This is a contemporary romance about a doctor and a hockey player. Liana contacted me via the Lori Foster Weekend group and asked me to review it. I've never been asked personally by an author to do this and I felt hesitant but finally agreed. Boy am I glad.
This is one of the most powerful and heartwarming books I've read, ever. Both Eric and Emily had serious emotional hang-ups which directly impacted on the other's weaknesses. There were moments when my heart was pumping furiously because the drama of the scene was so well written I really felt what the characters were feeling. There were also some moments that made me laugh out loud they were so amusingly spot on. I suspect Liana is a hockey fan and if she's not, she knows someone really well who is. She captured some scenes during a couple of hockey games so well that I could see it happening.
I hesitate giving a recap of the story because it's important to discover the layers of Eric and Emily as they reveal them to each other. This is about a developing relationship. There were many times when either Eric or Emily would choose not to discuss the situation with the other and make a decision that wasn't really in their best interest. Just as I would be ready to throw the book against the wall and scream "NO", the reason given for the decision made so much sense I would just sigh and go with it. Plus Eric and Emily are beautifully drawn, three-dimensional characters about whom I came to care a great deal.
This is a story about the impact of abuse - physical, mental and emotional. But it is also a signal lesson on the importance of communication. Every time there's a misunderstanding it's because they kept secrets and didn't talk with one another. I know this is a standard in romance, but for some reason it felt like a major influence in Thin Ice.
Well, I'm off to buy her other book, Jake's Return. Liana Laverentz has a new fan girl. Oh, and Thin Ice was 2008 Eppie winner for Best Contemporary Romance.