When sexy Chicago FBI agent Jack MacAlister, the one with the
“bad boy smile,” meets beautiful ice maiden Sophie
Rose, the chemistry is instantaneous. Sophie has an acute aversion
to FBI agents, and Jack soon realizes he must rely on his
player instincts to get the attention of the woman who
just “knocked the air out of him.”
Sophie’s hatred of law enforcement is intensified time and
again as her father, Bobby Rose, is the man authorities want behind
bars for various thefts, but they can’t come up with a single
shred of proof. Sophie is under constant surveillance and suspicion
of harboring her father’s whereabouts. When Bobbie Rose is in
the news, Sophie is the target of threats. She and her best
friends, Regan and Cordie, “could play Charlie’s
Angels.” They are savvy, sexy and satisfied. Together
they provide Sophie with laughter, support and protection ---
Regan’s husband Alec is Jack’s partner at the FBI.
Herman Bitterman, father figure and editor-in-chief of the
Illinois Chronicle, assigns Sophie to cover the story of
William Harrington, an egomaniacal runner who always wears red
socks and a red t-shirt for every race. A seemingly boring story
begins a chain of events that lead Sophie and the FBI to a murder.
Harrington thinks his 25th race is front page news, but when Sophie
meets him, the interview is bizarre and the man is repulsive. The
next thing she knows, a reporter calls her from Prudhoe Bay,
Alaska, to tell her that Bitterman was mauled by a polar bear and
they found her business card in his red sock. Fire and ice collide
as Jack becomes Sophie’s protector after a bullet barely
misses her blonde perfection.
Sophie’s reporter instincts tell her that the attempt on
her life and the interview with Harrington are connected. She
convinces Bitterman to let her go to Alaska to research the story
of the polar bear murder and discovers clues to Alpha Project, the
very same project Harrington said he was going to be a part of.
Numerous nefarious characters, hours of tapes featuring the daily
lives of Alaskan wolves and the quest for the fountain of youth
lead Sophie and Jack into the icy Alaskan wilderness.
Julie Garwood’s reputation as a romance writer is firmly
established by numerous appearances on the New York Times
bestseller list. Seduction, fire and ice Julie Garwood style is
romantic perfection. Jack’s fire melts Sophie’s icy
reserve and her heart. Some women just can’t stay away from
fire, and Sophie is one of those women.
Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on January 21, 2011