Love on the Tracks

Love on the Tracks

Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where the competition is fierce and the romance is HOT.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 certai...

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Title:Love on the Tracks
Author:Tamsen Parker
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Edition Language:English

Love on the Tracks Reviews

  • Briar's Reviews

    Love on the Tracks is another top tier romance by Tamsen Parker that should not be missed!

    Side Note: I am thoroughly disappointed in myself that it took me SOOOO long to get to this book - but hey, that's college life. But this was the most excellent treat after two weeks of heavy testing!!!

    I'd hate to say it, but I love this book WAY more than The Compass series (and I was overly obsessed with that book). I didn't think Tamsen could make me love a book or series more than her original, but she

    Love on the Tracks is another top tier romance by Tamsen Parker that should not be missed!

    Side Note: I am thoroughly disappointed in myself that it took me SOOOO long to get to this book - but hey, that's college life. But this was the most excellent treat after two weeks of heavy testing!!!

    I'd hate to say it, but I love this book WAY more than The Compass series (and I was overly obsessed with that book). I didn't think Tamsen could make me love a book or series more than her original, but she did!

    This novel is a contemporary romance that follows a female sports star and a male pop star - something that makes so much sense, but I haven't seen much in the books I've read. Our leads, Rowan and Zane, are a perfect duo that I definitely want to see more of in the future. Our setting, The Snow and Ice Games, introduces us to a unique setting - competition, sports stadiums, Olympic tones, etc. Our antagonists are not bad guys, and are merely trying to do their best under what they think is the right thing. Every inch of this story feels more realistic than most romances I've torn through in the past few years.

    Positives:

    1. Luge/Sports - I really liked the introduction of a sport that most people don't really think about on a day to day basis.

    2. Strong Female Lead - Yes, India was an excellent character written by Tamsen but she had her faults (which is what made her so good, FYI) but Rowan is stronger, knows what she wants and has her head on straight (for now, anyways).

    3. Lighthearted, Engaging Story - I enjoy a sweet novel that doesn't make you cringe at every turn. This book is so sweet, so simple, and an overall lovely story to make you feel good.

    4. Respect - Also, if you haven't noticed many novels don't have the level of respect between the two leads like this book does. A+ for effort Tamsen!!

    Negatives:

    1. Speed - I found some portions of this book was a little fast (no spoilers), but there are more books in the series to explore different issues among characters, competitions, etc.

    Overall, this book is a fantastic, romance read for all you romance enthusiasts! This book does not disappoint!!!

    Five out of five stars!

    I received a copy of this story through NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Xan West

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It was exactly what I needed on a hard day: engaging, light, pretty well-paced romance with complex characterization. This is a musician/athlete meet cute romance with a fake relationship that of course turns real. I liked the way it played with these tropes, liked the chemistry between the main characters, and enjoyed their romance arc, and also each of their individual arcs. It was

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It was exactly what I needed on a hard day: engaging, light, pretty well-paced romance with complex characterization. This is a musician/athlete meet cute romance with a fake relationship that of course turns real. I liked the way it played with these tropes, liked the chemistry between the main characters, and enjoyed their romance arc, and also each of their individual arcs. It was a fun light read.

    I appreciated the way that Rowan was super serious about being an athlete, and Zane really deeply respected that and stood up for her as an athlete with the press. He got how much it meant to her, and how amazing she was, and I loved that about him. I loved how Rowan got all fangirly over Zane, and then grew to see him as a person, that shift was lovely to witness, and I especially liked the moments when she supports him in writing new material.

    They have incredible heat and sweetness between them, and I really enjoyed watching that build. There is a definite thread of a D/s dynamic, that they both were very enthusiastic about, where Rowan is dominant. I loved that aspect of the story so much! They don't explicitly negotiate it using those words, but consent is clear. I especially appreciated how much Rowan's dominance was a part of Zane's solo sex scene mid-book. It was very hot, and I also just appreciated how much he was into submitting to her. I love the way he worshipped her throughout the story, both in their D/s and sex and also just as a brilliant athlete. I really appreciated how blunt and straightforward Rowan was about her desire, it was such a lovely contrast to the ways she was shy with him.

