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Ice Blue | [Anne Stuart]

Ice Blue

Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.
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Publisher's Summary

Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth can be as seductive as it is deadly.

©2007 Anne Stuart; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Slick, sexy, and fast-paced, this is one of Stuart's best recent efforts. Taka is a singularly intriguing hero, and readers won't soon forget his love with Summer." (Romantic Times)

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    JEB 04-11-15
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    "Enjoyed the entire story."

    I have been reading the series and I love it. The voices of Jenny and I can't remember the heroines name from the first book but both were from the US but the narrator changed the voices to English and French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Zeller Idaho 03-12-15
    L. Zeller Idaho 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I couldn't put it down!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ice Blue to be better than the print version?

    Fast paced, yet with a deceptively laid back narrator. I like Gabra Zackman, and she was a good pairing with this author.


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    Amy J 10-24-13
    Amy J 10-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Thrilling on so many levels"

    I want to start off by saying I love this series but the biggest drawback is the switching of narrators. My personal favorite is Ms. Xe Sands who voices the last two books and although Ms. Zackman does a passable job it just doesn't stand up to Sands especially when it comes to Reno and Taka. And most bizarre was the narrator giving Genevieve a British accent, this makes no sense.
    This book has action and heat and quite a bit of sweetness to it as well. I really enjoyed the development of Taka's character. The plot is totally implausible an international man of mystery sent to eliminate a demure and innocent young lady but the characters seemed real. Ms. Stuart does such a good job developing these characters that situations that are off the wall and unrealistic seem explainable and make sense in the perspective of this novel. The interactions between Taka and Summer range from hostile, to sweet and innocent to passion overload to humor.
    This book is worth a credit and if you have not read/ listened to the whole series they are all wonderful.

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    Christina 11-13-12
    Christina 11-13-12
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    "Violent denegrating sex"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The violent degrading sex completely overshadowed the storyline.


    Has Ice Blue turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    The story was well read.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not listen to more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Iowa City, IA, United States 07-30-09
    Roberta Iowa City, IA, United States 07-30-09 Member Since 2012
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    "perfectly awful"

    Wow.. a quadruple threat! Poor flat non-inflective reader, really awful characters and character development, unbelievable setup, and, to top it all off, glorified rape fantasies! Thank goodness I got this one on sale so I only wasted a few dollars on it! Take my advice and don't waste your dollars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Coppell, TX, USA 02-11-09
    Sandra Coppell, TX, USA 02-11-09
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    "good mystery"

    i liked the mystery and would like to read/hear the one before and aft if they exist. i did have a bit of a problem with the reader which is why i did not give it five stars.

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    Carole 3122 Eagle Bend Rd Spring Hill, FL 34606-3152 12-17-08
    Carole 3122 Eagle Bend Rd Spring Hill, FL 34606-3152 12-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Ice Blue"

    Very engaging! Exciting, I could hardly stop the story, put a copy on my iPod so I could continue listening. What also made the story was an excellent reader, she was like your inner self reading out loud, only better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Norton, MA, United States 12-10-09
    Linda Norton, MA, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2011
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    "No thank you"

    I listened to only half of this book before I decided to move on. I have RARELY not finished a book, reading or listening. I was surprised this was written by a female - a book full of forced intimacy and coersed physical contact between two characters who have no reason to be sexual with each other is more typical of a bygone era of male writers. The violent romance wasn't even interesting, and the actual plot was incredibly contrived.

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    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 09-17-09
    Clarissa Blytheville, AR, USA 09-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Much Better than Ice Cold"

    The characters are much more believable than Ice Cold. Narration was much better. Still weak in the plot but pretty interesting and somewhat original (which is important to me)

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    Carrie Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 07-24-09
    Carrie Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 07-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Story ok, Reader bad"

    This story was interesting but the reader ruined it for me. With all of the action and dangerous situations the heroine found herself in it should have been an exciting listen. Instead I found myself bored and fast forwarding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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