Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart (‘Ice’ series Book #5)

Fire and Ice Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

‘Ice’ series Book #5

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages – Publisher: Mira (May 1, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0778325369 – ISBN-13: 978-0778325369

Talk about lost in translation…

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, kinappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.

Fire and Ice on

Fire and Ice on

Fire and Ice on


Review: Exciting, dark and dangerous!

An excellent fifth book in the series (and this makes me want to cry, but I’ll get to that part in a minute). Lots of action, blood, death, fighting, rescuing, running, hiding and suspense in between.

Jilly, a brainiac all of 20 years old, a stong woman with a mind of her own, runs to her sister when a one-night-stand goes wrong, for the comfort only a sister can give. You’d think that, since her sister hadn’t returned any of her calls, for all her brains, Jilly would think something was up and not fly to Japan. Yeah, that’s not what happened and instead, she runs smack-dab into trouble – the trouble meant for Summer and Takashi.

Reno, Takashi’s cousin (real name Hiromasa Shinoda), comes to the rescue, much to Jilly’s dismay. Peter Madsen (Book #2 – Cold as Ice), continuously wonders how Reno would do as a Committee agent when he can’t even be silent on his feet for a surprise attack. In this book, Peter is proven wrong, even if he’s not there to see it. Reno sneaks up, takes care of business and is now on the run with Jilly, trying to keep them both alive. Silent, fierce, he does what he needs to do in every situation, regardless of how it makes him feel, whether with the bad guys or with Jilly.

Plenty of twists and turns right until the end, right until the end. I decided, at 3am, to write my review now instead of then and went to bed. Before writing my review, I hit Stuart’s website for news on the next ‘Ice’ book. And this is where the astonished and wanting to cry part comes in.

According to her website, this is the final novel in her ‘Ice’ series, and I’m sitting here with mixed feelings. And if you plan on reading this series, stop reading my review here. The following contains spoilers.

>>Spoiler Alert<<

This can’t be the end! It’s not fair, darnit! We still don’t know about the missing agents, McGowan (who has been named several times in particular and we still don’t know what’s up with that – seemed to me like a seguay for a new book). Isobel has left with Killian and there hasn’t been a replacement. – Peter is still trying to handle what he can but there has to be a replacement. Too many unanswered questions left behind for this to be the final book in the series. Checking out her website, I can sign up for her mailing list, but there isn’t an e-mail addy for her anywhere to be found, leaving me dismayed. I suppose I could post a comment on her blog, but it’s not the same thing. However, I plan on finding a way to contact her and won’t give up until I do.



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