Strictly on Ice
When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face …
Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go.
When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself.
As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits?
Strictly On Ice is an absolutely enchanting story that reeled me in from the start. Following the story of Katie, a former skating star who had to give up her beloved profession following an injury. However when the opportunity to appear on a TV show – Sport Star to Skate Star, a competition that pairs up skating professional skaters alongside other athletes – a unique twist on the usual celebrity pair ups we usually see gracing our screens, Katie can’t resist the pull she feels for the ice.
Katie is paired up with Jamie – an ex rugby player who has a somewhat chequered past. Jamie is just as familiar with gracing the headlines on the tabloids as Katie has been throughout the years. The production team quickly see they could really make a fortune off the lives these competitors have lived, something which Katie becomes increasingly more uncomfortable with as the show progresses.
The insight in to the press/media affects on a persons life really intrigued me, and I found my heart aching for Katie as things began to spiral out of control. She has already had so much to deal with over the years, so being exploited once again by the press is far from ideal for her healing heart. Jamie is also not spared of the intrusion in to his life, and this is something that both the characters are able to form a bond over.
The story is told in the alternating past and present tense, allowing you to delve in to the characters lives on a much deeper level and really understand the complexities of these characters. I loved the way the author brought these two wonderful characters to life so vividly in my mind, and I particularly enjoyed following their blossoming relationship throughout.
A fantastically written story that is full of drama and self discovery, I truly enjoyed this book.
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About the Author
Helen Buckley lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and two sons. After working in the charity sector in the UK and abroad, she turned her hand to writing and her first novel, Star in the Shadows, was published in 2019.
She writes any moment that she can, enthralled by stories of fame, romance, and happy ever afters. Apart from being addicted to writing and enjoying soft play with her sons, she’s an avid reader, action-movie fan, and chocolate addict.
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