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Ice

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,823 Ratings  ·  439 Reviews
On holiday leave from the service, Gabriel McQueen is sent into a brewing ice storm to make sure that his father’s distant neighbor, Lolly Helton, who has fallen out of contact, is safe and sound. It’s a trip that Gabriel would rather not make, given the bitter winter weather—and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly. Arriving at Lolly’s home, G ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Ballantine Books
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♥Rachel♥
Thirtythree year-old Gabriel is on leave, back home in Maine and excited to see his seven year-old son, Sam. There’s a huge ice storm on the way, so before he can relax his dad, the sheriff, sends him to check on Lolly, a girl he grew up with and spared with continually through school. Back then he thought she was stuck-up, but they’re verbal matches were something he looked forward to and excited him. Little does he know the danger he’s about to step into or how protective he’d feel about Lolly ...more
Auntee
Mar 04, 2011 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense quickies
Linda Howard--why so short? This book had some real potential, and utilized one of my favorite themes (trapped in the wilderness/cabin/braving the elements/stalked by crazies). But darn, it was over just as it was getting interesting...

I liked the hero, Army Sergeant home-on-leave, Gabriel McQueen. Gabe's a 33 year-old widower with a little 7 year-old son who is living with his parents in small-town Maine. Gabe has just arrived home for Christmas to visit them, when his Dad, the sheriff, alerts
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The Book Disciple (Samantha)
I wanted to like this book. But, it was predictable and pedantic. The view switches from person to person in the story (both the protagonists and the antagonist) and while I enjoy that, Howard spent time going back over events from the other pov. It wasn't necessary and just became something to slow the story down. And the 'romance'-no. Just no.
The narrator was fine but not great.
Lisa Kay
Narrated by Fred Sanders, who did a fine job on this short novel. His reading was just a tiny bit flat at the beginning; however, I'm glad I gave him a chance as he improved quickly (or, more likely, I got used to his voice!). He did differentiate the voices well and did a nice job on the Maine accents.

Warning: This stops at a HFN (happy for now) ending. Which makes sense, since they really were together for such a short time. However, isn't that what epilogues are for? Yes, an epilogue would h
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Torn between a 3 and 4 star rating. It was a decent story and well written but I felt it needed more. More development to explain a few things. The ending was an HFN (Happily For Now) ending, instead of my HEA (Happily Ever After). Very disappointed in that. An added epilogue could have provided my HEA but there wasn't one.
Tina
I must preface this by saying that I love Linda Howard's books. I love them with the type of devotion and affection one normally saves for your favorite band from your youth (Prince!) or your favorite article of clothing (red leather peacoat!) or a new discovery that has transformed your life (Spanx!).

So in that vein, it pains me very much to say how much I didn't love this book. This isn't a huge surprise because I also disliked Up Close and Dangerous which also had the H&H running around i
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fleurette
It was a short but enjoyable story with a potential to became a full length book. However, I hated Lorelei being called Lolly.

Linda Howard is good in writing chilling suspense. This story was quite grabbing and the ice storm made the proper atmosphere. (view spoiler)

The romance part was so small I would rather call the whole story a suspense with a
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D.G.
I just discovered that my library has lots of recently released Linda Howard books and that got me started on a Linda Howard kick. I really enjoy her romantic suspense books - she always writes a great blend of both with very sexy love scenes.

Ice is a Holiday romantic suspense novella where the hero rescues the heroine from a home invasion. I enjoyed it well enough, even though two things annoyed me: the villains who kept coming back even in impossible circumstances and the many times the word
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Lauren
Ice
4 Stars

Growing up in a small Maine town, Gabriel McQueen and Lolly Helton couldn’t stand the sight of one another. Now, at home on leave for Christmas, Gabriel is sent out on a stormy evening to convince Lolly to come into town take shelter. Lolly would be only to happy to oblige, however, two desperate strangers have taken her hostage in a home invasion and it will take all of Gabriel’s wits and Lolly’s courage to survive.

Ice is one of Howard’s earlier and shorter works, but what it lacks in
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Laura V.
Para ser una novela de suspenso corta resulta bastante mediocre.

