Rating: 3 stars
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Maisy Harper is a proper Canadian figure skater. She takes her sport, her practices, and herself seriously. She is constantly trying to live up to her parents’ expectations and she keeps her eyes on the ice and herself out of the press. She is the exact opposite of speed skater Blaze Bellamy, whose fire-red hair and outlandish actions make her front-page news.
Blaze is the media darling of the games, although she’s not even favored to win a medal. She met Maisy at the last Fire and Ice Games when they spent several nights enjoying each other and she hasn’t forgotten one moment of it. Blaze has no shortage of sexual partners and if she finds you attractive, you are fair game.
Blaze and Maisy agree to hook up over the course of the Games as long as Blaze agrees to be monogamous during that time. Blaze likes to have multiple partners, but when asked for monogamy she will indulge for shorter periods of time. Blaze is thinking she might want something more with Maisy, but Blaze still wants the spotlight and one wrong choice could have Maisy walking away for good.
Fire on the Ice is the fourth book in Parker’s Snow and Ice Games series, and I’ll say that I am enjoying the books less and less as the series progresses. I’ve read the series over a short period of time and all of the books read in a similar manner. The books all feature a secret relationship and the characters are all too much in their heads with a tremendous amount of internal narrative that becomes monotonous.
Blaze and Maisy are all about hooking up and that’s what they intend to do during the Games, as often as possible. They have already met so when we catch up with them they are already looking for a repeat performance and I missed seeing that initial meeting. This book is supposed to be intimate as Blaze and Maisy spend a whole lot of time in bed. They are all over each other and share what are supposed to be some deeply personal encounters. Yet, it did not come off as sensual and from my side of the kindle they had no chemistry between them. The issue I found was the same issue I have had with other books in this series and that is an extensive amount of internal narrative. Blaze and Maisy are having these supposed intense sexual moments, yet they are so in their own heads and they are connecting more with themselves than they are with each other. It made the book tedious to get through.
Blaze is completely open with who she is and makes sure that all her partners are on the same page and she has her own definition of poly that works for her. Maisy is not about open relationships at all. Yet, somewhere during the course of the book, Maisy acknowledges what Blaze needs, which is great in itself, but the progression of where or how Maisy changed her mind is not shown and the characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked.
Blaze and Maisy are completely different characters on paper, yet their voices were similar throughout the course of the book. The tone of the book and the voice of the characters were not for me here and as interested as I was for this series, I don’t think this author is a good fit for me.