Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2)
The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner. But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.

Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2) Details

TitleBreaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 26th, 2017
PublisherEntangled: Teen
ISBN-139781633758988
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2) Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it. Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable. Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it went somewhere else. There was some conflict and ridiculous behavior that 4.5 starsI loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it. Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable. Plot wise, it wasn’t quite what I expected. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it went somewhere else. There was some conflict and ridiculous behavior that made me want to push some characters, but for the most part, it was fluffy. Overall, it was a fun story and I really enjoyed these MCs. I would absolutely love a Jamie book, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. **Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than Off the Ice.Hayley is Queen Bee, Juniper falls raining princess and captain of the cheerleaders. She is a stereotypical character and loveable. She's popular, more interested in cheerleading than sch So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than Off the Ice.Hayley is Queen Bee, Juniper falls raining princess and captain of the cheerleaders. She is a stereotypical character and loveable. She's popular, more interested in cheerleading than school work and has simple goals. Unfortunately, she finds herself in summer school and needs to pass with flying colours. Her best friend Jamie is also in her class but he won't graduate if he fails. They need help. Failure is not an option.Fletcher is part of the hockey team, but he likes to keep his head down. He keeps himself to his self. His youngest cousin Cole has a crush on Hayley. Fletcher ends up sitting behind her in summer school which he is attending for extra credit. Cole wants him to put a good word in for him. Before Fletcher knows what's happening he's agreeing to be her assignment partner and inviting her over. Cole will get his chance to talk to her if he can stop blushing.Fletcher is a mystery Hayley can't leave alone. He's smart, cute and definitely hiding a thing or two. She manages to convince him to be her assignment partner but soon realises he has a hidden agenda. She wants an A but she wants to work for it. Fletcher is going to struggle to shake her. She's determined and stubborn just like him.Fletcher doesn't want attention from people at school and the Juniper Princess isn't keeping a low profile. He doesn't see her coming and he can't shake her off. Before he knows it he has extra hockey practice with Jamie and Hayley trying to find out all of his secrets.I love this book. I don't want to give too much away so I've tried to be cryptic. Fletcher comes across as a little standoffish at first, but with good reason. The story is full of great side characters and some comical moments.I feel like there could be a sequel to this book and I want more of Hayley and Fletcher's story. I want to know what happens when the book is over. This book does have a good happy ending. I just want more!5 stars out of 5.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My blog post and interview with the author is scheduled for the 1st January. http://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.c...
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come!
  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple.
  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    It was fun being back in Juniper Falls, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to spend my time with. They may have appeared to be an unlikely match, but Haley and Fletcher were perfect together. Full review to follow. *I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review ***This was your standard dorky guy/cheerleader storyline - except it was really different. Fletcher is kind of the nerdy, lay-low guy in school...but...he has hidden depths. Reasons for wanting out of the limelight. And a big secret about how he's a star after all. And Haley may be the town Princess, but her crown is askew. She has issues that indicate perhaps she's "dorkier" than Fletcher. I enjoyed how this book turned so *** I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review ***This was your standard dorky guy/cheerleader storyline - except it was really different. Fletcher is kind of the nerdy, lay-low guy in school...but...he has hidden depths. Reasons for wanting out of the limelight. And a big secret about how he's a star after all. And Haley may be the town Princess, but her crown is askew. She has issues that indicate perhaps she's "dorkier" than Fletcher. I enjoyed how this book turned some conventions on their ear. No character was one-dimensional (even the supporting characters). A YA romance needs some sparkle for me to finish it, and I never considered putting this down. There was enough unique about Fletcher and Haley to keep me interested in their revolving first-person narrative. They each had a lot going on in their heads. Sometimes it was a little muddled, aggravating or confusing, but it never felt mundane or trite."'We've been flirting since I nearly tumbled off your barn roof. It's not all acting. So what is it?'""'Attraction.' Fletch slides a hand up my back and into my hair. 'Curiosity.' He dips me back again and kisses my neck. 'Hormones.'"
