In the latest entry in Anne Stuart's exciting Ice series, when Finn MacGowan escapes from captivity in Latin America, taking with him feisty American heiress Elizabeth Pennington, the pair encounters even more trouble as they try to make their way toward safety.
©2011 Anne Kristine Stuart Ohlrogge (P)2012 Tantor
I started listening to the "Ice" series with book three and was hooked, so I went back -- started with book one through book five and actually thought that the series was finished. I was surprised to see audiobook six for sale yesterday and immediately downloaded and listened. This is another great book in the series - a classic Anne Stuart omega or anti-hero, a well thought out and realistic plot, character development and unconventional romance - not a stereotypical "they see each other and 50 pages in, they are in love". As with many of this author's books, the reader is not really certain they should like the main male character - the hero, because he may not actually be a hero, he certainly has flaws. This is a good story. Although this book can be read alone, integration of several characters from earlier novels into the story line make the story line interesting and someone who has read the earlier novels would have a greater appreciation for the plotline and earlier characters' involvement. This series has had a number of narrators, all of whom I liked, Xe Sands does a great job with both female and male voices, accents, pauses and speed. I will go back and listen to the five earlier audiobooks.
Yes, I really enjoyed all of the Ice series,looking forward for the next book
It was hard to stop listening too. I liked the way people from the other books were put into the story, make it seem real.
I think she did well with all the characters.
Truly entainering books, and was read very well.
But good for emotional appeal and sensuality. It may fit your mood.
This was supposed to be romantic suspense. But the suspense was off stage. It was told more than shown. For example. Barringer (the main bad guy) was too conveniently all knowing. Finn was kidnaped and held for three years in the South American mountains. How would Barringer know that Finn would escape now and go to specific towns? How did he know Finn was planning to stay a few days in a specific country house? How would Barringer know Finn believed Madsen was responsible for his kidnaping and was planning to kill Madsen. The truth was Thomason was responsible. Barringer also changed his motivations midstream which did not make sense. He wanted to kill one guy. Then later decided to forget that and kill another just because the other avoided being captured by his men. Then we have Finn. Several times we are told Finn killed bad guys but we did not see the action (the movements, the feelings, the dialogue, how it happened).
Ok so don’t expect well thought out motivations and suspense. But the overall plot was good. There is more pondering than normal, but the author does pondering well.
The best parts of this book are two sex scenes. Boy does this author know how to write sex scenes. They are full of passion and sensuality. I loved them. Finn was so sexy and dreamy. And the narrator definitely added to the allure.
Genre: romantic suspense
I'll definitely listen to this audiobook again. In fact I've just finished it and will be starting over at the beginning as soon as I've done here. It is the perfect mix of suspense and - though I hesitate to use the word - romance.
Of all of Anne Stuarts books this one reminds me most of Ruthless. The hero/antihero...is not as heartless as some of her protagonists.
I have to say - odd as it may be - that Dylan was my favorite character. Xe Sands is EXCELLENT...and is definately in my top 5 narrators. I live with a teenage boy - and Xe had the breed down perfect in her narration of him.
I was very disappointed with this book, I really enjoyed the Ice series but this one, last one for me, was boring. When I start running errands and answer calls and talking with other people while I am listening to a book; i know I made a bad choice. The narrator was so slow and boring that a few times actually put me to sleep. Anyway, this is not a book for me, When I buy action books, I am hoping to actually get action, not romance...
knitter, weaver, spinner
I enjoyed this novel very much, in spite of its obvious problems. For me, this book was the same kind of escapist fun as "Romancing the Stone".
It was fairly well written, but not very well edited. Ms. Stuart is clearly an experienced and skilled writer, but she needed editorial help with some internal inconsistencies. There was also enough cliche in her dialogue to become distracting at points.
The narrator was able to portray the different characters convincingly with the possible exception of the scene with "the bull"; although, I am not sure this was her fault since that scene was so contrived.
Overall, this was a flawed but very enjoyable book.
never plan on reading any of her books again
the repetitive references to sex was more than any story or intrigue to follow
story was terrible - I listen for a couple of hours but it was about the guy getting laid - waste of credit!
Addicted to Audible!
No way could I ever listen to this book again unless it was narrated by someone else.
Can't think of one.
There is not enough words or space to express them. In over 700 books on tape she is the worst narrator I have ever listened to. Nails on the chalk board has more appeal. Almost monotone and attempting to be sexy she comes across as puke in a bucket.
I loved the book but it took all my effort to finish it. Sorry to say Xe, you need a new profession.
I enjoyed them all
I will enjoy many Anne Sturat books in the future but absolutely will not purchase one narrated by Xe.
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