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On Thin Ice (Ice #6)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,222 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Elizabeth Pennington has come to the war-torn South American country of Callivera to volunteer at a tiny mission. Kidnapped by the local rebels who are more interested in ransom than politics, she ends up at their camp in the Andes where she meets Finn MacGowan, member of the infamous Committee, a covert organization dedicated to destroying terrorism. MacGowan has been hel ...more
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Published September 15th 2011
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Oct 15, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Stuart, dangerous heroes, & dark romantic suspense
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5 stars – Romantic Suspense

Awesome read! Finally another ICE book and it delivered! With exotic locales, nonstop action, edge-of-your-seat danger, knuckle-gripping suspense, uber nasty villains, an unforgettably sexy, ruthless Irish hero, a heroine who manages a minimal amount of whining for such extreme and violent situations, hot sexual tension, and steamy romance, On Thin Ice is definitely a must read for fans of Anne Stuart’s ICE series and dark romantic suspense! My only quibble is that the
4.5 stars for this wonderful romantic adventure. Set in rain forests, with a kidnapping / escape trope, a secret agent, and a heiress, it brings to mind Linda Howard's Midnight Rainbow and -- to less extent -- Heart of Fire . It's reminiscent of Stuart's The Soldier And The Baby, and Lovelace's Night of the Jaguar (in e-book Dangerous to Hold). All these titles have "jungle love" escape plots, with an earthy bad-boy.

I ♥ this book. Love. It. However, because of some quibbles, listed last, I cann
Why on earth does this author have the ability to leave me with a silly grin on my face while I replay countless scenes from the book in my head, which inadvertently prohibits me from moving on to my next book? I guess with this question, all roads lead to Rome, which is obviously this author's unique, awesome, and unparalleled talent.

On Thin Ice was an unexpected gift as I thought that Fire And Ice was the final chapter in the ICE series. Now instead of being grateful and satisfied, I find myse
Jane Stewart
Weak on motivations. Too much telling no showing. But good for emotional appeal and sensuality. It may fit your mood.

This was supposed to be romantic suspense. But the suspense was off stage. It was told more than shown. For example. Barringer (the main bad guy) was too conveniently all knowing. Finn was kidnaped and held for three years in the South American mountains. How would Barringer know that Finn would escape now and go to specific towns? How did he know Finn was planning to stay a few d
5+++++ stars for 'On Thin Ice'

5 gazillion stars for the whole dang series!!

What a thrilling end to an amazing series!! I'm so glad Anne Stuart decided to save Finn McGowan from his three-year captivity in South America. It was hellish and grueling, but I think Finn would agree everything he endured was worth it the end - because it led him to Beth, the love of his life.

Everything in this one was pretty darn perfect! Finn is a more than worthy Ice-guy who (grudgingly!) steps up to play the hero
Adding to my audio shelf. Narrator Xe Sands nailed it. Finn's Irish accent is lovely and lyrical yet studly and, did I mention sexy? I'm so glad she didn't make him sound like a wee leprechaun.

I LOVED this. Finn is Irish and cheeky and adorable. He was trying to be an Anne Stuart bad boy, but he just couldn't pull it off.

Great book, great narration. I'll take Anne Stuart and Xe Sands any day.
ETA - My wish was granted! On Thin Ice will be coming out as an audiobook, and it scored the same narrator as Fire and Ice, I'll be a very happy listener after having been a happy reader the first time around.

An author I've read for more years than I can count - can you say Catspaw I and II? And then there are the fabulous Moonrise and Nightfall?

She brought us Black Ice, with a hero nearly cold enough to give you frost bite, until you get to know him of course - to the outrageous Reno with Jilly
I loved this book. It is now my favorite Anne Stuart book. I have no idea how I'm going to follow up this book!
Finn! Wow Finn, probably the best hero I've read in a very long time. Just absolutely everything I want from a romance hero. I'm heading to bed a happy reader! LOL
Alex is The Romance Fox
Elizabeth Pennington has come to the war-torn South American country of Callivera to volunteer at a tiny mission. Kidnapped by the local rebels who are more interested in ransom than politics, she ends up at their camp in the Andes where she meets Finn MacGowan, member of the infamous Committee, a covert organization dedicated to destroying terrorism. MacGowan has been held hostage for almost three years, and he's chosen the night she arrives as the night he plans to escape. When he doe
Anne Stuart announced about the release of the On Thin Ice, the 6th book in the ICE series when I had long given up hope that there would ever be another book in the 5-star series that I had enjoyed immensely from the minute I picked up Black Ice. For me, Anne Stuart is one of a kind; an author who manages to deliver heroes in a league of their own, passion that absolutely scorches through the pages and a love when it comes, binds the hero and heroine for all time to come. And On Thin Ice turned ...more
Duchess Nicole
Nov 12, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense readers who love barely redeemable heroes
I have yet to meet an Anne Stuart book that I don't like. This is the final installment of the Ice series, which truly breaks my heart. Ms. Stuart writes in such a way that I really think that I could read on to book forty and still get a fresh new hero and heroine.

