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Peek Inside Breaking the Ice

Summer school is Haley’s chance to raise her GPA not angst over boys. Fletcher is happy to keep a low profile, but suddenly he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with Haley.

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Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.

Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.

But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.

Each book in the Juniper Falls series is STANDALONE:
* Off the Ice
* Breaking the Ice
* On Thin Ice


"...A companionable and realistic rendering of teen courtship." – Kirkus Reviews

5 stars:  "I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. It has been a while since I’ve rooted for characters as hard as I rooted for Fletch and Haley, but I couldn’t help myself. I loved them both so so much, and they were both super unique." –Taylor Clenin, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "If you love ya contemps, and you love sweet sports romances, then you need to pick up this book. I promise you will not be disappointed!" –Emily, Rad Babes Read

5 stars: "There’s just something so genuine about this story. I felt the connection, but also there was a ton of humor. I laughed out loud quite a few times. I felt like I was hanging around them myself." –Lissa Rice, Boundless Book Reviews

4.5 stars: "Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST is practically palpable." –Stacee Evans, Adventures of a Book Junkie

5 stars: "You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: "LOVED this one!! Fletcher and Hailey are amazing characters and I adored how they just seemed to fit each other." –Betten Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer

4.75 stars: "I loved this book so much. It made me laugh and it's one of those feel good books that will leave you with a smile on your face." –Taylor Fenner, Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World

5 stars: "Bottom Line: Breaking the Ice is a wonderful young adult romance with plenty of heat and with a little something extra, that I won't spoil, but you'll know what I mean when you read it." –T.H. Hernandez, Adventures in Writing

5 stars: "Haley and Fletcher are perfect characters and following the buildup in their chemistry, coupled with each one's frailties, makes for an extremely satisfying YA romantic read." –John Clark, Maine Crime Writers

4.5 stars: "Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple." –Nick, Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

5 stars: "There’s just something so genuine about this story. I felt the connection, but also there was a ton of humor. I laughed out loud quite a few times. I felt like I was hanging around them myself." –Boundless Book Reviews

5 stars: "I highly recommend this book. It’s fun, has the feels and I didn’t want it to end." –Jackie, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "This was definitely a hit. Everything about this books makes it worth reading." –Lauren Brown, Escape to Reading

5 stars: "To say I'm in love with this book is an understatement because I like re-read that last 4 chapters TWICE or was it THRICE. UH...more of this couple please?" –Maria Christine, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Breaking the Ice is just as satisfying [as Off the Ice] and carries the same surprising depth for a young adult sports romance. Clearly, that's not all it is." –Eva, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758995
Series: Juniper Falls, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 26, 2017
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Stacee December 04, 2017

4.5 stars

I loved the synopsis of this one and was really eager to get to it.

Love love loved Haley and Fletcher. She’s sweet and the town princess and maybe a bit nosy. He’s guarded and smart and has some secrets. Together they have a delightful push and pull that wasn’t too drama-y. Oh and the UST ...more

By Hristina December 31, 2017

This is the second Julie Cross book that I'm reading, and by what I've read so far I can say that what she does best when it comes to writing is make it feel incredibly honest. What I also love about this book (and the series) is how the characters just jump off the page, they're vivid, they seem re ...more

By Danielle's December 12, 2017

So in love with these two chapters! You need this book. It's funny, lovable and I'm totally addicted.

Breaking the Ice is book two in the Juniper Fall series. We met Hayley in book one, however, both books are standalone stories and can be read on their own. This one is more fun and less intense than ...more


Super shippy! I loved it! Both of these characters worked so well as a couple. ...more

By Roxanne December 09, 2017

Full review to come! ...more

By Elaine December 28, 2017

This is the second in a series of standalone teen romances and has ‘real’ teen characters, flaws and all. Haley Stevenson has been the ‘Queen Bee’ in Juniper Falls, but is struggling to achieve the GPA she needs, has relationship problems and is having to attend summer school in an effort to enable ...more

By Rowena January 17, 2018

What a great YA romance this was. I adored every minute and can't wait to see who is next in the Juniper Falls world. I thought Fletch and Haley's complicated romance was sweet and super swoony. I shipped them hard and it was good to see Haley really grow into her own. She's heaps better than she wa ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) January 18, 2018

It was fun being back in Juniper Falls, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to spend my time with. They may have appeared to be an unlikely match, but Haley and Fletcher were perfect together.