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  • Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed. However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I was left with a few questions and the end kinda felt a bit rushed. (a tiny bit)I found that I didn't have enough closure after this one. Not sure if that means we will get more in the next one, but sinc Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed. However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I was left with a few questions and the end kinda felt a bit rushed. (a tiny bit)I found that I didn't have enough closure after this one. Not sure if that means we will get more in the next one, but since these could work as standalone books I think probably not. Oh! And then there is the big question if there are more books. Please tell me there are? And while we are at it, will we get a Jamie book? And what about Mike? Will we ever hear his story? Jack? Last but not least, Cole? You might see a pattern here, yep I love the hockey boys. They are really rather a wonderful (not to forget handsome) bunch after all. Just like in the previous one, I love the camaraderie between them. It was even more highlighted by Jamie "adopting" Fletcher. The character building is really flawless. I mean, we get to revisit the crew. And they are just as awesome as before. But we get to see them from a different POV, which adds to each personality. Then we got Fletch and his crowd. I totally love the man cave. Their supportive, manly way is very endearing. The writing style is on point. I mean Cross can write chemistry. By the way, while the last installment had some quite explicit smut, this doesn't. And I have to say, I was kinda disappointed. LOL. Yeah, right. I did just say that. I wanted more smut. Take a picture and frame it. We all know I might never say that again. But in Off The Ice Cross did such an amazing job at the love scenes, I kinda expected some in here as well. There aren't really any. Well, there are steamy scenes, just no smut. *pouts*Moving on.The storyline is fun, cute and kinda different. However, there are also my issues. There are several things that we don't get answers for. While I had the same suspicions about Haley as Fletch. I am a bit baffled, that none of the teaching and counseling staff asked for an expert to see her. It seems a bit, unprofessional. Then we never get the story about Fletch's mother. I wanted to know. The end, was kinda open when it comes to the hockey thing. I would have liked more closure. I am knit-picking people. I need to re-iterate this. It's a really good series, a really good installment. I adore this book. But because of it, I am also way more involved that I would have been in a book I kinda just liked. So basically. A freakn this is so swoony and awesome 4stars.I want more! I have a whole list of books and stories I would like to be written by Cross. Starting with Jamie... ending with Mike. And then there is the biggest question, will there be another installment and when?My advice: go read this ASAP. It's awesome sauce. I'll just wait over here obsessing over it some more.
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  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    January 1, 1970
    After having read Tempest, Whatever Life Throws at You, Chasing Truth, and Off the Ice, I thought Breaking the Ice would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be. This is Julie Cross with her signature style, encompassing frank and honest portrayals of teen relationships and sexuality. It’s sexy, sporty, and best of all, it deals with important subject matter, including everything from learning disabilities, severe (anaphylactic type) food allergies to many of the top 10 After having read Tempest, Whatever Life Throws at You, Chasing Truth, and Off the Ice, I thought Breaking the Ice would be amazing, but I wasn’t prepared for just how great it would be. This is Julie Cross with her signature style, encompassing frank and honest portrayals of teen relationships and sexuality. It’s sexy, sporty, and best of all, it deals with important subject matter, including everything from learning disabilities, severe (anaphylactic type) food allergies to many of the top 10 allergens, and the effects of bullying on both the bullied and the bullies themselves. Perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally, Abbi Glines, Julie Cross’ other novels, Dirty Dancing. Don’t miss this one!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy of Breakign the Ice from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. Breakign the Ice is set for publication December 26, 2017.
