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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  • 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.

  • nick

    Love on the Tracks' heroine, Rowan is a luger with a massive crush on heartthrob Zane Rivera. I liked this story quite a bit even though I'm not entirely into books with rockstars. There's the fake-relationship trope here and it was well-written. Both characters are quite likable too. I liked all the insides of luge, which isn't a sport that I've thought too much about, so that was interesting. Who I didn't like in this book was Rowan's dad. He does some shitty things and ugh, I was ready to pun

    Love on the Tracks' heroine, Rowan is a luger with a massive crush on heartthrob Zane Rivera. I liked this story quite a bit even though I'm not entirely into books with rockstars. There's the fake-relationship trope here and it was well-written. Both characters are quite likable too. I liked all the insides of luge, which isn't a sport that I've thought too much about, so that was interesting. Who I didn't like in this book was Rowan's dad. He does some shitty things and ugh, I was ready to punch the guy! I will say that the romance between Rowan and Zane developed quite fast here, but I expected that with the short length of this book.

  • Katie

    Eh, the conflict killed it for me.

    Otherwise, fun! I'm p

    Eh, the conflict killed it for me.

    Otherwise, fun! I'm probably always going to wish books didn't make up their version of things--you are talking about the Olympics!! Just call it the Olympics!!!--but it made me feel the atmosphere and the fun. And overall, I liked the vibe of their fake relationship. (More books about faking it for the media!!) And the fact that Zane like his high stress, high pressure job.

    I want to read the rest of the series, but I think only if my library gets them for me.

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