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On the Brink of Passion

(Snow & Ice Games #5)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where competition is not the only thing that is heating up! The fifth book in bestselling Tamsen Parker's romance series concludes with a pairs figure skating couple sharing the ice... and close quarters.

At the last Snow and Ice Games, Jubilee Buford and her husband and partner Stephen Wallace were on top of the pairs figure skating world.
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 175 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Swerve
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Sawyer  ❤
On the Brink of Passion, one of the sexiest titles I've come across. Coupled with one of the sexiest covers. I had no choice; I had to read this book. 

As much sexiness as this book had on the cover page I was disappointed with the lack of steam between the covers. The award for more conflicting sexy scene goes to On the Brink of Passion. I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to be uncomfortable or aroused. It didn't take long for uncomfortable to win.  There were graphic descriptions of sex where
Briar's Reviews
Round Five of the Snow and Ice Games! I'm sad to see this series go, because I never knew how much I needed a sports romance book! But, this series is worth the ride! Maybe if we're lucky, Tamsen will make a summer Olympics version of this series for Tokyo 2020... Hey, a girl can hope!

So let's get into the meat of this story:

This time around we are graced with Jubilee and Beckett, and they are world class figure skaters. They weren't initially paired with each other: Jubilee was originally with
On the Brink of Passion
Snow and Ice Games #5
Tamsen Parker
3 ⭐⭐⭐

I had a hard time getting into this one. I have really enjoyed this series up till this one. I couldn’t connect with the characters and how they interacted with each other.
Jubilee was a complete ice queen and Beckett was the opposite. But he took so much shit from her and basically had sex with her lying there like a dead fish. It was such a turn off to the story. I understood that she had something traumatic happen to her but you di
Maria Rose
Having just intensely watched all the Olympic figure skating, this story was a lot of fun to read! There are lots of technical skating details (which is my jam, though might be more than some readers want), and a couple who sizzle on the ice but haven't attempted anything off the ice for good reason. Jubilee's husband and partner died suddenly four years earlier, and while her new on ice partner Beckett is a steady and consistent and trustworthy presence, she's not ready to move forward into any ...more
So good! I have loved this series of novels inspired by the Winter Olympics. The final novel is so satisfying. Beck and Jubilee. Le sigh. Their love is hard won, and they are both so strong. I want a Beck of my own.

Bought from kobo
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Jubilee, a veteran SIGs pairs figure skater, has returned to the spotlight with new partner, Beckett. She was the SIGs four years ago with her husband as her partner, but shortly after, he suffered an untimely death. Vowing never to lose so much all at once again, Jubilee appreciates Beckett because he is hard working, dedicated, and has no desire to her friend.

Beckett missed out on the SIGs four years ago, after which his then partner and lover, Sabrina, dumped him. Finding Jubilee was a godsen
Joyfully Jay
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.5 stars

On the Brink of Passion is the fifth and final book in Tamen Parker’s Snow and Ice Games series. The series did not end on a high note for me. This book reads like all the rest in the series with the MCs being in a secret relationship. This book also follows along with the same style of the characters hardly talking to each other and with pages upon pages of internal narrative instead. After four other books in the series, I was really looked for some variety in t
Once Upon
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brink of Passion is one of the best in the series. Julibee is a figure skater in the Snow and Ice Games. She had everything a loving husband and skating partner until her husband/partner passed away.

Beckett is happy to be Julibee’s new partner. She tough and works hard. They both hope together they can win at the Snow and Ice Games.

A big mixed up happens when they get to the games. They are forced to live together and Julibee is not happy. They make challenge that Beckett can not bring anyone b
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fifth in the series, and I think they all stand alone very well, but obviously all link together due to the location of the events.

