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)
Not likely. She reads in 3 - 5 word bursts, not sentences. It drove me crazy. She also mispronounced the name Gilles.
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.
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!
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.
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
Susan Ericksen. None better!!
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.
Something about yourself.
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
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.
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.
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?
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