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Ice Blue (Ice Series) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Stuart
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Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value—until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth can be as seductive as it is deadly….


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 435 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harlequin MIRA (17. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0778324788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324782
  • ASIN: B009031V7Y
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Absolut lesenswert 29. April 2007
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Nachdem Summer Hawthornes Kindermädchen ums Leben kam, erbt sie von ihr eine alte japanische Keramikschale. Um diese vor den gierigen Klauen des größenwahnsinnigen Sektenführers Shirosama zu bewahren, platziert sie das Erbstück in einer Museumsausstellung. Dort wähnt sie die Schale und ihren Hausfrieden - wurde doch bei ihr deswegen schon eingebrochen - sicher. Shirosama jedoch schreckt vor nichts zurück, um das Gefäß in seine Gewalt zu bringen und lässt Summer entführen. Seine Pläne werden von Takashi O'Brian vereitelt. Als Mitglied des "Komitees" hat Takashi den Auftrag, die Schale an sich zu bringen und Summer gegeben-enfalls zu töten, damit sie Shirosama nicht das Geheimnis verrät, das dieser ihr zu entlocken gedenkt - und welches eine Katastrophe für die Menschheit bedeuten würde.

Takashi O'Brian ist ein Halb-Gaijin, exotisch, sexy und tödlich: ein typischer Stuart-Held. Summer ist gleichermaßen fasziniert und verängstigt, dennoch nimmt sie es mutig mit ihm und ihrem Schicksal auf. Der Fokus der Geschichte liegt auf der komplexen, sich langsam aufbauenden Beziehung des Paares, die unter dem Druck ihrer ungewöhnlichen Situation allerdings keine Zeit hat, sich sonderlich zu entfalten. Nebenbei werden Einblicke in den tödlichen Plan des Sektenführers gewährt, und neue, sowie schon bekannte Nebencharaktere haben ihren Auftritt. Im Vergleich mit den beiden Vorgängern fällt dieser dritte Teil der Ice-Serie etwas schwächer aus. Es gibt kleine Lücken, was die Logik angeht, manches geht einfach zu glatt über die Bühne. Auch mag der Funke zwischen den Protagonisten leider bis kurz vor Ende nicht ganz überspringen. Dennoch ist auch dieses Buch von Anne Stuart absolut lesenswert. (AHR)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lauwarme Killer 29. Juli 2007
Von Geisha X
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Eine an Aum Shinrikyo orientierte japanische Sekte entführt Summer Hawthorne. Die Kalifornierin besitzt eine antike japanische Schale, welche sie von ihrem japanischen Kindermädchen geerbt hat. Überdies - auch wenn sie selbst sich dessen nicht bewusst ist - soll sie als Einzige Person überhaupt den Standort eines geheimen Schreins in Japan kennen. Durch die Entführung erhofft die Sekte sich, die Schale und das Wissen um den Standort des Schreins an sich zu bringen, doch Summer wird gerettet - von Taka O'Brien, einem gutaussehenden Halbjapaner mit aussergewöhnlichen Fähigkeiten. Was Summer jedoch nicht weiss: Taka soll sie umbringen, sobald er die Schale an sich gebracht hat. Doch der sonst so gefühlskalte Killer sieht sich plötzlich ausserstande seinen Auftrag auszuführen.

Die Beschreibungen von Anne Stuart's Romantic Suspense klingen in meinen Ohren stets verlockend: eiskalte Killer, spannende Rahmenhandlungen und das Mädchen von nebenan. Diese Geschichte passt da voll ins Schema. Doch leider geht trotz hervorragender Ideen für mich letztendlich die Rechnung nicht auf. Taka, der doch eine faszinierende Persönlichkeit und ein geborener "bad boy hero" sein sollte, wirkt flach und wenig überzeugend. Summer ist ebenfalls unvollständig gezeichnet und überdies für meine Begriffe etwas langweilig. Auch der Plot und das bereits aus früheren Büchern bekannte "Committee" weissen Logiklöcher wie ein schweizer Käse auf. Der Kriminalanteil darf hier keinesfalls hinterfragt werden, sonst fällt das Gerüst der Geschichte in sich zusammen. Das ist nun schon mein dritter Anne Stuart und ich kann trotz guter Ideen anscheinend mit dieser Autorin nicht so recht warm werden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of Anne Stuart's Best Bad Boys 3. Juli 2007
Von Melissa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow! Summer Hawthorne and Takashi O'Brien are by far the best couple so far in Anne Stuart's Ice series. Takashi is an operative for the super secret Committee. His mission is to retrieve an ancient Japanese urn and then eliminate its owner Summer. If the urn falls into the wrong hands or Summer herself, for that matter, countless lives could be lost. A crazed religious fanatic believes the urn holds the key to his apocalyptic vision.

