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Off the Ice

(Juniper Falls #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  176 reviews
All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the n
Paperback, 370 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a high-school hockey player.

The characters in this were okay, but I found it a bit hard to relate to them. I did feel a bit sorry for Claire with her having to deal with her dad’s cancer, and for Tate having to deal with an abusive father, but I just found it hard to connect with them.

The storyline in this was about Claire dealing with her father’s ca
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Off the Ice was my first book from Julie Cross and I was completely enraptured. I loved how it was sweet and adorable, while also being deep and emotional. It was the best of both worlds. So if you're a fan of young adult, or sports romances, then definitely check this one out. I'm so glad I did!
All the threads of my life, my future, have changed or been pulled away from me, but this… This bridge between Tate and me somehow emerged in the midst of everything falling apart.

I knew that
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Claire O’Connor didn't think she would be back in her home town so soon but after only a year away at college she's had to return to help take care of her ailing father and the family business. With the bills piling up Claire struggles to keep her family afloat and hopes her dreams of returning to school don't slip out of her grasp.

Claire soon finds herself crossing paths with Tate Tanley again after returning home. Tate is slightly younger than Claire but the two grew up together and before Cl

I'm sad to say that, while I positively ADORED Julie Cross's Third Degree, her latest release Off the Ice didn't really do it for me.
Up until the 70% mark, the story was hardly able to hold my attention for more than a few chapters at a time, which is why it took me so long to finally get through it. And while I'd love to blame the issues I had with this book on the book funk I've been in lately, I know that wasn't the reason. The pacing was just so incredibly slow, and though the romance was ki
4 stars

I really enjoyed Off the Ice by Julie Cross.
The storyline was well written, the characters Tate and Claire were likable, entertaining and I loved watching the relationship develop.

Overall, Off the Ice was a quick and heartwarming read, a great start to the Juniper Falls series.


Buy your copy now ~

*A big thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the advance copy*

3.5 stars

I had really enjoyed the other sports book that Julie had written, so I was pretty excited about this.

I liked Claire and Tate well enough. They're both good people in difficult situations and they both handle it as well as they can. When they finally get to supporting each other, it was fantastic.

There was a lot of background story and a lot of characters. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting and I wish we would have gotten a bit more of an epilogue, but I'm just being
Jamie :)
4.5 stars

This was cute, I needed this
Siobhan Davis
I read Chasing Truth by Julie Cross a few months back and absolutely adored it so I was super excited to get my hands on this book, especially because I love me some hockey romance. While I did enjoy this book, and I'm definitely invested in this series, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with certain aspects of it.

Tate's sister is besties with Claire O'Connor - the local publican's daughter. They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. Claire is a talented musici
There is so much to love about this book. Well-developed characters that jump off the page - check. Characters that don't act like spoiled twelve-year-olds all the time - check. Intriguing story - check. Swoony romance - check. Storyline and plot points that aren't overused - check. A good writing style - check.
I seriously enjoyed this book. Lovers of YA and romance will love this book.

Note: there is mature content in this book, so consider yourselves warned.

Copy received through NetGalley in ex
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

Claire has returned home from college to help the family business while her father recuperates from a life-threatening illness. Assuming staggering responsibilities, helping run the business and dealing with financial debt, Claire is dealing with a lot. But spending time with Tate, the guy she had previously only thought of as her best friend's younger brother, helps her step away from the responsibilities and have something just for herself.

Tate is dealing with school, an ex-girlfriend
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book, but it wasn't this. It's not that I didn't like the book, but I was a bit disappointed, because for some reason I expected a lot more. The story basically follows Tate, a hockey player, who has a lot of problems with his dad and Claire, a talented musician that returned suddenly after her fathers illness. The plot wasn't that bad, but for some reason I just couldn't relate at all with the characters.
Both Tate and Claire had serious problems,
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I didn't read the summary before deciding I wanted to read this book. All I needed to know was that it is written by Julie Cross and I was in. I love her contemporary novels.

At first, Off The Ice could have been any teen-y, high school drama, hockey novel. But let's not forget that it's written by Julie Cross, so pretty soon the characters started to expand and deepen in complexity, the situation got more complicated and basically it became totally addictive.

I was a little confused a
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Off the Ice is Tate and Claire.

Tate is the backup hockey goalie. He is in his junior year at high school. His dad is famous in the ice hockey world and he lives with his mum and stepdad. He's dating one of the most beautiful girls in school and is doing pretty well academically. To the outside world he has everything, but if you take a closer look he is juggling more than most can handle. He can't be the guy his girlfriend wants him to be. He can't be the hockey player his dad wants. Tate is gi
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, 4.5 stars!
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Off the Ice by Julie Cross. This first book in her Juniper Falls series is told by Tate and Claire through alternating points of view beginning in the prologue. The story picks up one year later in Chapter One. Claire is two years older than Tate and she has taken a semester off of college because her dad has an inoperable brain tum
Angel - Angel Reads
It was okay. Didn't love it. Full Review coming soon
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Drama, characters with story lines that go well beyond the surface level whether the novel is in their POV or not, and realistic dialogue and situations make Off the Ice a hit with me. The Friday Night Lights with hockey comparison is particularly apt because there is a balance between the sports and romance plot lines that one doesn't often see in sports romance books.

