On Thin Ice; Lakeshore U #2
(#2 within a series)
Publication Date: June 20, 2023
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Sports/Grumpy-Sunshine/Enemies-to-Lovers Romance
Author: L.A. Cotton
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Thick, steamy tension with a melt your heart ending.
Mason Steele is one tough nut to crack, that is until you get to know him and the background he comes from, then watch out because Mason Steele will steal your heart. His circle is small, I’m talking microscopic tiny that even most of the guys on the hockey team don’t really know who he is. That is bound to happen when he spends about two-thirds of his time at school and the rest back home helping his mom and special needs brother. (Yes, right there – anytime Mason talks or spends time with his brother – I was a big puddle of goo for the big man with emotions of steal). Then in walks Harper and she disrupts his perfectly controlled life, his steally emotions, basically his entire world. Mason is a growly beast to her because he can’t handle the upset, but Harper is made of sterner stuff and lucky for Mason she doesn’t scare easy.
The dynamic between these two bleeds off the page. Where it’s frustrating to watch them both suffer, it’s also completely understandable from both sides.
Harper has her own basket of issues, that don’t involve Mason, he’s basically an afterthought to her overflowing cart. Does she want to make nice with the growly beast, of course she does…Rory is her best friend and Noah is Mason’s and now that Rory is now dating Noah she realizes Harper will be in Mason’s orbit. The mistake was thinking that Mason has a brain cell to think beyond himself…I know harsh, but Mason initially sort of is and that is the groundwork for a lot of their heated back and forth. Harper, from her perspective, is just trying to play nice, but Mason just doesn’t play, end of story.
Some of the best moments in the book revolve around the younger Steele brother, Scottie. Not only do we see Mason as someone beyond the cold hearted man he portrays, but Scottie makes those around him stop and take in the world in a new way. His directness, while it makes Mason uncomfortable at times, is refreshing to others probably because it makes Mason uncomfortable. It’s a totally sweet dynamic.
There is so much more I could say as this book as it just continued to get better as the story progressed. It was another great win in this series and what is quickly becoming my favorite series of L.A. Cotton ‘s.
An emotional and angsty grumpy x sunshine hockey romance from USA Today and WSJ bestselling author L A Cotton. Are you ready to fall in love with a Laker?
When Harper Dixon discovers her father is the Lakeshore U Lakers new assistant coach, she wonders if her life can get any worse.
Enter Mason Steele.
Arrogant. Cold. With enough ice around his heart to freeze anyone who gets too close.
When Mason proposes one night to exorcise the fiery attraction between them, the last thing he expects is to wake up to an empty bed the next morning.
Or to find himself unable to get his new coach’s daughter out of his thoughts.
He’s Lakeshore U’s broody left winger with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
She’s vivacious, persistent, and has puck bunny written all over her.
Can Mason stick to his biggest rule and keep Harper out of his head—and his bed?
Or will she be able to prove to him that sometimes skating on thin ice is worth the risk?
*On Thin Ice is a 93,000-word standalone novel set in the Lakeshore U series. It is recommended for readers 18+
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