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Fire and Ice (Ice, Bk 5)
Fire and Ice - Ice, Bk 5
Author: Anne Stuart
In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law. — Her re...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780778325369
ISBN-10: 0778325369
Publication Date: 5/1/2008
Pages: 379
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 146 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Fire and Ice (Ice, Bk 5) on + 261 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is the fourth book in Stuart's "Ice" series- it is Jilly and Reno's story. Jilly goes to Japan to visit her sister Summer and her husband Taka. What she does not know is that Taka and Summer are in hiding from Russian mobsters. When the mobsters go after Jilly, Reno (Taka's cousin and fellow operative) comes to her rescues. The two of them had met briefly two years previously and neither one had forgotten the other. They are thrown together while being persued by Japanese mobsters. I love Anne Stuart and have enjoyed the "Ice" series, but this was probably my least favorite book. The chemistry between Jilly and Reno was lukewarm at best and the plot was a bit weak.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this to be the weakest entry in the "Ice" series. Reno - the hero and undercover agent, is supposedly adept at moving about unnoticed: He has his waist length hair died crimson, has three red tears tattood on his face (no explanation for this), wears tight leather pants and jackets, and loud high heeled, pointy toed boots. He is supposedly notoriously well-known for his appearance in his home country of Japan, but is unrecognizable everywhere else, despite not having changed his appearance or manner of dress in the 2 years he's been in exile. Hmmm....

Our heroine Jilly is just 20 years old, uber-smart, but living at home with mom & dad, while going to college, and a virgin. Her entire reason for travelling to Japan is to cry on her sister's shoulder after a mildly botched first sexual experience, a premise so thin it's almost transparent. And of course the book includes **SPOILER ALERT** one of those overdone scenes where they're going to be killed by the bad guys any minute now, so instead of plotting escape, they have sex.

Implausible as all of this is, the author then admits that her entire plot involving the yakuza involves a lot of "poetic license" since the yakuza doesn't actually work the way she portrays them in the book. In fact, the yakuza "godfather" in the book operates exactly like media depictions of the Mafia in New York.

I really enjoyed the previous "Ice" books, but Stuart could have done a better job with this one. Would it have been so hard to make the plot fit the reality of yakuza in Japan? To have the characters grow up a little more from the previous books?
reviewed Fire and Ice (Ice, Bk 5) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I cannot get enough of Anne Stuart's "Ice" series and "Fire and Ice" is no exception. Everyone of the books in the "Ice" series are fantastic! The story is full of suspense and excitement and some heart pounding love scenes. I highly recommend this book as well as Anne Stuarts other books in this series "Black Ice" is the first one. I highly recommend that you read the books in order so you will understand the characters better, they are throughout all the books.
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Anne Stuart's "Ice" series books have all been satisfying reads for me, with this one exception. "Fire and Ice" isn't about grown-ups as much as it is about overgrown adolescents. The characters lack the sophistication and depth of those in the other books in the series, and without those key elements, the story is a bit disappointing.

If you are a fan of the series and have read the other books, take this one to the beach for a quick fix. If you haven't read the series, don't start with this one; start with "Black Ice".
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reviewed Fire and Ice (Ice, Bk 5) on + 10 more book reviews
Once I emerge from finishing an Anne Stuart book, I feel like I've just woken from a dream. This is my most favorite of Anne Stuart's books yet. I've probably read 10 of them.

The hero, Reno, is about as hot as a bad boy can get. Anne Stuart's heroes are so flawed that I don't think I could stand them if I ever met them. But Reno would have to be an exception. His flame-red Punk hair and snake-eye contact lenses on a lanky build makes a strong visual in my mind.
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When Jillian Lovitz runs to Japan to see her sister, Summer, and her brother-in-law, Taka, she finds that they are currently in hiding from Russian mercenaries. The Russians see this is a chance to use Jilly as bait to lure Taka out of hiding; but The Committee has sent their newest operative, Reno, to rescue Jilly. When flamboyant Reno and Jilly met two years ago, Jilly's sister warned Reno to leave her alone. Now Reno and Jilly are trying to stay one step ahead of Russian mobsters while trying to keep their hands off of each other.

This was an entertaining addition to Stuart's Ice series. Reno is described as tall and lean with tattoos and long hair dyed flame red. I can't imagine a secret agent with that description. But what makes him unique in this series is the fact that he doesn't start out with the idea that the heroine is expendable. He comes off as much more human than the other heroes in the series. Of course, he does fall into the category of one of the many heroes who does not believe in love and makes some bonehead moves based on that belief. Jilly is a brainy young heroine who doesn't get to use her brain very often in this book. She has to rescued from various bad buys, but soon holds her own against them. My rating: 4 Stars.

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