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ARC BOOK REVIEW: Ice Hearts by Monty Jay



Ice Hearts is book two from Monty Jay’s Fury Series, and if you remember, her debut novel, Love & Hockey, was a six star read from me. This one fell a bit short. I’m not sure if it’s my headspace right now, or because of the emotional roller coaster the first book put me through, but here’s what happened for me.

What I loved:
The prologue is brilliant! Absolutely, hands down my favorite piece of writing this year. I loved it so much; I re-read it three times. My poet’s heart grasped on to it and couldn’t let go.

Nico. I’ve had a thing for the leading men lately, and Nico was no exception. Everything I crave in alpha hero was Nico. Strong, sexy, protective, but oh so sweet and with a huge heart. Nico was perfection.

What I didn’t love:

Riggs plotline. So I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the heroine. In all honesty, I loved Aurelia Riggs character. She’s strong, stubborn, and overall pretty badass. What I didn’t like was how her character’s story developed. Her parents being complete trash is absolutely part of her character, but toward the end, when we find out some of the abuse she went through, that didn’t feel necessary. It was almost like just them being scummy people wasn’t enough, so let’s make them sociopaths too. Many people out there have mental health problems, and how they grew up and their relationship with their parents has nothing to do with it. It felt like the abuse was thrown in to give a reason for the mental health issues, which wasn’t necessary.

It can be a little wordy. There were a lot of detailed descriptions, especially when reading Rigg’s chapters. Over explanation of emotions that didn’t feel needed. I wasn’t sure it was because of Riggs bipolar, so maybe it was written to literally how she feels everything. But it was too much for me, and I felt myself skimming, which I hate.

Loved these two together. Their chemistry, their bantering back and forth, the way Riggs pushed and pushed, but Nico never quit. His loyalty to loving her was everything. Was I a bit disappointed by a few things? Sure. But Ice Hearts is pretty heavy, so it could be my head wasn’t in the right space. I still love this new author and am excited to see what’s next. I definitely think a re-read of this book will be in my future to see how I feel after a second go.


Release Date: September 24

Behind every heartless woman is a little girl who trusted the world with her love to have it chew her up and spit her out.

No one knows that better than Aurelia Riggs. 

Silver tongue matched with a golden appearance.

She is the notorious ice queen. 

To protect her heart she has a set of rules. 
No sleeping over. 
No second dates. 
No falling in love.

Someone should have really warned Nico of them, but honestly, would he have listened? 

Nico ‘Southie’ Jett is the best forward in the league. Leading in points, shredding the ice, his control is unmatched.

After an earth-shattering loss, and one slip up hits the press, his spot on the Fury is in danger. 

Nico needs someone to fix his image and quick, who else better than Chicago’s most exceptional PR agent? 

The only problem is she avoids him like the plague. 

Nico is determined to get underneath her skin in all the right ways. 

He has Aurelia Riggs all to himself. She can’t run from him anymore. 

The game is on, and he’s ready to melt Aurelia’s Ice Heart.

Ice Hearts is a standalone novel in the Fury Series and deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

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Meet Monty Jay

Monty Jay likes to describe herself as a punk rock kid, with the soul of a gypsy who has a Red Bull addiction. 

She writes romance novels about insane artists, feisty females, hockey players, and many more. 

When she isn't writing she can be found reading anything Stephen King, getting a tattoo, or eating cold pizza.

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