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on 25 May 2008
If you're looking for quality literature and insightful authorship, you're reading the wrong book. This is a true modern romantic suspense, done extremely well and great escapist reading. I got swallowed up in the relationship between the two main characters, despite the similarities with previous Anne Stuart heroes, there are enough unique points in this book to keep it fresh. She truly is the queen of the genre.
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on 9 September 2007
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

I was half enjoying this rather slow-moving romantic suspense. Doing my best to ignore some lapses in pc-ness, when on page 152, I was hit by the most gigantic bulldozer of an offensive ethnic stereotype. I had to stop reading and start writing the review. In retrospect, the stereotyping started long before then. In fact it started the minute the hero, Takashi O'Brien, rescued the heroine Summer Hawthorne. Not to mention the token African-American best friend who gets killed for no good reason at all.

Although the word is not used in the novel, Takashi, exemplifies the word `inscrutable.' I just chose to ignore that fact. What I couldn't ignore was when on page 152 he declares that his special skill is that he 'knows how to (mid market clothing label).' Oh brother.

Despite this I did finish Ice Blue. And I think to myself. How predictable the plots for this series are becoming. I wouldn't say I know what will happen in each novel. I definitely can predict the order in which events occur however. Ice Blue is a pale pale shadow of Cold As Ice. Takashi would probably have done better with his Japanese intended. A film I always vaguely remember seeing is Throne of Blood. Since then I just totally fall at the feet of scheming Japanese females.

Ice Blue is rather tame really. The first half is basically spent riding around in 3 different cars. I had difficulty in seeing what other reviewers have objected to. Is it that Takashi tries to murder Summer? Or that he gives her the big O and then leaves her lying in a boneless puddle on the floor. At one point I thought these two were NEVER going to get it together. And tbh the way Takashi treats Summer is a lot more interesting than the baddie part of the plot. You just know that on the day Summer presents him with their first child Taka-chan is going to have the most massive nervous breakdown as he remembers what he almost did.

Goes without saying I'll be pre-ordering the next one in the series, Ice Storm.
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on 26 June 2012
Even though I don't have an exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl in my possession (couldn't find one in the charity shop), I am VERY willing to come and live with you in Japan. Unfortunately I wasn't born in the Summer (I'm a winter babe) I'm sure we can get past that. Really.

Yours
StarPlayer xxx

A really great story. The ending needed to be expanded. It certainly needed some grovelling from Taka as to why it took 2 months to get to England.

Anne Stuart is a hit and miss author for me. I wasn't keen on Shameless (House of Rohan) which I'm sorry that I bought. A 2 star story. However I did read Black Ice (MIRA) which I would rate 3 stars, and this made me read a couple of her other books which were ok. I'm planning on reading Cold as Ice next (well, sometime soon).
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