Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga. Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
I have the annoying habit of figuring out pretty quickly who the key players are in most mystery/thrillers and BLACK ICE was no different, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Solid writing, interesting albeit irritating characters (ones I wanted to toss out into the snow on their prima-donna rear ends) and a story that could have been ripped from the headlines are what kept me turning the pages long into the night.
The epilogue felt a little rushed and I struggled to connect with the new characters. HOWEVER, I'm glad there was one because it provided the closure I wanted.
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But then her and Korbie, above mentioned best friend, get caught in a freak storm and end up at the cabin of Mason and Shaun, and right away Korbie's alarm goes off. She's seen Mason once before (it's in excerpts and happens in the first chapter, so I don't consider it a spoiler) and he covered for her when she was trying to make ex-boyfriend Calvin jealous, and he was friendly and charming. But when she lands on his doorstep, he is rude and seemingly trying to push her out. But with the blizzard and their car being stuck, they have no other choice.
Black Ice was a very readable and addicting story, I started it and only put it down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any more from my meds. Although the friendship with Korbie and Britt is non-traditional, it was still well written. They have known each other for so many years, and while Britt feels at times that it is just a big competition... and there was the big secret... It still added to the mystery and the fact that everyone is not quite what they may seem at first.
Britt gets to know Mason, and he is a walking contradiction to her at times. She can't figure out why he is in the company of Shaun who seems to be opposites. Shaun is hot headed, impulsive and cruel where Mason is calm, and thinks ahead, and tries to protect Britt.
We get to know Calvin, Britt's ex as she relives their relationship to keep herself from losing hope. He is afraid of his father, and can never seem to please him or do enough. That has shaped a lot of how he lives his life, and effects his relationship with Britt as well as interpersonal with his sister and the rest of the world.
The mystery is well done and I was guessing a lot. I started to figure it out, even a little before the reveal but it didn't take away any of my enjoyment and it was good to see everything come together even if it wasn't exactly how I thought it would. It wrapped up well and I liked the way that she wove everything together to bring a good beginning.
Bottom Line: Good thriller with slow burn romance.