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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Frozen Barriers by Sara Shirley Blog Tour: Spotlight & Review

"Live your Dreams, Follow your Heart"

Emily Cameron is America's newest figure skating star looking for her own personal identity. Her high profile life was never her dream, it was her parents.

Jeremy Page is a minor league hockey player who always imagined himself playing for the NHL.

A chance encounter has them crossing paths after several years apart. Which way will his heart lead him? Will Emily embrace his charm?

Just when things finally fall into place, an unexpected event occurs leaving Emily reevaluating everything in her life.

Can Emily escape from under her parent's intrusive ways and take a chance on love? Will Jeremy be able to break down the barriers that have held her back for so long?

**Mature Subject matter. 18+ due to strong language and sexual situations**

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Frozen Barriers (Barriers #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

America figure skating star, Emily Cameron, has been pursuing her parents’ dream all her life.

Minor-league hockey player, Jeremy Page, has always loved the game.

It has been ages since Emily and Jeremy have seen each other, once skating at the same rink. Years later they are reunited, and Jeremy will do everything in his power for chance to get to know Emily better.

I love that Frozen Barriers is written in two-person point of view. It was powerful knowing both Emily and Jeremy’s viewpoints.

I really like Emily. She has been following her parents' vision her whole life. She at no time had a life of her own; always training, never living. Once she gets to know Jeremy, his family, and friends, she starts to question her life and becomes a stronger person. Despite having selfish parents, she is a good person and loyal friend.

I love Jeremy. He has been raised by wonderful parents who take his friends in and make them feel as loved as their own. They have good values and a great life. Jeremy has a big heart and is loyal. After being hurt by his two-year college girlfriend, he doesn’t want a relationship with anyone, until Emily.

I adored that Emily and Jeremy originally met when she was eleven, and he was thirteen. Next they bump into each other in high school and then finally when they are in their twenties. I guess third time is a charm.

Emily and Jeremy have a natural feel as a couple. I love their text to each other. They really are adorable together. However, life is not perfect, and they also have their obstacles.

There was one comment in the book that made me ponder. I read a lot of hockey romances, and one common thread seems to be that all the hockey players love the game. It makes sense. There is a scene where Jeremy gets called up to the NHL and in his first game after getting hit, he looks at the player and from the expression on the competitors face wonders when he stopped loving the game and when it stared becoming about the paycheck. I have always preferred college football and basketball because I felt the games had more heart but never considered the possibility for hockey. It made me wonder what the breakdown is for NHL players. What is the percentage of players who do it for the money versus playing for the love of the game? I want to be optimistic and say mostly for the love of the game.

This book definitely makes a statement about priorities and what is really important in life. Both main and support characters grow throughout this book. Frozen Barriers made me angry, laugh, smile, and cry. Frozen Barriers is an amazing and heartwarming novel that I am so glad I read.

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

Published May 23rd 2014
edition language: English
series: Barriers #1

“I’m more than shocked when Emily orders herself a Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer with a rim job. I glance at her completely engrossed in her boldness, when the most amazing words come of her mouth. “I don’t know about you Jeremy, but I just love licking off those rim jobs!” Time for me to readjust my cock again, thanks in part to my naughty little ice princess sitting next to me.”
Something inside of me keeps telling me to fight for this girl. “Quit, just say the hell with it! Do what makes you happy for once. From the first time I knocked you on your ass when you were eleven at the Forum I knew you didn’t belong in that life.”
“You don’t even know me Jeremy! Shit! I don’t even know me.” Emily exclaimed. “Emily, I want to get to know you. But you keep pushing me away
If I’m going to go through hell and back again, at least it’s going to be her I’m doing it for. Call me crazy, but I’m going all in on this one, I just hope luck is on my side.”
“You’ll have no problem getting to hell, you’ve seen her mother. That’s not going to be easy to get through, but for some reason I think you’ll handle her better than anyone. She’s totally not going to be into you for a status fuck. But, if you are going to go to battle for a girl, at least its one as smoking hot as Emily. Best of luck man, you‘re gonna need it, but I’ll have your back if you need me.”
Standing up on my wobbly legs, I giggle. Why are my legs like rubber? I turn and my eyes run up the length of the guy standing in front of me. My eyes meet those intoxicating big brown eyes. “Oh Shit,” I whisper.  That’s when I feel as though I’m falling and the last thing I remember were two warm, strong arms wrapped around my body.
Staring at myself in the mirror, I see what I am. I’m just nothing but a commodity for my parents to use for their own self worth. I’m disgusted with myself for never putting up a fight, even once I was old enough to realize it. So, why is it when Jeremy asked me what I wanted to do with my life once my skating career was over, I froze up? A part of me saw that everything I’ve worked for in my life so far, is going to be gone soon and after that I’ve got nothing. What do I want to do?
I’m talking to Dave about some random hockey play when his eyes go wide, spitting his beer from his mouth. “I need a minute, it’s just not right.” What the hell? I watch Dave walk away before turning in the direction he was just looking, I see what caused him to turn away. There’s my girlfriend in her naughty Alice in Wonderland costume on her knees, blindfolded with her hands bound behind her back. Then she starts bobbing her head and a million different thoughts are now running through my mind. Just the main one is enough for me to run my hands through my hair and start pacing the yard because the wrong head is working at the moment.
Turning my back, while lifting my curled hair up I say over my shoulder, “Once you unzip this dress you can do whatever you want with me. Drink me. Eat me. Spank me. Fuck me. I don’t care just so long as you end up in me.”
“You’re my everything. You’re my yesterday, today and my tomorrow. No matter where we are five years from now, you’re a part of my heart Jeremy Page.”

A romance novel addict finds herself staying up well past her bedtime to see how the next story is going to end. Sara spends her days living on a vineyard in wine country with her husband and cat. Her family hailed from Italy where her ancestors lived in the mountains of Rocca di Cambio. A former Broadway star and champion skier whose career was cut short because of her passion for being a wine sommelier. It was on her way west where she met her husband, the President of a very influential MC in California. You can find her riding off through the vineyards on the back of a Harley almost every night.

Her passion for books has been viewed as borderline obsessive. But, when all you have is time and a bottle of wine awaiting you as the sun sets off the veranda writing became second nature.

In Vino Veritas
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