Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Melting the Ice Man

Never get in the way of a mission...

The job was supposed to be dead easy—hand–deliver some legal papers to billionaire philanthropist Harry Van Dorn’s extravagant yacht, get his signature and be done. But Manhattan lawyer Genevieve Spenser soon realizes she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that the publicly benevolent playboy has a sick, vicious side. As he tries to make her his plaything for the evening, eager to use and abuse her until he discards her with the rest of his victims, Genevieve must keep her wits if she intends to survive the night.

But there’s someone else on the ship who knows the true depths of Van Dorn’s evil. Peter Jensen is far more than the unassuming personal assistant he pretends to be—he’s a secret operative who will stop at nothing to ensure Harry’s deadly Rule of Seven terror campaign dies with him. But Genevieve’s presence has thrown a wrench into his plans, and now he must decide whether to risk his mission to keep her alive, or allow her to become collateral damage….

Title: Cold as Ice
Author: Anne Stuart
Series: Ice Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: MIRA Books
Pages: 360
Genre: Romance- Adventure, Contemporary

Cold as Ice is the second novel in Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Ice series which involves an organization called the Committee and their "employees" who save the world by eliminating the bad guys. Each book in the Ice series is about one of the Committee's individual members (which you are introduced to in the previous novel, Black Ice- Bastien Toussaint's story) and their current mission.

Peter Masden, aka the Ice Man is one of the best operators the Committee currently has, especially since Bastien retired but even he is no match for the lawyer Genevieve Spenser! They seem perfect for each other from the very beginning even if they drive one another insane. Even if I didn’t like the romance genre (which I love), I’d still like the Ice series because of the action packed suspense. The car chases, blowing up houses and boats, world destruction threats, you name it, Cold as Ice has it!

Although I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Ice series, it wasn’t as great as the first book but I did enjoy it and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Hopefully the heroines will start being as real as the males in the stories.

Anne Stuart’s Wikipedia entry has a complete bibliography of all her books and you can find an excerpt of Cold as Ice here. ARA also has a 2006 interview with the author about the entire Ice series.

The Ice Series:

1 comment:

  1. Romantic suspense is hit and miss with me, and more often a miss. I think I prefer more of a mystery than a romance and so many romantic suspense novels are heavy on the romance aspect. Anne Stuart is not an author I've read before, but I've heard good things about her.



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