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Must kui jää (Ice #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  6,313 ratings  ·  538 reviews
Töö oli tappev. Ameeriklannast raamatutõlkija Chloe Underwood, kes elab Pariisis ühest palgapäevast teiseni, annaks ükskõik mida, et leida pisut põnevust ja kirge – isegi kui see oleks ohtlik. Kui talle pakutakse ühes kauges lossis toimuval ärikonverentsil ahvatlevat nädalalõpu tõlkimistööd, haarab ta võimalusest pisut elu vürtsitada. Seejärel avastab Chloe juhuslikult, et ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 2008 by ERSEN (first published May 1st 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
There is something to be said for rereads. I read this one more slowly this time, savoring the language and the scenes. I love dessert. It's my favorite meal. And I always eat my dessert very slowly. Sadly, I read this so fast the first time, since Ms. Stuart hadn't put out a book a while before this one, too fast to truly take in and appreciate all the nuances. This time, I tried to treat Black Ice as if it was a dessert to be savored. And indeed, it was like the most seductive, decadent kind o ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Black Ice is the first book in Anne Stuart's Ice series, and one edgy, fast paced, sexy story.

From the cover:
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 appe
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

I think this is the most gamma hero I've read, and I loved the hell out of him!! This book was really fast paced, intense, always something happening, I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it.
The heroine was annoying at a few times, and some stuff was repeated too much, but honestly I don't care, I enjoyed it anyway.
Bastien <3 I love you <3

Beware, if you don't enjoy antiheroes this may not be for you!
Duchess Nicole
"She'd remember, and she'd start shaking, and there was no one there to remind her to breathe."


This is such a hard book to review. Totally easy to rate, though.
Five
Huge
Stars

I can understand why some people took Bastien to be just a little too cold-hearted. But I just can't bring myself to care. I LOVED him, so much! He is ruthless and soulless. For nearly the entire book, he just doesn't back down. But you also get a glimpse of the emptiness that he exists with, the nothingness that is in his
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Shawna
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

This book is hard to rate/review because it’s so different from the typical romantic suspense novel and much darker, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but makes it more challenging to describe. I had read a lot of the reviews describing Bastien as the ultimate gamma hero, and boy is he ever! I’m not sure what I was expecting, maybe a Jason Bourne type assassin, but Bastien makes Bourne look like the Easter bunny! He’s brutally cold, ruthless, calculating, manipulative, s
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Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana

June 24, 2012: 6:30 AM. Mood:Sleep Deprived and Mind Blown
Real Review is written now :p


Oh. My. Gosh. What in the hell did I just read. I can't decide if this is the worst romance novel, if you can call it that, I have ever read or the Best. I mean, it should be called Black Crack. Easily, this is the most twisted sick excuse of a romance novel I have ever encountered. I can honestly say I'm blown, i had no fucking clue what was happening or what was going to happen. This novel goes against EVER
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Why Do I Love Assholes Stars

Sometimes I enjoy reading about the asshole jerk that should be the last man that you want to care for. Indeed sometimes those are the best characters….case in point Captain Jack Sparrow is a fantastic anti-hero and you totally root for him.

Is Bastien as good as Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, no he is not quite that awesome…but who is. He is a good anti-hero and the best part is that even though he meets good girl Chloe and they fall in lust/love not a spoiler becaus
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ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & REREAD; JANUARY 2014
Narrator: Jennifer van Dyke


This did not work for me at all:(

The Narrator: van Dyke's voice for Chloe and the narrative portions was alright but - and it's a huge 'but'...I was pulled out of the story because it struck me I was getting agitated and breathless listening to the audiobook. I knew it was connected to the book but the story wasn't suspenseful or that exciting so I listened carefully and realized it was the narrator. Her breathing could b
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 ~V~
I really really liked this book a lot but i was sooooo afraid to read it! I kept putting it off and here are the reasons why....

1. The hero in this book is too gamma.

This seemed to be a big issue with some readers. Now i'll admit, i didn't really have a clue what a gamma hero was so i went on the hunt for a definition and this is what i found...

-the gamma hero is one who is indifferent and is never possessive of the heroine.
-a gamma hero is a “combo of the alpha and beta. He’s got all the mad,
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Lady Heather
This book was AMAZING!! I thought I was reading a Robert Ludlum book... LOVE JASON BOURNE! (well done Ms. Stuart!)

