Book Review

BLACK ICE
by Anne Stuart

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

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The opportunity to make lots of cash
for a few days' work is too tempting for impoverished translator Chloe Underwood to resist, as is the chance to bring excitement and glamour to her mundane life.

Unfortunately, there's a catch: It's
soon obvious that her employers are not what they seem, and the situation at the secluded chateau is not just unpleasant, it's dangerous. Only covert operative Bastien Toussaint is standing between Chloe and certain death when he spirits her away. She's not even sure he can be trusted, but she has little choice.

No one does this type of story
quite as well as Stuart and, as always,
it's not for the timid or squeamish.
Her alpha hero is quite memorable
and, after a rocky start, Chloe ends up being his match in every way. (May, 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer

Publisher: Mira

Published: May 2005

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(1 ratings)

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Black Ice

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 13, 2011 - 10:23pm.

When Chloe Underwood gets a chance to make some extra money translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance. But she soon discovers that these people are not international food distributors, but illegal arms dealers. When they find out she knows too much they decide that she has to die. But one member of the group, Bastien Toussaint, drags Chloe away. Bastien is a secret agent working for "the committee". He and Chloe are soon hiding in Paris, and trying to get out of the country alive.

I always like a book with the "on the run" theme and this one is no exception. My problem with the story is actually the main characters. Chloe comes across as somewhat naive bordering on TSTL (too stupid to live). She keeps saying she can take care of herself, but we know there is no way she could get herself out of this mess without Bastien's help. Bastien is a bit too cold for my taste. Is he just a cold-blooded killer or is he one of the good guys? Actually, I'm still not sure. So, I give this one high marks for a plot that kept me turning the pages, but subtract a little bit for the characters. My rating: 4 Stars.