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When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face ...
Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she j
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Published March 9th 2021 by ChocLit
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Dash fan
4☆ Poignant, Inspiring and Beautifully Compelling!


If you love Dancing on Ice or just love dancing in general then this book is definitely right up your street! But don't be fooled by the cover this book is more than meets the eye!


Kate was a professional ice skater and former gold medalist, but after a tragic accident she thought she would never be able to skate again.... till now!
Until she's offered a place on a reality show.....Sport Star to Skate Star!
Where Professional Athletes are Paired
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Sarah
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the television program, ‘Dancing on Ice’, then this will be a solid book-match for you! Just like the program, this book follows the televised competition, except this time the pairings are between sports personalities and the professional.

At first, I thought this book would be a sweet, romance story. However, Buckley offers a darker narrative and I think this made the story more enjoyable for me. Gone is the innocence of skating and (inevitably) falling in love, to be replac
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Finitha Jose
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is always a rare treat to meet a book that surprises you. Here I was, expecting a laid back romance and what did I find? A story so evocative and nerve-racking that I finished half of it pacing through my room, kindle on hand, everything else forgotten. As you have rightly assumed, this is no story for work nights.

        A seemingly innocent reality show and an opportunity for past lovers to reunite. What is there to go wrong? On one side, we have handsome, charismatic AlexMichaelson, the pu
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Karen Mace
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this! When can this be a real show?! Playing on the reality success of Dancing On Ice, but with a twist, this was a wonderful story that puts 2 former sports stars together for a TV show and waiting to see what happens! Will there be arguments? Romance? And will it help them heal their pasts?

Katie is a former Olympic ice skater, whose career was tragically ended by an awful accident. She has spent the years since being unable to move on or forget her dreams, and that has led
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Joanne
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book because I love Strictly Come Dancing. I have to admit I don't watch the ice dance version of it quite so much as I am always really nervous in case one of the contestants falls on the ice. This is what happened to the main character of this book, Katie. Katie was once an ice princess, an outstanding skater who could do no wrong, a gold medallist no less. But following a terrible accident which ended her career, she soon developed a reputation as an ice queen with a f ...more
Isabelle D
I found much to love about this book: the figure skating theme, of course, but also the slow-burn romance (my favourite kind) and an interesting structure that allows us to find out, in the second part of each chapter, what happened to Katie (most often) or Jamie when they were at the top of their respective careers instead of reluctantly paired for a Dancing-on-Ice-like TV show that might help them show they don't deserve the bad reputation the media gave them. We even get some glimpses into th ...more
K.S. Marsden
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'Ice Queen' Katie gets roped into a new celebrity ice skating show where her ex is on the judging panel. Helping break the tension is her skating partner, ex-rugby star Jamie.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story is split between two narrators, with chapters dedicated to the current timeline, and revealing the history that still affects our main characters.

Katie is in her early twenties, but she has already lived a full life. With her stubborn determination, she beca
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Anne
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Well, what a lovely read! This might not be the first book I’ve read based around a competitive TV show, but its focus on the world of ice skating was something a little different, and really quite fascinating.

Sport Star to Skate Star pairs up professional skaters with former athletes and sports stars, rather than the usual showbiz celebrities, and securing ice queen Katie as one of their professionals is a particular coup. She left the circuit after an injury that ended her career, and has shun
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Sharon
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you pair an angry Ice Queen figure skater with a washed-up Love Rat rugby player?  Lots of angst, insecurities, and a buttload of surprising hidden truths.

Katie is so lonely and trapped in a life she doesn't deserve. Her career as a figure skater was cut short when she broke her ankle in a fall and her skating partner left her. With no friends or family, she is barely scraping by when she gets an opportunity to skate again with an out-of-shape rugby player. It's not ideal, b
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Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Strictly On Ice by Helen Buckley is a heartwarming romance on ice! I really enjoyed this book.
Kate is a former Olympic ice skater. Her career ended when she had an accident, caused by her skating partner. Since then she has struggled to move on, being offered a part in a new TV skating show, she decides to accept...for the money.
She is paired with Jamie an ex-rugby player who has suffered after his career ended too. Kate didn't expect to be paired with Jamie, his reputation precedes him. Over t
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Lucy Devenport
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Strictly on ice - @helencatherinebuckley

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When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face ...
Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.
When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part i
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Coco
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Initially a book with a subject about ice skating didn't appeal to me, my every attempt of balancing on two thin metal blades while keeping upright on ice was unsuccessful and painful. I quickly discovered this book is more about people than the intricacies of skating.

