Being a confirmed Susan Andersen fan I was thrilled to see On Thin Ice available at my local bookstore. Iíve eagerly read everything of hers I can find and enjoyed every one since a fellow reviewer introduced me to her over a year ago. So I was surprised to see the original publication date on this novel Ė 1995. This may well be a case of the publisher realizing that a writer has turned to gold, and has scrambled through past releases to find one that will sell well.
Clearly this was the right move in this case. Set in and around the world of professional ice skating, this story has all the trademark characters that make Susan Andersenís writing so much fun. Her heroine, ice star Sasha Miller, is a jewel with rough edges, working to overcome some pretty heavy history. The hero, Mick Vinicor, is a savagely sexual, seriously disillusioned good guy, working undercover. They collide and both their lives skid into an uncontrolled triple lutz.
The plot is pretty elementary, perhaps lacking in a little of the polish so evident in Ms. Andersenís current works. But that is of minor consideration next to the sizzling heat generated by Mick and Sasha. In a classic case of "he lusts, she distrusts", they battle their way into the bedroom, and their eventual cease-fire explodes with passion. They are one hot couple ó itís a surprise that the ice didnít melt under Sashaís skates.
If youíre looking for charming lovers enjoying great romance all wrapped up in a tidy plot, you wonít find many better than this book. Unless you want to try a couple of other Susan Andersen novels, that is.