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ICE
by Linda Howard

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Sensuality: HOT

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Howard fans get a second dose of her patented brand of romantic suspense this year. While the book's short length places the story closer to a novella than a novel, it has all the classic elements of a Howard romantic adventure. Survival is the name of the game, as two former teenage foes reunite in the face of deadly danger. All we could ask is that the story be longer.

As teenagers, mayor's daughter Lolly Helton and sheriff's son Gabriel McQueen locked horns constantly. Now a widower with a young son, Gabriel arrives for family visit with a nasty ice storm at his heels. His father asks him to check on Lolly, who is at her family's cabin and out of phone contact.

Taking up a local's offer to stay with them during the storm, Lolly heads to her cabin to pick up some clothes, never realizing that two dangerous meth addicts are following her. Suddenly she's trapped in her cabin with addicts who are growing more irrational and treacherous. Gabriel and Lolly must survive the storm's icy fury and this deadly pair. (Nov., 200 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: BALLANTINE

Published: November 2009

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ICE - Linda Howard

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 25, 2010 - 9:03pm.

Sheriff McQueen enlists his son, Gabriel, to drive up the mountain and check on Lolly Helton. There is an ice storm brewing and Lolly doesn't have a phone or TV and might not be prepared for it. Gabriel would rather not make the trip since Lolly was his high school nemesis and they never got along. But, as soon as he arrives at Lolly's home, he sees strangers with guns in the livingroom and has to get Lolly out of the house as soon as possible. But with the ice freezing everything, including Lolly who isn't dressed for the storm, where will they hide?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The suspense was fantastic, the villains were scary and the hero and heroine were both interesting characters. My only problem is the book was too short. It could have been so much better if it had another 100 pages and more time to work on the romance portion of the book. Maybe they could have been stuck on the mountain for a few more days. My rating: 4 Stars.