Reading this during the Winter Olympics has made it so much more fun and relevant. Especially as there is quite a lot of complex detail about the skating jumps, lifts etc. Completely loved that I could picture their routines based on having just seen it on tv. If you read this at
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it

On the Brink of Passion was my least favorite book in this series. It made me a little uncomfortable if I'm being honest. I was excited to read it because it has a figure skating couple, but oh gosh. I'm a romance reader who doesn't always like reading about tougher situations, and here, there were some seriously awkward sex scenes with discussions about verbal and non-verbal consent. It was all important talk of course, but because I wasn't expecting it, it took me aback. I did end up liking it
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Our of the previous four (and the second book that literally spoke of the release the athletes allow themselves in these events) On the Brink of Passion is the book that made me think the most about that issue – the stress the athletes face on a daily basis for years and years. This self-inflicted tension and discipline, the sacrifices and the need to finally take something for themselves.Jubilee has worked her entire life towards these games, towards being the best. Now, four years after her ic ...more
Xan West
3.75 stars

I think fans of The Cutting Edge might really appreciate some aspects of this romance between couples skating partners, featuring an ice queen heroine. I don't think this book is for everyone, as the reviews I've read reflect; folks had concerns about the tone, the heaviness in the story, and the way the sex scenes worked. I didn't mind the shift in tone towards angst and a grief arc. I struggled a bit with the sex scenes but was generally enjoying the pacing, the arc, the characters,
Brianna -  Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
On the Brink of Passion is a great story about an ice skating pairs team who are a perfect match on the ice, but off the ice, they couldn't be more opposite. At the SIG competition, a housing snafu puts them in the same room and things begin to heat up. Sure, they're both attractive people. Nothing could go wrong with a no strings attached deal during their stay at the SIG's. Right?

I loved the POV's going back and forth between Jubilee and Beckett. You get to see what each person is thinking du
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jubilee felt her life ended the day her husband died. All the joy was gone. She goes through each day and is extremely meticulous in her training. Never one to stray the straight and narrow path she questions Beckett’s suggestion. She has come to the Snow and Ice games to win and she will ensure she does. Absolutely amazing tale of getting lost in grief and finally opening up again.
I absolutely loved this book and it has the potential to be one of my top reads for the year. Why did I love it? First of all, it features a pairs figure skating team, and as in the other book I read (and loved) in this series, Love on the Tracks, there are plenty of details about training and competing at a world class level and the drive and focus required to reach that pinnacle. These athletes are single-minded in their intensity and devotion to their sport and are unapologetic about it. Some ...more
Lauren loves llamas
Trigger warnings: death of spouse and partner, grief, panic attacks

This is the last book of the Snow & Ice Games series, loosely based on the winter Olympics. While it’s part of series, each book can be read as a stand-alone, though, honestly, they’re awesome, so just read them all! Spoilers for the book below, as there were some aspects I wanted to talk about in depth.

Jubilee and Beckett are fairly new ice skating partners, and this is their first time together at the SIGs. Jubilee, howeve
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Snow and Ice games has been a pretty solid series for me, and I’m a little sad to see this come to an end with On the Brink of Passion, the final book. Even when I had quibbles with some of the plotting, I enjoyed all of these characters and relationships. Each book is linked together by this fictional Winter Olympics-type event, but each book is different. This isn’t a series where I feel like I’m seeing the same characters meet over and over again---each one feels unique! It’s not an exagg ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the unconventional hero and heroine in this figure skating romance, the last entry in Parker's SNOW AND ICE GAMES series. Jubilee is a tough-as-nails Southern girl/ice queen, a fascinating overturning of southern-girl stereotypes. Parker uses this character to explore the little-known fact that in pairs skating (at least in the U.S.), because there are so many more interested young women than there are men, many female pairs skaters end up paying the bulk of the costs of competi ...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Jubilee is at the latest Snow & Ice Games looking for another gold medal in pairs figure skating with her partner Beck. When a snafu has Jubilee and Beck rooming together everything is about to change between them.

Beck doesn't care that he's rooming with his platonic skating partner -- he's at the games to have some fun in addition to winning a gold medal and he's a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. He's ready to experience the games in all their condom-loving glory, if you know what I mean.He's
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I just couldn’t get into this. It starts off with one of the most uncomfortable sex scenes I’ve ever read about two people who are basically forcing themselves to have sex with each other without any affection, sexual attraction, or foreplay. The heroine, Jubilee, is really a cold witch who only gets warmed up in the last couple of chapters. She’s a figure skating pairs champion whose husband and former partner died of a brain aneurysm during a practice. Now she has a new partner, Beckett, who s ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
On The Brink of Passion is book five in the Snow and Ice Games series. It can be read as a standalone as each book features a different couple and different sports.

