Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Italian Ice

Title: Italian Ice
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61372-482-8
Genre: {M/M}, Suspense, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Trent and Reed are on vacation, at least Trent is.  It seems Reed, who is supposed to be retired, has been picking up side jobs with the FBI.  While in Italy with Trent, when he’s approached, he can’t seem to walk away. 

Italian Ice, the second story in the Precious Gems series, finds Trent and Reed in Italy. These men are total opposites and, during the course of the first story, I wondered how these two would make it as a couple.  This second story seems to pick up on that thread and brings their differences further out into the open.   The men have only been together for six months and, while they are still learning about each other, it seems that Reed has been keeping secrets.  I found Trent’s reactions to everything very realistic.  It’s easy to understand the anger and betrayal he felt, and, I could not believe that Reed thought things would never come to light.  The chemistry between the two still exists however, and the passion they display really heats up the pages.

The author has woven into the story another mystery that ends up pulling both men in.  At times, Trent made me shake my head, as he came across as one of those flighty women who can’t seem to stay put when told to and always find themselves in the hands of the bad guy.  At the same time, it was easy to see that he needs and wants to be connected to Reed in any way possible and if he has the ability to help the man, he will. 

Reed grows as an individual during the course of Italian Ice and starts to realize what, and who, is important to him.  Seeing him overcome past events and face his demons makes some of his past actions understandable.  I especially enjoyed the ending and the various surprises he had for Trent.

Italian Ice is full of wonderfully written secondary characters.  Several of these characters are definitely in the bad guy category but add a great dimension to the story.   There are several twists and turns in this story and while some are predictable, it does not keep this from being a good read.  The author does throw in a small twist toward the end of the story that makes me wonder how this will switch things up in the series. I can’t wait to see what will happen to these two characters next.

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