On Thin Ice (Chesterford Coyotes Book 2) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

On Thin Ice is the second entry to the YA hockey series from RJ Scott and VL Locey. Can a former bully turn his life around? And when Jonah seeks the friendship of the boy he used to bully, can Tyler find enough trust and kindness to see the genuine person Jonah is underneath?

From the blurb:

A young adult hockey romance filled with making amends, family, friends, and discovering the real person inside while juggling the crazy, upside-down world of high school.

Jonah Robinson has really messed up. He’s spent the last year hanging out with someone who wasn’t leading him in a good direction. Now that Felix has seen the light, perhaps it’s time for Jonah to do the same. Making amends is not going to be easy when he’s not exactly been the nicest guy at Chesterford. With the help of his family and a special friend at the school, Jonah is ready to try to make things right with those he wronged. The first person on that long redemption list is Tyler, the brightest player on the Coyotes, at least in Jonah’s eyes. He’s taken a thousand pictures of Tyler for the school paper, but he’s going to have to learn how to develop more than just negatives if he wants to grow close to Tyler.

Tyler Corrigan’s dad has left, his mom is terrified he’ll come back, and it’s Tyler who’s left to keep his little family in one piece. The only respite from real life is playing hockey, and he’s an important part of the Chesterford Coyotes. Despite not being the biggest person on the ice, speed is his superpower, and the team has his back during the worst of the bullying he’s had to endure. His friends make him feel safe when his real world is full of fear, but no one can protect his heart when an awkward and messed up Jonah—one of the worst of his bullies—is suddenly around every corner, wanting to make things right.

Sorry can be a difficult word to believe, but trusting your heart is everything.

SNik's Review:

On Thin Ice is the second in series (Chesterford Coyotes), might be best if read in order. YA. Former bully. POC representation. Dual POV. 

Jonah is trying to find his way back to being a good person after participating in bullying others at school. Now he just wants to apologize and maybe find some people that can be his friends for real.
Tyler has had plenty of bullying at school and abuse at home, so he is slow to trust Jonah when he tries to make amends. When Jonah gets permission to be the hockey team’s school photographer, there are more chances for him to see Tyler, and if Tyler lets him, maybe they can become friends. 

Jonah is filled with regrets and guilt and fights hard for redemption, and luckily Tyler forgives him and supports him as they both struggle to leave the past behind and perhaps build something more like love than hate. 

I appreciated that there were tons of supportive friends and family members for both Jonah and Tyler, and the sweet, slow fall from crush, to like, to love, for teenagers was a cute read. 

Still enjoying this series and can’t wait for more.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

RJ Scott and VL Locey write young and sweet YA characters well!  Once again the series revolves around a match between an out and proud member of the high school hockey team and a reforming bully, who has introspectively figured out he's bisexual.

I love the way this pair of authors develop their characters and give us a rich background for us to glimpse.  They also show the growth of the pair, both individually and together.  It was great seeing more of Felix and Soren from book 1 play such pivotal role in this book too.

I look forward to the next book in the series featuring another member of the Coyotes hockey team, this time falling for an up and coming figure skater.

Rating: 5 Stars

On Thin Ice is available to buy in ebook and paperback formats.