Black Ice

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Author: Anne Stuart

Title: Black Ice

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 384

Geographical Setting: France, in and aroundParis; AppalachianNorth Carolina

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Ice Series, #1

Plot Summary:  When American in Paris Chloe Underwood takes a translating job at a French chateau for the weekend as a favor to her flighty roommate, she thinks she’ll be spending her time with a group of high-powered grocery importers. But when she discovers that the group of grocers is, in fact, arms dealers, she finds herself on the run for her life with the sexy and dangerous Bastien Toussaint as her protector. . .or is he her kidnapper?

Bastien Toussaint suspects the naïve young American of being an operative, but he can’t figure out who she’s working for. As an operative for the shady anti-terrorism group The Committee, he’s tired of killing, tired of hiding, and tired of living. Something about Chloe gets under his skin, and when he realizes that she is an innocent who has stumbled into danger, he betrays everything he thought he knew to keep her safe.

Subject Headings: arms dealers, France, Paris, suspense, romance, covert operations

 Appeal: violent, graphic, steamy, romantic, breakneck, sexually explicit, claustrophobic, dangerous, simple language, fast-paced, suspenseful, plot twists

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: dangerous, violent, sexy

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible  by Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun

This biography of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, delves into the international arms trade and the shady character who controls much of its operations. Just as Black Ice explores the line between justifiable violence and that which readers cannot forgive, this book explores the man behind a trade that some praise and many condemn.

We’ll Always have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light by John Baxter

Part memoir, part travelogue, part gossip sheet, this collection of essays by an Australian expatriate delves into the seedier side of the city, detailing cafes and brothels, bondage shows and museums. For readers who love both the romance and squalor ofParis.

The Social Agent: A True Intrigue of Sex, Spies, and Heartbreak behind the Iron Curtain by Charles Laurence

This chronicle of secret agents in 1950sPraguefocuses on the seductive double agent Jiri Mucha, whose famous friends and social magnetism placed him at the center of a world of danger and intrigue.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Undertow by Cherry Adair

In this first book in a series about three treasure-hunting brothers, Zane Cutter hires childhood friend Teal to serve as a mechanic and diver on his latest mission. As their feelings for each other heat up, so does danger from every source, including bad guys, Federal agents, and even a hurricane. Like Black Ice, this features an exotic setting, lots of danger, and a steamy romance.

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

When Janie Bright and her friends make a list of the qualities they’d like to see in their Mr. Perfect, they don’t expect it to end up going public—or to end up in danger from a crazed stranger. But is the undercover cop—or is he really a bad guy?—next door is both sexy enough to keep Janie busy and bad enough to keep her safe? This book features a dangerous situation, a shady is-he-good-or-is-he-bad hero, and a lot of steam.

Show no Mercy by Cindy Gerard

This first book in Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops series features a damaged reporter, a shadowy billionaire, and the damaged hero who is a member of an elite Black Ops force.  With a high body count, bombings, kidnappings, and plenty of suspense to balance the romance, this book shares the high violence and sexuality level of Black Ice.

Name: Shelley

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