    Rowan gets injured, and that aspect of the story felt a bit thinly drawn. The resolution with her father felt a bit rushed and like it resolved too easily. I found her dad pretty controlling, and wasn't feeling very kindly to him. I enjoyed Zane's arc around his career, though it was a bit rushed at the end.

    I generally enjoy Tamsen Parker's romances and this one did not disappoint. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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  • Lenore Kosinski

    I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    4.5 stars — Well this was a whole bowl full of awesome! It was kind of tailor made for me. I mean, I’m not sure how many people know this about me, but I am an Olympic FIEND. It’s my favourite sport (and I realize it’s not a sport, just like rainbow isn’t a colour, but I do what I want). So a sports book that meshes a fictional Olympic type competition (the Snow

    I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    4.5 stars — Well this was a whole bowl full of awesome! It was kind of tailor made for me. I mean, I’m not sure how many people know this about me, but I am an Olympic FIEND. It’s my favourite sport (and I realize it’s not a sport, just like rainbow isn’t a colour, but I do what I want). So a sports book that meshes a fictional Olympic type competition (the Snow & Ice Games) with a celebrity romance, this time in the form of a famous pop star from a boy band? SIGN ME UP!!! And it was even cool that the athlete in this case was the heroine, AND she was a luger of all things! Have you watched luge? Those people are certifiable!!

    I actually loved both characters. They occasionally felt a bit young, but that can make for a more realistic NA in my opinion. I know I still feel young and immature at 38. 😛 And given their professions as it were, it made sense that they would feel young in certain aspects.

    I LOVED Rowan. She was nothing like I am. NOTHING. But I appreciated how unique she was, and how the author really showcased the dedication and hard work and sacrifices that is synonymous with amateur athletes. I LOVED how she was so blunt and forthright in what she wanted with sex…it was very sex positive in that way. I also appreciated that she didn’t go from fangirl to cool immediately, b/c it felt more realistic then. Sometimes I wanted her to more obviously see him as more than just a pop star…or rather, more quickly. But it was subtle, and it didn’t make the fangirl stuff immediately go away. It frustrated me, but again, felt more realistic.

    And more than what I loved about her, I LOVED how Zane saw her, and how he appreciated the things about her that she’s often been told are lacking. Like her athletic body was seen as less feminine by some (stupid) men, her strength was intimidating to others, not to mention her dedication to her sport.

    Which brings us to Zane. Zane was almost too good to be true. I’m not kidding. He’s this pop star, but he was so very down to earth, and just so freaking kind and thoughtful. He was like ultimate book boyfriend material for me. There was no bad boy to him. He felt very practical. I enjoyed seeing him struggle with being tired of the boy band, but still loyal to his boys. I liked reading about his exit strategy, and how he was thinking ahead to the future. And how he seemed truly torn up about wanting to move on. And I appreciated that he knew the importance of his fans and saw how they were truly responsible for all his success, so he wanted to appreciate them (even if it got exhausting). Occasionally the commentary about boy bands felt a bit…snarky, and was surprising. It almost felt as though the author looked down on boy bands and it bled through…but at other times it just felt normal. It was odd…and could all be in my head.

    And as I said above, I LOVED how he appreciated Rowan. He was so turned on by her aggression. Made me feel very tummy tingly. So needless to say I LOVED the chemistry between them. It was so freaking hot. Like the steamy parts were awesome, and different. And I felt the romance too…I felt the development of their relationship into more. I felt their caring for each other.

    I will admit the climax and conflict felt a bit tropey, but I appreciated that it didn’t last long and it wasn’t drawn out.

    And if you couldn’t tell from the beginning of the review, I LOVED all the “SIG” (*cough* Olympics *cough*) descriptions, and seeing different sports showcased, and learning so much about luge (which has always scared the crap out of me). And I ADORED that they talked a bit about curling, though as a Canadian, I was a bit bummed that they didn’t mention us at all in relation to curling…it’s kind of our adopted sport. Like, we may not have invented it, but it’s basically ours…it’s more Canadian than even hockey in some ways. Woah, blew your mind right?

