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Cold as Ice [Format Kindle]

Anne Stuart

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In Anne Stuart's strong follow-up to 2005's spectacular Black Ice, supporting player Peter Jensen moves into the leading role in a romantic suspense story pitting him and other members of the mysterious "Committee"—a group of international secret agents—against Texas billionaire Harry Van Dorn and his diabolical plan to create seven worldwide tragedies for fun and profit. Unfortunately, the arrival of lawyer Genevieve Spencer on Van Dorn's yacht throws a wrench in Jensen's assassination scheme. While he could easily dispose of her as "collateral damage," Genevieve breaks through his icy veneer and he gives her the means to fight her way out of danger. The brilliant Van Dorn is wildly over the top in his depravity, easily outdoing the most shameless James Bond baddie, but Stuart's spare writing keeps the gripping story focused. Though too much relies on Jensen's failure to tell Genevieve about her client's true motives, and Genevieve herself is an inadequate match for the steely agent, the chemistry between them crackles. Stuart courts controversy with Jensen's lack of emotion and total body control, allowing him to use sex as a tool for disarming both women and men; her hero's sexual flexibility is bound to turn off some readers, just as it's bound to entice others. Those who take the plunge shouldn't be disappointed: Stuart knows how to take chances, and this edgy thriller shows how well they can pay off. (Nov.)
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The job was supposed to be dead easy—hand-deliver some legal papers to billionaire philanthropist Harry Van Dorn's extravagant yacht, get his signature and be done. But Manhattan lawyer Genevieve Spenser soon realizes she's in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that the publicly benevolent playboy has a sick, vicious side. As he tries to make her his plaything for the evening, eager to use and abuse her until he discards her with the rest of his victims, Genevieve must keep her wits if she intends to survive the night.

But there's someone else on the ship who knows the true depths of Van Dorn's evil. Peter Jensen is far more than the unassuming personal assistant he pretends to be—he's a secret operative who will stop at nothing to ensure Harry's deadly Rule of Seven terror campaign dies with him. But Genevieve's presence has thrown a wrench into his plans, and now he must decide whether to risk his mission to keep her alive, or allow her to become collateral damage….


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  • Editeur : Harlequin MIRA (17 septembre 2012)
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27 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another hit by Stuart 31 octobre 2006
Par cmiller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Genevieve Spencer was on her way to Costa Rica for a much needed vacation when her law firm sends her to get legal papers signed by their very wealthy client, Harry Van Dorn. Knowing she can't refuse, Genevieve reluctantly agrees to be taken out to the client's yacht, hoping that she can leave within a few hours.

Peter Jensen is on a mission to bring down Harry Van Dorn before he can bring chaos to the world with the seven tragedies he has planned. When Genevieve comes aboard unexpectedly, Peter wants nothing more than to get her off the yacht. When he is unable to get rid of her, Peter reluctantly accepts that he will have to kill her. Though he is used to having collateral damage during his missions, he is confused by his reluctance when it comes to Genevieve.

Anne Stuart doesn't dissapoint in COLD AS ICE. If you are a fan of her work, you won't be dissapointed by Peter nor by Genevieve. Peter is a classic Stuart hero...emotionless and frighteningly effcient. The twists and turns of this book in regard to the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat. Actually, the romance will keep you on the edge of your seat, as well. Genevieve's confusion in relation to her feelings about Peter really make you sympathize with her as a woman.

