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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Out on The Ice By Kelly Farmer

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Out On The Ice By Kelly Farmer
Publisher: Carina Adores
Release Date: August 24th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads★ Amazon 

Don’t miss this tender and funny contemporary romance from debut author Kelly Farmer.

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.

When the reticent head coach offers to help Amy get in shape for next season, her starstruck crush on Caro quickly blossoms into real chemistry. As summer comes to an end, neither of them can quite let go of this fling—but Amy can’t afford a distraction, and Caro can’t risk her relationship becoming public and jeopardizing the one thing that’s really hers.

I love women's hockey so when I saw this F/F hockey romance I thought it was perfect for me. But honestly? This book was really boring. Plus it's in third person which I hate. So I just don't think this was the right book for me.
There were things I really loved about this book. I loved the bi representation. Some reviewers didn't like that it was so in your face, but I liked that it talked about biphobia and bierasure even in the LGBT+ community itself. I really liked that. 

I do have to put a warning on this that there is a lot of talk about homophobia in this which comes from one of the leads family. That felt real to me for several reasons, but I also don't want people to not be aware of it and have to re-live their trauma.

Like I said, I don't like third person. Sometimes I think I am the only one. Sometimes I got confused who's thoughts were who's. Also this is a slow burn closed door romance, which had I know before I read it, I wouldn't have read it. It was so slow, and I found myself so frustrated reading it. Once the couple do get together it still felt like the pacing was too slow and boring for me.

I do think a lot of the reason this book fell flat for me was just because it was not a book for me. That's totally okay! I'm bummed because I was super excited about this one, but it ended up just making me feel "okay" about it. I think if you like closed door and slow burn it's for you. Just not for me.

*I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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