  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Breaking the Ice" is a great contemporary YA romance about Haley and Fletcher, told in alternating viewpoints. Haley and Fletcher are taking a Civics class over the summer; Haley is taking it to improve her GPA (hopefully) and Fletcher so that he can fill his schedule with more advanced classes during the next school year. They end up sitting next to each other in the class, and although Haley doesn't really remember him, they go back to preschool when she shoved Cheerios up his nose. Haley has "Breaking the Ice" is a great contemporary YA romance about Haley and Fletcher, told in alternating viewpoints. Haley and Fletcher are taking a Civics class over the summer; Haley is taking it to improve her GPA (hopefully) and Fletcher so that he can fill his schedule with more advanced classes during the next school year. They end up sitting next to each other in the class, and although Haley doesn't really remember him, they go back to preschool when she shoved Cheerios up his nose. Haley has sworn off dating so that she can improve her GPA and hopefully get into UCF, which has a great cheerleading squad. She has always struggled with school, and so she really needs to turn things around in this summer class if she has any hopes of getting into UCF. She decides that Fletcher is her best chance of doing better in the class and makes him a fancy invitation to convince him to be her partner for the class project. Luckily, he accepts, but as they get to know each other better, she finds that she is in for more than she bargained for and that Fletcher Scott is hard to resist.Fletcher is happy to keep a low profile and stay out of the small town gossip. He has no interest in dating (but doesn't mind hooking up). He has always done well in school academically, but now he's really hoping to be able to make the varsity hockey team (hockey is The Sport in Juniper Falls). Although he is about to enter his senior year, he has been on the JV team- in part because of his size and in part because of the allergies/asthma he has. Fletcher has a bunch of deadly food allergies that make his life much more complicated, and the coach can't seem to look past them. This summer, Fletcher intends to show him he is much more than his allergies. At the same time, he can't seem to ditch Haley, who is intent on working with him for the class project- and eventually, he starts to realize that he doesn't want to.Overall, it was a really sweet romance that built very, very slowly between two people who were reluctant to trust and enter into any romantic relationships. As a warning, there is a lot of underage drinking, some bullying (past), and some sexual content (not too explicit but some descriptions). One plot line that wasn't totally wrapped up was the potential diagnosis of ADHD, which would have been nice to see with a visit to a doctor or therapist, and continued with treatment strategies as an example. Other big plot lines were all wrapped up, and although this is part of a series, it works easily as a stand-alone. I would recommend for older teens due to content (as mentioned above), but it was a really enjoyable romance all around! I am excited to see how this series will continue in the future. There were a lot of really awesome side characters, and I assume they will be getting their own stories as this continues. Additionally, as this story revolves around hockey, even though it takes place during a summer, it seems to be a great winter read- and the romance will definitely keep you warm and cozy!Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Taylor Fenner
    January 1, 1970
    4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish WorldBreaking the Ice is the second book in the Juniper Falls series and it revolves around Haley Stevenson (Tate's ex-girlfriend from Off the Ice) and Fletcher Scott. After her break up from Tate, Haley has sworn off relationships until at least college and she's trying to focus on bringing her grades up during summer school and getting a tuition waiver to go to her dream college, UCF. If only Haley could focus on what she needs 4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish WorldBreaking the Ice is the second book in the Juniper Falls series and it revolves around Haley Stevenson (Tate's ex-girlfriend from Off the Ice) and Fletcher Scott. After her break up from Tate, Haley has sworn off relationships until at least college and she's trying to focus on bringing her grades up during summer school and getting a tuition waiver to go to her dream college, UCF. If only Haley could focus on what she needs to get done.When her Civics teacher assigns a partner project, Haley seeks out the help of the guy sitting behind her, a guy who seems annoyed with her already. Insert Fletcher Scott who prefers to stick to his loner tendencies after being the victim of bullying and whose family has been the topic of cruel town gossip in the past. The last thing he wants or needs is to get closer to the town "it girl" because getting close to anyone means the chance that someone might figure out his secrets. Secrets he can't afford to have getting out.As the two spend more and more time together Haley gets under Fletch's skin and teaches him that letting people in isn't always a bad thing and Haley in turn learns the importance of caring about someone other than herself.I was eager to read Breaking the Ice after reading and loving Off the Ice earlier this year and this book definitely didn't disappoint. If possible, I think I loved Haley and Fletch's story even more than I loved Tate and Claire's story. I thought Fletch's allergies were plotted well and very well researched as well as the undercurrents of Fletch's OCD and Haley's possible ADHD diagnosis, although I would have liked for that to have had a definitive answer. I mean I'm sure Haley had ADHD but it seemed like something that was just going to be looked into. I loved getting to see a different side of Haley and the other characters that returned from book one. I especially liked Jamie and kind of hope we either see more of him in a future book or even his own book. Another character I hope to see more of is Fletch's cousin Cole. Maybe give him a year or two to get a little older and I think he'll be a heartbreaker. There were a couple things I wish would have been wrapped up more. I would have maybe liked to have seen Mike and Fletch have a conversation about the past, even though I do like how the author plotted it I just would have liked to see them be able to put that incident in the past together. I also kind of feel like we were left hanging at the end with Fletch's hockey offer and I wonder if it will be elaborated on in a future book or if we're to just assume that he said yes (which I think he probably would). Overall I loved this book so much. It made me laugh and it's one of those feel good books that will leave you with a smile on your face. This author is definitely one that's books I want to return to over and over again.