My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ice by Linda Howard has all the trademarks of her novels. The romance and the suspense in equal measures keep the adrenaline pumping, however, this did end too soon for my liking. The atmospheric effects with the snowstorm and ice added a layer of thrill in addition to the dangers posed by meth addicts.
The story moves forward thru Gabe and Lorelei and occasionally thru the antagonists which did cause a galloping heart. Teenage Gabe and Lolly never did get along so when Gabe’s father requests him to head up the mountain to check on Lolly, he’s none too happy. The time he should use to spend with his son is being wasted to save someone he’s not much keen on but as he arrives and gets trapped by the ice and storm and realizes that the situation at Lolly’s home is not something that can be avoided he takes charge and the rescue mission becomes one of survival not just against the crazy villains but also the weather which was getting worse by the minute. And of course, the villain just refuses to be defeated just like in the old horror movies.
I loved the intense chemistry between the leads and can also understand that the focus of the story was all about escape so the abrupt end does fit in line with the story but I still wanted more details about the characters and an epilogue.
Entertainment quickie 4 stars 🌧️ 🌧️ 🌧️ 🌧️
On holiday leave from the service, Gabriel McQueen is sent into a brewing ice storm to make sure that his father’s distant neighbor, Lolly Helton, who has fallen out of contact, is safe and sound. It’s a trip that Gabriel would rather not make, given the bitter winter weather—and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly. Arriving at Lolly’s home, Gabriel spots strangers through the windows—one of them packing a weapon—and kicks into combat mode. But once Lolly is rescued, the heat—and the hunt—are on. Snowbound, unarmed, and literally under the gun, Gabriel and Lolly must depend on each other to endure the merciless forces of nature and evade the ruthless enemy out in the blackness of the silent night—and out for their blood.
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