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Out on the Ice

(Out on the Ice #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Don’t miss this tender and funny contemporary romance from debut author Kelly Farmer.

Caro Cassidy used to be a legend.

During her career, Caro was one of the best defense players in women’s hockey. These days, she keeps to herself. Her all-girls hockey camp is her life, and she hopes it’ll be her legacy. Sure, her new summer hire is charming and magnetic, but Caro keeps her
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published August 24th 2020 by Carina Press
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Lex Kent
3.50 Stars. This had a few bumps but it was a pretty good WLW debut for Farmer. This is an interesting book because while it is actually lower in angst (there is some but not a ton) this book does deal with some more serious topics like depression, homophobia, and biphobia. For me having these more serious topics helped the book along. This book was especially good when it came to discussing bi-erasure. However, I did find that the first half of the book dragged on a bit. Once the second half hi ...more
Jude in the Stars
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading, I was worried Amy was going to exhaust me. She’s very sweet and fun but she’s also an hyperactive extrovert. As I kept reading, I realised the author had done a wonderful job creating the characters’ voices. If I worry about Amy exhausting me, it means she’s plausible.

Amy Schwarzbach, an out and proud bisexual pro hockey player, is hired as a coach for the summer by Caro Cassidy, a former Olympics medalist (and more). Professionally, the two women hit it off immediately.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
A solid debut f/f romance from Kelly Farmer, though the book suffers from being too draggy at times.

I'm getting more into lesfic romance, and because I'm obsessed with hockey players, I figured Out on the Ice would be a perfect fit for me. In many ways, I was right. I liked the sports/hockey aspects of the book, even if they could have been highlighted a bit more, and I think the story had a ton of potential.

I really liked having a half-Jewish MC (shout out to my fellow Jewish ladies!), and I
Caro Cassidy has competed in three Olympics before a hip surgery pushed her into retirement. Now she runs Girls & Goals for girls who play hockey and is very private about her personal life. When pro player and social media celebrity Amy Schwarzbach comes to coach Caro's summer camp, the pair eventually acted on their mutual attraction and begins to date. But Amy plays in Boston while Caro lives in Chicago, and that means long-distance as hockey season begins. Can the two very different athletes ...more
I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I don't really know how to describe my feelings for this book. I didn't dislike it my any means but I didn't find it all that engaging. At times, Caro and Amy were hard to distinguish and I was bored a lot of the time.

I think the book was overall cute, I just didn't love it. I think this book works for people who are fans of slice of life romances. If you're into more intense romances I wouldn't recommend it. It was cute and I lik
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many I was attracted to this book by the cover and I'm glad I decided to chance it. Farmer as a first time author does a good job of bringing something enjoyable to the genre. Caro is a retired professional ice hockey player, now running a hockey centre for girls in Chicago. She brings Amy, a current pro player, to coach at the centre for the summer.

Sports crossed with lesbian romance is one of my favourite genres so I was really looking forward to this book. It’s a bit different to many of
Despite being Canadian, I’ve never gotten into hockey. (Don’t tell my government. I don’t want my citizenship revoked.) And yet, I’m excited every time I see a new f/f hockey romance announced. I enjoyed the first 60% or so of this one, but unfortunately it didn’t hold up after that point, leaving me disappointed.

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Briar's Reviews
Out on the Ice is an adorable romance!

I really enjoyed picking up a sports romance following two women in the lead. It's a nice change in pace for me to pick up a great romance that's both two women and sports. I did find this book had way less sports involved than I had hoped, but you can't get everything you want. This book would had been a little better for me if the pace was consistent, but again, not every book can be perfect.

I found this book was a little slow in the beginning, but it pick
Jo reece
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.6 stars.

I enjoyed 'Out on the ice' but I did find it a little bit slow at the beginning of the book. It's about Amy and Caro, who both have some obstacles in life that they need to over come. Caro more then Amy.

Amy is out and very proud bisexual, where as Caro had a bad experience at a early age and was outed to her family which left an emotional strain on her life. So she tends to keep her personal life to herself. The pair start to build on a budding relationship over the summer when Caro em
A really odd one, this - not quite sure how to rate it. It moved from a jaunty romance to a quite dark novel, then sort of bounced back into the jaunty romance. No clunking of gears but rather I was surprised how the two meshed. Rather wondered if I was being lectured at times... As I said, confusing.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Out on the Ice. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

4.5 stars

Out on the Ice is a well-written romance with solid characters who I became very attached to. Both Caro and Amy had to deal with how other people saw them - and especially Caro was very prudent because of this. Her family more or less disowned her when her brother outed her as lesbian, and she didn't want anyone who wasn't part of her inner circle to know.

Amy was very open a
Caro Cassidy is a former professional hockey player who now owns her own ice skating training facility in the suburbs of Chicago. She has some issues with the way her family treats her, being out and doesn't date much because she was hurt in the past. She hires professional Amy Schwarzbach to be a coach during her summer training camp for girls. Amy is on the other end of the spectrum. She is an out and proud bi-sexual. She has a loving family and a set of wonderful friends. Amy also has had a h ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
5/5 stars go to how Doug, the precious 11-year-old black lab, was written. He was perfect and adorable and as someone who has a 10-year-old chocolate lab, his description was incredibly accurate.

As for the actual main characters and storyline, I thought it was all okay. I really enjoyed the first real bonding scene that we got between Caro and Amy when they were training and meditating, and I just really wish we got a lot more of that kind of content. Their relationship kind of jumped from one
Ameliah Faith
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not for me
Caro was one of the best on the rink in her pro hockey days. Now she lives a quiet life with her own rink and project teaching girls hockey. Amy is an out and proud bisexual woman who has crushed on Caro for years. Now she finally has a chance to spend time with her idol when she signs up to be a coach for the summer. When a relationship blooms between the two women, can there be a half way point or will they be unable to make it work?

