Review: BREAK THROUGH THE ICE by Rachell Nichole

BREAK THROUGH THE ICE by Rachell Nichole

Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine. However, I purchased this ebook for full price.

This was a well-written novella that I found particularly humorous to read as an urban fantasy author myself. There is a certain amount of wish-fulfillment that I couldn’t help but enjoy, considering the author main character is getting pretty much everything she ever dreamed of: a movie deal for her books, a sexy rendezvous with the attractive actor cast to play her main romantic lead, and the surprising knowledge that the attractive actor both loves her books and is equally attracted back!

This could have all felt contrived, but author Rachell Nichole injects just enough realism to bring the story back down to earth. For an erotica, I’m especially impressed by how the issue of birth control is dealt with in such a way that didn’t feel jarring or break me out of the mood of the story. I think I’m spoiled for most other erotic writers, because Nichole is so deft at achieving the perfect balance between real life and unattainable fairy tale.

The pacing in this felt a bit rushed, but I’m unsure of whether it’s because of the length of the book itself or whether the action in the story could have been stretched out over more days. However, life moves quickly on a film set, and life moves quickly when two people feel that certain spark.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: Frost Burn by K. T. Munson and Nichelle Rae (15%)

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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