While this one was slightly shorter than her other Ice novels, (200 pages on my reader), I wouldn't call it novella length. It certainly felt like a full length book.

McGowan has been missing for three years, being held captive by a c
A. Bookzilla.
Still coming down from the high that was this book. Finn MacGowan in South America, I wanted to read about you ever since you went missing in Ice Storm! I just knew you'd be a treat. Brilliant.

It stands out from other ICE books simply because the hero is different in so many ways than the other heroes of this series, and it's missing that "how about we kill all innocents that get in our way, and while we're at it, I like you but I'd kill you, too!" element.

Finn is resourceful, intelligent, and y
The sixth addition to Anne Stuart's exciting Ice series. Heiress Beth Pennington was kidnapped by rebels in the small South American mission where she is teaching English. Finn MacGowan has been held by these same rebels for the last 3 years and decided it was time to plan another escape. He certainly doesn't want the added burden of Sister Beth along for the ride. He has already agreed to help two others escape with him. But Beth is determined not to stay behind, especially when it is obvious w ...more
I suspect that if I had read this in print, it might have come across as a bit same old/same old, but a really excellent narration kept it fresh and exciting. Terrific accents, very sensual sex scenes. The hero is somewhat less dark than usual for this series; as Diana said, he wants to be bad, but he can't quite make it.

“You’re sure you’re not a sister?” he tossed back at her, his voice little more than a growl on the night air.

She was closer than he thought, making decent enough headway on the steep hill. “I’m an only child.”

Stupid, he thought. “I’m asking if you’re a holy nun.”

“I told you, I’m not a nun, holy or otherwise.”

Okay, she met the criteria for fuckable.


MacGowan was better at cheating than she was, Beth realized in no time at all. All her machinations got her exactly nowhere. If
Brittany B.
Tentative 4 stars. Might change to 5.
I really liked this book. I would have better reading this one right after Fire and Ice. I may listen to the lovely voice of Xe Sands again soon. I was interrupted too many times to get into the story as much as I normally do.

Despite all the interruptions, I enjoyed this plot and was riveted to the end. I don't feel like I connected with the characters, and that's why I want to reread it...

Highly recommended. Audio version is exceptional!
Ice scores:
4.5 stars for the banter
2.5 stars for the suspense
5 stars for the hero
4 stars for the heroine
4 stars for the romance

For some completely inexplicable reason, this one was lurking on my kindle, unread and forgotten. A bit like MacGowan really. Until I found it after a re-read of the other Ice series books, and it made me realise just how much I bloody well love the books this author writes.

There's action, there's great characters (and not just the hero and heroine either), there's solid plots, there's absolutely fabulous dialogue, there's just enough sexy bits to maintain interest (but not too much to make it t
I have Love the whole ICE series and when I heard that she wrote another one I bought it right away. And I'm soooo glad I did. I loved this book and I wish I had chosen to read it on a month that wasn't so darn busy, it's one that I wanted to curl up on the couch with and not put down until it was done. But no such luck, I k.ow that I will reread it soon though.

Beth (h) is a very wealthy woman but she was also very lonely. Her parents are both gone,she has no other family and she's never been g
Delicious Finn McGowan is the easiest Ice man to love, so I can confidently recommend him to readers who are leery of the cold-hearted, murder-y heroes in this steamy series. He even shows a hint of softness in his first meeting with the heroine, which is remarkable. Mind you, he's still bad to the bone (and such a bone!) but there was never a moment when I thought the heroine should hit him over the head with a crowbar... One thing I really liked about On Thin Ice is that(view spoiler) ...more
Taria Reed
I LOVED FINN!!! No really, Finn was such a sweetheart even though I knew he was a trained killer. I thought the story was so good. I loved that this book was never about him killing her, it was always about him protecting her and wanting her. What am I saying, of course he wanted "Sister" Beth, after all, it's been THREE

Story - 4.5
Narrator - 4

Xe gave a solid performance again. She gave Finn the sexiest Irish lilt I can imagine a woman pulling off. You go girl! I think I have a girl
Nikki ♥
Loved it! It was just as good as the rest in the series if not better. A little hard to compare since it's been a while since I've read Fire And Ice.

