In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.
Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd - tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead - but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings, and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.
©2008 Anne Kristine Stuart Ohlrogge (P)2011 Tantor
"Anne Stuart delivers exciting stuff for those of us who like our romantic suspense dark and dangerous." (Jayne Ann Krentz)
Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...
The Fire - The book offered a lot of action! It was almost non-stop. It made for a good read on my commute. The storyline was the standard "I refuse to love you but I can't figure out how to stop it from happening" but there was enough action around the inevitable love story to keep you interested.
The Ice - The narrator was both good and marginal. The Japanese was great. It think this part of the narration added to the story. However, the narration was sometimes painful belabored (and that really does not describe it well). I wanted to have a crush on Reno but I couldn't because he oftentimes sounded so foolish in the narration. Even in that, I do not think another narrator would have added as much to the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I have listened to it twice already. It was fast-paced and I felt myself cheering for the main characters both in battle and in love. I even enjoyed hearing some of the elements of Japanese culture coming through in the storyline. Good read!
I adore this audiobook. Reno is seriously hot!!! And Xe Sands does a great job with the narration and the Japanese. Seriously, this is a really fabulous audiobook!!
This book is one of the rare few where the narrator and the story really compliment each other. I love Anne Stuart's books but particularly the ones featuring The Committee. If you are familiar with the series the two protagonists Jilly and Reno should be familiar as well. Jilly is a practically naive girl and lives a sheltered life but is quick witted and adaptable when thrust in the dangerous world of The Committee. Reno is a cocky, arrogant young man who should be totally off putting to readers but as the story progresses and readers get to know him is likeable and drool worthy. Stuart's books are packed with action and sex and are a fun and exciting listen. I loved how much Japanese culture the author was able to imbue into this book.
Ms. Sands is a fabulous narrator. I have listened to her master several accents in different books but her Japanese accent is not only believable but very pleasing to listen to. The way she is able to deliver sarcasm and one liners, especially Reno's, is amazing. This is a book I will listen to more than once. I really enjoyed this listen, keep 'em coming!
better plot, less foul language
This novel really was more sexual tension than any kind of plot - romance? Not really romantic, just graphic, leaving little to the imagination.
I barely got through it. There were a couple of good characters. There were more developed characters needed. The banter between the two main characters was great, but the lust aspect needed to be 90% less. The plot was cookbook with an out of the air twist at the end. It was cat and mouse, kind of like a car chase movie.
I would try one. The narrator did a good job.
If there was more story and developed characters. The banter was the best part but the lust was 90% of the book. Of course the book is not meant to be realistic however, no woman would forgive and forget the cruel, crude public humiliation that the love interest repeatedly does.
There was potential but the execution was lacking.
Even though I wish I would have listened to the series in order (got this book on a great sale day) it was an okay stand-alone. The setting in Japan was different, which at first I thought was going to be a problem, however, the little bit of culture described was informative. The book was somewhat predictable.
Xe Sands is one of my favorite female narrators. I was first introduced to her voice in Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalker series. Both male and female voices are great and distinct, even when there are a lot of both within the same book. She was very good in this series as well.
This book isn't really a romance,,, more like abuse, rough sex and a whole bunch of unlikeable characters. I couldn't finish it but I sincerely hope the author didn't end it with a wedding and pregnancy thinking that would certify it as a romance novel.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of red and the sun. That's heaven.
I have never read the print version, but I doubt it could have been better than the narrated one.
When Reno admits to himself the depth of his feelings.
This is top notch, just as all Xe Sand's performances are.
Yes, but it wasn't possible.
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