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Ice Storm by Anne Stuart

Ice Storm

by Anne Stuart

Series: Ice (4)

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Ice Storm
3.5 Stars

The suspense plot is exciting but the romance falls flat.

Isobel never appealed to me as a character in the previous books mainly due to the fact that she comes across as cold, aloof and unemotional. While this works well for the strong willed and independent leader of a covert organization, it does not make for an approachable romance heroine. Unfortunately, Stuart attempts to remedy this by highlighting Isobel's vulnerability and her past history with Killian but merely succeeds in turning her into an idiotic airhead who allows her libido to override her common sense. She isn't even an effective agent - what kind of covert operative can't speak any other languages, especially Arabic?

Killian is initially depicted as a lethal and cold-hearted killer with no scruples whatsoever. Nevertheless, given the nature of the other heroes in the series, it is obvious that there is more to him than meets the eye and it is, therefore, no surprise when he truth is revealed about this enigmatic mercenary.

In terms of the romance, the emotional connection between Killian and Isobel fails to materialize and their love/hate relationship never moves beyond the hate into the love. It remains unclear at the end if either of them actually cares whether or not the other lives or dies.

The rest of the storyline involving a mole within the Committee who seems bent on destroying Isobel and her operatives is exciting and action packed. The glimpses into the lives of the couples from previous installments is a real highlight and make this a worthwhile addition to the series. Reno's book is next and it will be interesting to see what type of operative he turns into. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I didn't like this book when I started it but decided to keep reading. At the beginning, I was bored - wasn't interested in Isobel Lambert's story as the head of The Committee. But, oh boy! I am so glad I kept reading. You have to get several chapters into this one before it grabs you.
Serafin, the most dangerous man in the world, has agreed to give The Committee some valuable information if they will help him get to England alive. Isobel goes to get him and this starts a while ride of dangerous situations plus the added bonus of a boy, Mahmoud, who is along for the ride and Reno as a new operative.
Not as much bad language and explicit sex in this book which is a good thing and more about the plot. I ended up really enjoying this story. ( )
  DunnFunKat | Jun 27, 2016 |
just could not get into this one... tried several times and got up to chapter 4 but it just never grabbed me - off to the op-shop for you.. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
It's second-chance romance, Anne Stuart style!

I'll come right out and say it, I thought I wouldn't like this one. I almost skipped it, thinking I'll maybe come back to it sometime in the future. What a mistake that would have been.

It's just as gripping and action-packed as the first three books. It does have a slightly different format, with flashbacks and present, but once I got used to it it was great.

It follows a character you know very well by now, Madame Lambert. Except, for how much you've been in her head in the previous two books, you might as well have skimmed her parts, because in the end everything you think you know about her is wrong.

I thought she was in her late forties, early fifties, a sophisticated French woman with an air of superiority and indifference to her. And that's exactly what she wanted you to believe. Seriously, great writing. Was it planned? Did the author just spin it to work in her favor? It doesn't matter because it works.
I liked Isobel. She's the Ice Queen, cool and calm and collected, pulling every string and keeping up appearances of cool indifference. I'll admit I thought I wouldn't have cared for her. But in the end she turns out to be such a great heroine.
The story goes back eighteen years and shows you a much younger Mary Isobel falling in love with a fellow American student who ends up betraying her in the worst way possible.
Chaos, lust, confusion. His job here was done.
Killian Killian Killian. I really can't say as much as I want to about him without spoiling anything. Yes, he's just as ruthless, a mercenary with no scruples, a manipulative monster, pretty much everything I'm used to the heroes in these books being. I thought he was an asshole and a jerk and just about any other demeaning adjective out there. At times I thought he was a sweet jerk. But jerk nonetheless. This is the first time that the hero blatantly uses the heroine for his own pleasure, just because he knows he can. I hated him. But I loved him. Call me crazy.
However, there's more to Serafin the Butcher than meets the eye. While he is a typical hero for this series, there was something kind about him. He has this weird affectionate fascination with Isobel. He never insults her in his head as I'm used to. He doesn't want revenge for how she left him to die all those years ago, even though he gets enough opportunities for it. I kept thinking, what in the world is going on? And I had my suspicions. I even came very close. But I was still wrong. You will LOVE the twist.

I thought maybe Isobel, being an operative herself, would be less of a damsel in distress. Yeah, she was, but not too much. The power keeps shifting from Isobel to Killian and back, but he is still the one that takes care of her most of the time. I thought present day Isobel and Killian had awesome chemistry. The two people from the flashbacks, not so much - probably because I felt they were rushed. They bicker constantly, it's a real love/hate relationship. Loved the romance here, even though it wasn't very romantic. They were a perfect match.

I liked the plot, there's a mystery to it and it keeps you wondering. And I loved that the author keeps bringing back old characters.
A couple of graphic sex scenes, yes. Do I even have to say this anymore? It's a habit of mine. You have been warned.

Yes, Bastien shows up (and so do Peter and Reno). By now I'm pretty much resigned to how much I loved Bastien. When he showed up I welcomed him with open arms. It's crazy, but whatever. Just go with the flow, you can't fight Bastien. He completely stole every scene he was in, with his cool, detached efficiency, always consistent with the character you fell in love with in Black Ice.

In conclusion, Black Ice is still my favorite of the series. But in Ice Storm you get another reader gripper that lives up to this wonderful, but crazy series. I keep giving these books five stars, it feels weird.
Now, fifth book. It's Reno's story and I just know I'm in for a great ride. ( )
  AriBookzilla | Sep 21, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778325008, Mass Market Paperback)

Behind her mask is a deadly secret?

The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life?a life that ended long ago.

But Isobel's past and present are about to collide when Serafin, mercenary, assassin and the most dangerous man in the world, makes a deal with The Committee. Seventeen years ago Isobel shot him and left him for dead. Now it looks as if he's tracked her down for revenge. But Isobel knows all too well that looks can be deceiving?and that's what she's counting on to keep her cover in this international masquerade of murder.

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Seventeen years ago Isobel shot Serafin, and left him for dead. Has he tracked her down for revenge... or pleasure?

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