Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!
Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.
Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.
However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?
I literally just sighed when I finished this book. I read so many really heavy books and I love them I really do but to pick up a book that just lifts my heart and makes me smile and is just pure goodness from beginning to end is absolutely wonderful and Aven Ellis has nailed the art of writing these. This is my second of her books (and yes, I’m planning to go backtrack through her catalogue)!
In Sugar and Ice we meet the delightful Josephine, a baker (something I envy from the get go as I am a useless baker) who dreams of creating features for the magazine she works for. As a way of enticing her boss she is creating her cheesecake speciality but just at the crucial point her oven breaks and she is forced to impose herself on her neighbour Cade, housemate to her housemates boyfriend (convenient eh?!), of course it’s as if a bolt of lightning hits the pair and they see each other as if for the first time and so we begin our journey.
Cade was such a lovely character, it’s always nice to read a male character who isn’t one-dimensional. Who has a past and is responding to that past. I get concerned when I read books where the male characters are essentially just accessories, certainly not the case here.
Josephine was a lovely girl, very fun and strong in knowing who she was. I loved that she was willing to try new things (Cade is very outdoorsy, she isn’t) but she knows where her limits are and says when enough is enough. She has insecurities but she recognises these and works with them. Her Nona was a hoot, very wise and very funny. Not afraid to speak her mind!
I loved Jude, Cade’s best friend and flat mate, an English player, and I think Aven nailed his Englishness and humour!
We are getting a new cast of characters as this is the start of a new series, and I can already see potential second and third books glimmering aswell from this one which is rather exciting!
A huge thanks to Aven Ellis for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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Title: Sugar and Ice
Series: Rinkside in the Rockies #1
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publication Date: 28 December 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
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