I absolutely love Anne Stuart! And I'm not rat the book itself a 2. I just feel that the narrator could have taken her time and really TOLD the story. I love this Ice series and I've read it several times. I felt like listening to it may give me a different vision... I could have narrated it much better.
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
This book is typically what you expect for a Harlequin Romance novel. You have the H/h at odds and fighting attraction; plot twist he is an assassin who is drawn to the unconventional innocent American thrust into a situation she could not handle. he saves her, they run, fight danger, and live to love happily ever after. This story is a tad predictable, but perfect for a romance weekend listen .... and I used a credit to purchase and was satisfied. I did not care for the male voice of the narrator which is why I marked the performance to 3 star. Since it was a bit predictable albeit well written I stand behind my four star review. Sale worthy for certain ... credit worthy if this is your kind of listen.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Chloe Underwood is an American living in Paris, working as a children's book translator. She decided to forgo the medical career path taken by the rest of her family and is living abroad trying to gain some excitement in her life. She is fluent in a number of languages and shares an apartment with her co-worker Sophie, who is only looking for wealthy boyfriends to support her lifestyle. Sophie makes a last minute request of Chloe to replace her on a weekend job at a business meeting held at a Chateau outside of Paris. Chloe decides to do so because the money is appealing.
Things start to go south pretty quickly when the participants of the meeting are immediately suspicious of the change in translators. They are actually participating in illegal arms trade and debate whether they need to kill her. One of the participants, Bastien Toussaint, is actually an undercover agent for a private organization battling terrorist operations. He's not your typical agent for a not so typical organization and has his own reservations about Chloe, wondering if she's working for someone else and out to do him in.
This is not your typical romantic suspense story and it moves more like an espionage thriller. Chloe truly is an innocent but no one is willing to take the risk and she's marked for death. Bastien vacillates between allowing her to be killed and risking his life and cover in order to save her. She has an immediate attraction to him but is also repelled by his ruthlessness. The book moves at a very fast pace and no relationship is sacred. You are unsure of friend or foe from one moment to the next, including Bastien.
I found it to be an extremely interesting story but the romance was sometimes hard to swallow. It wasn't clear as to why Bastien was attracted to Chloe, even though her attraction to him seemed to be a bit more understandable. Nevertheless, the book kept my interest throughout and I found myself rooting for them as a couple so something worked. The ending was quite abrupt and I'm hoping the series includes more about the future of these two.
Jennifer Van Dyck was good with the delivery of the story.
Black Ice by Anne Stuart ranks in the top 10 great reads of my list.
Choi Was my favored. She was so Innocent when it came to her character she Played it very well.
Dull Monotype plain. there was no change in her tone of reading
Sex and Violence Is all she wanted. Be careful what you wish for little one....
This was a great book to the start of an amazing series. I cant wait to start the next book
Most of the sites identifying top 25 or 10 romantic suspenses listed Black Ice by Stewart. So I purchased this book in the hopes that it measured up to it's recommendations. Sadly, it did not.
Here is where I had issues with the storyline.
First, Chloe argues to retain the position as interpreter for her friend. I get that she needs the money. But the bad guy who is adamant that they can get along without her suddenly does an about face. No explanation and very weak argument.
Second, all the bad guys are arguing in German about Chloe being there which clearly supports the argument that she's not needed. These are just the tip of the iceberg where there is no evidence to support decisions made by the characters. It's almost like the book was written after drinking a bottle of wine...sounded good but nothing really builds or supports the plot.
The plot has potential if the author or someone takes the time to iron out all the discrepancies. But at this time I couldn't encourage anyone to purchase it. Perhaps the library?
Despite the fact the book started off with one massive info-dump after another I hung in there and waited it out. About 1/4 to 1/2 way through BAM...this book got so good. It was such a different romance. I know that flawed hero's are the "thing" right now, but this guy is more than flawed---he's completely wicked, but somehow the author managed to make me empathize with his life. He's the worst and best hero ever, and even though I have absolutely no knowledge of international arms trafficking or European organized crime rings, I felt like everything that happened was so realistic. The Heroine (Chloe) reacted just as you'd expect (most of the time). Sure, she might not be thinking of sex after she'd just been tortured, but it is a romance book---so you have to expect some of that type of thing. My only objection is that it ended too soon. I SOOOO wanted an epilogue. We deserved to know what happened after the final page! :)
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Yes, I would because of how good Fire and Ice was when I re-read it a second time.
The way the translater thought she was merely translating when they were speaking of arms. The least interesting was the way it ended.
Yes, by bringing the characters to life.
I like Jennifer Van Duck. This was my first and last Anne Stuart book.
To make this book enjoyable Stuart should had scrapped the whole idea, it would have saved my time and my credit!
All of them!