Crossing the Ice
by Jennifer Comeaux
After failing in the one competition that would assure three US pairs teams could go to the Olympics, instead of just two, Courtney and Mark must return to the practice rink to prepare to take one of those slots when Nationals start in a few months.
Unfortunately for them, their bitterest rivals and the top contenders for one of the spots has just arrived at their rink and have signed with their same coaches to train for the same events.
It's easy to hate Stephanie, as she seems to hate everyone who crosses her path. However, her brother and partner, Josh, may actually be a pretty decent guy.
As sparks fly from more than just blade metal, can Courtney keep her cool long enough to keep her eye on the Olympic prize?
Final thoughts: Cotton candy and not great, at that. It's supposed to be romantic, but it just doesn't give that vibe well. I think that what's really messing me up is an early quote from Stephanie about Josh just using Courtney to throw her off her game and then he'd dump her when he had her all off-balance. There wasn't anything else done with that idea and I just kept expecting it to pop up somehow and create some sort of tension. But... nothing. Why include the quote and then never follow through with some sort of resolution to that idea? Also, Josh is just too perfect for words. He's a nationally ranked pairs skater who somehow graduated from UCLA on time, while still skating daily, and now he's been accepted to their law school. He also can play any song by ear after just hearing it once or twice. He can draw a bit and he's this amazing skate choreographer. All this while Courtney skates and serves drinks and food at a local bar in order to pay for lessons and costumes. Not the worst ever, but not amazing, either.