Book Review

Book Review: Black Ice

I’m currently working on a romantic suspense project, so I’ve been reading a lot of romantic suspense to learn as much about the genre as I can. Recently, I picked up the book Black Ice by Anne Stuart, and I was not disappointed!

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This book is a lot steamier than mine will be, but it was so exciting to read. In this novel, innocent American book translator Claire Underwood (this is an older book, so this is not an homage to House of Cards) runs into sexy Bastien Toussaint during a business conference in Paris. There’s been a dire misunderstanding, and soon she’s dragged into the Parisian underworld filled with dangerous arms dealers and ruthless assassins. Sparks fly as Claire and Bastien spend more and more time together on the run.

There were so many intriguing elements in this book. First, there’s the romance, which was more lustful passion than anything else. Also, the fast-paced adventure was filled with fun twists and turns. I never was sure who was good and who was bad until the very end. I really enjoyed this little guilty pleasure, and I’m excited to read the rest in this series.

I do think I should note that this is really aimed at audiences who love to suspend disbelief and just want to go along for the ride. It’s over-the-top and unbelievable, which is negative for some and great escapism for others.

 

Book Review

Series Review: In Death by JD Robb 

Recently, I’ve become really enamored by the romantic suspense genre. There’s just something so great about the escapism that romantic suspense can provide, and it’s quickly becoming one of my great guilty pleasures. One series that I’m really loving at the moment is the In Death Series by J.D. Robb (a pen name of Nora Roberts).

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This series begins with the book Naked in Death and the 46th book in the series is slated to come out next year. So, if you like a long series, this one might be for you! This series takes place in the near future (the middle of the 21st century) and follows lieutenant Eve Dallas, a New York City cop. While the series does take place in the future, it’s not overly futuristic and I wouldn’t ever classify these as remotely science fiction. Rather, these books are crime-focused in a gritty, noir atmosphere where a tough as nails protagonist kicks butt by day and finds love by night with an enigmatic Irish billionaire and businessman.

I really love Eve as a protagonist. She is tough and has such raw passion for her job which is fueled by the memories of her abusive childhood. However, she finds love and healing from the wounds of her past. Now, I’m not ready for book 46 (I’m just on book 13) but I’m still loving this series and it doesn’t seem to be losing steam yet. Unlike other series where there is a dramatic love triangle that never seems to end, Eve and her relationships really grow and progress over the course of the series. Because of this, I definitely recommend reading these books in order.

This is a great series for anyone looking for a an exciting but somewhat dark mystery series filled with romantic suspense. I highly recommend it!