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A Taste of Ice (The Elementals #2)

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There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet...

Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.

Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncan
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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A Taste of Ice was very steamy but very good - this is the second of Martine's Elementals series and these are romances with scifi elements that have a very PNRish feel.

The leading man, Xavier, started out as a 'bad' guy in the previous book, Liquid Lies (The Elementals), before making a very heroic sacrifice. When we run into him again here he is still very damaged - his past is ugly and very hard to leave behind - but Xavier has found a way to cope although it is by keeping himself very contro
First Reads Review - A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine

So I got this through the Goodreads FirstReads program and I was fairly aware what I was getting into for once when I picked up a book. I mean, not entirely, because the setting here is definitely unique and took some time for me to get into (I did not read the first book in the series). But after a slight learning curve I got into the story and the relationship and everything and have to say, it was a good read. There were some parts of the ex
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars
Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

“Hanna Martine did not disappoint as she continued to make the world of
The Elementals even more intriguing.” ~Under the Covers

Xavier is finally free to live his life after years of abuse by the Ofarians. He is a Tedran, born and raised as a sex slave and any kind of freedom was non-existent for him. In Liquid Lies (Elementals #1), he was played to be a bad person but he’s just NOT. He was a slave fighting for his freedom. Ms. Martine did
Maggie Chatterton
3.5 Stars
A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine held promise. Xavier is a tortured soul and Cat is a painter obsessed with water and doesn't really know why. While I, myself, am a fan of tortured souls and people who come off a bit, nuts in the head, Xavier didn't really strike a cord with me. There were moments where was a bit too nuts for my taste.
Cat was described as intelligent but some of her dialogue suggested otherwise. She sounded more like a teenager than a grown woman. That, however, could b
Kezia Goodman
Maybe it is because I didn't read the first one, but the characters Gwen and Reed's involvement in this novel especially Xavier clearly spells out what happened, and personally I have no desire to read it.

The story line was complicated and full of conflict which I normally like, but for some reason, mid-way through it lost my interest and I just became bored, hoping and praying for it to end, cause I always finish what I start.

To any of Hanna's fans this is not a slight or an insult to her or yo
Tim Sexson
I received this title free through the GoodReads First Reads program. Not sure what to say, haven't really reviewed a romance before. I enjoyed the read and it was a quick one. The sex was hot but not dirty. It is exactly how you would feel with a girlfriend or significant other. It had some great sci-fi/fantasy characters along the lines of X-Men and V, but a whole lot meaner. A few twists and turns there to keep it interesting. Even a slight Star Wars nod, even if it was unintentional, with th ...more
FirstReads...and super good. Open book, read...ok, I get the picture, turn some pages...No!, flip a few more...Yes!, a few more...Oh No!!!, flip, flip, flip...He-She-They...Whew!, wait no...Him! I knew it!...Oh no no no...It's outta the bag...Noooo...Yes!!! *Sigh* An awesome book that had me reading until me eyes wouldn't stay open, then had me starting back up when they did. Took a little bit for me to get the jist, this was my first book reading in the series, but caught on pretty fast. Had me ...more
I won a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I read the first book in this series, Liquid Lies, when it came out a few years ago, but I had forgotten a lot of the details of the series when I received this book from the publisher. I had a hard time getting into this book at first because I had forgotten those details, and about 50 pages in, I put the book down and didn't pick it up again for a few weeks.

Eventually I did pick the book up again, and I'm very glad I did! The
Paranormal Romance
After escaping his imprisonment as a sex slave, the hero has secluded himself in a tiny village in the mountains in order to keep his demons at bay. His tiny world is severely disrupted however when he sees the heroine. She's immediately drawn to him and doesn't take no for an answer until he's agreed to spend time with her. Their romance is so unbelievably sweet and utterly realistic. The hero is beyond tortured and haunted by the ghost of his capture who urges him to become what he used to be. ...more
Lady Lioness
I read this back in January when it came out, but I've been procrastinating a bit on writing the review. See, it turns out that when you write an amusing review about the first book which references the author's editor, people will actually email it to the editor. People. As in more than one. So when you are standing at the RWA Penguin cocktail party, nervous as hell because you don't do well in crowds, and you're chatting with said editor about various books, and you happen to mention that you ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Cat Heddig is a talented artist with an affinity for water that goes far beyond the usual creative inspiration. After years painting in the Florida Keys, she has come to a tiny tourist town in Colorado for her first big show. Her patron, Michael, is convinced the Hollywood film festival will bring Cat the exposure she needs to become a successful artist.

