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.
Each book in the Juniper Falls series is STANDALONE:
* Off the Ice
* Breaking the Ice
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LOVED this one!! Fletcher and Hailey are amazing characters and I adored how they just seemed to fit each other. This is a great story of how things aren't always as they seem. Hailey seemed to have it all. Cheerleader, town princess, everything's good. Not so much. She's really struggling with school and she finds herself in summer school retaking Civics. That's where she meets Fletcher. Well, not really meets him. She's known him forever but she's never really known him. He's one of those people who always just seems to be in the background. Now he's her study partner and she's finding him fascinating.
A great YA read and one I think everyone will enjoy.
Smoking hot upper YA romance
This is my third YA hockey book, though the content of this one feels more like a NA book. I don’t even like hockey, but all of these fabulous hockey themed books make me wish I did!
This is very much a hate to love romance. Fletcher just wants to be left alone and Haley just wants to pass her summer school class. Haley wants to use Fletcher for his smarts, while Fletcher resigns himself to trying to help his cousin, who’s got a huge crush on Haley, get some face time with her. Somehow this unlikely couple falls in love.
Haley is a pretty straight forward character. You love her or you hate her. Fletcher is frustrating because he’s very secretive and harbors animosity toward his town due to rumors about both his parents and grandparents. He has a top secret job, which will keep you guessing the entire time until the job is revealed.
Overall this was an incredibly fun, sweet, and sexy book which I devoured. I will absolutely be looking for more books from Julie Cross in the future.
Due to some of the sexual content in this book I would recommend this one for upper-teen and adult readers.
A young adult romance with hockey? Sign me up!
Haley is the Juniper Falls Princess (yes, that's really a thing) and Fletcher is a JV hockey player who keeps to himself. Normally, they'd never even be at the same party, but they end up in the same summer school Civics class, and Haley decides that Fletch's nerdy self is the perfect project partner to bring up her GPA (she even gives him a project partner invitation, complete with glitter and calligraphy). Haley is peppy, pretty and near-perfect, all those princessy words. At first this seemed like just another popular cheerleader falls in love with the nerdy guy stories, but it's so much more. Each time one layer of the story is peeled back, you find another layer underneath. Why does Fletch keep to himself? What happened in third grade? Why's Haley in summer school? Why does Fletch suddenly want to play on the varsity team? What's Fletch's mysterious job?
“Can you promise me that if I kiss you, it’ll just be for fun? That I won’t keep feeling things after?”
And the angst, oh the teen angst. Normally I avoid angst like the plague, but in this case, it didn't really bother me that much. Haley and Fletcher are both facing serious issues, and the alternating view points of the chapters helped ground me in the story. It was also surprisingly sexy, despite being a YA. It takes for-ev-er for the main characters to kiss, and the slow burn will-they-or-won't-they was well done and had me trying to sneak in chapters whenever I could. Fletch is just plain swoony! There are also, of course, several Important Issues covered, most of which I won't mention to avoid spoilers. I will say, however, that I especially enjoyed the thoughtful discussion around bullying, from both the bullied and bully's perspectives.
“Maybe if I say exactly what I’m thinking, stuff won’t build into big imaginary relationships inside my head. A guy can be hot and sexy without being a marital prospect or a soul mate. Right?”
Though this is the second in the series, I read it as a standalone. It worked fine for me, but it was obvious there was some backstory with Hailey and some of the other characters of the previous book. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much, I immediately went and put the first book on hold at my library as soon as I was done.
As for cons, it felt like some of the plot points (like Fletch and the varsity team and Haley's suspected issue) needed more closure. Also, without going into too many spoilers, I found it surprising that none of Haley's friends or teachers suspected what Fletch figured out after working on a project with her for, what, a week?
Overall, this was a surprisingly lot of fun, and it kept me guessing how things would turn out. I'm eagerly anticipating reading the first book in the series!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.