For me, there is no specific formula I use when reviewing a novel. I can only do so , when a certain book, series, or character moves me to a point that I must write about it. I am a reader, who’s enjoyment of a work in literature is measured by the depth of the emotion stirred within me. Such is why it is extremely difficult for me to express my thoughts on the books that resonate on a deeper level. Caressed by Ice is one such novel…
Going into this book, I was intrigued by Judd Lauren, and apprehensive about Brenna Shane Kincade. Traumatized heroine’s, whom are embittered towards men are simply not my cup of literary tea. I was surprised that Brenna would find love so quickly after her abduction. Typically, authors use a male counterpart to ride in on his white horse, and save the brutalized damsel in distress from their traumatic memories. I was surprised that Nalini would pair the damaged Brenna, with the Iceman who could not feel. Could not offer comfort. How could this pairing be a good idea? What I found in the She-wolf, and the man of Ice was completely unexpected….
Brenna Shane was no damaged, bitter heroine. This was a woman who had witnessed pure evil, suffered unimaginably, and yet refused to break. A woman of such strength of heart, and power of soul, she wore her emotional scars like badges of honor--instead of allowing them to cripple her. Brenna did not need rescuing, she dusted herself off, and fought a epic battle against her Alpha, her brothers, her pack….and Judd Lauren himself to claim the love that was hers. Which brings me to the hero….
I could never accurately express the depth of emotion Judd Lauren stirs within me. What a phenomenal character. Unlike anything I have ever read. Beyond any other hero whom believes himself past the point of redemption. He is the epitome of everything that draws me about a darkly intense, seemingly emotionless character, who believes himself a monster. Judd knows beyond doubt that he is a lost cause, too far into the realm of shadow to ever be brought back to the light. I feel Judd is unrivaled in this concept, because this is not a broken, tortured hero. Here is a man devoid of emotion. Devoid of life. A possessor of staggering mental, and physical strength. Terrifying, and implacable in resolve--because he accepts what he is, and has a massive incentive to NEVER change. In his perspective, he is a killer, nothing more, nothing less. There is nothing within him--an irrefutable fact that cannot be altered. And as such, has nothing to offer Brenna, because the things she needs in a man, were stolen from him long ago.
Yet believing so absolutely that he is utterly alone, and beyond anyone’s reach, Brenna--like the cunning wolf she is--slips past Judd’s defenses before he is even aware of what is happening. Once the path is made, others begin to slip by, creating a steady stream of heat, thawing this ice man in a culmination of wild emotion, and breathtaking beauty.
In addition to the poignant love story, is Nalini Singh’s intricate furthering of the story arc, vividly realistic desciptions of Judd's psychic ability, The introduction of the mysterious Ghost, anticipation for the identity of the one who committed the ultimate betrayal, and the heart pounding, action packed, glorious end. I cannot wait to see where this author takes me next.