On the Brink of Passion – Tamsen Parker – Book Review
March 2, 2018
On the Brink of Passion introduces us to figure skaters Jubilee and Beckett. They’ve worked together and tolerated eachother for years. But, when a off handed proposal goes ary and both are two stubborn to put a stop to things their relationship takes a turn. Let’s see if they fall in love. With the Olympics having just past, I was absolutely looking for a winter sports romance.
ON THE BRINK OF PASSION by Tamsen Parker
Publication Date: March 6, 2018 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: 175 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3/ 5 Romance Rating: 3/5
I recieved an copy of this book from the author/ publisher via NetGalley prior to publication in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where competition is not the only thing that is heating up! The fifth book in bestselling Tamsen Parker’s romance series concludes with a pairs figure skating couple sharing the ice… and close quarters.
At the last Snow and Ice Games, Jubilee Buford and her husband and partner Stephen Wallace were on top of the pairs figure skating world. The newlyweds won gold and their future looked bright. But just months after she thought her world couldn’t get any more perfect, Jubilee lost everything. After a scrapped attempt at a solo career, her coach found her a new partner and new possibilities in Beckett Hughes.
Beckett’s had a hard time finding a partner to compete with. Someone who’s as aggressive as he is, someone who’s given up as much of their life as he has for success. He finally found a fit with Jubilee two years ago. She’s not much fun to skate with, but Beckett doesn’t need fun; he needs precision and effort and there Jubilee delivers.
When a housing mix-up in the Snow and Ice village forces them to room with each other, they’re suddenly compelled to recognize each other’s human side. And as Jubilee and Beckett start to see each other as people instead of robots on skates, they discover that they’ve got chemistry between the sheets as well as on the ice. But the flames between them in the bedroom might melt any chance they have at medaling, and that outcome is not acceptable to either one, or the country that’s counting on them to bring home the gold and the glory.
On the Brink of Passion, one of the sexiest titles I’ve come across. Coupled with one of the sexiest covers. I had no choice; I had to read this book.
As much sexiness as this book had on the cover page I was disappointed with the lack of steam between the covers. The award for more conflicting sexy scene goes to On the Brink of Passion. I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be uncomfortable or aroused. It didn’t take long for uncomfortable to win. There were graphic descriptions of sex where consent was verbalized but sometimes actions speak louder than words, and her actions didn’t scream (or even whisper) consent. I lost a lot of respect for Beck when he continued with it. On one hand, I kind of understand what the author was trying to do, I’ll even admit it was a unique, good in theory, idea. But, on the other hand it left me feeling icky.
I skimmed over the next steamy part because it was more of the same. She verbalizes consent, but refuses to act in a way that suggests as much. Her thoughts tell the reader she’s enjoying herself but for many reasons she refuses to act on it. I lost respect for her because she was playing such ridiculous games. Those two scenes seemed to go on forever in graphic detail. Maybe I’m old fashioned but as far as sex scenes go, fictional or not, enthusiastic consent is non-negotiable in my opinion. I found it a little annoying, but I could see people being quite put-off or even triggered by it.
Ok, rant over. Once I got past the uncomfortable sex, the book wasn’t so bad.
I enjoyed learning about Jubilee and Beck’s relationship. To be honest, I had no idea how much trust it took to skate with someone like that, never thought about it. The author captured their trust and knowledge of each other beautifully.
This book was written in alternating first person perspective. However, I my opinion neither character had a distinct voice. Were it not for the change in pronouns and the headings announcing a perspective change I would have never known. There were even times I found my self scanning the pages to figure out who’s perspective I was reading from.
Now we come to my biggest disappointment in this whole book. There’s no transition from awkward, reluctant sex to lovers. They say the sex changed and things like that but we never get a steamy scene with enthusiastic consent. Tamsen Parker can write a good sex scene and I wish she would have written one where Jubilee was more into it.
We never get to see them grow their relationship. The ending fast forwards a couple months, then a couple years to a happily ever after. I think the book could have been a lot longer. Perhaps if I saw the relationship grow, I would have been able to get over what happened at the beginning. But I couldn’t.
With all that said, On the Brink of Passion was a quick, easy read if you’re looking for a way to kill time some evening.
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Why is he still a virgin? Why does he have anger management issues?
I saw the cover and knew there was no way I would be able to pass this book up. I mean, look at it… Not to mention, you have a single father, a male elementary school teacher and a small town. I’m sure you all know by now how much I love books set in small towns. Of course I have to read it.
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If you enjoyed reading this review, you might enjoy my review of Giving Up.