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review 2017-08-15 00:03
Cold As Ice
Cold As Ice - Julie Mulhern

This is by far my favorite series published by Henery Press (I'm sure I've already said that a million times). I can't get enough of it and luckily enough I never have to wait too long for the next book of the series.

 

Ellison is back once again and to no one's surprise she finds another dead body. This time though not only is she caught up in the investigation as to who killed the dead person she also must find out just what is happening at the bank that is the inheritance left to her daughter from her late husband. 

 

Ellison's sense of humor is always a bright spot in this series. I also really enjoy the relationships she has with her friends and family. Any interaction between Ellison and her mother usually has me laughing. 

 

I was a teeny bit disappointed when it was revealed who the murderer was. I really wasn't extremely impressed with the reveal. What I did enjoy (surprisingly enough) was Ellison's discussion with Anarchy. That left me interested in seeing just what happens next in Ellison's life.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2016-02-10 00:00
Hot Like Fire, Cold As Ice
Hot Like Fire, Cold As Ice - Lizzie Lynn... Hot Like Fire, Cold As Ice - Lizzie Lynn Lee A short steamy romance and with a moral message. The story had a good theme but I felt that in the hands of a good editor it could have been polished up a bit more. I appreciate that the author tried to bring attention to preserving one's heritage and not selling out for what one thinks as a good deal.

Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review
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review 2014-11-03 00:00
Cold as Ice (The Warriors)
Cold as Ice (The Warriors) - Charlene Groome Cold as Ice by : Charlene Groome. I loved Devin and Carla's story. Wasn't a big fan of the hockey element. This story is beyond good.. Loved the story.
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review 2014-10-23 19:34
Cold as Ice (The Warriors, #2) by Charlene Groome
Cold as Ice (The Warriors) - Charlene Groome

Defenseman Devin Miller has been traded to the Warriors and is looking forward to his six-year contract and settling down. Sports anchor Carla Sinclair thinks Miller is overpaid and has no problem voicing her opinion of him. Despite the conflict, neither can stop thinking about the other.

 

I enjoyed Devin. He grew up without a dad and yearns to have his own family. He is very private about his personal life. He values honesty. He is a good man, frequently going to visit kids at the children’s hospital.

 

I appreciate that Carla has been successful in a male-dominated field. She is confident in her professional life but the opposite in her personal life. It is understandable considering her history. She wants to have kids to an extreme. She assumes that her and Devin have different values, when they are really a lot alike.

 

I thought there were a few too many exclamation points at the beginning of the book. At first, I found it distracting, but I got over it. That being said, most of them were in a bar scene, and people are more animated in that type of environment.

 

Cold as Ice is a believable novel. The plot was carefully thought out and entertaining. A lot of things happen to make them revisit their past. I enjoyed the characters and story.

 

Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2014-07-08 15:32
Review: Cold as Ice by Anne Stuart
Cold As Ice - Anne Stuart

This review was originally posted at The Book Pushers:

http://thebookpushers.com/2014/06/27/cold-as-ice-by-anne-stuart/

 

 

I found myself in the mood to reread one of Anne Stuart’s books because I wantedd to read a romance with an anti-hero and she is my go to author for Gamma type heroes. COLD AS ICE is one of my favourite Stuart’s titles because not only it delivers one of the best hero who is a capital G in Gamma hero, I also loved the romance between Peter and Genevieve which really worked for me.

 

Genevieve is looking forward to a hiking holiday break in Costa Rica but has a last minute simple task to get some papers signed to billionaire Harry Van Dorn for her prestigious New York law-firm. However, what turned out to be a routine assignment becomes a fight for her life when she finds herself being an innocent bystander in a trap that is laid out by Peter Jenson, the enigmatic and cool assistant  for Van Dorn who is really a double agent for a secret organisation called The Committee. Peter’s mission is  to stop Van Dorn’s crazy quest to thrust the world into chaos and destruction via series of disasters and terrorist attacks although his plans are in disarray since Genevieve’s arrival which cracks his cool facade.

 

Anne Stuart has a real gift with creating anti-heroes like Peter Jenson, he is cool, calm and collected and even though he never loses his perspective with the mission, there were vulnerable layers with his character that was slowly unveiled. I also found it refreshing that he was bisexual and was pretty much a chameleon in the roles he would play for his missions. But I especially enjoyed the subtle cracks in his shield which becomes more apparent as the story develops about his feelings towards Genevieve who gets under his skin. I also enjoyed the banter between Peter and Genevieve who stands up for herself against his cool mask and I liked that he manages to crack her walls and facade that she has built up to hide her true self.

It made the romance between them feel like equals as well as multi-layered and even though Peter was stone cold, and would use any kind of weapon he had in hand whether it was sex or hand to hand combat to fulfill his agenda. I liked that he had hidden vulnerabilities which made him human even though he was deemed to be a ruthless killer and agent.

 

I would have liked more expansion on Genevieve’s character because while I liked the glimpses we got of her past and the reasons why she had built a shield around her masking her true self. This was not really explored more fully in the book with how her relationship developed with Peter who was aware of every nuance of her past and life and I would have liked more exploration on this especially since they both had similar perspectives about the world around them. I also never got the sense on what she wanted to do next after the events in the book and would have liked to see how that panned out although I found the ending pretty abrupt and I would have liked more time on their HEA.  I also found the villain to be a bit one dimensional for me, although I liked the subplot with his quest to create chaos and mayhem which was chilling. I did find that the climactic ending did have a TSTL moment with Genevieve’s character which made my eyes roll, although she does admit she made a huge mistake in doing something stupid and it was something she had to live with but that was a minor niggle.

 

Nonetheless, COLD AS ICE is classic Anne Stuart and I would highly recommend this book or its predecessor BLACK ICE as a good introduction to her books. Because she does fantastic Gamma heroes and in COLD AS ICE, Peter is a wonderful hero who despite being as aloof and cool, has a vulnerable layer especially towards the heroine despite their prickly toned romance. I wished that the ending had more time delving with their HEA but Anne Stuart sure knows how to write an dark themed romance and heroes and make them believable and engrossing.

 

I give COLD AS ICE a B+

Source: thebookpushers.com/2014/06/27/cold-as-ice-by-anne-stuart
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