Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz

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  • The last thing ER doctor Emily Jordan needs in her life is another man to let her down, and certainly not one who uses his fists in his work. She's seen enough of the results of violence in the world, and has no use for anyone who contributes to it.

    Professional hockey player Eric Cameron has never met a woman who intrigued him so much. Emily Jordan has it all, brains and beauty, a home of her own, a career she excels at, a son who adores her, and loving friends and family to help her bring it all together in way Eric has longed to be a part of his entire life. The problem is this feisty, independent woman wants nothing to do with him and has no problem letting him know it.

    The memory of Emily's healing hands despite her clear-cut opinion of him when she treats him after a post-game barroom brawl drives Eric to find the key to her wounded heart, but success would mean that Emily would have to give up all that she has and depend on a man who's life is anything but settled. Will Eric be able to win her heart despite her opposition to the only life he's ever known? Or when the season ends will he move on again--alone?

    **Golden Quill Winner**
    **EPPIE Winner 2008**

    PRINT ISBN 1-60154-016-7
    (383 pages) Spicy


    Emily looked down at her hands, once again braced on the railing. "Out with Dr. Caldwell" was the euphemism they used for the one night a week she spent with Augustus at the women's shelter. She didn't want to explain to Robbie where she was going or why until he was old enough to understand. Her work at Harmony House was personal and she didn't need him casually spilling her secrets to everyone he met--like Eric Cameron. God only knew what her son had already told the man about her.

    Not that it mattered anymore.

    A shiver snaked its way down her spine. The temperature in the rink was frigid. If she didn't want to turn into an ice statue, she'd have to get moving. The song on the radio ended. A more familiar tune wafted on the air, making her feel less out of sorts. "I see. Well, maybe we should have invited Melissa along today. I could use a lesson or two."

    "Then I'm the man you're looking for," an amused masculine voice said from behind her. "Skating lessons are my specialty."

    Oh no. Not him again. Not now. Am I being punished for something specific, Lord, or are you just playing with me for the fun of it?

    "Thanks for calling, Sport. I see what you mean. We've got a real rookie on our hands. White knuckles and all."

    Emily whipped her head around. "Robbie called you?"

    Eric studied her face before answering, as if gauging her mood. "I gave him my number when we were at Paisan's. Told him to keep in touch."

    Robbie had had the man's phone number all this time and not said a word? Emily wanted to cry. She no longer knew her son at all.

    Eric misunderstood her upset. "Hey, it's not so bad. Just give me your hands and--"

    She yanked them out of his reach, not caring if she fell. "No! Don't you understand? Either of you? I don't want to skate with you. I don't want to have anything to do with you."

    The flash of hurt in his eyes made her look away, only to find a matching hurt in Robbie's face. Emily felt ashamed of herself, and embarrassed for all of them. What was it about this man that brought out the worst in her?

    "Just once, Emily," Eric said quietly. "Just once around the rink. If you don't like it, we can stop. And if you do, as soon as you're able to skate alone, I'll leave you to it. It shouldn't take long. Fair enough?"

    Still too embarrassed to meet his eyes, she looked at his chest. He wore a black turtleneck beneath an open hip-length parka, and looked as big and tall as a mountain. Nobody, but nobody was going to skate over him. The thought was reassuring.

    She lifted her head, and met his eyes beneath the brim of his black baseball cap. He hadn't shaved in at least a day or two, and looked a little scruffy, but she understood he was trying not to be recognized again. Suddenly she appreciated his making the trip out here, risking the exposure, to help her out.

    "All right. And I'm sorry for ... for overreacting. I'm nervous about..." she nodded in the direction of the speeding skaters. "...all of this."

    Eric's expression gentled in understanding as he held out his hands. "Don't be. You can handle anything."

    With a dry, disbelieving look, she laid her hands in his. He squeezed them reassuringly and a comforting warmth seeped into her limbs.

    "That's it, Mom. You'll be all right now. Eric won't let you fall."

    "He's got that right," Eric said, his dark brown eyes not leaving hers.




Front Street Reviews. Reviewer Cynthia Murphy.
The most impressive thing about Thin Ice is the character development. Laverentz manages to avoid stereotypes for all of her characters. Emily is much more than a battered woman trying to run from her past. In many ways she faces her past head-on through her work at the hospital and her volunteer work at the local women’s shelter. Likewise, Eric is more than just a hockey hunk. He relishes his volunteer work with local children and plays the cello in his spare time. These are atypical, but genuinely likable characters.

