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Ice Blue (Ice #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,697 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value--until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has receiv
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ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The third book in the Ice series gives us the beautiful and deadly angel, Takashi O’Brien. His mission is to secure an ancient Japanese urn and to eliminate a young woman who knows how to lead a group of doomsday terrorists to a shrine where they plan to start Armageddon. But the man who never fails to carry through on his orders ends up falling in love with the woman he’s supposed to kill.

Honestly, I didn’t like the whole doomsday cult aspect. The bad guy was a loser, and I don’t like lazy, ine
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Ice Blue is the third book in Anne Stuart’s popular Ice series, and another exciting, sexy story. This time we're taken on wild ride as The Committee seeks to thwart a crazy villain’s attempt to “cleanse the world” with fire.
Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value--until somebody tried to kill her for it. The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be sto
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

Anne Stuart is the bestest. Ever!!!!!!

The end.
Shawna
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

"Ice Blue" is another intriguing romantic suspense read in Anne Stuart’s gripping ‘Ice’ series and my favorite of the series so far, which is saying a lot considering the two previous books were wicked good too. I thought Bastien and Peter couldn’t be beat for dark, sexy-as-sin gamma heroes, but Takashi ‘Taka’ O’Brien in "Ice Blue" is positively drool worthy! He’s half American, half Japanese, which is a rare combination for a hero of a romance novel, and he resents hi
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Alp
Sep 28, 2015 Alp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why in the world did I postpone reading this book for so long?! It was much better than the first two books in the series! Ice Blue was a captivating story of forbidden attraction and the thrill of danger that kept me hooked and sitting on the edge of my seat right through to the end.

Summer Hawthorne, a museum curator, got the ice-blue ceramic bowl from her beloved Japanese nanny without any knowledge of its history. She was in serious danger from Shirosama, the cult leader who tried to kill her
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Kathleen
4.5 stars! Ice Blue is totally cool. ‿

It's love in the midst of ancient ashes, venerable bones, priceless urns, and sacred shrines. Never a dull moment, right up until the Lunar New Year, and -- oh, no!! -- Armageddon!! It's well-paced, suspenseful, a little scary, and soooo sexy. The story flows, from winter in Santa Monica, California to rain-swept Bainbridge Island in Washington State. Then we're off to frozen Tokyo, facing-off with evil. Finally, London, on the verge of spring.

Granted, the
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Melanie
5++ stars

So. Damn. Good!!

Each 'Ice' book just gets better and better and every time I finish one, I have a new favorite. Anne Stuart knows how to deliver chilling suspense, but what really makes these books stand out are her ruthless anti-heroes.

This time we get Takashi O'Brien's story, a half-Japanese, half-Irish secret agent who can blend in anywhere. While Taka doesn't come across as quite as cold as Bestien or Peter, he's still pretty damn lethal and actually comes the closest to killing hi
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Crista
Wow!

I wanted to end my 2011 reading year with a bang, so I had intentionally saved this one for New Years reading. Ice Blue did not disappoint....it was a great way to end 2011:)

How does this author do what she does, repeatedly, with the same type of gamma hero, and still keep things new, unique, and special from book to book. Man I wish I could have coffee with Anne Stuart!

Ice Blue tells the story of Takashi and Summer. I have to be completely honest...I wasn't sure how I would like a Japanese/
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⊱ Irena ⊰
Feb 20, 2015 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5
I've read the first two books in this series and liked them (the first more than the second). I knew what I am getting into when I started reading Ice Blue. In Ice series the hero is never a true hero until the very end and comes very close to being a villain. At least it is the case with the first two books. The point is, they come very close to it, in Bastien's case he even goes a bit over the line once or twice, but not the whole damn book. Just to be clear: I do not mind this type of hero
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Auntee
Mar 21, 2008 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
Recommended to Auntee by: Eastofoz
Loved this one too, of course! Anne Stuart's 'Ice' series is just so compelling. This one involves a crazy religious cult leader intent on taking over the world and the undercover operative sent to stop him. Takashi O'Brien is yet another one of Anne Stuart's heroes who uses sex as a weapon, and museum curator Summer Hawthorne is the woman who tries hard to resist him. These two were so hot together; my only complaint is there just wasn't enough! By the time they finally admit they can't live wi ...more
Maria
Jan 13, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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It only took three books for me to say this: I am a huge fan of Anne Stuart. She really knows how to write great story with the most complicated and interesting characters! And, believe me, this story has it all: a sexy as hell man who can do anything to complete his mission, the Japanese version of doomsday, a woman who falls in love with the wrong-but-at-the-same-time-right man and many other things! What’s not
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Duchess Nicole
Really cool book. Once again with Anne Stuart's trademark hearless bastard hero. Takashi is Japanese, which is so different. I love how every book this lady writes has a completely different setting and feel, and it also changes multiple times throughout the book. I never get bored.