The story is about an American women named Cloe who has been living in Paris for 2 years and is working as a translator at a Publishing House. Her roommate Sylvia (also a translator) asks her to take a private job translating for a prestigious group of business men that she was asked to do, but is unable to, because she wants to spend the weekend with her new boyfriend.

Cloe accepts t
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jenjn79
Weird book. Not really bad, but not exactly good. Just...weird.

Why? Because the whole book is so cold-blooded. I think the only character that had any heart or soul was Chloe. And I'm not exactly sure how rational she was considering she fell for Sebastien. Not that I really disliked Sebastien. He was rather interesting, but he seems more the type for some really great sex than for love and family. He's also one you probably wouldn't want to turn your back on because he's a cold-blooded killer.
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Karla

3 Stars! Some good, some bad, an average read/listen!

Okay I'm just going to spit it out...I was not a big fan of this book, it was just okay. I had two issues, one which might be the version of the book I read, or rather listened too, and the other is with one of the characters.

I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator exaggerated on the French accent to the point where it was annoying. A French accent is very distinct and quite lovely, but when the narrator sounds like In
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 "Who the hell knows?" stars.

Idiotic female + cold, unfeeling killer who shouldn't be let anywhere near polite society = bad book?

When it comes to how I see things, this would normally be how I'd feel. My patience for idiocy is practically non-existent these days.

I really shouldn't have liked Black Ice, but I did. The setting was different, the secret society/spy vibe was interesting, and Bastien amused me, in all of his twisted, detached glory.

Chloe should have been shot in the head multiple
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Melanie
WOW!!!!!!!

Anne Stuart is the queen of the anti-hero! I knew going into 'Black Ice' that Stuart had a penchant for writing gamma guys, but Bastien Toussaint makes all other anti-heroes I've read look like pussies!

Honestly, it was shocking how cold and despicably cruel Bastien was, and I spent a good deal of the book appalled by him and his actions. But, for all my loathing of his character, especially in the beginning, I have to say I loved every minute of it. 'Black Ice' totally blew me away!

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Adrienne
I enjoyed this, I've not read much in the way of suspense/thriller type books before so didn't know whether this would be my cup to tea, however I need not have worried. I was quickly pulled into the story which takes place (apart from the last chapter or two)over a relatively short time period, involving Bastien who works for some sort of inteligence agency and Chloe a translator who is unwitingly pulled into the inside activity and fallings out of a cartel running illegal arms. The story follo ...more
La-Lionne
I just couldn't make myself to finish it. DNF at 30%.
I was on a 5 star roll and it was bound to happen. I was hopping to continue this way, tried a new author and it didn't pay off.

Although the beginning was ok, everything else that fallowed was not.
The heroine, Chloe, gets thrown into the job, by her roommate/friend, at the last minute. Her friend has other plans, can't do the job and sort of begs/forces her friend to cover for her, because she has other plans.
She is asked to take a trip to s
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KarenH
I was a little out of my element with this book. I like contemporaries to be straight-up romance - no espionage, organized crime, or terrorists. Or so I thought. Bastien, the French hero in Black Ice, is a smuggler, a spy, a trained killer, a practiced playboy and a master of character disguise. A man of few words, he is ruthless, cold, calculating and indifferent. He is a man with a death wish...an oxymoron complementing his impressive resume as it is the reason he is still alive. To feel...to ...more
Angie **loves angst**
Before reading this I had never read an Anne Stuart book, even though she seemed to be quite popular among some of my Goodreads friends. I was drawn to this book because the hero seemed different than the usual. I guess different is a nice way of describing Bastien Toussaint. He is actually cold, aloof, distant, unfeeling, stalwart, unapproachable and detached. Because of Bastien's personality or should I say lack thereof, there are very little romantic aspects in this book. If you're looking fo ...more
Beanbag Love
To be honest, I almost DNF'd this one in the first third. The heroine behaves stupidly in a way that only a romance heroine can accomplish. Get this: she's at a gathering where she's supposed to be the French/English interpreter and she's full of suspicions about everyone. She's sure there's a conspiracy afoot and danger lurks everywhere. She gets a hinky vibe off everyone. So she proceeds to drink like a fish. Um. Girl? No. She does a few more dumb things after that and I really wanted to bail. ...more
Auntee
Mar 13, 2008 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
Recommended to Auntee by: Eastofoz
I'm so glad I finally read this one! Just excellent--I really enjoyed it! Bastien was such a bad boy hero (unlike any I've ever read). I was so glad that Chloe was able to melt that 'black ice' around his cold heart! This book was just non stop action--I can't wait to read the rest in the series! Thanks, Eastofoz, for the recommendation!
Amanda
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 o
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Mimi Smith
4 stars

