Love on the Tracks by Tamsen Parker
Series: Snow & Ice Games #1
Published: December 5, 2017 by SMP Swerve
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rowan Andrews is the unexpected darling of the Denver Snow and Ice Games. Luge has never captured the American public’s imagination as much as figure skating or even hockey, but her outsized personality and dare-devil ways have got everyone’s eyes glued to the track. Including a certain chart-topping heartthrob.
Zane Rivera is the lead singer of License to Game, the hottest band in the country. When Zane finds out Rowan Andrews has had some complimentary things to say about him, he arranges to meet her while he’s in Denver enjoying the games. And when a photo of him kissing Rowan on the cheek goes viral, they both see the advantages of faking a relationship for the publicity.
After Rowan’s injured in her final race, their relationship starts to feel all too real to Zane. But is this rock star ready to fall in love?
I really wanted to like this one and I pushed through until the 45% mark, but I just couldn’t make it work so I heavily skimmed the rest of the book. Since this was a fake relationship between strangers things start out a bit slow as Rowan and Zane get to know each other. I liked that Zane didn’t want to push and he was always respectful. He also does a great job of making Rowan feel confident in her more athletic, muscular body because he’s genuinely attracted to athletes. I loved the concept of this book and went in with really high hopes. The fake relationship trope is a favorite of mine and I thought this one would be really interesting considering it’s two famous people – or moderately famous in Rowan’s case. There were elements of the writing that I struggled with and it’s hard to put my finger on it but it just never quite flowed right for me. I just couldn’t make a connection with the writing, the plot, or the characters.
But Rowan and Zane are likable characters in their own ways. Zane is a very mature “rock star”. Rowan is determined, focused, and single minded but being only 20 means she’s innocent in the way of normal life experiences.
Rowan’s age really showed in this one. I didn’t realize this was basically a New Adult romance as Rowan is only 20 and Zane is 25. There’s a lot of immaturity in Rowan but then she’s also weirdly mature about other things. I could never really pin down her personality; she was a bit all over the place. I won’t lie, Rowan’s crush on Zane and his band was a little much and verging on obsession. I totally get fan-girling when meeting your famous crush but there was something really juvenile about her love of LtG. She’s not just a fan with a crush — she reads the gossips magazines, knows all about Zane (or thinks she does), she’s a member of a bunch of fan forums, etc. That ended up making the more intimate scenes awkward because I felt like Rowan was unbearably young.
The scene where Rowan and her father are talking about her hooking up guys at the competition was so weird and uncomfortable for me as a reader. I’m sorry, I really don’t think an overly protective father is going to talk to his 20 year daughter that way about sex and casual hookups.
1 star – this was not for me
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
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