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Crossing the Ice Audiobook

Crossing the Ice

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Publisher's Summary

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn't always listen to reason, though.

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

©2014 Jennifer Comeaux (P)2014 Jennifer Comeaux

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    Kat J. 03-01-16
    Kat J. 03-01-16

    Your typical audiobook listener. Middle-aged, white, married woman who loves M/M and erotic romance. The psychologist part - a bonus.

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    "Sweet Contemporary Love Story - Perfect for Teens"
    What made the experience of listening to Crossing the Ice the most enjoyable?

    The story brought me back to my teen years and the phenomenon that was Ice Castles. This contemporary view of the competitive world of ice skating. All the tantalizing components are there: evil villain, spunky heroine, shy creative boy etc. This series is an excellent addition to YA genre.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Stokes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Emily Stokes does an excellent job with the various characters from toddlers to Russian coaches. The pacing was perfect adding to the build of the plot. I would like to another of her performances.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is PG rated. No hot, steamy love scenes so be confident in gifting to younger readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saphirejenn 03-01-16
    Saphirejenn 03-01-16
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    "Sweet and very well written"
    Would you listen to Crossing the Ice again? Why?

    Probably not, but it was a very good listen


    What other book might you compare Crossing the Ice to and why?

    This is very Sarah Dessen like. Young love with a twist of drama.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were in Martha's Vineyard and were stuck at Emily's Aunts Cabin. It was so sweet and innocent it brought me back to those experiences myself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have most certainly but I broke it up into several settings.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1-Click Junkie United States 02-29-16
    1-Click Junkie United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2008

    Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!

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    "Superb!"

    Narration - Emily Stokes - Really Good

    Wow! This was such an unexpectedly wonderful book. This is my first time reading this author, received the audiobook in exchange for a review and now, I'm a super fan.

    This is a clean young adult romance that is refreshing, exciting, romantic, heartbreaking and triumphant. Courtney and Mark and pairs skating partners with Olympic dreams when their trainers take on one of their biggest rival teams to train side by side with them.

    The story revolves around the relationships between the two couples - Josh and his snotty sister who positively hates Courtney and Mark. Josh, on the other hand is the ultimate sweet guy. Kind of shy, extremely sexy, sensitive, talented, and he's been crushing on Courtney for years and years! The descriptions of their budding friendship, relationship, competitions and accompanying triumph and heartbreak were superb. This truly sent me through an array of emotions including heartbreaking tears.

    This is just such a great story that includes enjoyable secondary and tertiary characters and really believable drama, not manufactured stuff thrown in just to meet required romance elements. I loved all the characters and am so excited to find out that this is also a series AND that there is another series prior to this with a young Courtney. So, they are all be added to my TBR. (Yeah, I know, I should have know that going in, but like I said, this just got put in my lap) and for that, I'm very happy!

    Super read!

    I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donniedarkogirl 01-30-15
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    "beautiful love story! made me a fan of audiobooks!"
    Where does Crossing the Ice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Crossing the Ice is a book I've been wanting to read for a while now, and so I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook. I don't have much experience with audiobooks - I borrowed one from the library quite a while ago and didn't like it. But listening to Crossing the Ice was a completely different experience and has made me a fan of audiobooks forever.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crossing the Ice starts off rocky for Courtney and her skating partner, Mark. Things look bleak for them when they bomb in the free skate, and then they find out their coaches, Em and Sergei, will also be coaching their biggest rivals - Josh and his sister, Stephanie. It felt like a betrayal, and I'm still scratching my head over what the coaches were thinking with that decision.

    I couldn't tell you what Josh looks like. I have no idea what his hair or eye color is, how tall or short he is, or any of the physical descriptions authors use to help readers picture a character. The moment I heard the character's name was Josh, I pictured Josh Hutcherson (like perfectly pictured him) and nothing can change my mind about that. ;)

    Anyway, I liked Josh from the start once he was away from his stuck up sister. There's so much about him to love. One of his favorite bands is Muse, so when I heard that, I knew I was in love! It was cute how nervous he was around Courtney. I thought he was simply adorable. And there's a moment when U2's "Love is Blindness" plays as Josh and Courtney are both skating that I held onto because it was too sweet. I think there was a hidden message from Em in playing that song - it was perfect.

