I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Break the Ice by L.A. Cotton
Series: Lakeshore U #1
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing PR
From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author L A Cotton comes a brother’s best friend sports romance. Lakeshore U, where hockey is religion, and the players are gods. Are you ready to fall in love with a Laker?
When Aurora Hart moves in with her brother and his two teammates, it’s only supposed to be a temporary fix.
Enter Noah Holden.
Cocky. Heartbreaker. With enough game to have every girl on campus falling at his feet.
When Noah’s best friend asks him to look out for his sister, he doesn’t expect to find her so resistant to his charm.
Or find himself so interested in his new housemate.
He’s Lakeshore U’s biggest player.
She’s quirky, shy, and one hundred percent not his type.
Can Noah help Rory let go of the insecurities holding her back from embracing life?
Or will he be unable to break the ice around her heart?
*𝐵𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐼𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 100,000-𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐿𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑈 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠.
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So I did enjoy this. I liked the characters a lot. Both had their own past issues. While I feel like maybe we needed a little more of Noah’s past coming back, the book was definitely long enough. In fact the length was a little bit more than I needed. But a lot of romances seem to be reaching the 500 pages or close to it these days.
There was a lot of good character development though, and world building. And I’ll be definitely eager to get some of the other characters, Noah’s teammates, or maybe Rory’s friend Harper’s stories too. Aurora, or Rory, had a lot of issues caused by her mom, really. I feel like the author did leave a few things unanswered. There was so often that she wouldn’t eat around other people, always saying she’d already ate. So I kind of expected something more from that. Maybe she wasn’t really eating? But it never really delved that far into her eating habits.
And we knew Noah had a bad past too, with his father, and while we didn’t get much about it till close to the end, there was a short bit with his father, a phone call and later a visit, that were kind of a bare minimum. And then there was a bit of stalkerish issues with his ex that I really thought I’d see more come from that to add drama then we actually ended up with.
Now it seems like I’m complaining a lot, but the romance itself was good. I liked the two characters together. I liked how they fit together once they both gave in. There was a whole lot going on in this story, and it had steamy parts too, as well as romantic, sweet parts. Rory’s brother made me mad a lot, but they did their making up, again, it was kind of off screen in a way. I wonder how much of the things that I felt were missing pieces got cut due to the already long story?
So a good book, just be prepared for a long read! Not a hard read, I’d pick it up and not want to put it down, so that is definitely a recommendation!
About the Author
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty mature young adult and new adult novels, LA COTTON is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find LA immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.
To learn more about L.A. and her books, visit here!