A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this copy early! All thoughts and opinions are my own!
publication date: october 2
When I started this book, I thought it was going to be some cheesy little book about ice skating and hockey. How Alice and Hayden were going to fall in love and it’ll be all rainbows and sunshines. But I was wrong and I have got to stop predicting books like that.
This was so much more than a love story. Alice was such a desperate character. She tried so hard to show us she was this happy go lucky girl that wouldn’t let anything bother her. But she couldn’t keep that up for long. I saw the sad little girl who replaced feelings with hockey. With hockey, Alice reasoned, she couldn’t feel the feelings she didn’t want to feel anymore. This book was more than her trying to accomplish her goal. Alice was trying to find herself and I loved that. I can appreciate a good story arc like that.
Hayden was a mess and a jerk. I did not like him at first. I wanted to actually punch him a few times. But then we got to know him better, as Alice did, and I realized he was a just a hurt boy who didn’t know how to express himself. And my hate slowly thawed and I found myself actually looking forward to his POVs. He was actually a rational guy, which is something I can appreciate.
Overall, this was a good introduction to me to sports romance, a genre I don’t normally read. I was able to keep up with all the hockey gargon, despite having never played. The hate to love trope was used, which is always a plus to me because that is my favorite trope ever. Really, this was just a good solid contemporary.