Book Review: Love and Skate (Love and Skate #1) by Lila Felix

On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses.
A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her.

But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?


The only thing I know of roller derby is from Ellen Page's movie Whip It and honestly it looks vicious. But besides being Nellie's hobby, it doesn't play that big of a role in this book actually. The gruesome details are, maybe for the best, kept to the minimum.

Nellie has indeed been hurt in the past, which made her stop pretending and now she's finally being herself, piercings, colorful hair and all that. So she has this whole badass look going on, but really she's just the very opposite on the inside.

Owen Black is pretty much the same really. Totally badass with his tattoos and piercings, but the boy is whipped even before Nellie utters one word. The only difference is, he's got some major trust issues, which he needs to let go off if they ever want to work it out.

What also surprised me about this book was how PG 13 everything was. Since they both have this edgy look about them and the obvious attraction, I would have expected more. Even the kissing scene were pretty goody-goody.

Lucky for them, but it kind of annoyed me, pretty much from the beginning it's all rainbows and sunshine until about three quarters into the book. Like they are the nicest people ever, they do everything for each other etc. so a total lack of drama for the most part, which you need to keep it more interesting.

Owen's family, precisely the same, all very loving, welcoming and accepting. But it's all so nice and good, it's nearly nauseating. Now don't get me wrong I actually like the characters and it's interesting there is such a contrast between who they are and what they try to portray.

One thing I really would have liked to know is, what tattoos they have. It is mentioned they have tattoos, but no further details are given. This only confirms even more how all the badass stuff is kind of fake, that it's not really who they.

It was a good book and well written, but I still feel it could have been more. Of course this wont stop me to read the sequels, 'cause I really do like the characters and I want all the Black boys to find their happiness. 

This one is my favorite quote of the book and is a great reflection of Nellie's personality and humor.
"Yo! Nellie's funeral home. You slice 'em, we ice 'em. Watcha got?"
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