by Anne Stuart

November 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2356-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Genevieve Spenser, a lawyer with a prestigious Manhattan based law firm, sets foot on board of philanthropist Harry Van Dornís yacht, the SS Seven Sins, to deliver him legal papers to sign, she is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Genevieve doesnít want to stay, as she is on her way to a lengthy vacation in Costa Rica, but her wealthy host has other plans.

Peter Jenson works for a secret organization and is undercover as Van Dornís personal assistant. Heís only too aware of the pseudo philanthropistís sadistic tastes, and doesnít want Genevieve hurt. However, in charge of bringing down Van Dorn and his empire and thus preventing several devastating terrorist attacks, he canít afford any witnesses. So, it comes as no surprise when he receives the order to eliminate Genevieve. She is nothing more than collateral damage. Usually Peter has no qualms when it comes to killing people, but Genevieve is an innocent...and she is getting under his skin.

Genevieve knows not to trust Peter. She has no idea which side heís on, and as long as he wants to kill her, she doesnít care. But danger is a powerful aphrodisiac...

Cold As Ice is an entertaining and fascinating read. Peter is a cold hero, but not for very long. His morals get in the way. When he refuses to kill Genevieve, he shows a soft side. When he teaches her to defend herself, and helps her escape he isnít scary anymore, but caring. Sure the sex is not very loving, and both are more than willing to fight dirty, but it is obvious that Peter and Genevieve need and deserve each other. Genevieve is strong, not a victim, but obviously in need of a protector. With Genevieve, Peter gets a partner able to stand up to him and to bring forth his humane side.

Does all of the story make sense? Does it matter? No. Anne Stuart has delivered a fast paced and very exciting adventure. Nevertheless, readers looking for a heart-warming and tender romance should steer clear of this novel. Readers looking for a exhilarating romantic suspense with strong characters will find Cold As Ice to be a good choice.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Kris Alice.

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