The plot for Strictly on Ice is based around a television series where professional skaters are invited to pair with athletes, train them to skate and together compete for a big money prize offering, for some, a way to promote a dw
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Emma Barnes
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Katie and is told over 24 Chapters. Now there two men mentioned within Katie's story and they are Alex and Jamie. Now both of these men are entwined in Katie's story in different ways. Both men are mentioned throughout the book.
Now throughout this book the story journey's from present to past, as the characters all have a history. This history is explored throughout this book and a warning needs to be given as the topic of abuse is evident in this history. The past needs ex
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Barbara
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a book that I couldn’t put down, as a former ‘rink rat,’ I love anything skating related from ice-dance to hockey.
At face value, it would be easy to write this book off as being a predictable take on a genre but dig deeper and there’s a lot more to this story than initially meets the eye. Yes, the usual tropes are there, has been rugby player meets former ice skater are they destined to be together?
I found the elemen
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Donna Morgan
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perceptive and thought-provoking story which is hard to put down.
It starts with the accident that ends Katie’s skating career (caused by her skating partner Alex). Her ankle was severely damaged & she has never forgiven him.
Forward to the present day and Katie has been invited to compete in a new reality TV programme (like Dancing on Ice). She needs the money so reluctantly accepts. She is paired with ex-rugby player Jamie who has demons of his own to get over.
Both Katie and Jamie were badly po
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Katie
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face...

Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.

When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s des
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Isobel
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When the spotlights are off and the audience has gone home and lost interest, life for former stars is hard and thankless. Katie and Jamie have both been the darling of the crowds but have seen their worlds fold about them. In Katie's case, she was the (too) innocent party. Jamie got a reputation for playing hard both on and off the pitch. Both are now vulnerable and accepting roles on a television show is a very high risk undertaking. Add Katie's former partner and the pressure of television an ...more
Yvonne Greene
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this novel. Fascinating insight into the less than glamorous world of competitive ice skating. Katie was at the top of her career and aiming for the gold medal with her partner Alex, when that dream was shattered. She blames Alex but loses everything. Whose fault was the accident and is she really the “ice queen” as named by the press? When she then has to skate with novice Jamie, who has his own unsavoury reputation, on national television, what could be the outcome? A f ...more
Anne
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a super debut novel. I loved every minute of Helen Buckley’s Strictly on Ice. Katie’s skating career was cut short by an accident, and the last thing she wants is to take part in a reality TV show, sport star to skating star and to be partnered with ex-rugby player, Jamie, especially when her ex is one of the judges. Katie and Jamie are such great characters, really easy to believe in and empathise with. Their story was a fast-paced page turner, that I didn’t want to put down. Read and enjo ...more
Barbara
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book has it all! Romance, sport, competition, happy, sad, laughter and tears. It will hit all your emotions. Think you've guessed that I loved it. I kept reading far too late into the night as wanted to see what happened next. Katie, Jamie and Alex are very human characters with all our faults and also our redeeming factors. I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did.
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Stacey
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story in this book. Katie is a world-class ice skater who had a tragic accident. Jamie is an ex-Rugby player who is paired up with Katie for a reality ice dancing show. It was a lovely book to read and I highly recommend it. You’ll be rooting for Katie and Jamie too!
Kelly Simpson
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book. Loved the characters and the romance. Enjoyed the ice skating too and the competition. Loved the writing style, the author knows how to keep you hooked to the end.
Tiziana Langone
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
When returning on the ice means facing your past.
 
Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is hitting rock bottom. Her time of fame and fortune is well over after a skating accident that destroyed her career. And it doesn’t help that she appears to be a real ice queen.
When opportunity arises to be back in the spotlight in a new TV show, she reluctantly accepts, as she sees no other option to survive. But not only is she being partnered up with rugby player Jamie Welsh, also one of the jud
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