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“Isobel Lambert is known as the Ice Queen. As the head of The Committee, a top secret organization, Isobel is known for being cool and capable, always getting the job done. Now The Committee has been contacted by a terrorist named Serafin, one of the most dangerous men in the world. Many people...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Had eigenlijk eerst deel 3 nog moeten lezen, maar dit is een juweeltje gewoon!!!!!!!
Geweldig spannend,....echt weer super geschreven van Anne stuart!
“Isobel Lambert is known as the Ice Queen. As the head of The Committee, a top secret organization, Isobel is known for being cool and capable, always getting the job done. Now The Committee has been contacted by a terrorist named Serafin, one of the most dangerous men in the world. Many people are trying to kill him. He wants to make a deal with The Committee: Give him asylum and he will give them information. Isobel agrees to extract him from his hiding place; but when she sees him, she realizes he is Killian, the man she loved and killed 18 years ago.
This is the fourth book in Stuart's Ice series and my favorite so far. Killian is Stuart's usual Bad Boy Hero who I liked from the start. I never cared for the character of Isobel in the past books. I guess she was too cold and unlikeable for me. In this book we get inside her head. I liked her much better since now we can see what makes her tick. Many readers complained about her going from getting things done to having to be saved. She could have been a little more capable in her job, but I still liked her character better in this book. I also enjoyed some of the past characters playing a big part in this story. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
“The suspense plot is exciting but the romance falls flat.
Isobel never appealed to me as a character in the previous books mainly due to the fact that she comes across as cold, aloof and unemotional. While this works well for the strong willed and independent leader of a covert organization, it does not make for an approachable romance heroine. Unfortunately, Stuart attempts to remedy this by highlighting Isobel's vulnerability and her past history with Killian but merely succeeds in turning her into an idiotic airhead who allows her libido to override her common sense. She isn't even an effective agent - what kind of covert operative can't speak any other languages, especially Arabic?
Killian is initially depicted as a lethal and cold-hearted killer with no scruples whatsoever. Nevertheless, given the nature of the other heroes in the series, it is obvious that there is more to him than meets the eye and it is, therefore, no surprise when he truth is revealed about this enigmatic mercenary.
In terms of the romance, the emotional connection between Killian and Isobel fails to materialize and their love/hate relationship never moves beyond the hate into the love. It remains unclear at the end if either of them actually cares whether or not the other lives or dies.
The rest of the storyline involving a mole within the Committee who seems bent on destroying Isobel and her operatives is exciting and action packed. The glimpses into the lives of the couples from previous installments is a real highlight and make this a worthwhile addition to the series. Reno's book is next and it will be interesting to see what type of operative he turns into. ”
“This was my first A.Stuart book. It had believable characters, great "undercover" type plot, and just enough "heat" (although it would have been fine with a couple of fewer encounters). The use of flashbacks was well done, which is always the mark of an experienced writer. It held my attention, and I look forward to reading more of her books.”K.Albertson wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4 STARS "The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life . . . a life that ended long ago. But Isobel's past and present are about to collide when Serafin, mercenary, assassin and the most dangerous man in the world, makes a deal with The Committee. Seventeen years ago Isobel shot him and left him for dead. Now it looks as if he's tracked her down for revenge. But Isobel knows all too well that looks can be deceiving . . . and that's what she's counting on to keep her cover in this international masquerade of murder." (From Amazon)
FINALLY, we get to see Madam Lambert in action and know more about her in the past and present. I like that her story waiting a few books so that it made her more mysterious, yet did not drag it out. I liked Reno from the last book and hope that he gets a book soon!”
“Alright, is all I can say about this book.”c D wrote this review Sunday, November 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ok, kinda silly story”victoria s wrote this review Thursday, August 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best in the Ice series so far.
I had long been intrigued by Madame Lambert, ever since Black Ice when she became the head of the Committee, so I was pleased to see that this book was about her.
Hiding the fact that she is near to breaking point Isobel Lambert is requested to lead a very special case. Serafin is a diabolical terrorist whom has agreed to sell Intel to the Committee for protection, and it appears he wants Isobel on the case. When Isobel reviews the case she is startled to recognise the image of Serafin. Isobel knows him as Killian, a man who she knew a long time ago, a man who she always thought to be her first kill. The only man she has ever loved.
As Isobel and Killian try to get to England, it appears that someone doesn't want them the get there, and that more than likely that someone is a mole in the Committee itself. Isobel has to face that her friends may be her enemies, and that Killian, a man who she wants desperately to hate, may still be the love of her life.
This book had everything, a subplot that kept up with the characters and didn't simply feel like an excuse to bring two people together. It had interesting characters in Isobel and Killian, and plenty of interaction from other well loved characters. We catch up with Bastien and see a lot of Peter Madsen, and also get to know Reno better.
Isobel and Killian burn up the page, you really felt their history and the depth of what they are to each other, seeing them both lose control was amazing and Stuart managed to portray the melting of those icy characters better than in any of her other books. I think the difference was that Killian truly softened, and actually wasn't horrified by this. I'm all for a gamma hero, but he does need to thaw a little and give me some clear sign that he loves, and I prefer something other than saving her life. The scene where Isobel recounts their intimacy, and the words Killian says to her when they are making love were beautiful, and I loved the ending.
All in all, I can't say enough good things about this book.
“I saved this book in the series for last. I was dreading it a bit for some reason. Isabel is... a bit of an enigma to me, I simply don't understand her, but thankfully Cillian was there to help me warm up to her. Yet another great book in the Ice series.”Rachel wrote this review Friday, December 4, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No