Author: Linda Howard
Publisher: November 10th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2009)
ISBN: 1401308589 (ISBN13: 9781401308582)
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I have read many from this authors.
Where I Obtained the book: I found this at the library.
Synopsis: ’Tis the season for mistletoe and holly, Santa . . . and suspense. And the gift that keeps on giving is Ice: premier thriller author Linda Howard’s breathless tale of a man, a woman, and a battle for survival against an unforgiving winter–and an unrelenting killer. Oh what fun it is to read.
Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders. A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned. So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly.
But there’s no talking back when your dad is the town’s top cop. And there’s no turning back when night falls just as Gabriel arrives–and discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful. Spotting strangers in Lolly’s home–one of them packing a weapon–is all it takes to kick Gabriel into combat mode. And his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat–and the hunt–are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.
Review: Linda Howard writes a good thriller, suspenseful story. Lolly is followed home by two planning on taking her for everything she has. Being held at gun point is not something she was expecting. The storm made rescue and help unlikely, but Gabe is going there to help her during the storm.
Bringing her to safety is his objective and along the way it is scary and I was not able to put the book down. I climbed under my thick quilts to keep the shivering at bay, the descriptions made me chill. The love story is sweet and of course the forced intimacy between the two is quick. *Sex alert, but not much(too cold.)
Not much character development, but it left you thinking that things would work out. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.
Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, joining in 1981 shortly after it was formed. She currently serves as Region 3 Director (until 31 October 2008).
Her husband is a professional bass tournament fisherman, and she travels with him to some very unglamorous locations where she works on her laptop. Linda and her husband live in a big house on a farm in Alabama, where they raise cattle and have two dogs.
Her friends include the authors Catherine Coulter, Iris Johansen, and Kay Hooper.