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Julie Cross delivers with a light-hearted, yet deeply emotional story that is so much fun. Sport, romance, coming of age, friendship, family, fears and dreams all come together in a story that lets you sink in to it and happily stay awhile. No matter how many Julie Cross books I have read and loved, still she surprises me with characters that are deeply layered and stereotype-defying, and romance that just knocks my socks off.Haley Stevenson is failing her high school civics class, s Once again, Julie Cross delivers with a light-hearted, yet deeply emotional story that is so much fun. Sport, romance, coming of age, friendship, family, fears and dreams all come together in a story that lets you sink in to it and happily stay awhile. No matter how many Julie Cross books I have read and loved, still she surprises me with characters that are deeply layered and stereotype-defying, and romance that just knocks my socks off.Haley Stevenson is failing her high school civics class, still reeling from a relationship breakdown, and is stuck in summer school trying to save her grades. But all everyone else sees is her 'perfect' exterior, Juniper Falls Princess and cheer captain. Fletcher Scott is determine to not attract too much attention, working his way to a more permanent spot on the school ice hockey team, helping his father, brother, and grandfather on the family farm, working, and adding a summer school course so he can continue with advanced college courses in his senior year. This summer promises a chance for Haley and Fletcher to look beyond first impressions and to challenge everyone's expectations, including their own.I have to admit that when I started reading Breaking The Ice I was a little worried that it was headed down the 'dumb, blonde' cheerleader route. I am very happy to say that not only did the book not do that, it called that ridiculous stereotype out and told it to back off. Haley is an athlete, a caring (if bossy) friend, and someone who is well aware of her faults and determined to change because of them. Fletcher is similarly a complex character - keen student, up and coming hockey player, quiet, and determined to stay off everyone's radar. There's also the mystery of his employment. Their developing relationship, the push and pull of their 'should we, shouldn't we', and the time they spend really getting to know each other (not to mention their off the charts chemistry) makes their romance delightfully addictive.There are many fantastic secondary characters in Breaking The Ice, some of which readers will recognise from the first book in this Juniper Falls series. However, while there are character crossovers, each story can be read as a standalone and in any order. I look forward to reading book three in the series and I'm intrigued as to who will be the main characters.I really enjoyed reading Breaking The Ice, and highly recommend it for readers of mature young adult or new adult novels, and who enjoy sport, romance, and brilliantly crafted writing. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Breaking the Ice is the second book in Julie Cross' Juniper Falls series and it's just as good as the first one. I was happy to see quite a few familar characters back again.First I should mention that there is swearing, sex, and teenage drinking in this book. So if that bothers you, it's probably best to skip it. Breaking the Ice is told in alternating chapters by Fletcher and Haley. I adored Haley. She's a cheerleader, Juniper Falls princess, and popular. But she's also very sweet and caring. Breaking the Ice is the second book in Julie Cross' Juniper Falls series and it's just as good as the first one. I was happy to see quite a few familar characters back again.First I should mention that there is swearing, sex, and teenage drinking in this book. So if that bothers you, it's probably best to skip it. Breaking the Ice is told in alternating chapters by Fletcher and Haley. I adored Haley. She's a cheerleader, Juniper Falls princess, and popular. But she's also very sweet and caring. She is taking a civics class in summer school, but she struggles a lot to pay attention and stay still. It's later mentioned that she might have ADHD.Fletcher is a little harder to like. But he's standoffish for a good reason. Fletcher has severe food allergies and asthma. When he was little, someone put nuts in his food on purpose and he almost died. Because of this, Fletcher has issues getting close to and trusting people. He is very smart and is taking civics during summer school as an extra class.As with book one, quite a bit focuses on the hockey team. Fletcher is determined to make varsity his senior year, but his health does affect this. He finally starts to connect a bit to some other guys because of Haley. Jamie and Leo are such perfect side characters that I loved so much. I need more of them. They both start helping Fletcher out with extra time at the rink. Fletcher was raised mostly by men, but also by his grandma. She played a big part in the secret job he got. But being raised by men and hanging out with adults at this job kind of messed Fletcher up romantically. He believes that women need to feel power, which is good, but he goes about it in some weird ways. It takes a lot for him to open up about his feelings for Haley. He does get some help from the girls at the club though."Women do want to feel powerful," Angel says, "but we also want to be heard and have our feelings taken seriously."Haley starts having feelings for Fletcher pretty early on, but this does cause a lot of issues between them. I did like how Haley was a bit more realistic about high school romances. This was nice to see vs so many of the girls in YA that think high school romance is forever."He'll find his way eventually and meet a girl his own age to practice on. Then break up with. Because that's what happens with your first love. That's what happens with all high school loves. Either that or you don't break up and end up accepting too many of the other person's faults."Jamie added a lot of laughs for me. I would love to see more of him (and Leo) in the next book.Overall, this was a fun read. I gave it 4 stars.Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing a copy for review. Quotes are taken from a digital ARC and may change before publication.
