Monday, September 15, 2014

Fire And Ice by Julie Garwood

Title:  Fire And Ice
Series:   Buchanan-Renard #7
Author:  Julie Garwood
Published:  Dec 23/08 by Random House Audio
Length:  320pgs
Format:   audio CD
Genre:  romantic suspsense
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an exposé about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper. Far from her onetime high-powered crime beat, she now covers local personalities such as the quirky winner of several area 5K runs whose trademark is goofy red socks.

Those red socks–with Sophie’s business card neatly tucked inside–are practically all that’s found after runner William Harrington’s shredded corpse turns up in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the victim of a mysteriously dramatic death by polar bear. With an unerring nose for a good story, Sophie heads north to Alaska.

What she doesn’t realize is that her father’s infamous reputation has spread even to the far reaches of Prudhoe Bay. Sophie’s assigned a bodyguard–Jack MacAlister, a sexy FBI agent who grudgingly takes the assignment while recovering from an on-duty injury. But they will soon be fighting more than growing passion.

My Review:

It definitely took me a while to get into this story. The journal entries are at complete counterpoint to the rest of the story at the beginning. It took me a while to be able to relate one to the other. By the end, it does make much more sense. By about half way through this novel I was hooked. I really got into the story, puzzling it out and needing to know what would happen next, how it would end. The biology and scientific possibilities in this novel were interesting. Trying to figure them out kept me coming back for more. Of course, once I got into the story, I was hooked.

The characters in this novel were quite interesting. Although they were close, and were a pseudo-extended family they were very very different individuals. It added a sense of fullness to the story. I did find the female lead to have a bit of a personality overload. She’d go from one to the next and then back again at the flip of a switch.

This was an intriguing read, and one that I was thoroughly wrapped up in by the ending. I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it much more had I been reading it rather than listening to the audio book.

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