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Black Ice | [Anne Stuart]

Black Ice

Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion - even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote château, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.
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Publisher's Summary

Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion - even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote château, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-11
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Awesome!"

    I am a big fan of Anne Stuart's "House of Rohan" series, so I was eager to give this "Ice" series a try. If the rest of the books are as good as this one, I will be estatic! Anne Stuart stories aren't your usual romantic "fluff." They are gritty, raw, and often a little dark. I think the previous reviewer hit the nail right on the head when she compared this to a 007 movie where James Bond actually falls for the woman he is protecting. And the female lead was no wilting violet, either. The storyline, character development and dialogue all came together to created a fantistic story, probably one of the few that I will actually listen to again!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Beaverton, OR, United States 10-07-10
    Aimee Beaverton, OR, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Darkly Fantastic"

    I loved this. The story wasn't the usual romance I listen to and enjoy, it was more like 007's love life, if he totally fell for one of the innocent women standing at the craps tables with him. The story was well crafted, intriguing and capturing. I stayed up 'til the wee hours and found myself hoping for breaks at work to continue listening to find out what would happen next. Sebastian is not your typical hero, but he is oh so hot.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    sg CA 07-02-12
    sg CA 07-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Great story, poor narration."
    Where does Black Ice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 50


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?

    Not likely. She reads in 3 - 5 word bursts, not sentences. It drove me crazy. She also mispronounced the name Gilles.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is the first in the "Ice" series. All of them are great! I still would recommend this audiobook because the story is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 03-25-12
    Laura United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the book...hated the narrator."
    What would have made Black Ice better?

    A different reader. I couldn't even finish listening to the audio version. The narrator made the hero sound like a bad Dracula. Bought the actual book and it was great but the audio was a complete waste of money n


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Susan Ericksen. None better!!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-13-11
    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-13-11
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    "Worth the listen"

    Good story, likable characters. Reader was very good but thought the voice was a little to old sounding for the age of Chole. But she was still very good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-25-13
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of red and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Don't discount the pineapples!"
    Would you try another book from Anne Stuart and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Yes, I would because of how good Fire and Ice was when I re-read it a second time.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The way the translater thought she was merely translating when they were speaking of arms. The least interesting was the way it ended.


    Did Jennifer Van Dyck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, by bringing the characters to life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Oh yes!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 06-27-13
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wasted my credit!"
    Would you try another book from Anne Stuart and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    I like Jennifer Van Duck. This was my first and last Anne Stuart book.


    What could Anne Stuart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    To make this book enjoyable Stuart should had scrapped the whole idea, it would have saved my time and my credit!


    What character would you cut from Black Ice?

    All of them!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deanne Bloomington, IN, United States 10-08-12
    Deanne Bloomington, IN, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Kept me engaged - not as good as Rohan though."
    If you could sum up Black Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Curiosity killed the?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at times that should probably have not been funny.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sdgresham United States 09-20-12
    sdgresham United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring...."

    I tried to finish this book, but couldn't. It was just not interesting, not very well written, and bad characters. Don't waste your credit.....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Karen DUMFRIES, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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    "I like Anne Stuarts Rohan - I liked this Who Knew"

    This was my first foray into the backlist of Anne Stuart. I truly enjoyed the listen. From the beginning of arriving at the estate to translate meetings for international businessmen to finding herself the object of manipulation and possibly execution was smooth and exciting. Well worth the credit. I see this is a series so I will definitely add them to my wish list. A fast paced, sexy, spy book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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