Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ice Hard by Tracy Goodwin - Review





Author: Tracy Goodwin
Publication Date: 8 October, 2019 
Publisher: Loveswept
Series:  New York Nighthawks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Sports
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~ 


Book Description:

Hockey’s resident bad boy is hell on skates. But when he falls in love, he falls hard.


“Tracy Goodwin is an author to watch.”—Kelly Jamieson, USA Today bestselling author of the Aces Hockey series 


Nick:

As one of the New York Nighthawks, I’ve got it all: fame, success, wealth, plus I’m handsome as hell.
As for my relationships? They could be better.
I know how to do one-night stands, but I’m starting to crave something more.
Then I meet Camille Benetti.
She’s sexy, smart, sarcastic—totally my kind of girl.
The only problem? Cami doesn’t date hockey players.
But she’s never met me. . . .

Cami:

Nick George is impossible to resist. Not only is he scorching hot, he’s kind, he’s funny, and he wants me bad.
But I learned my lesson the hard way: no jocks.
So why do I agree to be Nick’s date to the wedding of the year?
One night . . . that’s our deal.
He is the best man, after all.
But Nick is crystal clear about his intentions. He wants a relationship.
And he’s tempting me to break all my rules. . . .










My Review:

I am really excited about this new series from Tracy Goodwin, sports romances, particularly hockey related ones are some of my favorite contemporary romance genres.  This book came across my desk and honestly as you can tell I haven't been overly active on the blog lately, but I could not pass up the chance to find a series to bring me out of my slump and I am glad that I said yes, instead of I don't have time.  I will say that I went back and read book one, Ice Hot, before diving into this one and while it isn't necessary as they can be read as stand-alones, I do think it upped my enjoyment of this book because I had a full understanding of the relationship between Nick and Christian, team members of the Nighthawks and best friends.  

Nick is not your typical bad boy hockey player, even if that's what the media wants you to think, he's less player and more heart than he lets on and that will make you love him all the more.  His heart is as puny and silly as this sounds seriously the heart of this book.  This big bad hockey enforcer has a heart of gold that just wants to be loved and love in return, be that in his platonic relationships and his romantic ones.  I have to say one of my favorite things is watching his interactions with Christian and Serena, (Christian's fiancé) the way he is unsure if he was still an important part of Christian's life after his engagement, it's so 'real life' and nice to see from a male's (especially an 'Alpha') perspective.  

Then there is the relationship between Nick and Cami.  First thing I will say is that even in the first book, these relationships feel a bit 'Insta-love' which isn't always a favorite of mine, but I appreciate the fact that Tracy acknowledges that these relationships are fast paced.  She gives us that 'boom' moment then allows the relationship to play out in a way that while you know they fell hard and fast, they also have time to come to terms with each other and what their feelings mean.  Nick falls harder and faster than Cami, and that's quite refreshing to see.  He's the one that has to do the chasing instead of her, which I don't feel like we typically get in contemporary, heck any, romances.  Cami has a lot of baggage to get past and I loved how Nick was there every step of the way, standing beside her, especially when it comes to her family, not pushing but not letting her feel that she's alone.  

Their romance is both steamy and emotional and it all blends together seamlessly together that it gives you that emotional high you love from a romance novel, as well as that feel good emotion from watching someone over come a hurtful past and find not only love but their true self in the process.  Of course with it being a sports romance you also get lots of time with the team and watching their interactions and some ice action too.  

The New York Nighthawks is going to be your next favorite hockey romance series and luckily for us, it looks as though this could be a nice long series with some great characters and romantic possibilities.  





Meet Tracy:

Tracy Goodwin is a USA Today bestselling author. Throughout a career spanning a decade, she has achieved both traditional and indie publishing success. She is the author of the sexy New York Nighthawks contemporary romance series for Loveswept. In addition, she pens sweeping historical romances and vivid urban fantasies. Though the genres may be different, each story delivers her unique blend of passion, excitement, poignant emotion, humor, and unforgettable characters that steal readers’ hearts.

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