Ice Hard (New York Nighthawks) – ARC Review

44222589._SY475_Ice Hard
by Tracy Goodwin
Release Date:  October 8, 2019
Publisher: Loveswept
Book #2 in the New York Nighthawks series
Number of Pages:  232
Kindle Edition
Source:  Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 9/28/19 to 9/30/19

 

Nick: As one of the New York Nighthawks, I’ve got it all: fame, success, wealth, plus I’m handsome as hell. As for my relationships? They could be better.
I know how to do one-night stands, but I’m starting to crave something more.
Then I meet Camille Benetti.
She’s sexy, smart, sarcastic—totally my kind of girl.
The only problem? Cami doesn’t date hockey players. But she’s never met me. . . .
 
Cami: Nick George is impossible to resist. Not only is he scorching hot, he’s kind, he’s funny, and he wants me bad. But I learned my lesson the hard way: no jocks.
So why do I agree to be Nick’s date to the wedding of the year?
One night . . . that’s our deal. He is the best man, after all.
But Nick is crystal clear about his intentions. He wants a relationship.
And he’s tempting me to break all my rules. . . .

When I read the first book in this series, Ice Hot, I commented that I enjoyed the characters and liked the story concept but felt something was missing.  There was enough I liked about the book that I wanted to read the next in the series.  I’m happy to say I did feel this story was an improvement on the first.

I absolutely adore both Nick and Camille.  They are both such caring people with just enough snark to make them fun but not overly abrasive. What they have is definitely insta-love, but it was really believable insta-love.  As with the first story, I felt the flicker of chemistry but it didn’t explode off the pages as I was hoping/expecting. In the other book I chalked this up to telling and not showing with the story.  I didn’t feel that way here, so I can’t really say what was missing to help things catch fire for me.

As much as I loved the backstory of Camille, I also felt I was missing out on something.  There were two basic stories, one with her family and one with her ex, that converge to make her who she is today.  Both were really great concepts. Yet I felt neither was given the depth it could have been given if only one had been central to the story.  In other words, I wanted more.  That’s a compliment, by the way.

So, while I’m still not totally blown away by this author, she’s definitely growing on me.

3 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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