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  • Avery ☆ bforbookslut
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy!A longer review will come but just let me tell you that you don't want to miss out on Fletcher and Haley's story. It had me wrapped in it's charming claws from the first page until the very last, giving me dark circles cause I couldn't put it down even if it was 4AM. Haley and Fletcher have perhaps the most refreshing, realistic and respectful relationship I've ever read. I barely detected any hint of a toxic relationship Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy!A longer review will come but just let me tell you that you don't want to miss out on Fletcher and Haley's story. It had me wrapped in it's charming claws from the first page until the very last, giving me dark circles cause I couldn't put it down even if it was 4AM. Haley and Fletcher have perhaps the most refreshing, realistic and respectful relationship I've ever read. I barely detected any hint of a toxic relationship (which pretty much dominates contemporary YA). Plus, it deals with so many real world issues and really takes its time with it from Fletcher's health issues, Haley's mental health, sex positivity and more. And it doesn't help that opposites really do attract. They were steamy, phew!I can't wait to read the rest of the Juniper Falls series.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    ****Thanks to Netgalley****3.5 StarsHaley and Fletcher shouldn't work on paper but boy oh boy do they work off of paper!!! I loved the hesitation and fears that Cross wrote about when this two decide to really try to make it something. When Haley and Fletcher first start to fall for one another you know that it isn't going to be easy for either of them...the only issue I had with this book is I wished I had read the first in this series to get more backstory on some of the characters. Can't wait ****Thanks to Netgalley****3.5 StarsHaley and Fletcher shouldn't work on paper but boy oh boy do they work off of paper!!! I loved the hesitation and fears that Cross wrote about when this two decide to really try to make it something. When Haley and Fletcher first start to fall for one another you know that it isn't going to be easy for either of them...the only issue I had with this book is I wished I had read the first in this series to get more backstory on some of the characters. Can't wait to see what comes next in Juniper Falls!!
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
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  • JJ.
    January 1, 1970
    I have thoroughly enjoyed Julie Cross's sports contemporary novels thus far, but this book fell slightly short of her usual standard. It was cute and fluffy, but Fletcher's reason for not dating seemed very flimsy (I still don't understand it), and I wasn't convinced that Haley was a "nerd," despite her many claims to be one. Not my favorite Julie Cross novel, but still a fun book to sit down and relax with.
