Review Tour & Giveaway: On the Ice by Amy Aislin

Hi! As promised, here is my review of Amy Aislin book On the Ice. The giveaway at the end of the post is the same one as in the Release Blitz post!


Length: 87,000 word approx.


For college sophomore Mitch Greyson, determination and persistence are the name of the game if he wants to make it as a professional hockey player. A busy schedule of practices, games, classes, homework, two part-time jobs—and now, working with a tutor to help him pass the class he’s failing so that he can keep his scholarship—shouldn’t leave him with enough time to flirt with the NHL player in town. But that doesn’t stop him.

Placed on the injured reserve list until his broken arm heals, NHL defenseman Alex Dean is using the time off to be with his ailing grandfather and get a head start on the book he’s been commissioned to write. He doesn’t expect to get roped into a tutoring gig, especially not for cocky, smart-ass Mitch.

But Alex soon discovers that there’s more to Mitch than meets the eye…and he really likes what he sees. Only Alex doesn’t dare risk his NHL career by coming out, and a relationship between them would jeopardize Mitch’s chances with the organization too.

It looks impossible. Then again, the best things usually do…

My Review:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂

I like hockey romance books. Especially now that I started to figure out the positions and all that 🙂

Anyway, this book is about a NHL player on a ‘break’ due to his broken arm, Alex, and about a college hockey player at Alex’s old college, Mitch. Mitch is pretty much great at all he does, like maths, good at hockey, grade average…but he is also only paying school with partial hockey scholarship and side-jobs.

What is a bit different in this book is that Alex is demisexual. And Mitch, at the beginning, ‘plays’ a cocky bastard, in pretty much all aspects. He hits on Alex, but Alex figures out why he does that. And when it turns out that Mitch is terrible at creative writing, his TA finds him a free tutor. Alex.

What I really liked is that Mitch was actually familiar with what demisexuality was, and did not try to force Alex into anything when they started being friends. He was understanding, nice, and he actually shows himself to Alex.

There’s a whole lot of family drama as well. Mitch’s family is not the best, obviously, since he is trying to pay for school on his own. And Alex also has problems, with his ‘rock’ and grandfather having Alzheimer’s.

I really adored the slow progression of their relationship, from being friends, with a whole lot of communication, to kissing, to eventually sex. It takes a while for Alex to figure out he has feelings for Mitch that are beyond friendship, but from all I know about demisexuality, this was a very accurate representation.

The book has different, heavy themes, but deals very well with them in general. It shows all the emotions as well. All in all, I enjoyed the book very much and I will definitely pick more of Aislin’s books in the future 🙂

Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer/fundraiser at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking. She binge watches too much anime, and loves musical theater, Julie Andrews, the Backstreet Boys, and her hometown of Oakville, Ontario.

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