I feel the need to address the review(s) below regarding Peter's bi-sexuality. Peter is not a bi-sexual character. There is absolutely NO sexual explicit content of him with another man. The bottom line in regard to his sexuality is that in his job, he does what needs to be done. He can turn is emotions on and off at will, which is what makes him as good of an operative as he is. Please don't let that turn you away from this book. It is barely worth mentioning.
22 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Resident Genius of Romance at her top form 6 novembre 2006
Par Deborah MacGillivray - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Warning up front for people who haven't read and admired the brilliance of author Anne Stuart before - her books are strong. She asks you to dance on the razor's edge, plays the Pied Piper and commands you to dance into the fire. She pushes the reader to go where most writers won't ask. I always wanted to write heroes like Stuart, but I get too intrigued with the complexities of males, adore them, and love what makes them tick, how they react differently to given situations than we do. I fear only Stuart can conjure and breath life into a Stuart Bad Boy. I also fear some writers write men as we'd like them to be, not as they are. Stuart gives us pure gamma rogue males. These males are beyond laws, beyond morals, often beyond kindness. They are Dark, Dangerous and Deadly. What your mama warned you to stay away from. They are heartbreakers. They are Stuart's Bad Boys. She gives you men that are not heroes by most standards, yet with the power of a sorceress, she compels you to love them. We are a poor moth to her males' flames. So if you cannot take your males raw and unvarnished, then you might want to give Stuart a pass, because you will come away mesmerized, shaken. Stuart holds up the mirror and forces the reader to look deep into oneself, and that rattles some. She is a brilliant talent few writers ever achieve. At home equally in Historicals or Contemporary Romances, Stuart has taken use into the fire, now wants us to be cold as ice. The Resident Genius of Romance strikes bull's-eye again in this edgy tale.

Genevieve Spenser is tired. A nice get away for Costa Rica lies ahead. Only there is one more thing she must do before she can kick back - get papers signed by Harry Van Dorn. He is a wealthy client of her firm, so she knows there is no getting around running this chore for them. She is quickly on route to his yacht, and hopes to pick up the papers, then be on her way to sun, beach and cabana boys fetching her funny drinks with paper hats.

Only, Harry Van Dorn isn't just a wealthy businessman; he's a merchant of chaos, and its Peter Jensen's job to stop him from executing plans he's set in motion that could devastate the world. Genevieve's arrival is untimely for his plans, so he wants her gone. When he cannot get rid of her, he accepts he will have to kill (a theme Stuart made us face and accept in the brilliant Moonrise). Peter is a killer, an assassin. Again, Stuart delights in giving us "heroes" who are not heroes by any fashion we know. He is a gamma rogue, a male who lives by his own rules, that can kill, cheat, lie and steal to do what must be done. However, Peter is finding dealing with Genevieve troublesome, to say the least.

Genevieve is a strong heroine, so much fun, and Peter is one of Stuart's Bad Boys that evokes the heroine - and the reader - to walk on the razor's edge. Stuart delivers, yet again, one strong read that dazzles from start to finish.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good for tension and suspense. Problems were heroine stupidity and not as much romance as one expects for this genre. 5 avril 2007
Par Jane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Book 1 in the series was very good. This is book 2, not as good. I liked the set up and the characters. Billionaire Harry plans to upset financial markets by causing disasters like blowing up mines and oil fields. Peter is an agent for the Committee. He is undercover as an assistant to Harry. Peter is assigned to kill Harry. Genevieve is a New York attorney who arrives on Harry's yacht with papers for him to sign. Harry decides to keep her overnight, wanting sex. She wants to leave but she has to play nice because he's a client and he hasn't signed the papers yet.

The main problem was heroine stupidity. I was so angry I wanted to throw the book. She was near the top of her law school class. Her character is smart. See Spoiler below. Another area was weak. Peter delayed killing a bad guy for no good reason. This delay gave the bad guy time to escape.

Another problem was lack of positive emotional relationship development. There is so little that it's almost outside the romance genre. Technically it is romance because they are together at the end, but it wasn't much fun getting there. He keeps telling her she is going to die. He acts like he doesn't care for her. Even after they get together he lies to her, making her think he doesn't care. His motive is to keep her angry because she is stronger that way, and more trouble is ahead. Even at the end there are no emotions.

A few times there was too much pondering, especially during the sex scenes.

This was a second read for me. I read it in 2007 and 2012.

CAUTION SPOILER - her stupidity:
1. Peter is helping Genevieve escape. He tells her to stay behind the door while he goes after the bad guy near their car. She hears a gun shot and immediately runs outside looking for Peter. Peter now thinks there are two bad guys because he hears her footsteps. He almost shoots her as she rushes toward him in the dark. She has no weapon or ability to help.
2. Bad guy ties up Genevieve. Bastien (good guy) unties her while Peter chases the bad guy. Genevieve wants to help Peter so she uses a judo-type move to trip Bastien. Then she runs outside with no weapon or ability to help. Peter and bad guy both have guns. Her appearance distracts Peter which allows the bad guy to shoot Peter. Why didn't she allow Bastien to help Peter? He's a good guy with a gun. She tripped him to stop him?

