I thought Stuart's ICE Series had ended with Reno's FIRE AND ICE. And when I heard that her publisher wouldn't be offering a contract for more, I was sad, upset, and disappointed. I wanted more ICE. I wanted MORE Anne Stuart. So you can imagine my absolute joy when I to discovered this newest book in the series, ON THIN ICE. Stuart she loves these characters as much as her fans do. Her devotion to her writing and to her loyal fans is the reason she's able to continue the series and share ON THIN ICE with us through Amazon. And for that, I will be eternally grateful to her.
ON THIN ICE is Book 6 (and hopefully not the last) book in the ICE series. It features Finn MacGowan, whom the other Committee teammates have reluctantly given up for dead, and takes place a few years after the last book. I won't get into the plot since it's been more than sufficiently covered in others reviews. What I will say is that this book is not like Stuart's other ICE books. The heroes from the first five books you've come to expect are Stuart's trademark dark, ruthless, chillingly delicious bad boys. The ICE men are killers. They do what needs to be done to complete a job and any innocents who get in the way are unfortunately just casualties for the greater good.
Not so with Finn MacGowan. MacGowan is a return to the heroes seen in some of Stuart's earlier works where black is black and white is white. There's no question who the good guy is. MacGowan is a little rough around the edges with just the right amount of danger but he's also honorable, pulls his punches, and doesn't use sex to get what he wants -- a theme that is prevalent in the other ICE books. This is a nice and unexpected change for the series and for Stuart. Stuart has always proven she can right anything, from endearing and charmingly funny (LADY OF FORTUNE), to leading men who push the envelope and can seduce you to give up your soul for just a taste of darkness (NIGHT FALL), to just the good o' boy saves the world and gets the girl romance (ON THIN ICE).
ON THIN ICE has a lot to recommend: Finn MacGowan (an honorable, endearing warrior hero out to kill the bad guys and who will do anything to protect the girl and those weaker than him), Elizabeth Pennington (a heroine who is refreshingly friendly, intelligent, doesn't get in the hero's way when there is danger, practical, and can laugh in the face of danger), and you get to see all the characters from the other books, like Taka, Reno, Peter, and Bastien. This book brings the much needed closure to the series, even though I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more ICE books to come! Go ahead and get your copy of ON THIN ICE. You won't be sorry and will fall in love with Finn and Beth as well.