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Friday, January 15, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Out on the Ice by Kelly Farmer


Out on the Ice

A WLW Hockey Romance

by Kelly Farmer

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.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

First things first, I would advise going into this book for the romance with an appreciation for hockey, but not expecting much in the way of actual gameplay. I'm not sure if that's because Kelly Farmer didn't want to have some readers zoning out with too much of the sports talk or if hockey was just the means for this pair to meet. Whatever the reason, this one could've done with a bit more of the excitement gameplay could've given it. As it stands, the story was slow to start. It did start to pick up momentum about halfway through and from there the pacing was pretty good. Both Amy and Caro were likable and relatable. They felt like people we would run into at the grocery store or pass on the street, which went a long way toward getting behind this romance. Getting invested in these characters made it easy to root for them as a couple. The romance is pretty clean and relatively low angst, but there were some serious topics touched on throughout the book. For me, Out On the Ice ended up being a middle of the road read with things I liked and things I didn't care as much for. I do think Kelly Farmer shows talent and promise, and I'll be interested to see what she does next. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press

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