Derna’s Review ~ Sugar and Ice (Rinkside in the Rockies #1) by @AvenEllis

Sugar and Ice is the first full-length novel in the Rinkside in the
Rockies Series by Aven Ellis!


Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all?



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*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Sugar and Ice is the first book in Aven Ellis new Rinkside in the Rockies series. If you’re a fan of sweet romance, hockey and baking then this book is perfect for you.

Josephine Rossi loves to bake. Cade Callahan loves playing professional hockey. Both have been hurt before, and therefore both are guarded with their hearts. However, when Josephine and Cade meet, sparks begin to fly, and they soon discover that Sugar and Ice are the perfect combinations.

Sugar and Ice was an enjoyable, entertaining read and of course, Aven and her fantastic storytelling meant it was hard not to love the characters. Cade is a sweetheart, and there is so much more to him that just hockey. Jojo is lovely, independent and passionate about her baking. JoJo and Cade were adorable, and perfect together and their relationship was flirtatious and cute.

There were some great secondary characters, such as Sierra’s and Jude who’s love story was told in Hold the Lift which where we first met JoJo and Cade. One secondary character that I adored was JoJo’s grandmother, Nonna as she made me laugh many times and always had wise words about finding that one true love for JoJo. This book is a tell tell sign that Aven like JoJo is passionate about baking and cooking. She must have had great fun doing research for this one. I absolutely had a craving cheesecake while reading it.

Sugar and Ice is a delicious mixture of humour, romance, love, friendships, family, and cuteness. It was a fun, endearing, engaging and easy read which was topped off with an extra helping of Funfetti.

Another winning read from the delightful Aven Ellis.



Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.



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