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Fire and Ice

Narrated by: Xe Sands
Series: Ice, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
4 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Anne Stuart delivers exciting stuff for those of us who like our romantic suspense dark and dangerous." (Jayne Ann Krentz)

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It was Fire and Ice...

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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loved it

I enjoyed this entire series ,but Fire and Ice the best Anne Stuart so far ! Reno is HOT HOT HOT!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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great book

This is my favorite Anne Stuart so far. Really liked the story and the reader was great.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Basicly lust with a little action.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

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

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Xe Sands?

I would try one. The narrator did a good job.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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.

Any additional comments?

There was potential but the execution was lacking.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Narrator and Fabulous Book

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!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • MaryAnn
  • Idaho Falls, ID, United States
  • 04-16-14

Could use a more complex plot

Would you try another book from Anne Stuart and/or Xe Sands?

no

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

yes

What would have made this romance irresistible?

better plot, less foul language

Any additional comments?

This novel really was more sexual tension than any kind of plot - romance? Not really romantic, just graphic, leaving little to the imagination.

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Stuart and Sands a match made in heaven!

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!

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Very okay

I like the story okay. but the big problem I have is with the way the characters interact. he is borderline cruel and she's a pushover

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My fav!!

This is my favorite of the series so far. The overall series has been fantastic but this one has been funny and exciting. Xe Sand is a great narrator as slways.

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Worth the Wait

Any additional comments?

Was waiting for their story after seeing the attraction when they first met. Was very satisfied with their story and narrator was great. I have enjoyed the whole ICE series but I wish Anne would do a short epilogue in her books.