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Hot Ice

Review

Hot Ice



Stolen diamonds, religious fanatics, weapons of mass destruction,
terrorist organizations, and a sexy counterterror agent give expert
jewel thief Taylor Kincaid the adrenaline rush of her career. The
HOT ICE heroine keeps her cool while cracking the codes to
impregnable safes. She slithers between high-tech security system
grids, scales buildings, and leaps across rooftops. But she melts
at the touch of Terrorist Force Logistical Command (T-FLAC)
operative Huntington St. John.

Gorgeous blue eyes and a body that makes men do a double take are
Taylor's only weapons. Trained to lower herself into tight places
in order to take back stolen diamonds and return them via her
employer Consolidated Underwriters, Taylor's expertise is cracking
safes, completing the heist in record time, and getting out with
the diamonds in her possession without getting caught.

Taylor's expertise and speed is just what Huntington St. John and
his T-FLAC operatives need to stop the maniacal José Morales,
head of the Mano del Dios terrorist organization. Morales has a
missile buried in a mine in South Africa scheduled to hit Las Vegas
within 48 hours. It is crucial to penetrate a mine shaft with
multiple dangerous obstacles patterned after Dante's seven levels
of hell to get to the base of the missile and deactivate the
complicated code.

Huntington St. John rescues Taylor from a filthy jail cell in San
Cristóbal, South America, her first capture, after she
inadvertently steals disks from Morales's safe with crucial codes
to break into each level of the mine. Taylor's prize heist is the
Blue Star diamonds Morales "acquired" from the Romanov Collection
in Leningrad. Huntington St. John's prize turns out to be rescuing
Taylor.

The Romantic Times lauds Cherry Adair as "One of the
reigning queens of romantic adventure." Ignore the pit of snakes
and splattered blood scenes and concentrate on the adventure and
fantasy of intimate trysts with a sexy man in a simple African
rondaval or in a luxury airplane bathroom with "bronzed
mirror-covered walls, plush carpeting, and soft, golden
light."

At times, Taylor reminds you of a female Indiana Jones, able to
ward off fear for the adventure of cracking open another high-tech
safe in her search for sparkling treasures and hot ice. When Taylor
unexpectedly finds the $75 million Blue Star diamonds in the mine
shaft and holds the hot ice sparkling in her hands, you forget
about the gory and sometimes confusing scenes Adair includes as
they descend the seven levels of the mine shaft. Taylor is given a
LockOut suit to wear on the mission, which is supposed to lock out
water, fire and bullets, yet it does not lock out the feel of
snakes crawling across Taylor's foot as she works to open the final
keypad.

The only disappointment was Huntington St. John's choice of jewelry
for Taylor. I think Mr. St. John could have selected something more
befitting a jewel thief. The piece of "ice" he gave her would have
melted very fast.

Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on January 22, 2011

Hot Ice
by Cherry Adair

  • Publication Date: July 19, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction, Romantic Suspense
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0345476425
  • ISBN-13: 9780345476425