Book Forty-One of 2014: FIRE ON ICE by Dakota Madison

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He’s Fire on Ice and she’s afraid to get burned again…
“You always think a guy is going to be different until he’s not.”
Firestorm Center Kian Kavanagh dominates the ice like a rock star dominates the stage. He’s the hottest new player to be recruited for the Firestorm, a newly established professional hockey team in Northern Arizona.
After Taylor Thompson’s heart was completely shattered by her high school’s most popular jock, she vowed never to date another athlete. And she keeps that promise through her first three years of college by putting up impenetrable walls to protect her from heartbreak.
But after a chance meeting with the charming and irresistible Kian Kavanagh, Taylor’s carefully constructed walls are in serious danger of being burned down by Mr. Fire on Ice.

FIRE ON ICE is the first book to a series that centers on the relationship of Taylor Thompson and Kian Kavanagh. It is an indie New Adult Romance book.

The book is written in the two views of the hero and heroine. Kian Kavanagh is a typical playboy, living his life with a new girl every night. Through his point of veiw, the reader learns about his rocky background, his frugal ways, and sees him change. Taylor Thompson is a studious woman trying to live life away from a past event that shattered her soul. Through her views you not only see her vulnerabilities, but you see her strength. I like the way that you see both characters in each other’s eyes as well as through their own. It gives the reader a better understanding of the characters and a way to relate.

The story is a pretty basic romance. Boy meets Girl, Girl says no, Boy pursues, Girl relunctantly relents, Boy mentions Girl’s Guy Friend’s true intentions, and so on. It could be a bit predictable. That said, I decided to read this book on the basis of the characterization. As I said before, the reader can relate to the characters. There are even supporting characters you begin to love. You find yourself rooting for their relationship and booing the small obstacles in their path.

FIRE ON ICE also has a sports element to it, showing hockey as the one common thing the two characters can relate. Through one, it was a way of freedom and finding independence. For another, it is connected to the person who hurt them terribly. Hockey is both the common factor and thing that helps the characters understand one another. I liked that.

I don’t know much about hockey, but when there are scenes showing the games, I got really into it. I claim to not be a sports fan, but somehow I keep getting excited over them. I liked that this romance series centers on a sport that doesn’t get as much air time as football or other sports. I don’t think I even know a fan of hockey, but the author makes it a big deal in the book and for the characters. It makes me want to at least see one game from a local team.

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