    Stephanie is a terrible person and easy to root against. She's so bitchy and stuck up. I love how Courtney tells her off from time to time - it's nice to see a young woman stand up for herself. It's hard to believe she's Josh's sister!


    Have you listened to any of Emily Stokes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator, Emily Stokes, has a pleasant voice, and it was easy to allow her to draw me into the story immediately. I'd listen to any book narrated by her. The only teeny tiny issue I had was the toddler voices. It was slightly jarring to me but didn't take away from my love for this book at all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    love on the rocks


    Any additional comments?

    Crossing the Ice is a sweet love story with all the ups and downs of young love. I ADORE this book, and I was so sad when it was over. I'm planning on listening to it all over again very soon, plus I bought a copy of the book to read. Five stars from me, hands down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa H. Hernandez San Diego, CA 01-22-15
    Theresa H. Hernandez San Diego, CA 01-22-15
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    "Crossing the Ice is a sweet new adult romance set"
    What made the experience of listening to Crossing the Ice the most enjoyable?

    I had no expectations heading into this. I knew it was a romance set on the ice and that was good enough for me. I ended up really enjoying it. I listened to the audiobook and found reasons to take extra walks during the day so I could listen to more. The narrator, Emily Stokes, does a really good job. There were a few technical issues in Chapter 5 that should have been edited out, and other than the little kid voices she does that grated on my nerves, I thought the production was top notch.

    Courtney and Mark are pairs skaters with their sights set on the Olympics. Josh and Stephanie are their competition. So when Courtney and Josh develop feelings for each other, things are going to get interesting. And they do. Jennifer Comeaux creates sexual tension with the best romance writers. The chemistry between Josh and Court is palpable.

    The story has two main plots -- the skating competition and the romance -- and both are done really well. The pacing is slow in a few spots, but for the most part, it's a compelling tale of love and skating. About the only thing that didn't work for me was the lack of sex. No, I don't need steamy sex in a new adult novel. In fact, I'm okay if all the sex takes place off the page. But I had a hard time buying that it didn't even happen there. Or anywhere. These are young, vibrant, attractive people with healthy sex drives and no real compelling reasons not to engage in a physical relationship. I could have bought into a religious, or any deeply held belief, that kept them chaste. However, that unbelievable aspect didn't keep me from enjoying this otherwise angst-ridden tale.

    Plot
    Both plots are strong. The competition was intense and I felt like I was right there with them, battling for a place on the Olympic team. The romance was equally well done, with the push and pull of a forbidden love that is meant to be. There were several subplots, including Josh's relationship with his parents and Courtney's college plans, that were woven into the main plots seamlessly.

    Characters
    Courtney was fantastic. I love that she's not perfect. She's flawed in the best of ways that only makes her more human. And Josh is sweet and sensitive. It's refreshing to read about a male lead who isn't an alpha male yet still comes across as incredibly sexy. His vulnerability only adds to his attractiveness. I haven't read any other books by Jennifer Comeaux, but I get the feeling that Em and Sergei were developed in an earlier novel, yet their characters are fully developed here.

    Steph, Josh's sister, is the only character I felt came across as stereotypical, but it fit the plot, so I'm not going to complain too much. And I do like that she didn't change to become someone more likeable. Her role as the antagonist served a purpose and she does it well.

    World Building
    For someone who has never skated competitively, Jennifer Comeaux creates an incredibly believable world. Her descriptions are detailed and the world comes alive through the narration.

    Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Crossing the Ice
    1. Emily Stokes narration is really well done with only a few exceptions. I love the way she brought emotion and personality to the characters and the story through tone and inflection.

    2. The skating details brought me into the heart of the story and made me feel as if I was on the ice with them.

    3. Mrs. Cassar (although I'm not sure if that's spelled correctly) is a hoot, and I loved listening to the way the narrator brought her to life.

