Holiday on Ice: Wintry Manhattan Romance

Holiday on Ice

Holiday on Ice CoverA Holiday Novella in the Play-by-Play Series
Penguin Berkley/InterMix
E-Book: 127 Pages
18 Nov 2014

E-Galley provided by publisher for review.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own unless otherwise noted.


Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.


square "my take"The last hockey game I went to was not a great experience.  But, the sport has become very popular and we’re sure to be seeing more and more hockey-based couples in romance.

The female love interest in this book was hurt by her love and has sworn off relationships because that ONE didn’t work out.  While this story is hot and makes me want to watch a sport I’m not crazy about, this whole, I was hurt once and will never love again thing.  A dancer  especially — someone who has faced hurt and rejection a lot in a career involving a physical art form and rejections at auditions, someone who is  resilient by nature, is going to be able to move on.   So, I don’t buy that as motivation, it is not sufficient in my opinion. But the writer needed a reason why Stella is stand-offish.

Patrick, on the other hand is an awesome character; he would be a guy you would want to fix your friends up with: handsome, generous, thoughtful, sexy and caring.  He is also emotionally open and honest.  He is a keeper.

I did like Stella’s relationships with her friend Carolina, and her sister.  We also get insights into her character, like a fondness for zippers.  I wonder what the significance is to a characyer’s personality? Does it signify they want to open mysteries or zip up her emotions? Or, does it mean she likes to remove her clothes? Anyway, it was an a good touch. there are fun events in NYC as well, skating, holiday activities and rehearsals.  Burton is really good at describing a hockey game; she gives just enough of the specifics but doesn’t do a play by play.  I felt I would enjoy watching sports more if they happened in the way Jaci writes them.

Over all, I liked Patrick more than I liked Stella, but I enjoyed this short read placed amidst the hustle and bustle of Manhattan at Christmas. It’s a good way to relax in a busy holiday season!


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