Hace años que leo a Linda Howard, y sus libros de alguna forma me enganchan. Este es de los raros caso que hubiese preferido que ni se molestara en escribir.

La cosa es sencilla: se acerca una tormenta de hielo, Lolly vive en la montaña alejada del pueblo y el hijo del sheriff decide ir a avisarle de la tormenta inminente. Se complica el asunto cuando el hielo está cerca, transitar por la carretera se hace imposible y la única opci
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Lyndi
May 15, 2016 Lyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the length of this story for Linda Howard. It was just enough and not too much. Don't get me wrong, her full-length novels are great and all. But the level of intensity in this book would be difficult to maintain in a full-length story. And Linda Howard does intense very well.
Eve
Feb 18, 2016 Eve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders. A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned. So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the i
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Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Well, obviously I had a few issues. Perhaps if the book was a little longer and had taken place over a few days, I could've suspended belief. Turns out this is just an overnight thing, after which Lolly is considering rearranging her entire world for the strong M.P. Did I mention he's a widow with a young son? No? He is.

Gabriel's father sends him up to Lolly's remote mountain cabin, minutes after he rolls into town on leave to see his son, to make sure she's aware of the coming ice storm and is
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Melody
Jan 04, 2010 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spite of some poor reviews I read, this wasn't a bad story, but I could understand the aversion people have to paying $22 for what is really the sort of story you'd find as first issued in paperback. Gabriel is just home on leave when his dad, the sheriff, asks him to check on Lorelei to warn her of the impending ice storm. In town to prepare her secluded family home for sale, Lolly is out of cell phone range. The storm hits as Gabriel tries to reach her house and has to abandon his truck and ...more
ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
Baktım ki bir Linda furyasıdır gidiyor...
edim Canan sende şu yazarla bi tanış...
Fırtına okuduğum ve an itibariyle bitirmiş olduğum ilk Linda kitabıdır..
Öncelikle kitabın kapağını beğendiğimi söylemeliyim..
Konuyla ve mekanla çok uyumlu :)
Kitap kısaydı...2-3 saatte bitti...Çünkü aynı zamanda akıcı ve hızlı ilerledi...

Lolly'nin tatillerini yaptıkları evi satmak için geldiği eski kasabasında,
bir kar fırtınası sonucu evinde mahsur kalması olasılığıyla başlıyor olaylar....
Ve Lolly'nin kurtarıcısı da
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Kathleen

Audio update: 3 stars for story, but 4.5 stars for audio narration by Fred Sanders. This is not a long book, and with the ice-cold survival theme, somewhat similar to Up Close and Dangerous and Prey, also by Linda Howard.

PLOT: It's almost Christmas. A deadly ice storm strikes small town Maine. The local sheriff sends his son Gabriel to warn Lollie about the storm, because she's alone at her mountainside home, not responding to phone calls. Gabe goes dutifully but reluctantly, because he was NOT
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Emily
Gabriel McQueen is always willing to pitch in where needed, as a military officer no assignment is to tough until his father asks him to check in on Lolly Helton. Gabriel has not seen Lolly in years, but just hearing her name has him on edge in both a good and bad way. When he arrives at her house, he finds that it is going to take all his knowledge to get her out safely with a blistering ice storm on the way and two meth heads creating havoc, it is going to be about survival in order to get thr ...more
Tasha
Too short to form any kind of connection with the characters. This was more like a novella or short story than a novel. The whole book takes place over a course of 24-48hrs. Not at all what I was expecting after reading Burn, which I loved. Won't take but 1.5hrs top to read. Not what I'm used to from Linda Howard.
Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘
I'll be the first to admit that four stars may be a little generous for this quick and easy read. This book is more of a solid 3.5 rating but gets an extra half star for reasons and mature feels.

Ice is the story of old high school acquaintances Gabriel McQueen and Lorelei "Lolly" Helton who come face to face with danger in the forms of two unstable meth addicts and the looming ice storm that hits their town. Having been sent by the Sheriff, who also happens to be his father, to check on Lolly, G
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Willow
The fact that it's a short story wasn't my favorite. Gabe was interesting as an Army Sargent home on holiday leave sent to fetch Lolly Helton, Girl He Fought With In High School, from the mountain where cell phone reception is spotty and an ice storm is looming.

