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Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2 | [Nora Roberts]

Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.
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Publisher's Summary

When the harsh storms of winter descend upon western Ireland, the locals stay indoors - and visitors stay away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast becomes a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window.

This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a dark past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. Yet sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...

©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Captures the charisma and earthy charm of Ireland." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fiacre Douglas characterizes the icy, beautiful Brianna Concannon, recently jilted, with subtle nuances and tonal shading mixed with a thick Irish brogue." (AudioFile)

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    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 11-21-11
    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2011

    Fat Chick getting Fit!

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    "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."

    I don't usually like romance novels but this was entertaining! The narrator made it even better. I use audiobooks to exercise to so needless to say, I didn't miss my morning walking and even followed up by walking in the evening! LOL

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2009

    I am easily amused!

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    "An Irish Treat!"

    I loved, loved, loved this book. I am crazy about this series so much so that I paid full price for the next in the series because I couldn't wait for my monthly allowance from audibles. Nora Roberts created a real treasure with this book. The heroine runs a bed and breakfast in the Irish countryside. She gets a guest from America who is a famous writer that has no home base and a mysterious past. It was fun to get a glimpse from the writers perspective. It is the usual Nora Roberts formula but it adds up to a terrific tale. The narrator makes it extra special with his beautiful Irish brogue and his easy transition between the "yanks" accent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-21-12
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Love reading. Love listening.

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    "Engaging characters"

    The second of the Born In trilogy, also set in County Clare, Ireland. Brianna Concannon is the younger sister of Maggie from Born in Fire. Unlike Maggie, she has a cool temper and an almost distant demeanor, though she engages warmly with her community and the visitors to her B&B. Grayson Thane is a writer of thrillers who has arranged to stay at Blackthorn Cottage while researching his latest book. He is, on the surface, very amiable, but when his writing gets him by the throat he can be rude and withdrawn. Their story is one of breaking down barriers put up to protect wary hearts.
    The narrator is adept at catching the different accents - Irish, American, and upper-crust British (with a little Scottish thrown in as well).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ilene Gallo San Diego 01-09-13
    Ilene Gallo San Diego 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I Felt As Though I Was Back In Ireland"
    If you could sum up Born in Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Wind-swept Romance


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born in Ice?

    When the mysterious Yank arrives at Blackthorn Cottage In the midst of a stormy night and sees Brianne for the first time.


    What does Fiacre Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was surprised to hear an Irish reader and felt it added to the story telling since this book is set in Ireland.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a compelling story even though I have read the book several times before.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books, and listening to it made it seem new.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 11-28-12
    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Born in ice is hot!!"
    Would you listen to Born in Ice again? Why?

    The characters are well developed. I felt like I knew them like my own family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born in Ice?

    I immediately purchased the third book. I wasn't ready to let go of them yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Grey returned and was able to admit that he was in love.


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

    I fell in love with them. It was a roller coaster of emotions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Bowman, ND, United States 07-10-12
    Leah Bowman, ND, United States 07-10-12
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    "Better narration for the second book."
    What made the experience of listening to Born in Ice the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable listen.


    Have you listened to any of Fiacre Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know if it was my imagination, but it seemed like Fiacre slowed down for this second book in the series. With the slower narration, there weren't the annoying breath sounds like there were in the first one. Great job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina elkton, MD, United States 12-05-09
    tina elkton, MD, United States 12-05-09
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    "wow"

    cant say enough about the born in trilogy the reader is amzing and to read and change the accent per person WOW

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie matteson, IL, USA 12-31-08
    Tracie matteson, IL, USA 12-31-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, but..."

    The story was good, but the reader almost killed it for me. There is a lack of emotion in the reading although the characters were clearing defined in voice, something was missing. I wonder if the reader is used to doing non-romanace stories because his voice is great, but not for a romance. As far as the story, Nora Roberts does it again. I think I'll purchase the book and read if for myself.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 03-16-14
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This Series ROCKS! LOVE IT!!!"

    In Roberts’ second book of the Born In series we are back in Ireland at the home of the younger Concannon sister Brianna, who is happily enjoying the winter and peace and quiet of isolation in her B&B on the west coast of Ireland. Brianna enjoyed people but also her quiet time before her winter guest would be arriving – a renowned mystery writer, Grayson Thane, from America. A nomad by nature, Grayson seeks the isolation to write alone, but from the very first, a fire is ignited as he gets to know his beautiful inn keeper.

    *** Lord, but I am just loving this series and these irrepressible Concannon sisters, their significant others, neighbors, workers, and even one very self-absorbed momma! Roberts’ characterizations of all her people are just so real - non-perfect people in a non-perfect but very real world. Although, to my mind of thinking Brianna is probably one of the more perfect people who is portrayed as really quite happy with her life, B&B, and meeting all her tenants at the B&B. Brie is truly a happy person with her life the way it is, but of course, like most humans she does have dreams. Those dreams of making a truly loving home – one that was filled with happiness, lots of children and above all laughter. However, that would need a husband to affect that dream.

    Enter Grayson Thane, Brianna’s newest boarder who had booked and paid the first month of his stay planning to stay through the winter. After the first few days of Brianna’s cooking - Grayson felt he’d died and went to heaven. A very wealthy and famous author, he’d never settled down and wandered the earth keeping only an apartment in NYC close to his publisher. Partly because he’d never had roots or any kind of stable childhood, Gray had never been close to anyone or let himself grow close - too many memories of abandonment.

    With a remarkably deft hand Roberts lets the reader enjoy the romance between Brie and Gray as they both quietly discover in their own hearts the way each others hearts were bruised and needed healing. It was such a pleasure to experience the care and thoughtfulness of two genuinely wonderful people learning to love and trust. And the bigger bonus was seeing the ‘thoughtless momma’ bend just a wee little bit and smile - I think it happened at least once in this book.

    Bottom Line: Another remarkable listen to a lovely Irish lilting performance by Fiacre Douglas, who is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators of Irish themed stories. Add to that the excellence of Nora Roberts’ brilliant story telling and bang - you are in for one very big treat!

    Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Louisville, KY, United States 01-24-14
    Tara Louisville, KY, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book but bad narrator"
    What did you love best about Born in Ice?

    I loved the story. It was rich in tradition. I love that Nora Roberts shows a different type of character in Brianna.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator used for this series leaves alot to be desired. He speaks way too fast. This book was better than book 1 of the series but still bad.


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

    This book made me cry in a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts series. I wish there were more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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