“Chloe Underwood is a naive American working as a translator in Paris when she finds herself tangled up with international arms dealers. One of them, Bastien Toussaint, is dangerously sexy--and Chloe's only hope of escaping with her life. It was entertaining. Not realistic but a fun escape. But hey, if we want realistic we should read non-fiction.”Carol wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my first novel by Anne Stuart, and I am glad I stumbled upon it. Well-written, fast-moving, and satisfying. I look forward to reading more by Stuart.”Angela L wrote this review Tuesday, July 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite out of the ice series as it involved Bastien, my favorite character. I loved the storyline even though it was overdone in some parts. I thought Chloe was naive at first but she made up for it in the end. The hero of this book was Bastien without a doubt, I absolutely loved his role and his interactions with Chloe, you could see that he'd do anything to save her life, even putting himself in danger.
A very good thriller with a satisfying ending.”
“This review has a couple of little spoilery things in that I wouldn't normally include but I just couldn't write the review without them because I'm on a rant. Sorry.
I'm afraid this book wasn't for me at all. I have begrudgingly awarded it two stars for certain parts of the plot that were suspenseful, but I just could not move past the fact that I absolutely detested the male lead character Bastien. With the passion of a thousand fiery suns.
At first I thought oh, it's okay, he's undercover, this is just his guise as a slimy, moralless scumbag. Any minute now she'll get him on his own and discover the real man underneath.
And she did.
And he was even worse!
I am honestly struggling to find a single redeeming quality for his character. I am willing to accept the fact that it may just be me because I see the book even won an award for "Best Tortured Hero", so clearly other people appreciated his charms a helluva lot more than me. But I would even take issue with that award because, okay his mother was a bit of a cold-hearted cow, but tortured? Where? Where was the torture that excuses his behaviour? I have read many a book with a tortured hero. Like, actually, physically tortured, not just a complex because mummy wasn't nice to him. And those genuinely tortured heroes managed to earn my affection by working past their issues and trying to change their naughty ways (this is a little thing I like to call character development). Plus, they had honour, they were willing to protect what they cared about. This guy was just horrible, ruthless, abusive verbally, abusive physically. He allowed her to be tortured and abused by others without batting an eye rather than blow his cover. He cheated on her. I mean, seriously! Am I missing something here?
The female lead character, Chloe, wasn't a whole heap better. She came across initially as just innocent and naive. And hey, if I suddenly found myself surrounded by a bunch of arms dealers I'd look pretty naive too. But then when she started going all ooey gooey over Mr. Abusive she moved over into the TSTL category pretty quickly. I even laughed aloud towards then end when she gave away her location. She couldn't just keep still could she? Oh no, she had to look for the flash light. What was she going to bloody do with it anyway? Morse code? Gah!
Right, I think I better stop here. Needless to say I don't recommend this book. To anyone. Ever. And this will be my first and last book by Anne Stuart.
2 Stars ★★”
“A pretty good book. Predictable but good nonetheless. ”Kindra R wrote this review Monday, April 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The suspense was good, but kind of crashed at the end. The ending felt forced - there was no build up to the end.”Coreen Darnall wrote this review Friday, March 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 STARS Chloe is an American in Paris working at a low paying job living with a glamorous British roommate. One thing Chloe excels at is languages...so when Sylvia cannot make it to her interpreting gig she begs her to fill in. Chloe armed with her gift of languages want of sex and violence and Sylvia's clothes suddenly finds herself getting more than she wished for. This is not just a interpreting job and Chloe is on the run for life with a stranger as her protector.
This is my first Anne Stuart book but not my last. I liked that this was not the standard romantic suspense novel but filled with spies, villains and death at every corner. It was fast paced read that was a good exercise for my mind. I was not crazy about the ending but can be at peace with it.”
“Chloe Underwood is an American living in Paris, working as a children’s book translator. She decided to forgo the medical career path taken by the rest of her family and is living abroad trying to gain some excitement in her life. She is fluent in a number of languages and shares an apartment with her co-worker Sophie, who is only looking for wealthy boyfriends to support her lifestyle. Sophie makes a last minute request of Chloe to replace her on a weekend job at a business meeting held at a Chateau outside of Paris. Chloe decides to do so because the money is appealing.
Things start to go south pretty quickly when the participants of the meeting are immediately suspicious of the change in translators. They are actually participating in illegal arms trade and debate whether they need to kill her. One of the participants, Bastien Toussaint, is actually an undercover agent for a private organization battling terrorist operations. He’s not your typical agent for a not so typical organization and has his own reservations about Chloe, wondering if she’s working for someone else and out to do him in.
This is not your typical romantic suspense story and it moves more like an espionage thriller. Chloe truly is an innocent but no one is willing to take the risk and she’s marked for death. Bastien vacillates between allowing her to be killed and risking his life and cover in order to save her. She has an immediate attraction to him but is also repelled by his ruthlessness. The book moves at a very fast pace and no relationship is sacred. You are unsure of friend or foe from one moment to the next, including Bastien.
I found it to be an extremely interesting story but the romance was sometimes hard to swallow. It wasn’t clear as to why Bastien was attracted to Chloe, even though her attraction to him seemed to be a bit more understandable. Nevertheless, the book kept my interest throughout and I found myself rooting for them as a couple so something worked. The ending was quite abrupt and I’m hoping the series includes more about the future of these two.
“When Chloe Underwood gets a chance to make some extra money translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance. But she soon discovers that these people are not international food distributors, but illegal arms dealers. When they find out she knows too much they decide that she has to die. But one member of the group, Bastien Toussaint, drags Chloe away. Bastien is a secret agent working for "the committee". He and Chloe are soon hiding in Paris, and trying to get out of the country alive.
I always like a book with the "on the run" theme and this one is no exception. My problem with the story is actually the main characters. Chloe comes across as somewhat naive bordering on TSTL (too stupid to live). She keeps saying she can take care of herself, but we know there is no way she could get herself out of this mess without Bastien's help. Bastien is a bit too cold for my taste. Is he just a cold-blooded killer or is he one of the good guys? Actually, I'm still not sure. So, I give this one high marks for a plot that kept me turning the pages, but subtract a little bit for the characters. My rating: 4 Stars.”
“Good plot and interesting characters.
Although Sebastian is ruthless and sadistic, you can't help but fall in love with him and Chloe's naivete strikes just the right cord.
The problem with this book is the writing, which is choppy and has sudden transitions that make it difficult to follow the sequence of events.
Nevertheless, I've heard such great things about the rest of the series so I will be continuing. ”