Author: Jaci Burton
Publisher by: InterMix, Penguin
Published on: November 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
In this original holiday novella in the Play-By-Play series, New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton gives readers the gift of “plenty of romance, sexy men, hot steamy loving, and humor.” (Smexy Books)
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.
Includes a preview of Jaci Burton’s Quarterback Draw and Love After All.
Holiday On Ice was a fun holiday story. It was a a quick read but it managed to pack in sweet dialog and tons of steamy scenes.
Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and Stella Slovinski have had an on again off again fling for the past year. Trick is a hockey player for the New York Travelers and Stella is a trained dancer working on Broadway. Between both of their hectic schedules they had lost touch with each other. When they run into each for the first time in months, the spark between them is still there.
After spending more time together, Trick quickly realizes he wants more with Stella. Even though their relationship had always been casual, they had built a friendship and had a lot in common. In many ways Trick is the perfect guy. He is sweet, funny, considerate, devilishly handsome, and great in bed. Stella likes Trick, always has, but she doesn’t do relationships.
After her first relationship ended badly, Stella was hurt and has been running from relationships ever since. Every time Trick showed her how much he cared, it seem to scare her and she would back off. For the most part I liked Stella. She was fun and had a kind heart but at times I wanted to shake her. Trick did some amazingly sweet and considerate gestures and I didn’t like how she reacted to his kindness. Yes, she was hurt before but I wished she would have been more forthcoming about her fear of relationships.
I enjoyed this book overall. There was a push and pull to get Stella to open up but Trick made it worth it. Plus their sexually chemistry was amazing!! My main issues were the lack of communication from Stella and at times her attitude. I did truly enjoy the end of the book. If you are looking for a quick holiday read, I would say give Trick and Stella a try 🙂