By Becca Fitzpatrick
Hardcover: 392 pages
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
This was NOT what I was expecting, at all.. Especially from Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush series. I can imagine it is tough switching from the paranormal genre to thriller, but I can't make any excuses for this book. My natural inane curiosity is the only reason that I even finished it. I was not impressed, at all. I really did try and like this book, but there are numerous reasons why I couldn't. First of all, if I ever have a daughter, and she acts like either of these two girls do, I will lock her in her bedroom until she grows some damn common sense! Seriously. Britt and her best friend, Korbie are the kind of girls that I avoid attempting to have a conversation with, at all costs. Basically because a conversation is impossible for someone with little to no common sense. I found myself cringing at some of the things that they said and did, and wanting to throat punch someone, mainly myself, before the end of the second chapter. Honestly Miss Fitzpatrick, I need a level headed, semi-intelligent protagonist, and this book did NOT provide that. Second, I am all for best friend relationships in a book. In fact, I truly enjoy reading about these friendships almost as much as a good romantic relationship. But Korbie and Britt were so far from best friends, it honestly made me sad. Best friends do not make lists to compare themselves, and think they are so much better than the other one. Ridiculous! Some of the things Korbie said to Britt were downright assinine, and I would have thrown her ass out of the Jeep and left her in the snow! Third, the obsession that Britt had with Calvin was unhealthy, to say the least. He was obviously as psychotic as his sister, and I don't understand her fascination with him. He never even told anyone that they were together, for months. They dated in secret, him not even allowing her to tell her 'best friend,' his sister. Can we all say 'creeper?' And last but not least, this book was so predictable. About a quarter of the way through the book, I basically knew how the plot line would play out, and who exactly was behind everything. Maybe it was my previous obsession with crime novels, or maybe Miss Fitzpatrick needs to spend a few weeks watching Law & Order or CSI to brush up on her 'how to twist a plot line with a serial killer involved' skills. Sigh. So yea, to wrap up this ugly review.. the characters were shallow as hell, and the relationships between characters were even worse. The only silver lining was Ace/Mason/Jude.. haha, whatever his name is. He was a well written character, and I really did connect with him. He was twisted and jaded- my favorite kind of man! His character was difficult to figure out, with an air of mystery wrapped around him that I totally appreciated! I wish the other characters were as well written as him. Sorry Miss Fitzpatrick, but your first attempt at a romantic suspense novel was a total letdown for me, and I don't recommend this book to anyone with half a brain!
"They say that when you're about to die, your life flashes before your eyes. They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it's twice as painful, because you're reliving two lives that traveled one road together.” -Britt
"“When was the last time you were kissed?" he went on easily. "And I'm not talking about the dry, noncommittal, meaningless kiss you forget about as soon as it's over." I scrambled out of my stupor long enough to quip, "Like last night's kiss?" He cocked an eyebrow. "That so? I wonder, then, why you moaned my name after you drifted to sleep." "I did not!" "If only I'd had a video recorder. When was the last time you were really kissed?" he repeated."You seriously think I'm going to tell you?" "Your ex?" he guessed. "And if he was?" "Was it your ex who taught you to be ashamed and uncomfortable with intimacy? He took from you what he wanted, but never seemed to be around when you wanted something back, isn't that right? What do you want, Britt?" he asked me point-blank. "Do you really want to pretend like last night never happened?" "Whatever happened between me and Calvin isn't your business,” I fired back. "For your information, he was a really great boyfriend. I-I wish I was with him right now!" I exclaimed untruthfully. My careless comment made him flinch, but he recovered quickly. "Does he love you?" "What?" I said, flustered. "If you know him so well, it shouldn't be a hard question. Is he in love with you? Was he ever in love with you?" I tossed my head back haughtily. "I know what you're doing. You're trying to cut him down because you're-you're jealous of him!" "You're damn right I'm jealous,” he growled. "When I kiss a girl, I like to know she's thinking about me, not the fool who gave her up.”" -Britt & Jude