Skirting The Ice: A Bannister Brothers Book

Skirting The Ice: A Bannister Brothers Book

by Jennie Marts


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"The Bannister Brothers series has everything I, humor, and heart!" - Kristin Miller- New York Times Bestselling author

Buttoned-up accountant Jack Bannister lives an uncomplicated life until his teenage crush moves back into the house next door-all grown up and sexy as hell. Murphy Ryan is still wild and reckless, and danger has followed her to Colorado. Jack will do whatever it takes to protect her, even it means letting her go...again.
Murphy Ryan is focused on building a new NHL women's hockey team. But staying on her game is hard with the distraction, and the memories, of the hot nerd in the house next door. Jack Bannister had been her first kiss, and she wants him to be her last. With his dry humor and sexy glasses, being smart never looked so good.
Jack's been given a chance to win back the one that got away, but worries this gorgeous hockey player is still out of his league. He's kept his heart on ice, but now that Murphy's back, she might be the one to finally thaw it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540728531
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Series: A Bannister Brothers Book , #3
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books "laugh out loud" funny and the "perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam." Fic Central claimed one of her books was "the most fun I've had reading in years."
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She's addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can't have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.
Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

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Skirting The Ice: A Bannister Brothers Book 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Jennie Marts scores with SKIRTING THE ICE, the third book in The Bannister Brothers series. Accountant Jack Bannister’s childhood crush, Murphy Ryan, moves back to town to help develop a new professional woman’s hockey team. Meanwhile, a stalker followed Murphy to Colorado. This contemporary romance is suitable for new/adult audiences. Jack and Murphy are great characters. They seem like opposites but do have a lot in common. Jack is smart. He is great with computers and math. Having two brothers in the NHL he is constantly down on himself for being the nerdy brother with asthma. Murphy is a talented hockey player. She was introduced to the sport by the Bannister family. Jack and Murphy are a cute couple. They were each other first crush; neither having a clue that the other one liked them. They care about each other. They make each other laugh. I love that Jack and Murphy both have Shetland Collies. The dogs are cute and make good companions. I like how Jack and Murphy are reunited the first time in the book because of the dogs. This is the first book that I have read by Jennie Marts. After reading this novel, I am interested in reading the previous books in the series. The Bannisters are a wonderful family. I like how they all band together to help Murphy. I enjoyed the stalker aspect of the story. All the ways that Jack points out that a person can track you on the Internet were interesting and scary. SKIRTING THE ICE was an entertaining story. It had humor, suspense, romance, and drama. The plot was intriguing. The characters faced obstacles that made them grow. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Jack, the geeky Bannister brother, is constantly second guessing himself. He's a successful CPA and a good financial planner, but sorely lacking in the romance department. So when he's confronted by the girl next door, he's pleasantly surprised that it's Murphy--his childhood crush. While he's excited with possibly renewing his friendship with Murphy, it also brings back all his past insecurities. Murphy can't believe her luck in meeting up with Jack again. He was her first love, her first crush, her "everything"--until he ran off. As a teen, Murphy would spend time living with her grandpa due to her dad's job, When her dad found another job, where he didn't travel as much, Murphy stopped coming to see her grandpa. When her grandpa passed away, he left her his house. The house is in desperate need of repairs as past renters did not treat it so well. In hopes of getting reacquainted with Jack, she enlists his help with the house. Murphy's also working to get a Women's Hockey League established, much to Jack's chagrin. Jack grew up playing hockey with his brothers. In fact, Murphy used to play with them. Two of Jack's brothers are successful NHL players. Jack thinks Murphy's a better match for a "jock", while Murphy thinks she's not smart enough to be with Jack. Murphy also has the added issue of a mystery stalker to deal with. Through several misunderstandings and lots of insecurities, Jack leaves Murphy. Even though Jack loves her, he convinces himself that they are too different to make their new relationship work. That is, until he almost loses her for good... This was a fun, flirty novel with a little bit of suspense added into the mix. This is a stand alone with no cliffhanger, but it is the third novel in the series. While I really enjoyed the novel, I wanted to reach through my ereader and strangle/slap Jack. I don't know how many times he said he "wasn't good enough" for Murphy, even though she did everything she could think of to reassure him. She was WAY more patient than I would've been! Other than the constant self doubt, it was an enjoyable novel. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Skirting the Ice is THE perfect book to read over a weekend and you want to get away from everything. Loved it from the beginning, when Jack thinks his dog has escaped into the neighbor's yard and he find out that is not the story at all. He's hot but a little nerdy and Murphy is an old crush who has moved back home and taken up hockey. I laughed at times and cried too. Great story!