Nobody hates the film festival season more than Xavier Jones. He spends his life looking for anonymity while working as a chef in a high end res
May Mostly Romance
ในรีวิวของเรือง Liquid Lies ซึงเปนเลมแรกในชุด เราเขียนไปประมาณวา เรืองราวจบไปแบบจบจริง ๆ ไมไดใหความรูสึกวา มีพลอตอะไรทีเหลือตองติดตามอานตอ ประเดนทีคางไวกไมไดคาใจใหญหลวง เขียนแบบนัน โปรดอยาเขาใจผิดวา หนังสือชุดนีไมนาอานนะคะ เพราะเราหยิบมาอานทันทีตอเนืองกัน และแมจะพลอตในเลมหนึงดูลงตัวมีบทสรุป แตคาแรคเตอรหลักในเลมสองกมีความนาสนใจอยางมาก

ความเกงกาจของคนแตงกคือ ไมเพียงแคคาแรคเตอรเทานันทีทำใหเรืองนีนาสนใจ แตเปนพลอตเรืองดวย และทีเกงไปกวานันกคือ พลอตของเรืองนีกคือ การเสริมตอมาจากพลอตในเลมหนึงนันแหละคะ แต
“A Taste of Ice” by Hanna Martine is an intriguing paranormal read that features the mysterious elementals called Ofarians but not the way that the tormented Tedran Xavier is used to seeing them. Cat Heddig is striving to channel her affinity for painting stunning pictures of water into a career that will support her. Her gallery showing at a trendy gallery in Colorado brings her far from her comfort zone but the upheavals in her life are intensified when she is attracted to the mysterious Xavie ...more
I loved the world of the Elementals that Hanna Martine created in her first book in this series, Liquid Lies, because it had some great and relevant themes about liberty and equality. But in Taste of Ice she takes this world where people with some pretty huge differences exist and throws them into conflict like you cannot imagine. Her characters battle inner demons and outer challenges and come out victorious and healed. Xavier, the ex-slave hero of Taste of Ice has got to be the most deliciousl ...more
Joint review originally posted here:

Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publish Date: Out Now (December 31, 2012)
How I got this book: eARC from NetGalley

There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet…

Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.

Cat has always
Joshua Burns
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A Taste of Ice is everything you could hope for in paranormal lit that doesn't include werewolves. The romance, a little illogical, is intimate and charged. Xavier, a man of damaged goods, and Cat, a woman of water paintings, have a couple ghosts in the room. Then about halfway a large kick of action, intrigue, and madness (mad men and women) is introduced. Along with the action-packed kick come increasingly more and more exotic and high temperature locales.

Based on
...MiscJoy: I enjoyed Martine’s writing style. It was engaging and character-focused. She hit a good balance between character interaction, internal dialogue for deeper more personal insights and creating scenes that moved the story along at a good pace. The romance does develop a bit fast, but it wasn’t smooth-sailing and had fits and starts that, given Xavier’s history, made it seem more realistic. I think Martine created compelling characters in Xavier and Cat. Xavier was clearly a traumatize ...more
Emily (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
Review posted on Kindles & Wine

Xavier is our troubled, reluctant hero in A Taste of Ice. After a pretty awful start to life, he has discovered a passion for cooking that helps him forget his past and is hoping to just be left alone. Enter Cat – a bartender/artist from Florida. Her paintings are on display in Xavier’s town, which brings her smack-dab into his world. Cat seems to be searching for something, but what we discover about her past and identity brings Xavier’s memories and troubles
Hanna from and Goodreads First Reads gave me a free copy of this book. Having just finished and neeeeeding the next in this series I hope it will be soon!

