Breaking the Ice by T. Torrest: Review

Breaking the Ice by T. Torrest: ReviewBreaking the Ice by T. Torrest
on December 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Pages: 298

Zachary McAllister's entire life revolves around hockey and sex, in that order.
When a career-ending injury changes everything, he’s left mourning the life that could have been. Now the owner of a rundown local pub, the ex-NHL star finds himself grappling with his "ordinary" existence, trying to come to terms with a very uncertain future.

His former team is on track to win the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship without him, and preparations are being made for a victory party at the bar.

Enter Avery Brooks.
She’s the straitlaced event planner hired to arrange the party, thanks to her father's connections.
Her father who just happens to be the General Manager for the NJ Devils…
and the guy who handed Zac his walking papers four years ago.

Suddenly, Avery finds herself face-to-face with her teenage crush.
The two had a minor flirtation going on back in the day, when Zac was just an arrogant, womanizing rookie and Avery was a naive, starry-eyed fan.

Their chemistry is undeniable, but both are completely different people than they were all those years ago.

In order for this fiery Devil to melt the heart of an ice princess, Zac will need to up his game.
All he needs to do is relearn everything he ever thought he knew about how to play.

Breaking the Ice was written based on the input and suggestions from readers. 
From the characters’ names to their occupations to the years this story takes place, the entirety of this narrative has been created by (and for) readers like

***This book is intended for readers 18+ due to some offensive language, underage drinking, and graphic sex/sexual situations***

Sweet, inspiring, a little funny, a little angsty, a little sexy

Stacia says…

First and foremost, I have to say I LOVE that T. Torrest wrote this book inspired by reader’s suggestions and requests. It not only shows how much she cares about her fans, but that she really listens to her readers and those that love her books. I wasn’t sure how it would all work out, but I think overall it still allowed her voice to be heard, even with reader’s ideas and thoughts.
As a fan of T’s Remember Trilogy I was excited to read something new and different from her. She has such an amazing ability to write characters that readers just fall in love with.

“When you spend most of your life trying to be invisible, the fallout is that sometimes you succeed.”

Avery Brooks has grown up around hockey players her whole life, but for the most part her father (General Manager for the NJ Devils) has kept her away from them. But when she is asked to help plan a party and comes face to face with Zach McAllister, her teenage crush, sparks fly and the sexual tension is through the roof. She can’t help but be intrigued by the man that he has become and wants to see if there is something more between them.

“Even when your dreams don’t pan out, even when you can’t rub two nickels together, even when it seems all hope is lost… There’s always something to look forward to.”

This book is told in both Avery and Zach’s point of view (POV) and told over a six year time frame.
If you are in the mood for a friends to lovers, second chance love story that is sweet, a little angsty, and sexy then this book is for you. I did think that it was a little slow at times. Also, the story or really just their back story could have been developed better and it was a little cheesy in parts. I enjoyed Avery’s point of view, but when it was time for Zach’s side of the story I felt like it lacked romance and could have been a little more interesting.
Overall, this was a light, cute, loving story.




About T. Torrest

T. Torrest is a New Adult fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.

Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her Catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. She likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. She’s not much into health food, but she does enjoy talking about herself in the third person.

A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.