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 352 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day Caribbean, California and England. Copyright: 2006. Genre: romantic suspense.

OTHER BOOKS:
I've reviewed the following Anne Stuart books. Dates are copyright dates.

Ice Series:
5 stars. Black Ice 2005
3 stars. Cold As Ice 2006
5 stars. Ice Blue 2007
5 stars. Ice Storm 2007
2 stars. Fire and Ice 2008

Rohan Series:
3 stars. The Wicked House of Rohan 2010 (novella)
2  stars. Ruthless 2010

Other:
1 star. Cinderman 1994
2 stars. Night Fall 1995
3 stars. Lord of Danger 1997
1 star. Into the Fire 2003
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 a dangerous game 28 octobre 2006
Par Erin Satie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Anne Stuart is known for her bad-boy heroes, but in Cold as Ice it's the heroine who steals the show. Genevieve Spenser is a wonderful character - she grew up nouveau pauvre, in a family that insists on keeping up appearances despite the fact that the money's all gone, and it gives her a unique mix of effortless cultivation and real toughness. Peter Jensen admires her because she never gives up - she always fights back, even though she doesn't stand a chance against a team of trained professionals. She doesn't lose her cool, she keeps her dignity, she doesn't whine or have hysterics.

Peter is the Iceman - the perfect operative, conscientious, careful, totally dedicated to his job. First he's just upset that he hasn't managed to get Genevieve out of danger - he's never killed an innocent before, and he doesn't want to. Then he toys with her, testing the limits of her resilience; he taunts her and she doesn't break down, he teases her with the possibility of escape, and he's full of admiration when her reaction is just to listen and learn. Ultimately, Peter finds out that he wasn't just toying with her after all.

The plot is well-paced, and I liked the twists and turns; each shift in the villain's dastardly plans ends up making emotional demands on Peter and Genevieve in a way that propells their relationship forward. I could have wished that the novel were longer, took place over a greater period of time, so that their relationship could develop into something more solid, but I believed the connection between the two.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Do me Peter, please. 13 juillet 2007
Par Gold Star Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
The best romance I have read in a long, long time.

And the reason is. Peter Madsen. Just thinking his name sends warm shivers running up my spine.

The persona of Peter completely pervades this novel. When the story isn't being told from his pov he still dominates totally the thoughts of the heroine. I can't blame her. Peter is divine. Not least because, despite his self-assurance, the mission crumbles around him and the reader gets a real feeling of doomed love. Although what he sees in the blonde, cultured, successful Genevieve Spencer (who at 30 years of age could only be described as 'young' by a truely ancient person) is anyone's guess.

The thriller part of the novel is pretty pathetic though. The evil chief baddie, van Dorn is an incompetent nit-wit. But I don't care. It just gives more opportunity for the main couple to spend lots of time on verbally sounding each other out.

It's very similar to Diamond Bay by Linda Howard, although the morals which characterize Cold As Ice are a lot more dubious.

Gross scenes; absolutely none.

Best scenes; when Genevieve thinks she's in 'some third-world bog' and it turns out she's in a millionaires hideaway in California; when the ugly orphans backchat van Dorn.

But best of all; some lovely, lovely prose; mainly focused on a man who is in the process of falling deeply in love and he doesn't understand the why's or the wherefore's of it all.

Plus; strictly speaking, only two consumation scenes...all the rest is foreplay.

Basically. This is the story of a captive who gets her captor to fall in love with her. And then she in turn falls in love with him for no other reason than that he makes her happy. (Something that she hasn't been for a long time.) So, lots of emotional risk taking...just my kind of story. He in turn rescues her when he doesn't have to. And she shows her gratitude by accidentally geting him shot and almost killed...twice. Poor Peter. Not that he doesn't thoroughly deserve all the bad things that happen to him. It was a total pleasure to read how Genevieve inexorably reels him in despite all his tough talk.

I had absolutely no trouble believing in their HEA.

Fantastic.
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