This is a good debut book. Its very well written a
I've been sitting on this for a few days because I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to write. I guess, to start, I really did like this book. The hockey felt real and I liked the characters and even the conflict itself felt very real to me.

My biggest problem was the ending fight where it felt like Caro felt like she was the character having to do all the emotional work to make herself a person worthy of being with Amy. First of all, Amy was annoying as fuck a lot of the time and ther
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this moment, Amy was all about the joy on Caro's face.

This was one of those books that just made me really happy somehow, despite the flaws it had here and there. It dealt with serious and heavy issues in a way that I appreciated (mostly) but was also just light and realistic in the portrayal of its characters and I liked it so much. Perhaps it's just the kind of book that I needed right now. I just really appreciated how the author really showed us the characters becoming closer, through mun
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a debuting author this a pretty good book.

Former hockey star Caro runs an all girls ice hockey club and she has just hired a new coach for her summer camp. Amy is a hockey pro and nutritionist and the newest coach at Girls & Goals (lame name). Caro is an extremely private person, one might even say totally closed off. Amy in the other hand is the exact opposite; bubbly and an over-sharer. Caro’s psychiatrist urges her to step out of her comfort zone and do something besides work. Amy is the
Paige Nicole
Feb 06, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 30%

A tad slow, but overall a charming and entertaining read. It just hit some odd and specific triggers of mine, and I couldn’t keep going.

I went to an online event co-hosted by the author though and really liked her, so I’ll try to keep an eye out for her next book.
•°• gabs •°•
3.5 stars

tws: homophobic and biphobic language (all addressed and challenged), discussion of past suicidal ideation (there are tw's in the beginning of the book too)

i won't write a summary because the description of the book is pretty on-point. so:

what i liked:
- communication. i feel like a broken record every time i mention this in my reviews but healthy communication is so important to me and it made me happy to see amy and caro actually talk to each other and avoid so much annoying drama tha
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings: homophobia, biphobia, forced outing, talk of suicide and suicidal ideation, and depression

The description of Out on the Ice truly sounds like it was made for me- a sweet, f/f hockey romance? Colour me interested! Ultimately, I liked this fine... just fine. I enjoyed seeing both Caroline and Amy develop as individuals as well as in their relationship, and I appreciated how muc
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I am a big ice hockey romance fan - but there aren't many about the women's game, so I was really excited to get to see a different side to the story. I had imagined how it might be, and this book certainly reinforced some of my expectations, and reminds us again how female athletes get a raw deal in professional sports which have been so dominated by men. The work that Caro does in trying to give upcoming players the ch
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of two famous hockey players who find each other while working together at a hockey camp for young girls. Caro, the owner of the camp, is an Olympic legend who is determined to keep her personal life private. Amy is the Megan Rapinoe of hockey - she’s loud, proud and full of life. The sparks between them are instant but a relationship is a little more complicated.

This is a fun read. I really enjoyed the hocke
Evie Drae
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this book. I am providing a voluntary review. All thoughts and views are my own.

Out on the Ice is author Kelly Farmer’s debut novel, and it was a delightful one indeed! Amy and Caro were an adorable match that caught my heart early on. This is a slllooooooowww burn romance, but the relationship between them is so dang cute and real that the story never sags because of the slower paced romance aspect.

I read this book immed
I received an advance copy from Carina Press via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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DNF @ 21%

I love sports romances, especially hockey romances (even though I’ve never
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, my favorite part of this book was the honest discussion of bi-erasure. The characters are so cute and they had realistic issues and worked together to solve them.
Thanks to net and Carina Press for the advance ARC copy for my honest review.

Was stoked to get to read author Kelly Farmer debut, her style keeps you reading, turning pages both main characters are likable, easy to relate to and puts you in the pages. Once they become a couple, you realize how good of an author she really is, with tying in the current social media craze, then you have mental health issues blended into the story with a character, she does an excellent job on it and th
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Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
I am a big ice hockey romance fan – but there aren't many about the women's game, so I was really excited to get to see a different side to the story. I had imagined how it might be, and this book certainly reinforced some of my expectations, and reminds us again how female athletes get a raw deal in professional sports which have been so dominated by men. The work that Caro does in t
Maureen Lubitz
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

Caro Cassidy helped Team USA win Olympic medals when she was younger, but now she’s content to manage a hockey training center outside of Chicago for girls’ hockey.

Amy Schwarzbach never made it to the Olympics, but she’s a hotshot player for a professional women’s hockey team. She’s very excited about the opportunity to work at Caro’s facility because Caro has always been one of her idols.

At first, Caro doesn’t know what to do with Amy’s exuberant p
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Out on the Ice by Kelly Farmer is a f/f hockey story that blew me away with its well-drawn characters and sense of building community. I don't read much f/f, but this story and its cast captivated me from the start.

Caroline Cassidy, a stellar defense player in her day, now runs a Chicago girls' hockey training facility. Her personal background has trained her to keep strictly to herself in a public setting, and she pours everything she has into making her program exactly what girls need to succe
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, romance, ebooks, sports
Out on the Ice is the debut novel from Kelly Farmer that focuses on Caro, a former Olympian, and Amy, a professional athlete. The sport that brings them together is hockey, and it’s great to see a FF hockey story. I’ve read my fair share of MM, and it’s nice to see the tables turn. Farmer writes with wit and skill that makes me think she has been writing and perfecting her craft a long time, even if this is her official debut.

The establishing premise is that Amy is working at Caro’s hockey schoo
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