The Ice in Our Hearts
Publication date: August 20th 2020
Genres: Romance, Sports, Young Adult
Bryce is a snowboarding sensation, a cocky teenager from California with a giant chip on his shoulder called Type 1 diabetes. He competes because he has something to prove.
Daria is a rising star in figure skating, a withdrawn teen from Russia with a tragic past. She competes to provide her family with a better life.
Primed to overthrow archrivals who dominate their sports, they’re both headed to the Winter Olympics. But soon after arriving at the Games, a flurry of ill-timed setbacks threatens to shatter their dreams.
When two teens from halfway around the world meet, they discover an unlikely but undeniable connection. As they gear up for their final shots at medals, they help each other realize the greatest barrier to the top of the podium might be hiding inside their minds.
Take a breathtaking ride with Bryce and Daria as they find true understanding, try to overcome the bitterness of their pasts, and share a romance more meaningful than winning gold.
Written by the parent of a child with Type 1 diabetes.
BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. Described as “a stunning fantasy adventure,” “incredibly original,” and “a wild ride,” his debut science fiction fantasy novel “Krymzyn” was published in October, 2014. “The Infinite Expanse”, the highly anticipated second book in “The Journals of Krymzyn” series, was released in March, 2015.
Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including an executive role at ABC-TV, but writing fiction has been his lifelong passion. “The Journals of Krymzyn” represents, in his words, “finally finding the amazing story I want to tell with characters who are able to bring the story to life.”
He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. When he’s not writing, he can often be found hiking the hills of Southern California, daydreaming on the beach, or ocean kayaking. He credits his three sons, two currently in college and one in high school, as his inspiration for writing in the new adult genre.
Whenever I see books like The Ice in Our Hearts, I feel the need to watch the movie The Cutting Edge. For me, that’s what I think of when someone says winter sports romance. Is The Cutting Edge a fantastic movie? Well… not really. But do I still love it? Absolutely. The Ice in Our Hearts has very little in common with The Cutting Edge (which is probably a good thing). But one thing the two have in common is that I love them both!
While the plot line and the characters in this book are really fun, what I loved the most about the book are the little details that might otherwise go unnoticed. Not only do we get to feel the anxiety that comes with having T1D and being an athlete, but we also get to better understand snowboarding and ice skating. It is clear that either some serious research or life experiences went into the writing of this book and great care was taken to make the reader feel a part of it all.
We do know from the author’s biography that he is a father of a child with T1D. I can only imagine what that must have been like to go through the initial diagnosis and treatments. The character of Bryce’s mother has a lot of guilt over the diagnosis and what came after and I am left wondering if this is some of what the author felt as well.
But that’s enough of the heavy stuff. I was drawn into this book not only because of the detail, but because I really liked the characters. I was rooting for Bryce and Daria to not only get together, but to win Olympic Gold. When it came time for them to compete, it was very hard for me to put the book down.
Did I have a great time reading The Ice in Our Hearts? Yes I did. Would I recommend you read it too? Yes I would!