Xavier Jones, now the last Tedran on Earth and freed from the Ofarian slavery spent the last years learning a new trade and fighting off the sexual urges with exercise. He had been trained as a breeder, mating on command and refused to let it control him. Yet he was still alone, tormented by hallucinations of his Ofarian
Mina Khan
Interesting plot with different types of aliens. Only thing I found hard to accept is that all these humanoid aliens with special abilities existed in the world, but the humans had no clue. While I really liked the hero and heroine, at some parts I thought Cat was being too understanding given the situation and the information she had to go on.

Loved the ending. Very nicely done.

Possible Spoilers beyond this point, so do not read if you aren't interested:
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***I was given this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Goodreads First Reads program***I really liked this book. This is the second book in the Elementals series. While it can be read alone I would definitely recommend reading Liquid Lies first, otherwise you’ll be a bit lost. This book takes place five years after the Tedran’s leave earth and delves into what happens next for Xavier. It also explains more about his past and what’s haunting him. He meets Cat, a painter obsesse ...more
Amanda Gylling
Note: I received this book for free through GoodReads FirstReads.

I really liked this author's character world and world building. Xavier and Cat are such enchanting characters with many interesting layers that seem real instead of made-up. This story plays with aliens for the supernatural aspect, which I don't normally really care for, but this author amazed me in her attention to detail and logical explanations for things. The alien aspect also wasn't overwhelming or weird with things like UFOs
I won this book and am posting an unbiased review. I enjoyed this book very much. I was sucked into the story from the start. I felt the characters were well developed and kept my interest throughout the story. I can't wait to get the first book in the series, Liquid Lies, and the 3rd book, Drowning in Fire, to read more about the characters in the series.
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
2 1/2 stars

I am really on the fence about this book. I think I really should have read book one Liquid Lies first. I think there was more history with the Element world and the main character Xavier’s history.

I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love. I liked Xavier and Cat but never really connected with them. I am not sure what it was about this book. It just didn’t suck me in. I do plan on going back and reading book one and then maybe I should read book two again and see if I feel the same way.
I received a free copy of this book as a winner in Goodread's First Reads program, and, as is usually the case, I am glad I did. A "bad" guy in the first book of this series turned "good" guy by making a sacrifice. This book is his story. He is still damaged from his abuse and meets a painter, Cat. What comes is a very wonderful love story, with some dramatic twists (one in particular was very predictable, hence the 4 stars). I would caution to read the first one (which was good, too) before rea ...more
Won this book from goodreads first reads

This was one of those books I just couldn't put down., even though I didn't read the first book. But I will be going out to get it soon. I loved the characters in this book, and all the steamy scenes between cat and xavier. Looking forward to reading more works from this author.
Deborah Ideiosepius
Loved it, want to read more;

In the mood for a supernatural romance this was perfect; hot leading man. Of course he has issues but they were reasonably believable ones. Innocent (at least of her heritage), leading lady.

An interesting, well developed and well conceived plot that had decent writing to back it up.

The real hook for me (aside from, you know, the romance, hot sex and general supernatural-sci fi ) was that there was an art scene and the leading lady is a painter about to do her first
Melinda VanLone
I really enjoyed this...the beginning is all about the romance and it takes it nice and slow, and then once the romance has a firm foundation the story picks up in action, plot and politics. Loved that the main guy is a chef and the girl an artist. It just seemed like a nice mix. Loved the sexy times, and in general I loved being able to delve more into the world Martine is creating with Ofarians, Secondaries, and Primaries. If you liked the first book in the series, you'll love this. If you lik ...more
First read. This book kept me on my toes and turning page after page. It was very interesting and intriguing. I kept thinking I had it figured out only to find I was all wrong . I would definitely recommend this to others.
Love is kind and cruel. It cuts and heals. And sometimes it comes at the wrong time. You will have two choices: let love change you, or let love go. What happens when you aren't ready for love, but you realize you aren't ready to go back to the time before you knew love? You adapt or you die. Or, you choose to die during adaptation. Are you strong enough to love?
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