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Ice

Ice, November 2009
by Linda Howard

Ballantine
Featuring: Lolly Helton; Gabriel McQueen
176 pages
ISBN: 0345517199
EAN: 9780345517197
Hardcover
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"Drugs, an ice storm and a kidnapped neighbor lead to holiday suspense."

Fresh Fiction Review

Ice
Linda Howard

Reviewed by Morgan Chilson
Posted December 1, 2009

Romance Suspense

Gabriel McQueen is relieved to make it to his parent's house for the holidays, right ahead of a big storm. But when he arrives, Gabriel's father, the local sheriff, sends him out to check on a town visitor who's been out of contact since the huge ice storm began brewing.

Gabriel probably wouldn't have minded the task if it hadn't been Lolly Melton he was checking on. She was in town getting her family home ready to sell, and he would have been happy to avoid laying eyes on her. She had irritated and annoyed him when they were kids, and he'd done the same to her, dubbing her Lollipop.

But when Gabriel arrives at Lolly's house, his military cop instincts tell him something is wrong. There are strangers wandering around downstairs, and they don't look like friendly visitors. Sneaking in close to look, he sees drugs on the dining room table. Then he sees Lolly preparing to climb out of her bedroom window using sheets tied together, and he knows she's in trouble.

Both of them, in fact, are in trouble because the storm has hit and there's no way they can drive down the mountain from Lolly's home. The terror mounts from there, with Gabriel and Lolly fighting the elements and Lolly's abductors.

I was disappointed in this Howard book. With her excellent track record, this book felt shallow and like it was reaching for a storyline. It was very short for a hardcover, and things happened so fast that I felt as if the characters didn't develop well. I just found it hard to suspend disbelief and enjoy this book.

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SUMMARY

Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders. A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned. So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly.

But there’s no talking back when your dad is the town’s top cop. And there’s no turning back when night falls just as Gabriel arrives–and discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful. Spotting strangers in Lolly’s home–one of them packing a weapon–is all it takes to kick Gabriel into combat mode. And his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat–and the hunt–are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.


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Re: Drugs, an ice storm and a kidnapped neighbor lead to holiday suspense.

Sounds wonderful. Just the book to be reading in this frozen weather in ohio.
Can't wait to start reading it.
(Mary Branham 2:58pm January 11, 2010)

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