Lolly surprised me by getting me to like her. I thought she was either going to be an uppity snot or boring and repressed. And while yes, of course, she was mean in high school because she was socially awkward and shy, which led to lashi
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Smokinhotbooks K.C.
So, yeah, I finished this book in two hours, If you look at the exact time stamp of when I hit "currently reading" to read, I might be off a few minutes. Ok, where to start. First of all this, to me, is a novella. This is probably one of the shortest books I've read by Linda Howard, for hardback at least. I really enjoyed the suspense because no one writes suspense like my girl Howard. The romance is a little short, but then that's how Linda rolls these days.

I liked that there was a little back
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Book Binge
Jan 21, 2011 Book Binge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Howard has steadily been going downhill with her more recent releases. When Ice was first published I chose not to read it because a) I was disappointed in LH as a whole and b) it was really expensive as a hardcover for the size. Recently it became available at my library, however, so I decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised.

Although light on romance, it seemed more of an early Howard novel. The same tension, suspense and drama from her earlier works were here, along with witt
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Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable escape, but it is TOO SHORT. More time for more relationship development would have been nice.

STORY BRIEF:
Gabriel is an army sergeant in the military police, based in North Carolina. He comes home to Maine just before Christmas. His father is sheriff and asks Gabriel to go to the Helton home outside of town. An ice storm is coming, and the sheriff is worried that Lolly may not know about the storm and may be stranded. There is no cell phone service near her home. Gabriel and Lolly atte
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Kayla
ICE by Linda Howard

My Thoughts:
Wow. I couldn't even sleep before finishing this book, and it's 3 hours before my alarm clock is set to go off, haha. Well, I have a new favorite book! :) There is nothing I didn't like about this novel; a wonderful mix of thrilling suspense and survival with a touch of romance, perfect! The characters were amazing (not to mention I'd love to come across Gabriel McQueen in a dark alley, or anywhere for that matter, haha). They were all perfectly written, as was the
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Brett
Dec 21, 2011 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished "Ice" by Linda Howard. First of all, if you name a character Darwin, I am expecting he will be the first to die. Second, if Darwin is coupled with Nikki, I'm thinking you're a Prince fan (Darling Nikki). There was a lot of repetition of phrases, and a lot of times when the phrasing didn't make sense - enough that it was distracting. There were times when I thought the author didn't do her research. The distance between the climax of the story and the end was much too long for such a sho ...more
Sarah
Ok, so I loved, loved, loved this. But, nooo, it was just too short.

Lolly is stuck on the mountain at her house when an ice storm arrives. And to add on top of this problem, two crazy and murderuous drugg addicts are in her house. The book starts out with a bang, and you'll be sucked into the story with no time to spare. Gabriel comes to Lolly's rescues (Thank God!), and now these two are on the run for their life from the drug addicts in the freezing ice snow.

This was an excellent story of li
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Robin
Aug 01, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheriff McQueen enlists his son, Gabriel, to drive up the mountain and check on Lolly Helton. There is an ice storm brewing and Lolly doesn't have a phone or TV and might not be prepared for it. Gabriel would rather not make the trip since Lolly was his high school nemesis and they never got along. But, as soon as he arrives at Lolly's home, he sees strangers with guns in the livingroom and has to get Lolly out of the house as soon as possible. But with the ice freezing everything, including Lol ...more
Donna
Sep 24, 2015 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars, but for once, this book (a romance) doesn't get the dubious distinction of being shelved on my "UGHHHH" shelf.

I actually liked the story line. Two people stranded in an ice storm with meth addicts on their trail. So it had some 'attention getting' potential. But unfortunately, I only saw glimpses of that. This book turned out to be only about the ONE thing.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Apr 30, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance fans
Riveting... I could not put it down. These two characters, beautifully and deeply drawn, have to do battle. They battle armed intruders, mother nature, each other, and their growing feelings for each other. Former schoolyard enemies become lovers ... fifteen years after seeing each other last. It's kind of cute when these two adults fall into the old habit of sniping at each other. This book is more romance and less suspense than I would have guessed. I like that in spite of the plot line, the i ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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