Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Black Ice ( Ice #1 ) by Anne Stuart

Black Ice by Anne Stuart

Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion--even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Then by chance Chloe discovers her employers are anything but the entrepreneurs they appear, and suddenly she knows far too much. Her clients are illegal arms dealers, and one of them is ordered to kill her. But instead, Bastien Toussaint drags Chloe away, and the next thing she knows she's on the run with the most terrifying and seductive man she's ever met. What were his motives--and would she live long enough to find out?




I've heard Anne Stuart wrote the best gamma heroes around and yet I waited so long to read Black Ice. Oh, silly me.

From the numerous reviews I've read with people saying Bastien was 'too gamma', I was expecting him to be ruthless, cruel and totally hard to like. But that was totally not the case. He was simply too matter-of-fact about life and dead, emotionless like a brick wall and cold as a cucumber. Honestly, I like him from the get go from his POV that came with a touch of humor and a hint of sarcasm. I mean he can talk about slitting your throat with as must passion as if he was cutting up a piece of cheese. He simply did not care one way or another beside of finishing his job.

The heroine Chloe is an American working in Paris who was being caught at the wrong place at a wrong time. She is the classic damsel in distress. She isn't badass that went all gung ho, can't wipe out a gun or kick someone crotch, but I find her reaction to her circumstances totally understandable and believable. She is a normal girl next door, with enough common sense and self-preservation.

I love the romance despite that it doesn't fill with flower or roses. The thing that came from Bastien mouth is always something like 'You're an inconvenience that I will dispose off if necessary'. With his attitude, is hard to make a girl to be all starry eye at him. But compare to other abusive gamma hero that I've read, I thought he was awesome. Chloe hated him, but can't help the fact that he might be her unlikely savior after all. It amused me that Bastien knew he had subconsciously became an unlikely hero and he was chastising himself for it. He keep saying he don't care, but he keep coming back for her, not once, but numerous time. Despite his cold exterior, he easily melt my heart.

The ending was great, but I can't help feeling that I'm nowhere near getting all the little tidbits that I need. There are so many things that I want to know. How are their life gonna proceed after this? And mind you, I don't even know whether Bastien is really a French. Well, at least he confirm his first name. I hope I will get to see some glimpses of him in the subsequent books in the series. 

Rating 5/5