Even the supporting characters are well-developed. Each supporting character serves a purpose in the novel. Some characters provide insight into Emily and Eric’s past lives; others propel the story forward. The cast of supporting characters includes a violent ex-husband, an abused former mother-in-law, and a reporter. Laverentz does not waste a single character. Read the entire review here:



    From Jane Richardson, author of A Different Kind of Honesty

    "[Liana]...treats the issue of domestic violence with great sensitivity, and doesn’t belittle it in any way. She shows quite clearly how this is a situation in which women from many different social and economic backgrounds could find themselves – money, power and public standing mean nothing when a woman is trapped behind the closed doors of an abusive relationship. And more, she also shows that there is hope; there can be a life beyond abuse. I won’t say any more because I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for you, but trust me when I tell you that this subject is treated with both great skill and great compassion."



      From Judy Thomas with Long and Short Reviews:

      Emily's struggles with her emotions and the dichotomy of her desires culminate in a read that is a true pleasure. Ms. Laverentz takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Emily and Eric work out their differences and learn how much in common they truly have.
      The story, while being entertaining, also brings some important issues for women onto the table. Both Eric and Emily have causes they care about and the blending of these causes into an enjoyable read is seamlessly done. The reader is educated without being preached at. –Judy Thomas, Long and Short Reviews.
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        From Linda at Romance at Heart Magazine.
        Thin Ice is one of those stories that reaches out and grabs the reader at the start of the story. It definitely brings out the emotions, not only in the characters, but the reader, as well. Emily and Eric have a strong passion between them that captivates the audience. I loved the strength of Emily and the perseverance of Eric in not giving up on something that he wanted in life. The camaraderie between Emily and Eric is astounding. Liana Laverentz creates characters that almost leap from the pages. After Emily suffers with a broken-heart, among other things, I can see why she would feel skeptical of falling in love again. Once a heart is broken, it is sometimes difficult to get over the hurt, and one often feels the healing process will never really rid the terrible pain that lingers. Eric is like a breath of fresh air that gives Emily the lifeline she needs to be happy. He has seen some hard times, too, and the thought of him desiring to have a family life, in the same regards as Emily, made this read even more credible. The tossing in of Robbie was a great asset to the story, too. Ms. Laverentz sketches two delightful characters that face predicaments only to rise to the top and face them head-on. With a love determined to outweigh any troubling complications she gives Emily and Eric the strength to endure only to become more fervent in their actions to find a path to each other. She creates a breathtaking tale that makes the heart elate in so many ways. She is a talented author that doesn’t disappoint in this moving story that delivers. Reviewed by Linda. For the full review, go to



          Dr. Emily Jordan is exhausted after several hours of patching up the participants from the local bar’s brawl. But there’s one patient left. Big, bruised, cut all over, and extremely handsome, Emily knows danger when she sees it. Having had enough violence in her life, she isn’t about to have anything to do with this one.

          I fell in love with the characters of Thin Ice. Emily Jordan is the kind of heroine, though she has had a hurtful past and gained a lot of insecurities from it, she possesses the will to push through and remake herself. Seeing her change throughout the story is beautifully written as well as empowering.

          As for Eric Cameron. He is such a, well, a guy. The talented hockey player gets thoroughly perplexed by the doctor’s apparent desire and pushing him away. His exuberant love of his sport is a joy to read. And his genuine nature just breaks your heart. I so wanted these two to get together.

          Thin Ice is a journey of growth and acceptance. The author captures each stage in a totally believable manner without seeming to be trying too hard and has woven it into a powerful story.
          Clover Autrey PNR Reviews



            Thin ice is a gripping emotional roller coaster. The intense issues the characters have to deal with for very real roadblocks to the relationship they both want and need. The appeal of the characters keeps you rooting for them as they fight their way to the goal!



              Coffee Time Reviews - 4 Cups!!

              Sensational! This is such an absolutely heart warming story, it will stay with you long after you finish the book. Written with great passion and emotion, this tale will touch women everywhere who have, or even have not, known abuse. I fell in love with this hero\'s strength to go after Emily because he knew she was worth it.
              Exceptional characters and memorable secondary characters are created with intense depth and history. Sensual love scenes and tender moments are added to complete this touching romance. This is one book you will want to read over and over again.

              Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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                Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz is a romantic story that can?t be missed. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster the whole time. This story will grab you and hold on to you until the very end. You can?t help but feel connected to Emily Jordan; she a strong woman, a great doctor and a loving mother. You feel that her life is passing her by. She had too many heartaches and wounds that won?t heal. Eric is the perfect partner for her. He?s a caring and loving man who?s also had a tough life and just wants someone to go home to. I loved watching these two work through their crises and get their lives in order. They are both given some hard situations to deal with, but they both do it wonderfully. The love they share seems to make them so much stronger. Five Angels to Ms. Laverentz for this breathtaking story. Thank you, and I hope to see more in the future.

                Reviewed by: Becky at Fallen Angels Review

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