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Ice

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  6,171 ratings  ·  548 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
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published November 30th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published November 10th 2009)
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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
peachygirl
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The only shortcoming was that the book was a tad too short. Would have liked another 100 pages of Gabriel and Lolly. And a epilogue wouldn't have hurt!
I so wanted to know how Gabriel convinces Lolly to relocate for him, and how she settles with him and his son in North Carolina and her mommy-bonding with Sam. The way Gabriel kept insisting on her not putting down roots in Portland before visiting him was rather cute.. Just when I got really invested in their romance, the book had to end. No sir
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Auntee
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Vintage
You know the horror movie where the monster is shot BUT JUST WON’T DIE! Or worse, the stupid main characters THINK it's dead, but then there is a jump scare?



This pretty violent suspense/survival story accomplished two things for me. One I never want to go to Maine in the winter, and two, I need to sign up for the deadliest martial arts discipline. Probably krav maga.

The hero and heroine pale in comparison to the completely vile, disgusting and entitled meth addicts villains of the piece.

This is
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The Romance 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 wo
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Tina
Jun 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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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.
fleurette
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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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Vicki
I really enjoyed this Romance/mystery.

Gabriel is the sheriff’s son and Gabriel returns home to Wilson Creek, excited to see his 7 year old son Sam. You can tell that Gabriel is well liked because when he walks into the sheriffs office there are three older women who work there and they giggle and fawn all over him. But as soon as his dad walks in his dad elicits his help which is not the norm so Gabriel knows that something serious is going down. And the serious thing that is going down is an 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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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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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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Eve
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis of this book sounds interesting.
Sadly it didn't have the depth that Linda Howard usually has in her novels.
The romance and passion were non-existent. Thriller part lukewarm!
I was also annoyed how the story jumps back and forth between character perspectives to repeat timelines. As a result, the flow of the story became jerky and redundant. LH is usually very good with multiple perspectives and it can be very interesting tool if something new is being brought t
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D.G.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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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Lyndi W.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-star
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.
Lisa
As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, this was a novella rather than a full book. And if you’ve read PREY then you can probably go ahead and skip ICE because they’re really similar (although ICE was published first). The funny thing is, though, I actually liked ICE better than PREY specifically because it’s shorter. The same issues I had with PREY are present in ICE but they were much less annoying in this super-short book.

To what issues am I referring? The excruciatingly detailed secon
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Sumeetha Manikandan
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
With most of Linda Howard books dealing with instant lust, I liked the fact that the protagonists knew each other well enough and there is a little bit of crush involved from the heroine's end. I loved the premise of the story and the ending was good too but the total absence of any other character, except for the meth addicts gives an isolated feel to the story. Given the fact that this is a rescue mission book, that is to be expected but I came away feeling that something was missing in this s ...more
Viedefun
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai frémi, j'ai sursauté, j'ai tremblé mais j'ai aussi souri et gloussé en lisant Le voile de glace. Cette histoire me rappelle, de par son thème principal, à Black Ice de Becca Fitzpatrick que j'avais particulièrement apprécié. Et je dois dire que j'ai aussi pensé à la série culte Breaking Bad plus d'une fois par certains éléments présents dans ce livre (plus précisément à certains personnages de la saison 2...). Au niveau suspense, c'était super même si Linda Howard a cédé aux clichés peut-êt ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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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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Melody
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Canan  ^^
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wid
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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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.
Chinchilla
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
No está mal, pero me hubiera gustado que fuera un poco más largo. Es entretenido para pasar una tarde.
Mara
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pricey for a long novella / novelette. Nevertheless the book was intense, even if obviously the romance is just hinted.
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
Since we are coming into the Christmas season I thought I would read a book set during the season but with a little thrill. For a reading challenge I chose to read this book, Ice. I will admit that in the beginning when Lolly’s home was invaded I was a bit on edge. Things between her and her male captor got pretty frightful but that was really the worst of it. After that it was more of the kind of suspense that comes from wondering if Gabe and Lolly were going to be caught or not. Nothing that p ...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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