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  • Storiesandcoffee
    January 1, 1970
    ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy of Breaking the Ice before its publication.This was such a fun book to read and nothing like what I expected. Having never read anything else written by Julie Cross, I have to say her writing was wonderful. This is a classic story of a nerdy boy and popular girl unexpectedly falling in love. Except the male MC, Fletcher, has ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy of Breaking the Ice before its publication.This was such a fun book to read and nothing like what I expected. Having never read anything else written by Julie Cross, I have to say her writing was wonderful. This is a classic story of a nerdy boy and popular girl unexpectedly falling in love. Except the male MC, Fletcher, has a bit of a secret, and his weekend job isn't what you would expect. (Let's just say if this were made into a movie, Channing Tatum would be perfect. But you have to read it to find out why. wink.)Breaking the Ice also sheds a light on the dangers of food allergies. One character is severely allergic to a number of foods, and I was glad to see a YA novel incorporate that. Many children and teenagers suffer from food allergies and not always knowing if what they are eating is safe is absolutely terrifying. I feel this plot point added another layer to the story, making it more relatable for a lot of people.This book is the second book in the Juniper Falls series. While it is considered a standalone, I was a little confused in the beginning of the story with the amount of characters that are mentioned right away. It took me a few chapters to get a feel for who everyone was, and because of that, I wasn't sure if I would like Breaking the Ice. However, I am glad I stuck it out. I plan on reading the first book in the series, Off the Ice, because I'm not ready to leave these characters just yet. I hope reading the first book will solidify my theory that Breaking the Ice was simply confusing in the beginning because I didn't read Off the Ice beforehand. I will say that while this book is considered YA, some of the things discussed and some of the events that occured gave me New Adult vibes instead. I think that's another reason why I found this book so enjoyable. I will definitely read more books from Julie Cross in the future.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at www.bickeringbookreviews.comSummary: In the small Minnesota town of Juniper Falls everyone knows everyone else’s business and everyone especially cares about the hockey teams’ business. New varsity player, Fletcher Scott, desperately wants to play hockey but he also wants to keep his family away from the small town gossip mill. Juniper Fall’s Princess, Hayley Stevenson, loves being the center of attention. She wants to know everyone and she wants everyone to consider her a f Originally posted at www.bickeringbookreviews.comSummary: In the small Minnesota town of Juniper Falls everyone knows everyone else’s business and everyone especially cares about the hockey teams’ business. New varsity player, Fletcher Scott, desperately wants to play hockey but he also wants to keep his family away from the small town gossip mill. Juniper Fall’s Princess, Hayley Stevenson, loves being the center of attention. She wants to know everyone and she wants everyone to consider her a friend. When the two are paired up on a summer school project sparks fly, attractions discovered and feeling developed that may make them both question how they fit into their small town.Review: There is a common misbelief that romances books are easy to write; all you need is a boy and a girl some flirty words and a little kissing. Easy, right? This is very wrong. There is a special skill to create a well written and realistic romance and Julie Cross definitely has these skills. Fletcher and Haley are both complicated character with vunerabilities that feel so real they come off the page. They have emotional baggage and real issues that make them and their struggling relationship wonderfully genuine. Their story and their interaction are beautifully balanced with flirting and real life issues which made the book a delight to read. Adding to their sizzling interactions are an interesting cast of secondary characters (which will hopefully get their own books) and a surprisingly fascinating look at a high school hockey program all of which come together to make “Breaking the Ice” a must read for YA romance fans.I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chrsitina Somerville
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. Loved both Fletcher and Haley, thought that they were great for each other. Haley is the Princess of Juniper Fall, cheer captain and popular girl. Fletcher has lived in a bubble his whole life struggling with very serious allergies and avoiding town gossip. He would rather be invisible then known. Civics class changes all that for Fletcher, Haley storms into his life and starts to change everything I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. Loved both Fletcher and Haley, thought that they were great for each other. Haley is the Princess of Juniper Fall, cheer captain and popular girl. Fletcher has lived in a bubble his whole life struggling with very serious allergies and avoiding town gossip. He would rather be invisible then known. Civics class changes all that for Fletcher, Haley storms into his life and starts to change everything for Fletcher. These characters were really strong together. They had a great connection. Fletcher was an amazing character. You could not help but fall in love with him but feel sorry for him as well. Haley is your typical princess but she was also very caring and thoughtful. She never judged Fletcher and his insecurities, she really helped him move past them and see there is more. I loved how the book still included Claire and Tate and other characters from the first book. I would recommend this book and this series, one thing I really like about them as they are very Mature YA books. The characters are very strong and dealing with some big things in there lives.