I have enjoyed all the previous books in this series. This was my least liked story of the lot. I had a hard time forming any connection to the characters or their story. Mainly because of Jubilee.

Jubilee gives a new meaning to the word ice queen! She has been paired with Beckett in pairs skating solely to bring home a medal. She was
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was more on the okay side, the leading lady is so cool that these pairs skating partners don't even really feel like friends before they start having sex as a means of making having to share a room more convenient. Much of the sexy times ( that aren't really sexy - since the leading lady hides her attraction and her enjoyment from her partner) happen in the weeks leading up to an Olympic like competition and the reader doesn't really get a sense of how the pair are connected or support each ...more
Catherine Coffman
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brink of Passion is one of the best in the series. Julibee is a figure skater in the Snow and Ice Games. She had everything a loving husband and skating partner until her husband/partner passed away.

Beckett is happy to be Julibee’s new partner. She tough and works hard. They both hope together they can win at the Snow and Ice Games.

A big mixed up happens when they get to the games. They are forced to live together and Julibee is not happy. They make challenge that Beckett can not bring anyone b

I was looking forward to reading On the Brink of Passion. As not only did the synopsis sound great, but I've also enjoyed the books I've read so far in this series.

However, this story, although engaging, easy to read and good. Didn't grab me and I did find it hard to connect with. Especially with the way Jubilee and Becketts relationship begins, and I did struggle to warm to Jubilee. Even though I did feel sorry for her and everything she had suffered. But I liked Beckett and by the end, I
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
As a fan of ice skating I was very excited to read this book. I must say I ended up disappointed and disturbed. I could not feel a loving connection between these two characters and so for me there was really no romance. The intimate scenes are off-putting and very unpleasant. I am open minded. I read a wide range of genres and find great reads in them all but these scenes portrayed something that just didn't feel right. The whole situation was murky and ambivalent . Maybe this was what the auth ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love that Tamsen Parker never takes it safe with her writing. Sometimes her risks really work for me. Sometimes they do not. Sadly this book was a case of the latter. A lot of issues come from the lack of initial chemistry between the two main characters and the most awkward, uncomfortable, cringe-inducing sex scene I have ever read. It was so hard to get invested in their story after in their story after that and believe that they would find a basis for a real relationship. Their switch to ro ...more
bookaholic ge
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read an advanced review copy of this book

After suffering a huge loss Jubilee Buford has fought to work her way back to the top. With the Gold metal in sight Jubilee is ready to live up to her Ice Princess nickname to get what she wants.... until Beckett shows her that maybe there is more to life than winning.

Overall this book was really good. While at first I did not like how Jubilee and Beckett's relationship started I quickly fell in love with them and enjoyed reading how their r
Verity W
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****

I think this is my favourite of the three Snow and Ice Games books that I've read, and the actual skating detail was among the best that I've read of the Winter Sports themed romances I've read. i thought the set up was interesting, I liked the hero and although I didn't like the heroine as much, I understood why she was the way that she was. I thought the resolution was a bit rushed, and didn't quite answer all the questions that had bee
Sheryl Beesley
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was my favorite book in this series.... (next fav was book 4)

I loved how this was an established couple in the sense that they were skating partners for the last 4 years and due to a booking slip up are forced to share a room in the SIG village...

Then a dare that neither can back down from leads to feelings as they compete for the Gold medal..
and the scenes from inside their heads as they skate their program is a fascinating look at what must happen when top of the game athletes skate the
Greyland Reviews
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
1.5 stars
ARC received for an hones review from NetGalley

I basically skimmed the last half of this one because I really couldn't stand the characters in this one. Jubilee is probably going to go on my list of "most disliked characters of all time". Like all the other books in this series, this was just bland and boring.
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