Summer is a pragmatic American. She knows the religious sect wants the urn so she is trying to keep it well hidden. The moment Takashi enters her life, it is never the same. He rescues her from danger but she also is aware he could kill her at any moment. Takashi is a man used to following orders but he finds reasons not to obey the Committee chairwoman, who sees Summer as a real liability.

This book is a roller coaster ride of adventure. Takashi and Summer move from one high drama to the next as they try to stay one step ahead of the religious cult leader and his henchmen.

Anne Stuart marvelously keeps the tension simmering. Both Summer and Takashi are incredibly complex individuals that seem perfect for each other from their first meeting. Summer is very likeable. Rarely are romance heroines bold, smart and vulnerable. She does not have to be continually rescued from her own plans, she is too intelligent for that. She realizes Takashi and the Committee hold most of the cards.

Takashi is alpha male but also vulnerable with Summer. Anne Stuart allows the reader glimpses of his family situations past and present (he is half Japanese and American, related to a Japanese mobster). He walks the fine line between hero and villain. No one can write about the tortured hero/ bad boy like Anne Stuart. This one goes on my keeper shelf.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard driving cruel romance and suspense to the N-th degree 8. April 2007
Von D. Merrimon Crawford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ice Blue is a hard driving suspense and romance set in the midst of a global power struggle against the catastrophic plans of delusional religious cult leader surrounded by New Age enthusiasts and the best scientific minds the Cold War could provide. A professional Japanese operative is ordered to obtain an art relic and then kill his hostage but surprising twists and unfolding details repeatedly derail the completion of those orders. Romantic suspense fills every scene of Ice Blue to the N-th degree!

Museum curator and Asian art scholar Summer Hawthorne treasures the blue ceramic bowl as a gift from her beloved Japanese nanny. Summer values her childhood memories of eating cookies from it over its current high monetary value. When her quirky mother Lianne joins The True Realization Fellowship, a Japanese religious cult headed by the albino Shirosama, Summer knows that if her mother had her way, her beloved bowl will be only one more family heirloom that increases the coffers of this strange cult.

When Takashi O'Brien ("Taka") saves Summer from Shirosama's followers and a certain death, she does not know whether to trust him or fear him. He may have temporarily saved the bowl from the True Realization but only so that he could take it. If the look in his eyes did not scare her, his tattoo does. Taka belongs to the Yakuza (the Japanese Mafia). She has already seen him kill more than once to achieve his objective and his plans for her are no secret. Even more disturbing is the use to which this bowl will be put once possession is attained. The macabre and delusional visions of his Holiness Shirosama are far more deadly than the sarin gas attacks of the Tokyo subways by the Aum Shinrikyo cult and or the Jonestown mass suicide "The People's Temple" led by the Reverend Jim Jones.

The reader knows every cruel thought and mission detail as it unfolds --- and still the page-turning suspense builds until the very last line. Despite her hostage situation, Summer is an unusual heroine-victim --- weak, strong, intelligent, feminine, bruised from the past endowed with a quirky sense of humor. The unusual pairing of the family rejected half-breed Yakuza operative and the sensitive museum curator who thinks of herself as unattractive electrifies the suspense. The romance is hard, somewhat cruel yet soul-healing and even tender at moments, but most of all unforgettable. The family relationships of the main characters and the secondary characters are complex and deepen the psychological motivations and histories of Taka and Summer. Ice Blue will sear these two characters and their struggle into the reader's memory long after the book is closed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Moody Tale of Redeeming Love 11. April 2007
Von Elaine C McTyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have always liked Anne Stuart's unlikely heros and the one in this novel is just delicious. Couldn't put it down and I am fasinated by the interaction between our characters. If you have read BLACK ICE and COLD AS ICE you will recognize Takashi O'Brien from those novels. HE is a member of the Committee. A secret organization that tries to protect the world from terrorists and meglomaniacs. They are ruthless people, they have to consider the greater good. I have loved these novels and Anne Stuart knows how to make them human.

