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 receive...more
Honestly, I didn’t like the whole doomsday cult aspect. The bad guy was a loser, and I don’t like lazy, ine ...more
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...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I don't know why I like this author. Her heroes are a-holes, her heroines often stupid, her endings abrupt and yet I keep reading them. *shrug*
So Summer has an ancient Japanese urn that her beloved nanny entrusted her with before she died. Her mother is a flighty actress who gifted it to a wacko religious cult. Summer wasn't going to allow it out of her hands, so she puts it on display in her museum where he can't get his hands on it. Pretty smart right? It would have been except she'd und ...more
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 ...more
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/ ...more
The half Japanese H, Taka is not really an antihero but more of a reluctant/pushed-into-it hero. He imb ...more
Half-Japanese, half-American deadly Committee Agent Takeshi “Taka” O'Brien meets his match in Summer Hawthorne, a museum curator who unbeknownst to her is in possession of an antique Japanese bowl and kimono her beloved childhood nanny left to her upon her death.
The Bowl is wanted by a Japanese prophet who has many followers and needs the bowl to fulfill his “destiny”. The committee gets involved when they learn of his plans which include the plan of mass destruction a ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Like Peter, and unlike Bastien, there was a human element to Taka that almost made me like ...more
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 ...more
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.
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!
Lettura di gruppo E&L
Finito, e mi è piaciuto! Sono sciocacta dalle mie stesse parole.
La prima parte è identica ai precedenti (anche alcuni farsi secondo me) mi sembrava un dejavu. Poi mi ha preso talmente tanto che l'ho divorato e giuro non volevo staccarmi dal libro! Cosa che non avrei mai pensato di dire della Stuart. Finalmente abbiamo personaggi che sono coerenti. Che usano il cervello e che sono credibili. Come credibile è tutta la storia di Shirosama.
Summer mi è proprio ...more
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 ...more
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"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.”
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.”