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On Thin Ice by Julie Cross
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arcs, 2019, contemporary, romance, ya

Rating: 4.5 Stars

After a near fatal accident, Jake begins to question some of the traditions surrounding Otter hockey, but is Jake willing to risk his future to challenge traditions that have endured for over 100 years?

• Pro: Cross impressed me by taking on this topic. It was a rather interesting look at how entrenched these traditions become, and how difficult it can be to abandon those which are toxic. The characters' reactions and struggle with the situation came across as very authentic, and I appreciated how she let us view the issue from multiple sides.

• Pro: Let's hear it for finally getting a women's team in Juniper Falls. It was rather exhilarating watching this team get their footing and finding some success in their debut season.

• Pro: This story can be read as a standalone, but Cross also incorporated a bunch of characters from the previous two books. I always love catching up with old friends, and I was so happy with the future she gave to one of the side characters. It was great getting to know this character a little better, and also seeing things starting to look up for him.

• Pro: Both Brooke and Jake are extremely likable. Brooke's backstory was sort of heartbreaking, but I couldn't help but be impressed with how she dealt with her situation, and came out stronger because of it. And, I admired Jake for taking a stand on a tough issue. He had the deck stacked against him, but he still chose the high road, and I was proud of him.

• Pro: The romance was so sweet, and I was absolutely on board with this ship. The circumstances bringing these two together were less than ideal, but something real and beautiful grew out of it all. Both Jake and Brooke were there for each other and offered support and comfort when they really needed it. Their romance growing from a sort of friendship made it just that much better.

• Pro: Although it was slightly abrupt, I still loved the ending to this book. Cross gave me closure as far as the fate of the team, the town, its inhabitants, and this couple. I was left feeling very satisfied and extremely happy with the way things turned out.

Overall: I fall more and more in love with this series with each book. Once again Cross delivered a story with substance that incorporated family, friendship, romance, and left me hungry for the next book.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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