Today's teens and adults alike will be dying to go back to Juniper Falls to see what the future holds for other characters, inc
Deborah E Kehoe
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire O’Connor’s back in Juniper Falls because of an all hands on deck family emergency. Helping get her family’s restaurant and sports bar back on solid footing after her father’s stroke is more important than being at school. Tate Tanley was her best friend’s little brother and when she catches sight of him she wonders where that little boy that she shared a secret with the night before she went to school went. Now he’s the goalie of their high school hockey team and all grown up and that sec ...more

Julie Cross turned me into a fan of her books with her baseball YA, Whatever Life Throws At You. It was a refreshing and totally made me fall in love with her writing. When I saw the announcement for Off the Ice, I was very excited because it was another sports romance, this time hockey, and I was sure it would be a hit. While I loved the writing, and parts of the romance, I thought there was too much going on in the story, which left me feeling disconnected as a whole.

Claire and Tate were very
Ahhhh I can't wait for this!

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Off the Ice is the first book in the young adult Junier Falls series by Julie Cross. I have read a bunch of Julie's books, and I love how diverse of an author she is. She can write all genres and moods of stories. I really enjoyed Off the Ice and I can't wait to continue on in the series. It was a bit more drama filled than I was expecting. This is not a super light and fluffy young adult contemporary. This story has
Taylor Fenner
Originally posted on: Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

One year ago eighteen-year-old Claire O'Connor left her small Minnesota town to study music at Northwestern University. The night before she left two events forged the path that would set the course of her return to town. After a near hook up with Luke Pratt, the guy she's had a crush on for a long time ends in disaster she flees the apartment over the bar her family owns just in time to see her best friend Jody's father verbally then physically
3.5 Stars. This was cute and I thought it handled a lot of the heavier topics pretty well. I really liked the characters - not just Tate and Claire, but their friends and most of their families, too. I especially loved Tate's stepfather, Roger. While I did think the heavier topics were handled well, I thought things were a little too rushed at the end and would've liked to have seen a little more resolution - especially with Tate's anger issues. I also thought there were a couple scenes that wer ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about athletes, but I am a sucker for a good sports romance. I was obsessed with Julie's Whatever Life Throws at You and couldn't wait to read her YA hockey romance!

Claire O'Conner has always had big dreams of singing and performing and finally getting out of Juniper Falls. But a family tragedy has her back from her semester away at school and back working in her parents' hockey bar. Before she left, Tate Tanley was an awkward boy who happened to be one of her friends. A
3.5 Stars

I love that hockey books are becoming a thing. As an avid hockey fan (go Sharks!), I was sad to see so many sports romance books that only revolved around football or baseball, and when hockey was used, it was just a general mention. "He played center." "The game was exciting." No details, no setting the scene, nothing. But that's not the case anymore, there's hockey books everywhere! And while some still fall short of capturing this amazing sport, there are quite a few that seem to kno
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Off the Ice has been on my TBR since I heard the about it. I planned on reading it as soon as it was released last February.
In fact, if you would have asked me last week, I would have told you, I am pretty sure I read it. Yet somehow I didn't. Don't ask me why. But let me tell you, if you interested, go read it. It's well worth your time.

There isn't much that I didn't like about Off the Ice, except that the first quarter was bit slow? It's a bit long wound at times.
In the end, however, it does
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
I found this book both from other book bloggers, and from my own search for YA books about hockey. As some of you know, I have a YA contemporary I'm working on that's about hockey, so I have been desperate to find comps. Off the Ice by Julie Cross was a good place to start, and it's not a bad book, but it's just one I feel a little conflicted by.

The romance between Claire and Tate was great, but I was a little uneasy about th
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.75

The characters in this were alright, But I didn't love them.

This wasn't an awful read, but it wasn't one that I can say I really enjoyed unfortunately. I felt quite bored from the start, and it got worse as it went on. The book dragged in areas because of it for me.

Overall, Not bad, but not one for me.
Roni Loren
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Beta read this one for Julie. Everyone is in for a treat! Loved. :)
Kelly Gunderman
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I'm going to start off my review by saying that I'm not really one for sports romances or books that are centered around sports. I've never really cared for sports in general, so reading about them usually tends to leave me feeling bored. I put off reading Off the Ice for a long time because I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but when I saw that the author had another book comi
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her h

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“Tate hesitates before slowly turning the notebook around.
My arm fall to my sides as I take it in. There’s no stick figure at all. He didn’t draw me.
A large shaded heart touches the edges of the paper. And in the center, he’s written the words:
I love you.”
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