Takashi (Taka)...what can I say? Exotic half white, half Japanese, tall, smooth skin and ruthless. Though he is still lacking the edge that Bastien had. He is, I think, just a hair more emotional than either Peter or
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SheLove2Read
Sep 04, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2009
Wow! What a book! Sit back and get comfy, this is a long review.

Summer Hawthorne is a museum curator and is in possession of a beautiful ice blue colored bowl her Japanese nanny gave her years ago before she died. Hana (her nanny) had really been more like a mother to Summer and her little sister Jilly than her own mother, who was more concerned with her wealth and looks. So when Summer's mother promises her bowl to a guru of the latest celebrity religion that she belongs to, Summer puts it in a
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Zeek
I know this series is very popular, but I just can't seem to get into it so much. I tried the first, Black Ice, and never finished it. But, since I've seen many good reviews for these books, I decided to give it another shot. I DID finish this one- but I still found myself not fully engaged.

Summer Hawthorne has something that others want- a priceless Japanese artifact that prophecy foretold will bring about Armageddon. To her it's just a precious gift from a beloved Nanny who passed away years a
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Ash Wednesday
3 STARS

Getting into a romantic suspense series, I can only imagine how tough it is for the author to keep the material fresh and cracking. I mean, how many ways can you really make the cold, distant and hot alpha male hero fall for the innocent yet "independent" heroine while he repeatedly attempts and fails to kill her before it goes stale?

Thus far, with this series, I'm getting a bit frustrated.

The thing with this genre is, I have to believe the circumstances are dire. The tension and suspe
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Kathrynn
Jul 28, 2008 Kathrynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
Wow! Having read the first two books in this series, I knew to expect a very mean hero, but wow, what a cold-hearted killer this hero was. Very unlikable for 90% of the book. The heroine was not one of my favorites either. Having said that, the h/h worked well together and the STORY was wonderful. Lots of twists and turns and well thought out events.

I couldn't put this one down for too long. Excellent romantic suspense (with minimal romance). I enjoy this author's books, but can't take them in
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NiteReader
DNF at 50%
I couldn't connect with the characters and couldn't care less about their HEA. I guess it's time to move on...

I'm also done with this series; these gamma males just aren't my cuppa tea!
Alex is The Romance Fox
My Anne Stuart phase continues....
I loved this series. Yet another beautiful, deadly and so sexy hero...Takashi O'Brien is so fabulous and of course Summer Hawthorne is a woman who ultimately gets what she wants...him!!!!!

I can read these books over and over and still feel the excitement, the thrill of the story.


Ice Blue, 3rd book in Anne Stuart’s Ice Series continues the story of the mysterious Committee agents and it is just as suspenseful and romantic as the previous two books…which I ABSOLUT
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A. Bookzilla.
Continuing on with this maddening but addictive series. I think, so far, I like this one the most in terms of romance. It wasn't so bad! I think. Either that, or my whole perception of romance is changing with these books. Wait, you mean the hero almost killing the heroine 36925 times, willing to sacrifice her for the mission, and even sometimes thinking demeaning thoughts about her is not romantic? How so?