It's nonstop action and suspense. Just as soon as you are getting a chance to breathe something else happens.

I'd highly recommend it to anyone following the series.
Agggghhhh, I DO NOT want this series to end. Anne Stuart is a master and with Xe Sands as the narrator, I could listen forever. Ms. Stuart, please tell me this series is not over!
Nov 05, 2014 Livia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic thrillers
Reading the 6th book in the Ice series was like putting on a comfortable pair of PJs. I simply can’t get enough of the Committee group of spies. Finn McGowan is a thirty-something year old Irishman and Committee operative who decides to make a break for it after 3 longs years of imprisonment at a South American rebel prison camp. The night he makes his escape also happens to be the same night that heiress and do-gooder Elizabeth Pennington joins the prison camp. Finn, with his own self interest ...more
The book captivated me from the start and I really couldn't wait to see how the relationship between Finn MacGowan, a ruthless spy and Elizabeth Pennington, a teacher, would develop and how he would manage to get them through the jungle and danger. However, Elizabeth proved to be just another 30-year-old spinster, frigid and childish. I don't understand why this author keeps making him like that. It's terrible.

And suddenly, an interesting quote pops out:

It was either a skinny kid or a woman, and
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Xe Sands - Narration 5*s

Review written for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks -

From the moment Finn MacGowan was introduced in On Thin Ice I wanted to hear him in audio. Who can resist the voice of an Irishman? Thanks to Tantor I only had to wait five months for the experience, and thanks to a teaser posted by narrator Xe Sands as she developed Finn’s voice, I was 90% certain I was going to be in audiobook heaven with the combination of Anne Stuart’s
Monique Atgood
Synopsis: Heroine Beth is a volunteer teacher in 3rd world mission. She is captured for ransom and taken to a mountain hideout. Hero Finn, has spent 3 years as an involuntary guest of the "Guiding Light" jungle brigade, and is ready to make his escape the very night Beth arrives. She follows him, and he reluctantly takes her and others to safety in a torturous trek through the mountains and jungles that spans several days. Meanwhile, the CIA is trying to capture Finn in order to extract a compli ...more
I really enjoyed this book. This is one of those rare books where I like the heroine much more than the hero. She seemed supremely strong emotionally in the face of all the violence surrounding her- even her breakdowns are very well done and made me want to cry right along with her.
The hero wasn't really special to me so I feel a little let down BUT the banter between them is very spot on. Their back and forth dialogue was so enjoyable to read and I definitely wasn't letdown in that department.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Anne Stuart is the undisputed Queen of romantic suspense in my book and the Ice series definitely one of the best series in the genre. This is the final book and what a ride it's been. The fate of missing operative Finn MacGowan is finally explored, he's been held by terrorists in South America and when he finally breaks out he has beautiful but emotionally distant heiress Elizabeth "Sister Beth" Pennington at his side. Of course, Beth isn't really a nun and soon amongst the escape from scary ga ...more
Katherine Bone
On Thin Ice was the first Anne Stuart book I've read. Though I listened to the audio with Xe Sands as narrator, I'm completely sold on Anne Stuart's writing style. Finn and Beth struggled throughout this book to believe in what they knew, until believing in something they could have meant all the difference in the world. Love the espionage (typically out of my reading genre), CIA operatives, covert operations, escaping the drug cartel, and most of all, a man who will do anything to save his char ...more
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“(Beth) “You can’t leave me behind!”
“I can and I will, if I have to break your neck to keep you from following me.”
“I’d like to see you try.”
“No, you wouldn’t.” His voice was flat, unemotional, but even in the darkness she could see the faint flicker in his eyes. She looked behind her, at the crumpled body of the pot smoking soldier, his head at an odd angle, his eyes open and staring.
“Oh, God,” she whispered, horrified. What had seemed a strange kind of nightmare was suddenly, terribly real. “Did you kill him?”
“No, the tooth fairy came along and took care of him.”
“He moved around the wide counter, silent as always. She was sitting on the floor, her arms wrapped around her knees, her fist in her mouth to try to quiet her sobs, and he realized he hadn’t actually seen her cry before. [..]
She must have felt his eyes on her, for she suddenly swallowed her sob on a choked gasp and looked up at him, her huge, sorrow-filled eyes a sharper pain than the knife slash.
He moved slow enough, so as not to spook her, to give her plenty of time to move, but she stayed where she was, her huge eyes looking into his, and she fucking broke his heart, if he still possessed such a useless organ.”
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