauren deviates from what I thought would be a typical romance novel heroine. While she couldn’t exactly keep away from Ethan — and really, who would want her to? — she knew her own worth, both in work and in love, and she wasn’t going to let misplaced loyalties or a bunch of chauvinists keep her from succeeding. She may not have wanted the team to move cities, but she knew better than to let herself be manipulated into something that wasn’t best for anyone.
Now, I have to say that Ethan got on my nerves a little at first. While I liked him, he was awfully sure of himself, and when it came to light that he’d fairly recently been involved with an employee — hence his hesitation in giving into his attraction to Lauren — I had a hard time reconciling him with who I knew would emerge for the happily ever after. However, I loved that he kept his true involvement with the team hidden from Lauren because he was legally bound to, not because he had the typical screwy idea that she wouldn’t understand or would otherwise turn away if she knew the truth. It’s strange how uncommon that is. Normally whoever’s keeping the big secret is ruled by pride or arrogance or something else that really doesn’t matter all that much, but in Ethan’s case, he really didn’t have much of a choice.
The romance was also paced very well, with just enough hesitation (for good reason) from both characters and just enough chemistry to make sure they gave in soon enough. It balanced out the overconfidence Ethan initially showed and added a bit more depth to the characters and the story. All in all, Skating on Thin Ice, is a classic romance story line injected with a bit more realism, providing exactly what one might expect from a romance novel while ditching a lot of the usual cliches and formulaic character mistakes.