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  • Nadine A
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars! Breaking the Ice is the second installment in the Juniper Falls series. Without reading the first in the series, I was worried I’d be missing some key points but this can pretty much be read as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed this story that centers around Fletcher Scott and Haley Stevenson. The author wrote the opposites attract in a very refreshing and believable way. Haley is the Princess of Juniper Falls. Her character really surprised me - she wasn’t your typical popular girl; s 3.75 Stars! Breaking the Ice is the second installment in the Juniper Falls series. Without reading the first in the series, I was worried I’d be missing some key points but this can pretty much be read as a stand-alone. I really enjoyed this story that centers around Fletcher Scott and Haley Stevenson. The author wrote the opposites attract in a very refreshing and believable way. Haley is the Princess of Juniper Falls. Her character really surprised me - she wasn’t your typical popular girl; she had a lot of emotional depth and was kind-hearted. Fletch was a really interesting character with so many layers that I wanted to peel back bit by bit. He has things he has to deal with on a daily basis that make him put people at arm’s length and has major trust issues. The slow building friendship and romance between the two was a sweet push and pull that was well written. Fletch’s occupation and his apparent trust issues did not make sense to me. No matter how the author tried to spin, I just did not buy it. Especially with how he reacted to Haley in the beginning. That was something I thought should’ve been handled differently. To me, it really read like a YA bordering on a NA which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.I was impressed with the writing style and the author’s ability to approach a relatively untouched topic. **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Haley and Fletcher are opposites. Fletcher has severe allergies and stays to himself most of the time. Haley is Princess of Juniper Falls and is involved in everything. The two meet at summer school and a school project brings them together as well as Jamie, Haley's BFF. I liked that Haley's BFF was a guy. Fletcher's family was unique in itself in many ways. The different outlook they had on life was refreshing. Fletcher's determination to not have a girlfriend even though he liked Haley lasted Haley and Fletcher are opposites. Fletcher has severe allergies and stays to himself most of the time. Haley is Princess of Juniper Falls and is involved in everything. The two meet at summer school and a school project brings them together as well as Jamie, Haley's BFF. I liked that Haley's BFF was a guy. Fletcher's family was unique in itself in many ways. The different outlook they had on life was refreshing. Fletcher's determination to not have a girlfriend even though he liked Haley lasted a bit too long. It was a little redundant. If some of that was cut out and more of them interacting like boyfriend/girlfriend it would have been a 5. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jackie Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Julie Cross is a new author to me and I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Breaking the Ice after all it is book 2 in a series, well this book was a lot more than I ever expected, I found characters that had depth and were easy to like, a storyline that made you smile and at times tore at your heartstrings, Haley and Fletcher so different yet so perfect together, their story is a very special one it covers learning disabilities, severe food allergies as well as love, it has the perfect mix o Julie Cross is a new author to me and I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Breaking the Ice after all it is book 2 in a series, well this book was a lot more than I ever expected, I found characters that had depth and were easy to like, a storyline that made you smile and at times tore at your heartstrings, Haley and Fletcher so different yet so perfect together, their story is a very special one it covers learning disabilities, severe food allergies as well as love, it has the perfect mix of humour and it’s beautifully written. I certainly will be checking out other books by this author including book one in the Juniper Falls Series
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  • ShinyObject
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this story! Breaking the Ice was well written and from the start, I was rooting for the main characters, Fletcher Scott and Haley Stevenson. They were flawed, but likeable and had fun chemistry together. The plot was a little predictable, but it was still lots of fun.
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  • Ambur
    January 1, 1970
    Awe, I absolutely ADORED this book!!!! I loved the first book in Julie Cross’s Juniper Falls series, OFF THE ICE, so I’ve been eagerly waiting for the sequel! BREAKING THE ICE was exactly what I wanted and could’ve possibly hoped for! It was sweet, funny, heartwarming and so amazing! I loved Haley and Fletcher so much and I’m already looking forward for the next Juniper Falls Book where I can only hope there will be some epic Claire/Tate and Haley/Fletch cameos. ;)Full review to come!!!
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Fletch really appreciates his woman's efforts, "...I don’t have a clue what’s in this room, and what if you came over again and there were peanut crumbs hiding somewhere—” The look he gives me is so intense, so welcoming, words get stuck in my throat. He crosses the room in two seconds flat, and then his hands are on my face." I liked this book, I loved the characters.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I thought at first this was just going to be a sweet little romance, but it turned out to be a gem! Real characters with real issues. Enjoyable read! I need to go back to the first one in the series... and then watch for future ones. Thanks NetGalley, publisher and Julie Cross for the eARC!
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  • Liv
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one! Full review to come!
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