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Ice Blue

(Ice #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,426 ratings  ·  231 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 receive
Paperback, 378 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by MIRA (first published 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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
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
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.

Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Δεύτερη φορά που το διάβασα και ήταν το ίδιο καλό!!
(Η κριτική που ακολουθεί είναι από την πρώτη φορά που το διάβασα αλλά δε θα την αλλάξω)


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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
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

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 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/
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
This book dint quite grip me as much I had hoped going by its high ratings. My first book in the ‘Ice series’ left me with some vague and mixed feelings. Its not a bad book at all but I wanted more especially in the first half. It left me feeling as if nothing was happening even as lotsa real time action was going on and the h/H were running all over the place to escape brainwashed cult members

The half Japanese H, Taka is not really an antihero but more of a reluctant/pushed-into-it hero. He imb
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4.5 Evil Phophet Stars!!

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
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A reread for me and I upped it to 5 stars,Taka and Summer are one of my favorite couples by this author.
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
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Ash Wednesday

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
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the two first books in the series, but this one came a bit short. The murderous cult plot was a bit far fetched for me, the hero just came too close to kill the heroine for my comfort, call me squeamish (view spoiler) , and then she didn't seem to have any pride or self preservation instincts. In short he was too cold, she was too ...more
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
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
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, miei, 2017-kindle

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
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:
Susan (the other Susan)
Taka O'Brian is the sexiest Irish Japanese covert operative EVER. Case closed.
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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.

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

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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.”
“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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