Like Peter, and unlike Bastien, there was a human element to Taka that almost made me like
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TJ
I had a hard time rating this one. It's obviously much better than the last "Ice" installment but I still hate the formula of "hero" sent to murder the "heroine"-treats her abominably-she falls in love-he gives in-the end. In "Ice Blue" the hero even tries to finish the job - three times! Luckily something happens to stop him each time. I guess I just can't fathom any woman actually falling in love with a man she knows will kill her, after he abuses her and in a matter of days. Hey, maybe it is ...more
BJ Rose
This was OK but nothing great - and it wasn't helped by a so-so narration; very rarely do I find that I should have read a book instead of listening to it, but this is one of those times. This should have been an exciting story - bad guys want the heroine and the priceless artifact she possesses, good(?) guy wants the artifact and is supposed to 'dispose of' the heroine. heroine figures she's doomed no matter what. But it was such a repetitive theme - heroine tries to escape, heroine gets caught ...more
Carisa
Fast reading, nonstop action-packed installment mixed with the believable, original, emotional relationship that grew between the hero and the odd woman he must eliminate. Great characterization including that of the villain. I can’t get enough of this author’s antiheroes.
HERO is a Warrior, an operative working for a secret organization, one of the best in his field because of his cold-blood and strong hold on his feelings, the few left by the nonloving people who raised him. In order to save th
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Jane Stewart
Excellent and exciting.

Taka, a spy for the British, is supposed to kill Summer, an American girl. He plans to kill her, but keeps delaying it. The bad guys, a religious cult, also want to kill her, but Taka keeps saving her from them. It is full of suspense, danger, and a couple of sex scenes. The sex scene on page 323 is great! There is a happy ending. This is the third book in her "Ice" series. I loved it. Sexual content: strong.
Maldivianbookreviewer
Half-Japanese, half-American Takashi O'Brien meets his match in Summer Hawthorne who spins his world out of control and gets under his skin without him even realizing it. I absolutely LOVED this story, the full review of which is up on my blog: http://bit.ly/aQP1rX
Susan (the other Susan)
Taka O'Brian is the sexiest Irish Japanese covert operative EVER. Case closed.
Cat
Jan 24, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW.

Books are frequently described, with no small amount of hyperbole, as "roller coaster rides". Anne Stuart's Blue Ice is one of the few books I've read that actually lives up to that epithet. I was reminded strongly of the work of Eric Van Lustbader, and not just because of the half-Japanese hero and sizzling sensuality. Blue Ice is an explosive, adrenaline pumping gem of a novel.

However, while Stuart's book will satiate fans of action-packed thrillers, it may disappoint a bit for fans of rom
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Mareli
Apr 09, 2015 Mareli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this one was better. We still have the usual hero, a killer who's tried to kill the heroine time and again but I understand this is the usual MO in those books. But the heroine is more intelligent and sometimes she had a backbone ;)

Jessica B
My favourite of the Ice series so far! Takashi was a great hero hero and the right amount of good vs. bad in him.

Our heroine didn't fit into the perfect mold but Taka was still very drawn to her. It was wonderful to watch the hatred between the two turn into something more.

It was nice to see some familiar faces, Peter, Genny, Isobel and a new face as well ... Jilly ... which I thought was a wonderful tie in to an upcoming book.

I really like how this author can bring so much to these books. Se
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Jess the Romanceaholic
As always, a few pet peeves but still highly entertaining

Full review to follow once I'm on a computer

4/5
Chris
There's nothing can go wrong to Anne Stuart's work. Such wickedly, delicious, thrilling stories that captivated me so far.
Who will not love a gaijin hero, half-american-half-japanese? And a mature, brainy, strong heroine? Summer Hawthorne is so far my favourite girl in this series. She knew when to used her brains and when to fight at the right time. She's uptight and simple which scratch on the masculinity of hero, Takashi O'Brien. As usual, the pace was fast and intriguing. But what I really w
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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.

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“He released her hand back in her own lap. "Sometimes you give up what you love to stay alive."

"Have you ever had to do that?"

He turned his head to look at her so long it should have been dangerous, but he seemed to have a sixth sense when it came to the road. "It's coming," he said.

And he turned away, driving into the slowly dawning day.”
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“He was accustomed to women wanting him. What shocked him was the simple fact that he wanted her.
Not hot, energetic sex. Not a blow job from a novice. He wanted her with a
perplexing intensity he hadn't felt in years. He was the King of Death, and she was his consort.
And no amount of common sense could distract him.”
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