Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart

fire and ice

Isobel and Killian seem to have successfully escaped and much to Peter’s chagrin, he’s now in charge of The Committee. Unfortunately, there’s too much activity to dismantle the organization just yet. Taka and Summer are in hiding from a Russian contingent hunting them.  Meanwhile Reno acts on rumors Summer’s sister, Jilly, is about to walk into the ambush planned for Taka and Summer at their home.

Staying ahead of the assassins, Taka and Summer are safe but things are more unsettled for Jilly and Reno as they scurry in and out of hidey-holes, zip up and down mountain and dare Japan’s traffic with Reno behind the wheel. The residual feelings Reno and Jilly have been trying to dampen flare and re-ignite in the close proximity.

Not only does Reno need to keep himself and Jilly alive, protect Jilly from herself, deliver her unmolested to Taka with no idea where Taka and Sumer are hiding. and keep Taka from coming to their grandfathers aid. Reno’s concerned with his grandfather’s failing health when he discovers a rival yakuza’s infiltrated his grandfather’s organization and the household is now filled with traitors.

Not to mention he can’t stop himself from falling hard for Jilly despite his promise to Summer that he’d stay at least a state away. What a time to have to deal with so much escalating responsibility!  Plus Reno’s got to get thru everything without backup. The Committee is understaffed, his grandfather’s men can’t be counted on and the safe-houses are compromised.

Having glimpsed both characters previously, this reader was excited for Reno and okay with Jilly. Fortunately for my taste, Reno was up to the hype and expectation, just as reckless and rule-breaking yet dedicated to the task at hand as promised. Jilly on the other hand annoyed this reader as often as not, but in fairness, at least half of the blame was the reader. Overall, they were a good match with chemistry.

Rating: 4stars

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