The Story

Chloe Underworld has made a fatal mistake. She was in Paris, she had a (boring) job and a flighty roommate and yet she has always longed for more...So she made a wish In a moment of fancy(nothing was mentioned but I suspect alcohol was involved), she wished for excitement, sex and violence. Whether it was fate, some higher force, or simply coincidence, she got her wish...

And you know what they say...

"Be careful what you wish for..."

So, she got what she was wishing for, even tho
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Jane Stewart
Within the romance genre, this is excellent suspense. Very entertaining.

I like the structure. No cliffhanger endings to scenes, no jumping around in time, no heroine stupidity. The bad guys do smart things to get to the heroine and the hero does smart things to save the day. I was pleased. There was some weakness (the emotional development), but it didn’t bother me enough to take away from 5 stars.

There is not enough emotional development of the relationship. He doesn’t show intense desire for h
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KatLynne
I’ve never read a hero quite like Bastien Toussaint…EVER! He’s a cold, calculating, heartless killer until he meets young Chloe Underwood, and slowly that block of ice he calls a heart turns to mush.

This action-packed thriller is unputdownable! The writing is superb, the tale is gripping, and the romance is steamy. Young Chloe Underwood happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and from the moment they meet I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I loved it all and can’t wait to read mo
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Ridley
I picked this up after hearing so much about Anne Stuart and her gamma heroes. The concept of an amoral, dangerous person being a romance hero intrigued me, but I ended up distracted by the details as the book went on.

Chloe Underwood is an American in Paris working as a children's book translator when her roommate begs her to take a weekend translator job at a chateau in the French countryside. Enticed by the great pay, she takes a few suitcases of her fashionable roommate's clothes and sets off
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Didi
This was very good. It was the type of book that just got better as it progressed. It also reminded me of a combo of Sinister Kisses and The IMA series, but Bastien wasn't as mercurial and abusive as the hero in the former, or as intense as the hero in the latter.

Bastien was very different. I've read some reviews that bashed him and his initial treatment of Chloe, only to be slightly redeemed by the ending. He was definitely abrasive and sometimes came off as too callous and self-serving...which
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NiteReader
2.5 Stars

The story itself is entertaining enough but I could not connect with the characters. Bastien is an anti-hero with few redeeming qualities and Chloe is the annoying heroine who thinks she's suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. I had some major eye-roll moments, especially when Chloe suggests, "If we're going to die, we might as well do it." REALLY?

I didn't believe in their attraction to one another and the constant push/pull of their banter became tiresome. Many of my GR friends loved this
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Catherine
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Kathrynn
Apr 01, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee, Eastofoz
This book was unique to any other romantic suspense I've read because the main male character, Bastien, was a ruthless killer who worked for a spy organization that believed in killing--or allowing to be killed--a few innocent people for the good of the "whole." But, this organization was full of backstabbers (literally) and they didn't trust one another.

Chloe was a nice character who got herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is torture, a lot of killing, running and hiding. If it
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Ya~
Bastien is ruthless, unromantic, soulless, bloody dangerous, cold as ice, a womanizer, a fantastic kisser...

Damnit! Bastien is...AWESOME!

What about the heroine Chloe?
Bastien said she was amazing.

Agree. In my opinion, she is amazingly stupid, amazingly brave, amazingly clueless, amazingly talkative. Amazing. Uh, huh.

If you want a romantic hero, this book is not for you.
If you want an authentic anti-hero, Bastien is one memorable character!

The plotline in Black Ice is simple: Bastien tried to kee
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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“And telling you I care about you is a waste of time. I wouldn't have crossed the ocean, come out of hiding, tracked you down, if you didn't matter to me.” 59 likes
“He pulled her back, off balance so that she fell against him, and he took her face in his two hands and held it very still while his eyes looked down into hers. Somber, truthful, painfully honest. "I love you, Chloe," he said. "Which is the most dangerous thing I could do.” 33 likes
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