I read and really enjoyed Off the Ice, which was my introduction to the world of Juniper Falls. S ...more

By Miranda December 26, 2017

Breaking the Ice was such a feel good and romantic book. I really needed a "pick me up" type of book to put me in a sunny mood, and this was the perfect book. Breaking the Ice had romance, drama, family relationships, and self-discovery. There were so many wonderful story elements all weaved togethe ...more

By Manon the Malicious December 25, 2017

*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well shit, I didn't think it was past 3am...
Guess who has to wake up at 8?...


I requested this because I really love me some Julie Cross books. I’ve been reading her books for a couple years now and I usually really ...more

By Beth December 28, 2017

Breaking the Ice was one of those cute romances that didn’t go as you expected but the reader was immersed in the characters’ world right from the start.

Haley is the hometown sweetheart who has grown from a somewhat shallow princess to an amazing individual.

Fletcher likes his enigmatic life, but he ...more

By Lenore December 20, 2017

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — Earlier in the year I read book 1 in this series and really enjoyed it, despite it being very different from YAs I usually read. And so I was excited to se ...more

By Lauren April 06, 2018

I've been hearing fantastic things about Breaking the Ice for months now. Everyone seemed to love it, but for some reason I kept putting it off. For what reason, you may ask? I can't even begin to tell you, sometimes I'm stubborn for no real reason. Thankfully, I finally decided to give it a chance ...more

By Deniz December 11, 2017

Breaking the Ice is another wonderful installment of the Juniper Falls Series.
Let's just say this. I am obsessed with this series. Seriously. obsessed.

However, for some odd reason, I ended up liking it a little less than Off the Ice.
I mean don't get me wrong this is good. It's really good. But I wa ...more

By Kristy January 04, 2018

3.5 Stars

This was a quick, fun read that I read in one sitting last night while I couldn’t sleep. Although it’s the second in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (different main couple, same city/group of people). My favorite thing about this book was how Cross took stereotypes and proved them ...more

By Katherine January 11, 2018

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Haley has decided to stay away from boys until she is at college since she is over drama in her life. Her main goal now is to pass her Civics summer school class and the best way to do that is by befriending Fletche ...more

By Kim January 18, 2018

Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.

It seems like it's been ages since I read a Julie Cross book and, well, maybe that's because it has been. The last one I picked up was actually the first book in this series, Off the Ice, and that was in March 2017. I won't say I forgot how much I ...more

By lacy December 27, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please note: even though this is the second in the Juniper Falls series, it can be read as a standalone.

And with this book, I shall officially end 2017. I can think of no better ...more

By Tanya (Girl Plus Books) December 31, 2017

Having read (and totally enjoyed) Cross's Off the Ice earlier this year, I was excited to return to Juniper Falls. And Haley and Fletcher's story did not disappoint.

Fletcher keeps a low profile and does his best to steer clear of his small town's gossip mill. So when popular girl Haley, head cheerle ...more

By T.H. December 31, 2017

Everything I loved about the first book, OFF THE ICE, and none of the things that bothered me, are included in this second book in the series. I absolutely adore this installment by one of my favorite young adult authors, Julie Cross. To say that Juniper Falls Princess, Haley Stevenson, and nerdy Fl ...more

By Olivia December 01, 2017

"Breaking the Ice" is a great contemporary YA romance about Haley and Fletcher, told in alternating viewpoints. Haley and Fletcher are taking a Civics class over the summer; Haley is taking it to improve her GPA (hopefully) and Fletcher so that he can fill his schedule with more advanced classes dur ...more

By Taylor December 11, 2017

4.75/5 Stars! Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

Breaking the Ice is the second book in the Juniper Falls series and it revolves around Haley Stevenson (Tate's ex-girlfriend from Off the Ice) and Fletcher Scott.

After her break up from Tate, Haley has sworn off relationships u ...more

By Madison December 09, 2017

Once again, Julie Cross delivers with a light-hearted, yet deeply emotional story that is so much fun. Sport, romance, coming of age, friendship, family, fears and dreams all come together in a story that lets you sink in to it and happily stay awhile. No matter how many Julie Cross books I have rea ...more

By Kristi Housman December 11, 2017

Breaking the Ice is the second book in Julie Cross' Juniper Falls series and it's just as good as the first one. I was happy to see quite a few familar characters back again.

First I should mention that there is swearing, sex, and teenage drinking in this book. So if that bothers you, it's probably b ...more

By Lauren - SERIESous Books January 23, 2018

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

Honestly, Julie Cross nailed it once again. This was a fantastic read from start to finish for tons of reasons.

I'll start with Fletcher because ...more

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Julie Cross

About the author

International Best Selling, NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.

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