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Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood

January 26th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description from Amazon: Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an exposé about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper. Far from her onetime high-powered crime beat, she now covers local personalities such as the quirky winner of several area 5K runs whose trademark is goofy red socks.

Those red socks–with Sophie’s business card neatly tucked inside–are practically all that’s found after runner William Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly the victim of a brutal death by polar bear. The Alaska cops want to know why Harrington carried Sophie’s card. With an unerring nose for a good story, she heads north.

What Sophie doesn’t realize is that on her journey from Chicago to Prudhoe Bay, danger follows in her wake. After one attempt on her life, she’s been assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard by the cautious FBI. Amid great peril and deadly intrigue in the unforgiving Alaskan terrain, she and Jack form an uneasy alliance sparked with sensual attraction. But they will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with this book.  I’m not normally a contemporary romance fan and have not cared very much for Garwood’s latest books (although I love her historical romances) but I thought this one was a fun read.  Some of the things Sophie did were pretty dumb yet I could see myself making the same mistakes.  I loved her father being a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the corrupted big wigs in the world and using the money to help those suffering from the downturn in the economy.  I have to admit Jack’s character was just so-so for me.  I did not see as much development in his personality except that he was a controlling, dominating sort of man.  I’m actually more excited to read the story about Regan’s brother Aiden.  He kept coming up as this good guy who acted as Sophie’s protector when she was younger, was a rich yet caring guy and a whiz at cards.  Can’t wait to see if he and Cordie end up together.

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