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Hot Ice: Ice on Wheels/Private Equity/Closed-Door Policy

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey, all’s fair in love and roller derby. That’s Riley Fauchet’s motto, until a new job lands her at the same company—and on the same team—as her rival Brooke Landry, the frosty jammer for the Big Easy Bruisers.

In Private Equity by Elle Spencer, Cassidy Bennett spends an unexpected evening at a lesbian nightclub with her notoriously reserved and
Published December 10th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Corporate Slave
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 Novellas by 3 great authors! The main theme here is Ice Queen and who doesnt love Ice Queens :)

First you have Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey, which was a very well written novella with 2 attractive MCs fighting their attraction both on a sports team and at the office at the same time! Brooke stood out big time in all of the MCs in the 3 novellas and i really liked her! she annoyed the hell out of me most of the time but still she had CHARACTER :)
Then you have Closed Door Policy by Erin Zak you
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who doesn’t love ice queens? As Roslyn Sinclair (who knows her ice queens) wrote, “Any fan of ice queens knows that what makes an ice queen irresistible is when she finally reaches melting point”. To end the year in the best way, Bold Strokes Books gives us three ice queens, in three novellas, by three different authors, and the result is both fun and hot, as should be. I enjoyed all three, for different reasons.

The first novella is Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey. Brooke, aka Femme Fatale, has been
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Three spicy short stories.

The novellas each contain an ice queen that needs to be thawed. Thus the title 'Hot Ice.'

Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey

Riley slams into Brooke during a roller derby championship and the move secures her team's victory. It also securely places her at the top of Brooke's hate list. And much to Brooke's dismay, Riley moves to her town and joins her team the following year.

I liked how Brooke was so attracted to Riley despite the massive grudge she had. No matter how nice or
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these three novellas, they were all well written with likeable characters, even the Icy Queens. The first two stories are 3-star stories for me and the last, Private Equity, a 4.4 star. I really enjoyed that one, it felt smoother and flowed more than the other two and also more lively. I loved the humour of the way Cassidy thought and talked to herself.
The last story makes me rate this book with 4 stars.
Sandra Andersson
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC.

When I first found this book I mostly wanted to read it because I'm a big fan of Erin Zak's writing and her other books, but I ended up really enjoying the other two stories as well.

Ice on Whells was the first thing I've ever read by Aurora Rey and I liked it. It wasn't my favorite though, probably mostly because I'm not a big fan of derby and I didn't understand a lot of the references when reading about it which left me confused a lof of the
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed reading this anthology with an Ice Queen theme. I went in knowing I could count on Rey and Zak to entertain but the real surprise for me was Elle Spencer’s Private Equity, my favourite of the bunch.

Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey

I don’t know much about roller derby but it certainly is a butch wonderland. The nicknames of the girls on the team are worth the price of the book alone. So entertaining.
Riley and Brooke go from warring blocker and jammer on opposing teams to warring team mates
If you're a fan of ice queens, this set of novellas will be right up your alley! The main theme in this one is definitely about melting the heart of the ice queen, and it sizzles.

As with all anthologies, some stories were better than others, but personally I loved how this only contained 3 stories, all novella length. The extra length gave each author a little more time to set up their story so it didn't feel so rushed. Personally, I thought that Aurora Rey's Ice on Wheels had the iciest of ice
Ever since the introduction of Miranda Priestly I've had a thing for ice queens. Of course back then 'straight' me chalked everything up to an innocent girl crush and admiration for another bad ass woman. Fast forward a decade and I would lose my train of thought anytime Regina Mills graced my screen.

You can imagine my excitement when I saw the announcement of this book. So guess what happened as soon as it got released? Not a damn thing! I had forgotten all about it. But now that I've finally
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Hot ice’ is a compilation of three lesbian novellas by Bold Strokes Books authors Aurora Rey, Erin Zak and Elle Spencer, all romances with an ice-queen protagonist.

‘Ice on wheels’ by Aurora Rey is a story centered around roller derby. Brooke Landry loves being part of roller derby team ‘Big Easy Bruisers’ and her job as a real state agent. When her disliked rival Riley Fauchet relocates and joins Brooke’s team and her same company, sparks fly and not of the romantic type. As time goes by and
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a set of three short novels that have as common denominator, not ice queens, as it may seem by the title or the cover, but angry, mean or bad-tempered women. Because this is what the protagonists are. And the truth is that this does not help the stories to be attractive at first.
As always, each story has the personality and style of its author and cannot be valued together because they have nothing more in common than that unfriendly attitude of one main character. I particularly liked
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hot Ice was three novellas written by established authors Aurora Rey, Erin Zak, and Elle Spencer. They each had certain commonalities. There was the one perceived ice queen character who was openly hostile/ unwelcoming to the other friendlier character. There was, of course, physical attraction. In one novella, the attraction was as soon as eye contact was established. But it was also where the ultimate ice queen was present, and her very demeaning attitude and antics. Overtime, the frosty ...more
Les Rêveur
Oh, this book is almost too hot to handle.

