Icebreaker by Hannah Grace
Published: August 23, 2022
Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA.
A competitive figure skater since she was five years old, a full college scholarship thanks to her place on the Maple Hills skating team, and a schedule that would make even the most driven person weep, Stassie comes to win.
Nathan Hawkins has never had a problem he couldn’t solve. As captain of the Maple Hills Titans, he knows the responsibility of keeping the hockey team on the ice rests on his shoulders.
When a misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink, and Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights, and one scary coach for an even scarier one.
The pair find themselves stuck together in more ways than one, but it’s fine, because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right?
This book was SPICY. So I’ve ready one other hockey romance before, and it was just as good. The Deal by Elle Kennedy (I think) and I didn’t think I’d pick up another sports romance, but I saw this all over bookstagram and booktok and woooooow it was good!
This has so much going for it. It’s a great book, wonderful story, it’s got character complexities, it’s got sweet moments, it’s got moments where you need to fan yourself down because damn the spicy parts are spicy, and it’s got moments where you just love the relationship between Stassie and Nate.
But like this book was surprisingly emotional, and I think I saw it in the view of like I’m really critical on myself and my standards to succeed and make my parents proud and I connected on a very deep level with Stassie in that sense. So I think the emotional sensitivity and love Nate showed toward Stassie especially in those specific issues, it reminded me a lot of my husband.
There were times where it got kind of intense too, which I wasn’t expecting. Like the whole plot line with Aaron, and everything surrounding that, I wasn’t expecting that heaviness out of a sports romance book. So kudos for bringing that stuff up in a usually “light and fluffy” genre.
But this book hit the mark on all things, and really just went full throttle and was so enjoyable and such a great book. GO READ IT.
Rating: 5/5 Stars