Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross

Breaking the Ice

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 stil...

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Breaking the Ice Reviews

  • Sam Kozbial

    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.

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  • Beth

    was one of those cute romances that didn’t go as you expected but the reader was immersed in the characters’ world right from the start.

    Haley is the hometown sweetheart who has grown from a somewhat shallow princess to an amazing individual.

    Fletcher likes his enigmatic life, but he is smart, sexy and has secrets that Haley just wants to unravel.

    Delightfully reminiscent of a

    atmosphere, Haley and Fletcher are thrown together in a summer class, igniting a friendship

    was one of those cute romances that didn’t go as you expected but the reader was immersed in the characters’ world right from the start.

    Haley is the hometown sweetheart who has grown from a somewhat shallow princess to an amazing individual.

    Fletcher likes his enigmatic life, but he is smart, sexy and has secrets that Haley just wants to unravel.

    Delightfully reminiscent of a

    atmosphere, Haley and Fletcher are thrown together in a summer class, igniting a friendship, romance and individual growth that comes with any great storytelling.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication December 26, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Julie Cross

    Series: Juniper Falls

    Sequence in Series: Book 2

    Paperback: 352 pages

    Publisher: Entangled: Teen

    Publication Date: December 26, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1633758982

    ISBN-13: 978-1633758988

    Genre: YA | Romance

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  • nick

    4.5/5

    Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple.

  • Manon

    Well shit, I didn't think it was past 3am...

    Guess who has to wake up at 8?...

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    I requested this because I really love me some Julie Cross books. I’ve been reading her books for a couple years now and I usually really love them.

    This was another hit for me.

    This was the second book of a series I hadn’t read the first book of, but it’s a series made of standalones. I really did not miss anything by not reading the fi

    Well shit, I didn't think it was past 3am...

    Guess who has to wake up at 8?...

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    I requested this because I really love me some Julie Cross books. I’ve been reading her books for a couple years now and I usually really love them.

    This was another hit for me.

    This was the second book of a series I hadn’t read the first book of, but it’s a series made of standalones. I really did not miss anything by not reading the first book on the contrary, I had fun trying to figure out who the first couple was.

    Anyway, this was a romance between a popular girl, the princess of the town, and an apparently shy hockey player.

    Sounds simple like this, but what makes Julie Cross’ books special are her characters who never fall into parody. They’re always complex, with many layers and that’s what makes them so interesting.

    I seriously could not put this book down, I was so engrossed, the intrigue just swept me from my feet and all I wanted to do was read… It had been a while since I had spent most of the night reading, without realizing time was passing by. I had missed it and that’s definitely thanks to Julie.

    The secondary characters were also great and I would love it if some of them got their own books!

    I just cannot wait to read more books from this author and I will soon read the first Juniper Falls book!

  • Roxanne

    Full review to come!

  • Hristina

    This is the second Julie Cross book that I'm reading, and by what I've read so far I can say that what she does best when it comes to writing is make it feel incredibly honest. What I also love about this book (and the series) is how the characters just jump off the page, they're vivid, they seem realistic. All I could think about while reading this book was how well the topics in this book are delineated.

    While I was left with a few questions, and there was a scenario that played out in a way th

    This is the second Julie Cross book that I'm reading, and by what I've read so far I can say that what she does best when it comes to writing is make it feel incredibly honest. What I also love about this book (and the series) is how the characters just jump off the page, they're vivid, they seem realistic. All I could think about while reading this book was how well the topics in this book are delineated.

    While I was left with a few questions, and there was a scenario that played out in a way that I don't think it will in real life, I still enjoyed this book a great deal and I recommend it.

  • Stacee

    4.5 stars

    I 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 stars

    I 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**

  • Danielle

    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.

  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)

    was such a feel good and romantic book. I really needed a "pick me up" type of book to put me in a sunny mood, and this was the perfect book.

    had romance, drama, family relationships, and self-discovery. There were so many wonderful story elements all weaved together in this adorable book.

    I absolutely loved the two main characters in this book, Haley and Fletcher. They were both such dynamic and well-developed characters that I really grew to care for. They seem

    was such a feel good and romantic book. I really needed a "pick me up" type of book to put me in a sunny mood, and this was the perfect book.

    had romance, drama, family relationships, and self-discovery. There were so many wonderful story elements all weaved together in this adorable book.

    I absolutely loved the two main characters in this book, Haley and Fletcher. They were both such dynamic and well-developed characters that I really grew to care for. They seemed like complete opposites at first, but it turned out that they had a lot more in common than I even thought. I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. The slow burn of their relationship was filled with angst and lust. The tug and pull of their romance kept me glued to the pages! I SHIP IT SO HARD!!! HALEY AND FLETCHER FOREVER. <3

    I feel like it is very easy for contemporary novels to get boring around the middle of the book, but I found this story to be entertaining from the beginning to the end. The charming characters and the drama in their lives continued to find ways to surprise me throughout the book.

    I really liked that the author included some mental health elements in this novel. I felt like they were presented in a well-informed way, even though I have not had any personal experience with those topics. It felt like the author really cared about these topics and wanted to make sure they were represented properly. I actually would have liked to see even more development of those elements throughout the book, but I was very pleased with what was presented.

    Overall, this book was a charming and delightful novel. If you are looking for a fun and sweet romance to put a smile on your face, then this is the book for you!

    4 / 5 Fangs

  • Elaine

    This is the second in a series of standalone teen romances and has ‘real’ teen characters, flaws and all. Haley Stevenson has been the ‘Queen Bee’ in Juniper Falls, but is struggling to achieve the GPA she needs, has relationship problems and is having to attend summer school in an effort to enable her to achieve her personal goals. She’s also determined to avoid distracting male influences until she gets to college. In her Civics class she is paired with Fletcher Scott, a quiet, studious guy wh

    This is the second in a series of standalone teen romances and has ‘real’ teen characters, flaws and all. Haley Stevenson has been the ‘Queen Bee’ in Juniper Falls, but is struggling to achieve the GPA she needs, has relationship problems and is having to attend summer school in an effort to enable her to achieve her personal goals. She’s also determined to avoid distracting male influences until she gets to college. In her Civics class she is paired with Fletcher Scott, a quiet, studious guy who also enjoys hockey but seems to spend most of his time on the bench. He’s determined to make the hockey team and achieve his academic targets without being distracted by his beautiful, attractive, study partner…. She’s Miss Popular, he’s Mr Invisible - what a great recipe for opposites attracting!

    This story deals sensitively with a number of issues including learning disabilities, bullying and living with severe food allergies. The latter issue is particularly pertinent to me as someone very close to me has such allergies - though not to as many allergens as this character, so I found it very easy to relate to the parental concerns and problems he encountered. The chemistry between the two main characters was fantastic, especially as they were so reticent to become romantically involved with each other. I thought the revelations from the past were superbly handled, showing how guilt and getting to know others can alter attitudes and relationships.

    So, if you’re looking for a feel good teen romance which also deals with some pertinent issues in a sensitive and informing way as part of the storyline, grab yourself a copy of this engaging story!

    I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.


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