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Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Two for three ain’t so bad... I just won’t mention which two of the three.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-published
3 Stories by 3 really good authors! The title Hot Ice accurately describes what to expect in each novella. All three novellas had an MC who was an Ice Queen. The Ice Queen I loved the most had to be Brooke from Ice on Wheels. Talk about chilly! She had enough chill factor where she wasn't annoying and enough chill to want to keep reading. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say it would be between Ice on Wheels and Closed-Door Policy. I enjoyed Private Equity, it just took me a while to get use ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The read consisted of three stories featuring "ice queens" with various reasons to have their frost on. I will make comments in the reverse order of my favorites. My least favorite, Ice on wheels with Riley and Brooke who start on different teams then end up on the same team. I watched a little roller derby growing up. The sport never really grabbed my attention but the details and strategy of the sport was interesting to read and the player names were wicket wild. Closed door policy featured ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I find that when I’m given three books in one, there is always one you love, and at least one you dislike. Not this time. All three authors have given me a book/books I really enjoyed.
Ice on Wheels, Aurora Rey. Brooke Landry takes life seriously, even playing with her Roller Derby team ‘Big Easy Bruisers’. They were so close to taking the state championship she could taste it but first she had to go one more round with the ‘Cajun Queens’ who used their star blocker Riley Fauchet to take Brooke
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a compilation of novellas by three authors I like, so choosing it as an ARC was a no brainer.

The first story is by Aurora Rey and features MCs Brooke and Riley who are in opposing roller derby teams and then become team mates, they also end up working together. Both characters are likeable, but Brooke does not like Riley for most of the story, and watching Riley work around this was pretty fun. I enjoyed the roller derby stuff
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

In “Ice on Wheels” by Aurora Rey I found Brooke to be annoying. It was such a small little thing to get angry over, and it happened 4 months before. It’s sports, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Holding a grudge against someone who beat you fair and square in a competition is childish. Get over it!
I would not describe Brooke
Ameliah Faith
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book is a set of three FANTASTIC short stories about Ice Queens by three AMAZING authors!

Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey is the wonderful tale of roller derby queens. Last year in the championship match, Brook was blocked by Riley causing her team to lose. This year Riley is not only a member of her team but a coworker too! Brook is still holding a grudge and is far from pleasant to the newcomer. How are they ever going to resolve their issues and why is Brook so affected by Riley?

isa Simonet
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
A great read. Hot Ice is a compilation of three lesbian novellas by Aurora Rey, Erin Zak and Elle Spencer, all romances.
Each story is short enough to get through easily and quickly.
If I recommend this book? absolutly!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it





Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good ice-queen story, and this book gave us three for one! Aurora Rey's Ice on Wheels had our two leading ladies Brooke and Riley not only literally clashing on the rink but also professionally. I loved the chemistry between these two and thankfully it was hot enough to melt the ice between them.

Erin Zak's Closed Door Policy was probably my favourite of the three and I could have done with a full length novel of this story. I loved Caroline's young friends, they were hilarious. I loved
Suzy Q
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot Ice is three steamy Ice Queen shorts by 3 steamy writers. Aurora Rey's Roller Derby story Ice on Wheels. Erin Zak's Closed Door Policy about a college professor and student. Elle Spencer's Private Equity about Lesbian club owner and her employee. There is nothing like the good thawing of an ice queen and all three of these stories were amazing . These authors have given me a book really enjoyed.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really good compilation of stories all featuring an ice queen. All three stories were great, but Elle Spencer's was my favorite - I loved the first person present tense with the broken fourth wall. I could just see Claire Dunphy sitting on her sofa in between scenes of Modern Family adding her two cents. A great way to spend a winter weekend.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I usually love quick short stories especially by authors such as Aurora Rey, Erin Zak and Elle Spencer.
The first story is called Ice on Wheels by Aurora Rey. It stared out as a fun read about two rival Roller Derby teams, especially how the main characters meet. Let’s just say Riley takes Brooke out,
It ends up Brooke hating Riley and then not only does Riley become a teammate but a co-worker as well. Towards the middle
Lucy Bexley
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC provided by Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This collection brings together three ice queen novellas by three great authors. The star of the collection for me was Elle Spencer's Private Equity--the voice of Cassidy is distinctive, crisp, and hilarious. Reading it gave me a giddy feeling, similar to reading Casting Lacey and I would have happily read 500 pages of Julia and Cassidy's story.

In Private Equity, Cassidy is chief of staff to VC Julia Whitmore
Char Dafoe
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was not as hot as I thought it was going to be. I was expecting tension, foreplay, teasing, and steamy sex. Don't get me wrong the storytelling was great, these authors have a way of telling a story and drawing you in but I felt the sex and was lacking.

Ice on Wheels wasn't bad but I had a hard time keeping my focus solely on the story. I also was disappointed at the lack of character description. I feel if I knew what the characters looked like, sounded like, how they wore their clothes,
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all three novellas in Hot Ice, but by far my favorite was the last story, Private Equity, by Elle Spencer. In this story Cassidy Bennett is the chief of staff for venture capitalist, Julia Whitmore. Cassidy has admired Julia from afar and maintains a witty inner dialogue about Julia and the relationship (or frankly just the sex) that she would like to have with Julia. Julia also has a ten-year daughter, Lily, that has a close second-mother type relationship with Cassidy. The chemistry ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-and-lesbian
I was given this book form NetGalley and BoldStrokes books in exchange for an honest review.

The first story Ice on Wheels is about a roller derby athlete and her arch nemesis. I thought the story was very interesting, but I thought that the reasons for Riley to hate Brooke seemed overblown and a little bit childish. I did love their interactions though and I thought that Brooke was sweet to try and be friends with Riley. The story was interesting and had a good amount of Angst. Even thought it
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ice Queens is an aptly named title for three novellas by three great authors Aurora Rey, Erin Zak and Elle Spencer but particularly because one of the novellas was written by one of my favourite lesfic authors. As you may have guessed in each of the novella there is an 'ice queen. I thought all three authors did a great job of writing a romantic short story yet were still able for you to connect with their characters. My least favourite was Closed Door Policy as I found the age gap a little ...more
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Aurora Rey is a college dean by day and award-winning lesbian romance author the rest of the time, except when she’s cooking, baking, riding the tractor, or pining for goats. She grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they're taught not ...more