    So yeah. This took two of my favourite tropes (sports romance and celebrity romance) and blended them seamlessly and made this reader one very happy girl. Obscure sports for the win!!

  • Natasha

    Love On the Tracks follows Rowan and Zane. Rowan is at the Denver Snow and Ice Games to compete in Lunge, which has captured the public's attention and has pushed her into the public eye. Zane is the lead singer of a band called Licence to Game, which has become the most popular band in America. Both know of the other and are attracted to each other, and when they mee

    Love On the Tracks follows Rowan and Zane. Rowan is at the Denver Snow and Ice Games to compete in Lunge, which has captured the public's attention and has pushed her into the public eye. Zane is the lead singer of a band called Licence to Game, which has become the most popular band in America. Both know of the other and are attracted to each other, and when they meet this leads to chemistry between them. When they do meet, there's a moment where Zane kisses Rowan's cheek which get's caught on camera and goes viral. This leads to a plan where they will fake date to garner more attention for the other. As the two are already attracted to each other, they're both on board but it soon leads to something else.

    If you know me at all, you know I don't ever read none diverse adult m/f romances (and m/f in general). This one however sounded interesting as did other books in the series so I decided to give it a shot, and I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed both of the main characters. I loved how driven Rowan was. Zane was also a good character, he really respected and supported Rowan in her career. I also really liked how he was shown to be really attracted to Rowan's athletic body, which is something I haven't seen shown in m/f romance before. His type seemed to be athletic women which is kind of rare to see in media. 

    I did like their relationship a lot too. When they first had sex, there was a good degree of communication. I also like how two forms of birth control were used, that being the pill and a condom. Maybe it's because I rarely read adult m/f, but I haven't seen this before and I really loved seeing it. 

    I would say my only complaint about this book was that they said 'I love you' a little too quickly for my taste. I think they needed a little more time to say it but that's more of a me thing, they did have good chemistry. It was overall, a pretty good m/f romance. 

  • Maria Rose

    As a fan of the winter Olympics, the idea of the Snow and Ice Games series is one that definitely appeals to me and I'm happy to say that this first in the series, Love on the Tracks, is a definite winner!

    Rowan Andrews is a twenty year old luger, with her heart set on getting a medal at this year's Snow and Ice Games (the SIGs). Her training inspiration is the music of Licence to Game, and she's the first to admit she has a crush on lead singer Zane Rivera. When she gets to meet him face to face

    As a fan of the winter Olympics, the idea of the Snow and Ice Games series is one that definitely appeals to me and I'm happy to say that this first in the series, Love on the Tracks, is a definite winner!

    Rowan Andrews is a twenty year old luger, with her heart set on getting a medal at this year's Snow and Ice Games (the SIGs). Her training inspiration is the music of Licence to Game, and she's the first to admit she has a crush on lead singer Zane Rivera. When she gets to meet him face to face, she is thrilled, and since it happens on morning TV, the positive publicity leads Zane's agent and Rowan's dad to come up with a plan to benefit them both – a 'dating' relationship to raise Zane's band's profile on social media and give Rowan some new sponsorship possibilities. Fake dating soon leads to real intimacy. But will the distraction cost Rowan a chance a medal?

    I really enjoyed this story! I loved the emphasis on the sport of luge (which I actually watch on TV) and the technical details that were interesting but not overwhelming. It's a very sex positive story, with consent coming from both sides and Rowan, while somewhat shy in public, definitely not being shy in private. She's always used the competitions as a chance to hookup and let off a little steam, but with Zane, the steam gets pretty intense!

    Zane is a very likable man, kind and generous. His goal is to eventually go solo, but for now he's got a good relationship with his band even as he spends time writing songs for himself. There are some lovely scenes where Rowan becomes instrumental to his music and it soon becomes clear to them both that their fake relationship could turn into a real one. Along with the romance we get some action packed competition scenes as Rowan goes for the gold. I won't give away the ending, except to say that Rowan and Zane do eventually get their happy ending (but not without some ups and downs) and I am excited to read the next in the series!

    Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  • Ptiteaurel

    Je découvre la plume de l auteur et je trouve ça très intéressant de mélanger une romance sportive et un héros star de la chanson . C est la collision de deux univers mais au final avec les mêmes problématiques

    Autre aspect original : l héroïne Rowan qui participe aux yeux olympiques dans la catégorie luge .

    Chronique complète

  • Joyfully Jay

    The Snow and Ice Games series is a new collection from Tamsen Parker about world class athletes at the winter games. The series will include five books that will release December-March to coincide with the Winter Olympics. The series will also be made up of mixed pairings and while this first book is M/F, there will also be an M/M book, as well as an F/F story to complete the series.

    The book is told in alternating first person point of view, which helps round out th

    The Snow and Ice Games series is a new collection from Tamsen Parker about world class athletes at the winter games. The series will include five books that will release December-March to coincide with the Winter Olympics. The series will also be made up of mixed pairings and while this first book is M/F, there will also be an M/M book, as well as an F/F story to complete the series.

    The book is told in alternating first person point of view, which helps round out the story. Rowan has been training for the luge for many years. Her father is her manager and their relationship is close, if not a little controlling on her father’s part, but he mostly means well. There aren’t many, if any, books with luge as the focus and it was interesting to have a strong female lead in a sport that isn’t as widely read about. Rowan is a young 20-year old and for my tastes, she was a little too young for me, but she had a fun and cute personality when faced with Zane. But while I might not have been the direct target audience for Rowan based solely on personal preferences, it was refreshing to see a female character go after what she wants.

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    When things become suddenly very real…

    What do you get when you mix a rock star and an elite athlete into a fake relationship? If you guessed sexual heat (at the minimum) and wild, satisfying mattress mambo (at the other end) then you are correct!

    Rowan’s fan crush for Zane and his boy band goes way back. Whether trying to zen while competing or enjoying down time, she plugs into his music and gets swept away. When Zane is suddenly not just a distant figure but a living, breathing, sexy, hot MAN o

    When things become suddenly very real…

    What do you get when you mix a rock star and an elite athlete into a fake relationship? If you guessed sexual heat (at the minimum) and wild, satisfying mattress mambo (at the other end) then you are correct!

    Rowan’s fan crush for Zane and his boy band goes way back. Whether trying to zen while competing or enjoying down time, she plugs into his music and gets swept away. When Zane is suddenly not just a distant figure but a living, breathing, sexy, hot MAN on her phone and in her dating calendar, she can hardly believe it…

    Zane is looking for a quiet place to hide from everyone and a casual glance at a feature about the Snow & Ice Games has him heading to the mountains and checking out a luger who has caught his eye….

    These characters were fun to get to know as their physical attraction, and forced togetherness, meant I learnt about them as they were doing the same. They had some obvious goals but they also had more hidden (and frustrated) dreams. There was unexpected shyness and an understanding and empathy that surprised them both. Given their situation there had to be some real drama to add to the already reality-esque of their situation and there is, courtesy of interfering family and record companies.

    I liked these characters who were more than caricature figures in the tabloids even as I found the story not zinging my heart like I wanted it to. It should have – all the elements were there – but the connection fell just a bit short. I LIKED this story and as the first in the series I know there is more to come – and hopefully LOVE! ~Diane, 3.5 stars

    **Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher.

  • JG ~Jezabell Girl & Friends

    I really wanted to enjoy this book but I just couldn't connect with the story or the characters for some reason. The Snow & Ice Games focus was interesting, especially when blending an athlete with a rock star and whilst on paper, this story should have been a hit with me, it just wasn't for some reason and I found myself skipping over large parts of the story, sadly.

    I really wanted to enjoy this book but I just couldn't connect with the story or the characters for some reason. The Snow & Ice Games focus was interesting, especially when blending an athlete with a rock star and whilst on paper, this story should have been a hit with me, it just wasn't for some reason and I found myself skipping over large parts of the story, sadly.

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