Then by chance Chloe discovers her employers are anything but the entrepreneurs they appear, and suddenly she knows far too much. Her clients are illegal arms dealers, and one of them is ordered to kill her. But instead, Bastien Toussaint drags Chloe away, and the next thing she knows she's on the run with the most terrifying and seductive man she's ever met. What were his motives - and would she live long enough to find out?
©2005 Anne Stuart; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"This taut romantic suspense novel from RITA Award-winner Stuart delivers deliciously evil baddies and the type of disturbing male protagonist that only she can transform into a convincing love interest....Brilliant characterizations and a suitably moody ambience drive this dark tale of unlikely love." (Publishers Weekly)
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?
I love audiobooks so hard!
Everything. I didn't like anything about this story.
The story was not very believable. Also, the main character was a wimp.
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!
Curiosity killed the?
Sebastion of course. He just couldn't help himself to do the right thing. He so wanted to remain a bad guy but just really wasn't that person.
I laughed at times that should probably have not been funny.
The run from the bad guys part went on a little longer than I had patience for but I never was one for the chase scenes or on the run scenes in movies. Not unless there is more substance between the characters who are on the run with more moments of interest within them.
I started the first two chapters three times to make sense of all the characters introduced. After that, the story did flow and was enjoyable. The narrator did an excellent job on all the characters except the heroine. Chloe was a 23 year old with a forty-year old voice. I did enjoy the sarcasm of the hero. However, I probably won't buy another Anne Stuart novel because of the over-use of the "F" word. Seems to cheapen the relationship between the two main characters.
I bought this book just because it was on sale & I needed something to listen to @work but THIS IS REALLY GOOD! I'm surprised I enjoyed it...good story but I wish it could have gone on some more.
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