I'm thinking about getting a high frequency face device. Why? I'm vain. That's it. Plus I like skin gadgets. I might not get it. I'm on the fence. Leaning towards yes.
My friend is trying to talk me into trying banana flavored rum (for pina coladas). I don't like the texture or taste of bananas. Is that odd?
This is the last book in the Ice Series (but the series sorta continues with the Fire Series that is set in America). It might be one of my favorite books in the series. I really like all the characters, the settings, the adventure and the story.
Title: On Thin Ice
Author: Anne Stuart
Genre: fiction, romantic suspense, contemporary
Publisher: 326 pages (paperback)
Year: Dystel and Goderich Literary Management/Publishers
Elizabeth Pennington has come to the war-torn South American country of Callivera to volunteer at a tiny mission. Kidnapped by the local rebels who are more interested in ransom than politics, she ends up at their camp in the Andes where she meets Finn MacGowan, member of the infamous Committee, a covert organization dedicated to destroying terrorism. MacGowan has been held hostage for almost three years, and he's chosen the night she arrives as the night he plans to escape. When he does, she follows him, heading down the steep mountainous terrain with another hostage, the teenage son of a Hollywood millionaire.
Rebels, soldiers, traitors and near-drowning follows them on their journey. As they travel from the mountain fortress to a transatlantic freighter, an old cafe in Spain ending in a shootout at a farmhouse in France, MacGowan reluctantly falls in love, and Beth learns that the cynical, dangerous soldier-of-fortune might be worth saving after all.
I'll keep this short and sweet since I've had a migraine and I can't word good.
This is the last book in the Ice series (it's number six) but the series transitions into the Fire series (currently at three books). This one was jam packed with adventure. It starts in Callivera, which is a made up country in South America. Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington is a social worker/teacher for a catholic missionary at the foot of the Andes mountains. The first chapter starts with a bang as Beth is kidnapped by rebel soldiers (like FARC I guess?) and taken up to the mountains. Beth is the heir to the Pennington Pharmacy, making her a wealthy heiress.
At camp she is placed near Finn MacGowan, who has been held captive for over two or three years. MacGowan is Irish (or Northern Irish? I can't remember if this is specified) and part of the Committee. With Beth's capture, MacGowan decides to escape (again) from the rebels. He has already planned to take other captives with him (for money, like a mercenary). When he escapes, Beth follows him down hoping to follow him to safety. Finn grudgingly takes her with him.
One of the other captives is named Dylan, a son of a Hollywood action movie star. He came to Callivera to score drugs and party but ends up kidnapped for ransom. His father refuses to pay but MacGowan intervenes, either way this makes Dylan's position really precarious so he chooses to go with MacGowan when the escape occurs.
Eventually the rebels realise their captives are missing and follow them down hoping to recapture them. The rest of the first half of the book follows this chase and it's full of adventure and danger. Also, slight romance between Finn and Beth (although not fully anything as they're in danger). There is one really dramatic scene where Beth is taken by the leader of the rebels and Finn needs to rescue her. There is (super spoiler ***** simulated sex in order to fool the rebels. I've read these types of scenes before and most of the time they're a bit cringy but it was actually okay here?!).
Beth is absolutely a Anne Stuart heroine where she's a frigid until she has wowza sex with Finn. Finn is grumpy and unsure if he wants to like Beth for whatever dude reasons he has but eventually comes around (a standard trope but not annoying)
The second part of the book is after Beth and Finn escape the rebels and end up with Dylan in Europe. Now they're chased by a rogue CIA agent (who's turned to the dark side). There's also a problem between Finn and Peter. Finn begins the book thinking that Peter has left him to rot in Callivera so he sets out for revenge. Peter is now the titular head of the Committee based in London.
The writing of the book is well written and the plot is tight. A really great adventure and all the loose ends are tied up (always great). I found the dialogue to be realistic (considering the adventure they were on).