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Skirting the Ice by Jennie Marts....This book is so cute and fun, I had a smile on my face all the way through. I loved the characters, Murphy is a beautiful hockey player, a little on the wild side and Jack is the well rounded smart guy, can you say nerd. This story had me laughing out loud at times. This is a perfect book to escape for a couple of hours to relieve a stressful day. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"Skirting The Ice" by Jennie Marts is book number three in the "Bannister Brothers" series. This is Jack Bannister and Murphy Ryan's story. Jack has Murphy knew each other as kids when she would visit her grandfather. They lost touch after Murphy's grandfather got sick. Jack always felt that Murphy was the one that got away. Everyone that Murphy dated just never compared to Jack. Murphy's grandfather left his house to her and some money. The house and money allowed Murphy to move back to Colorado to help build a NHL women's hockey team. One day Jack discovers that Murphy is now living next door in her grandfather's home. He feels like he has been given a second chance. Due to asthma Jack is unable to do physical activity like his star NHL brothers which makes him feel less of a man. Danger has followed Murphy to Colorado and Jack will do anything that he can to protect her. Will Jack be able to protect Murphy? Will Jack allow his insecurities to prevent them from finding true love? I loved that the author made Murphy an independent woman. This is a fun and steamy romance with a mystery to be solved. Jennie Mart stories are fun, entertaining, and are a great way to escape from everyday routine. FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Skirting the Ice is book three in The Bannister Brothers series by Jennie Marts. This is the story of a teenage crush given a second chance at love as adults. Do opposites truly attract or are these two just too different to make it work? Jack Bannister has always felt like he lived in the shadows of his two older NHL Hockey playing brothers. Jack has always suffered from severe asthma so it kept him indoors more than outdoors growing up. He thinks of himself as nerdy. He is a CPA and manages the finances of many of the hockey team his brothers play on. Jack has never forgotten nor gotten over his teenage crush, Murphy Ryan. But Murphy just disappeared from his life all those years ago. Her father moved and she never came back to visit her Grandfather again who lived next door to the Bannisters. Jack has an adorable Shetland Collie dog that loves to escape to the neighbor’s yard. On one particular afternoon, he saw his dog next door and was trying to capture her to bring her home when out runs who else than Murphy! She’s back! And it’s her dog Jack is trying to capture because her dog looks exactly like his does! “He could hack into a computer program or write complicated strings of code, but somehow talking to a woman-especially this woman-had his tongue tied and his brain turning to mush.” Murphy has inherited her Grandfather’s house. She loved this house. It always felt like home when she visited. But now it needs major work from years of abuse from renters. She is so happy to see Jack again. He was her first love, and her first kiss. She never completely got over him. Murphy is a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl, always up for an adventure. She is trying to get a women’s NHL team started here in Denver. She is completely the opposite to Jack’s quiet way. Could he ever fall for a hockey playing crazy girl like her? Or does he just think of her as a friend? Before Murphy moved to Denver, she had what was increasingly looking like a stalker. At first the notes weren’t too bad but have increasingly become more threatening. She hoped moving to Denver would rid her of him but it seems as though he has found her. And the danger seems to be getting worse. “They were opposites in every way. For every wild and impulsive decision she’d ever made, he had made a smart conservative choice. She was reckless, he was cautious.” There never was a time Jack wished he was more like his brothers than now. He wants to protect Murphy. He should be the one to keep her safe. Jack is plagued with insecurity from years of feeling inadequate. He constantly questions his ability to be the man Murphy needs or wants. This is a sweet story with a bit of suspense as well. Jack and Murphy were so cute together. Jack was so frustrating, though. Just when I would think things were going well, something would happen to again make him question his ability to be with Murphy. Their dogs are so unbelievably adorable. It makes me want one! I have not read the first two books in this series but was completely fine coming in on the third book.
sheric12 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors..and she didn't disappoint. What a fun twist on a second chance, sports romance. This book was well written and tied in a relevant serious note that kept the story moving forward. Jack as a main character, is unsure and has no confidence , and I enjoyed that about his character. His perspective was refreshing and lent nicely to the story. Murphy is a spitfire, spur of the moment woman, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to take it. They complimented each other so well. An enjoyable, fast paced read. ** an advanced reader copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review***
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Recently there has been a new trend within the world of romance fiction. I hope it sticks around. In a world where females are relegated to second class citizens, I love that more authors are empowering women with their independent heroines. With Skirting the Ice, Ms. Marts created a wonderful role model in Murphy Ryan. She's a dreamer with a fighting spirit and negativity only strengthens her resolve. Her truth lies in the success of a women's hockey league and she is willing to go the distance in order to make her fantasy reality. Along the way, this firecracker makes enemies, reconnects with an old friend and mixes it up on the ice. Skirting the Ice tackles sexism, romance and mystery through the eyes of an inspiring individual with humour and heart. Positive message, captivating story and impacting reading.