Monday, June 02, 2008

Fire and Ice

In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.

Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd— tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead—but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice. - Synopsis found in the back cover

First sentence: Reno bounded up the stairs, two at a time, and pushed open the door to the deserted apartment, only to stare directly into the barrel of a Glock.

Fire and Ice is the fifth book of the Ice Series by Anne Stuart. As indicated by the synopsis above, in this instalment, taking the centrestage are Reno (also known as Hiromasa Shinoda) and Jilly Lovitz. Jilly is another classic example of a victim being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The synopsis pretty much sums up the story. The plot isn't much to look at but overall, it's fast-paced enough for readers to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Reno sounds like a guy you don't want to mess with but at the same time, you couldn't take your eyes off him. He's the beautiful, exotic Japanese bad boy; not to mention a genius too. Flaming red long hair, six feet tall -- he's a lean and mean machine. It's not difficult to like Reno, really. I find myself oddly attracted to him.

Jilly on the other hand, gives me a bit of a headache. She is, after all, only twenty years old. She has a crush on Reno even two years ago and couldn't seem to get her mind off him. In fact, she runs to Japan with the secret intention of bumping into him. Unknown to her, Reno finds her to be unsettling and yes, he is attracted to her from the first time he set eyes on her. Which is why his cousin, Taka and sister-in-law are so adamant in warning him to stay away from Jilly. That guy has a reputation when it comes to women.

The modus operandi is pretty much the same in the previous instalments. Please read the joint-review of the three earlier books and Ice Storm to catch a glimpse of it. Reading Fire and Ice is like visiting an old friend -- familiar with nothing much changed. Still, it's a good indulgence!

Note: Fire and Ice is a joint-reading with Melody and Julia. I have totally enjoyed racing through it with both of you. It makes the whole experience much more memorable and fun! Thanks again for waiting so patiently for me to get the book. *GRIN*