Book Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
After the success of Becca Fitzpatrick’s “Hush, Hush” teen paranormal romance series, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Black Ice, but found myself quickly engrossed in the world that was spun.
For fans of Hush, Hush, you’ll find the writing style similar, but the story very different. There are no paranormal elements, and the teen angst normally found in Young Adult stories of recent years is mostly missing.
In Black Ice we have two late teens, Britt and Korbie, who become stranded in a snow storm, get rescued by two guys in a cabin, then their situation goes from bad to worse. Black Ice is more light-thriller than romance, for all that I kept waiting for the moment where I got to throw the book across the room in disgust.
One of the things that appealed to me with this story was the strength of the characters. Although we find ourselves in the normal romantic setup, with Britt off with her kidnapper, she shows a normal amount of resilience and becomes a very believable character. Her ability to hike through snow storms in dense forest isn’t just left as a sudden bought of superhuman girliness, it’s because she’s actually put months of training in. Admittedly, she thought she’d be doing some pleasant day tramps, rather than serious gruelling hiking.
Becca Fitzpatrick also has a way of reading her readers minds, I’m sure she knew I’d been reading chapters snorting in disbelief, then suddenly, in one paragraph, she puts the plot elements together in a completely realistic manner and I had the joy of feeling like I’d been told to sit down, shut up, and enjoy the story. Which I did.
Many of the twists came out of the blue, not so much because the markers weren’t in the plot to be seen, but because of my expectations from having read Becca’s previous books and making assumptions.
Many heart in the mouth moments made this a constant page turner, and as the story unfolded, more layers were uncovered meaning reaching the end was both a blessing and a curse.
For readers that are looking for a less romance driven, more suspenseful story, this is just the ticket. I’m sure loyal fans of Becca Fitzpatrick will enjoy Black Ice, but I’m even surer that she’s going to pick up a lot of new fans through this one.
Britt Phieffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trip with her and go trekking through the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.
But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, and find two knights in shining armour, Shaun and Mason, who are also hiding out.
But all is not as it seems, and Britt quickly discovers that the guys are there for reasons other than hiking…dangerous reasons that mean they need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide them down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to get out of this alive is to pretend she is on their side. But playing nice is hard, especially when Britt is unsure whether Mason, gorgeous and sexy, is the enemy or an ally. And as she begins to lose track of who is in control it is only a matter of time before things turn deadly…