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Sugar & Spice by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This one is super short, super cute and super hot. Princess Aurora has just been formally made the Crown Princess of her c...

Out on the Ice by Kelly Farmer

⭐⭐⭐⭐★


This one has a fantastic synopsis that encapsulates the characters perfectly.

Caro Cassidy used to be a legend.

During her career, Caro was one of the best defense players in women’s hockey. These days, she keeps to herself. Her all-girls hockey camp is her life, and she hopes it’ll be her legacy. Sure, her new summer hire is charming and magnetic, but Caro keeps her work and personal life strictly separate.

Amy Schwarzbach lives life out loud.

Amy’s as bright and cheerful as her lavender hair, and she uses her high-profile position in women’s hockey to advocate for the things she believes in. Ten weeks in Chicago coaching a girls’ training camp is the perfect opportunity to mentor the next generation before she goes back to Boston.

Letting love in means putting yourself out there.

Loving means putting yourself out there. Yes.

It is impossible to not get completely swept away by the wonderful whirlwind that Amy is. But exciting-ness and guilelessness is not all that is there to Amy. She has her own issues but more importantly, she is entirely amazing as a person and as a partner. She totally has it all together and all right.

Caro is more about her baggage and issues. About her fears and about her personality problems. By the end of the book, Caro is making and effort and moving out of her own mental and emotional prison, largely because of Amy’s positive impact on her.

Farmer write both characters with depth and empathy. She creates three-dimensional women who such completely realised characters that they become real. You can totally feel them.   

As a couple, we aren’t completely happy with the pairing. We found it very, very one-sided with Amy putting herself out there and making all the effort. We felt Caro didn’t give nearly enough (and far from equal) to either Amy or the relationship. We appreciate that relationships probably work out that way, but it is hard reading it. Harder to feel so invested in Amy and feel she’s not getting nearly as much as she deserves on the caring and emotional level. Yes, by the end, Caro is more open but everything she is doing is about herself and self-acceptance; we didn’t find anything about her putting herself out there for Amy.

So that was our rant about wanting a character we loved to get more.

Rant apart, this is a very, very well written book. Completely engaging, thoroughly involving and, well, Amy.

We unhesitatingly recommend this one.

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

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