    4. So many of the locations were familiar to me, Los Angeles, Staples Center, Provincetown, it was easy to visualize them.

    5. The big competition didn't turn out the way I thought it would. It was a twist I never saw coming and was deliciously refreshing.

    Bottom Line
    Crossing the Ice is a sweet new adult romance set in the world of competitive pairs figure skating. The audiobook is high quality and the narration is superb.

    Disclaimer
    I was provided with a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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    Kim Alexandria, VA 01-21-15
    Kim Alexandria, VA 01-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Sweet and charming romance!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would! If you're a fan of sweet romance and ice skating, like I am, this was a quick and enjoyable read. Courtney was real and likable. Josh was adorably sweet and shy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As much as I enjoyed the competition aspect of this book – and the lessons learned along to the way – I'd be lying if I didn't say the romance was my favorite thing about this book. I adored Courtney and Josh separately, and liked them twice as much together. What developed between them was natural and believable. It wasn't hurried. It was also pretty tame by most new adult standards, which is a nice change every now and then.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Stokes – was your favorite?

    I think Emily did the best job voicing Courtney. She sounded just as I pictured Courtney. Her pacing was great and she wasn't overly-dramatic. I didn't love all the voices she provided, but I was totally sold on Courtney.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book served up lots of smiles and a couple laughs. I got a little teary-eyed at the end, but I'm a sap like that.


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    Valerie StuckInBooks Northglenn, CO USA 01-16-15
    Valerie StuckInBooks Northglenn, CO USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Super Sweet"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a little too long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed how they took their relationship slow and really fell in love before things got serious. Lots of romance combined with lots of patience on Josh's part to make this one sweet and yummy. And kisses? Yes, lots and lots of kisses. I so love kisses.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Stokes’s performance?

    Emily Stokes is the narrator. I thought the narration was fine. Some of her voices seemed dramatic but there is was nothing that had me wanting to stop listening. I'm not sure the quality of the audio was as good as it could have been. There were just some odd places with strange sounds and pauses.


    Did Crossing the Ice inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is super sweet. Courtney and Josh may be in their early twenties but they have the feel of much younger characters. I think the reason for this is the their skating careers. It's stopped them from participating in a lot of things that average young adults would experience. This makes this the book feel more YA than NA. I still enjoyed it.

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    Allison 12-19-14
    Allison 12-19-14
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    "Cute!"

    This was very sweet. The writing was too flowery, with lots of adjectives and adverbs, and that got on my nerves, but the actual story and characters were great.

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    jjoneeight 06-21-16
    jjoneeight 06-21-16
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    What a sweet young love story. I enjoy reading and listening to books that are for young adults! This book was innocent and fun and brought me back to the puppy loves of my youth. The book was excellently written and narrated wonderfully! I would definitely recommend this book!

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    DRS 06-05-16
    DRS 06-05-16

    Enjoy reading fiction, thrillers (JD Robb), romance, military and comedy (Evanovich). Listen to Audiobooks on treadmill and long road trips!

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    "Crossing the Ice Review"

    Great story. Thought the ending was a little flat, but good. Narrator very talented.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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  • Wendy Smith
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crossing the Ice to be better than the print version?

    As I have not read the print version I cannot comment on this question


    What other book might you compare Crossing the Ice to, and why?

    After listening to this book I think its a mish mash of various books that I have listened to, I could compare it to Twilight, but it does not have any vampires and although its in the Chic-Lit/Romance genre I would push it more towards the teen romance.


    What does Emily Stokes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Emily has a good voice for narration BUT at the beginning of the book it seemed so hurried, in fact so much so I slowed it down a little bit to .75 but then once into the book it settled down to a more gentle speed so was able to pop it onto normal. I love any audio books and occasionally appreciate it more than the written word (heck I could get hung for that) as it brings a totally different experience to the book. As a person that works with the VI I appreciated it even more.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    So full of romance the ice started to melt!


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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