Summer Hawthorne is the daughter of a wealthy, selfish, rich woman who has spent very little time taking care of this older daughter. Summer has rebelled by distanceing herself from the hollywood scene loved by her mother and step-father. She is not caught up in the beautiful people crowd. At one time she was loved and protected by her Japanese Nanny who left her a priceless ceramic bowl that is wanted by a Japanese Guru her mother studies under. Although the bowl was given to Summer her mother has promised it to the Shirosama.

Taka has been looking for a chance to aquire the bowl and silence Summer, who unknown to her, probably knows the location of the Shrine where the bowl came from. His orders are to take her out. Fortunately, he finds out the bowl on display at her museum is a copy, and he must protect and interroge her before he kills her. Needless to say, I couldn't put it down. I loved the sexual tension, the deep need Taka has to fulfill his task, and the suspense of having the cult at their heels.

The Shirosama thinks he is the reincarnation of a thirteenth century rebel. That Shirosama was an albino, and was forced to perform ritual suicide by his peers at that time. Our Shirosama intends to follow in his footsteps and start a world wide cleansing by killing as many people as he can with biological and gas weapons, that he has stockpiled. He needs the bowl to hold the ashes of the old Shirosama and he has to find out the location of the shrine. With millions of followers he has all the help he needs and when he is done many will be released from their karma to begin a new existance.

Taka and Summer wind up in Japan and the book reachs a shocking climax. I enjoyed every page and encourage you not to miss this one or the others in the series. A new one will be out in Nov. I am already looking forward to it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific... but I had a hard time with this one. 5. Juni 2008
Von GinRobi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I liked Summer. A strong-willed woman, determined, after the kind of upbringing she had, to be her own boss and to keep away from those who treat her like dirt. I get her need for individuality and freedom after what she'd been through. I just wish there was more in the way of explanation than just skimming over it. She continuously wears black, and after reading about her past, I could understand why. But enough was enough.

I had a rather hard time with Taka. He'd had his orders concerning Summer, only completed them halfway, and it was really strange. I had a hard time getting passed what he did to Summer. To be half done and change your mind? If I was in Summer's shoes - I'd have been so out of there. That she fell in love with him is a treat, they work nicely together as a couple, but I don't know if I'd still be in love with him after that. It's a rather difficult situation - one that I really hope I won't have to read again. While I'm used to reading the heros treating the heroines with lies, manipulations and threats, I wasn't ready for the `hands-on' that Taka did to Summer, and it was chilling. I didn't like it. While there's a good reason for it, and the sizzle between them grows, I still didn't like how that played out.

The novel was excellent, regardless of how I felt about the characters. Plenty of action and suspense, full of twists, and while there was plenty of heat, I had a hard time getting passed that one blip. To get into it further would spoil it for those intending to read it, and I won't do that. Suffice it to say that it is the only reason why I can't give it a full 5-star rating. And I found the ending left a few holes - no explanation from Taka why it took him almost two months to get to Summer. It was like showing up would be enough. Wasn't enough for me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In parr with "Black Ice" 19. Oktober 2008
Von Fani - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Ice Blue is the third book in the Ice series after "Black Ice" and "Cold as Ice". I absolutely loved "Black Ice" and consider it one of the best books I've read. But "Cold as Ice" was like... a cold shower. I couldn't like Peter, he was much colder than I could take while the heroine, Genevieve, made one stupid mistake after the other. So I thought that Anne Stuart was one of those authors that wrote a great book but couldn't manage to repeat that feat.

I was so wrong! Ice Blue features an incredibly sexy hero, the half-Japanese Takashi O'Brian. While Taka fights his attraction to Summer until very late in the book, he is one HOT man. Summer is a wonderful heroine; clever, feisty, strong and -unlike Genevieve- not prone to stupid mistakes. She quickly realizes that Taka is her only chance to survive, even if he tried to kill her once and may even try again in the future. Takashi, walks an even thinner line between villain and hero than Bastien or Peter, so readers with a soft heart and fond of protective alpha males are better off this book. Takashi is a full Gamma-male, but his sexual aura is so strong that you'll never ask "what Summer found in him".

The tension between the two of them was palpable from the very begining and the plot a real page-turner (I hadn't finished a book in a single day for a long long time). Be sure to have plenty of time when you start this one because you'll not be able to leave it off your hands, but if you don't like controversial, gamma-type heroes please stay away. Taka is even harder to forgive than Bastien in Black Ice and that says a lot. If, on the other hand, you've been disappointed with "Cold as Ice" and consider whether to give the Ice series another chance... plunge ahead! This one's a rare treat!
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