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Fire and Ice: A Novel Hardcover – December 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034550075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345500755
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Julie] Garwood entices readers with sizzling adventure punctuated with memorable characters. . . . Humor and danger are a winning mix. . . . A genuine Garwood gem!”—Romantic Times
 
“Julie Garwood has become a trusted brand name in romantic fiction.”—People


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About the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Slow Burn, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.

More About the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Hotshot, Sweet Talk, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.
Visit her website JULIEGARWOOD.COM or follow her at Facebook.com/JulieGarwood.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to her next book.
Cynthia L Gaydos
I have read every book by Julie Garwood, and this one lives up to my expectations of romance, mystery and suspense!
Vanessa
All that being said, this will not be on my keeper shelf...and I probably won't read it again.
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197 of 211 people found the following review helpful By B. Williams on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love Julie Garwood. Really, I do. She is a literary goddess, and I worship at her feet. However, as divine as she may be, "Fire and Ice" is anything but ambrosia.

Honestly, it kills me to say this. You must understand that I cut my teeth on Garwood's brilliant romantic historicals. I have spent a good portion of my life collecting each and every one---not to mention reading them again and again to the point of memorization. (Sad, I know, but the woman is, after all, a goddess.) There was a time that I would count down the days until a new Garwood was published like a crack addict awaiting her next fix.

Unfortunately, those days are now gone.

I have known it for a while, but, with each new book since the debut of "Heartbreaker," I have watched this author turn her back on every talent in her arsenal (witty, hilarious dialogue, fast-paced plots, fabulously interwoven and highly-entertaining sub-plots, sigh-worthy love stories, interesting historical facts, and side-splitting chaos) to reach out for the murder-mystery world where she simply doesn't shine. Ever since "Heartbreaker," (I am not even going to bring up "Shadow Music"--Don't get me started on that trainwreck) I have had to read the same basic plot over and over again, each time growing more and more disenchanted and disheartened. The smart-yet naive, sexy heroine is in danger from a psycho killer---but refuses to actually believe that---and it's only the big, bad loner lawman who is going to be able to save the day. P.S. They fall in love somehow along the way. Did I mention that?

Now, I will tell you that I am not a huge fan of the murder-mystery romance genre. This is why it has taken me this long to speak out (or type, as the case may be). I kept thinking it was me. Well, guess what?
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By E. Raiford on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry, but I just don't think Julie Garwood is writing her books anymore. This isn't her voice. Julie's voice is charming and funny and quirky, with lots of romance, character development, and heart. This has none of that. Her last few books haven't. Now more than ever, though, I'm convinced that Julie isn't writing these books. Authors don't change voice. I don't know how this book got published. The plot is lame and boring with so many holes and inconsistencies that it just isn't fun. Unfortunately, there is not a sizzling, electric romance to make up for the lame plot. The characters are all one dimensional and spout simple, boring dialogue. I don't know how or why the characters fell in love, because they were hardly together at all. When they were, there was zero chemistry. That used to be Julie's strength: chemistry. Plus, the descriptions, vocabulary, and sentence structure were plain old elementary. Very basic sentence structure. After the last book, I vowed I would not waste any money until the writing got better. I checked this one out of the libary. I'm afraid I'm done with Julie, which is a shame, because I have read and re-read her historicals (and the first two modern books, which were quite good), and I count many of those as some of my all-time favorite books. Oh well...another one bites the dust.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ginny, not Hermione on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Garwood can write a great romance, the relationship between Jack and Sophie is very good. Some funny dialogue, attraction and pull between these two was entertaining and it's always good to see old "friends" from previous books show up in a novel.

The mystery portion of this book is where it all falls apart, I kept asking myself "Why" There was no reason for Jack and Sophie to have gotten involved in the mystery, the link was to weak. Using "Journal entries" to explain the mystery portion is an attempt to build a story involving readers, and it just doesn't work in this book.

This book would have been outstanding if the mystery portion blended better with the love story, as is they are oil and water.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jo on April 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I realize that this genre of fiction always includes an overly macho man, but Jack is insufferable. No matter what he looks like, how could any self-respecting woman be attracted to a man who orders her around, forbids her to do what she wants, talks down to her and invades her space without asking. That is not sexy. That is creepy.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MNix on September 16, 2009
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Sophie Rose is a determined woman. She has broken all financial ties with her infamous father and has struck out on her own as a newspaper reporter. She has the complete support of her two best friends and her new boss. Now if the FBI would just stop trying to bug her and realize that she is not the direct pipeline to her infamous father the notorious big-time modern day Robin Hood. The new small local newspaper she works for isn't as fast paced as the big dailies but she works for an amazing, if addicted to root beer, boss who trusts her and looks out for her. Too bad her best friend went and married an FBI agent, but he has become family.

Sophie is given an assignment to cover a quirky local personality who runs 5K's and thinks he is front page worthy. She spends one amazingly boring evening with him but a story is a story and meets him to get photos and follow his race the next day. Only he disappears between the time she talks with him until he shows hundreds of miles away in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska the victim of a polar bear attack. They find Sophie's card on the body and call her. Now she is intrigued as to how he just up and disappeared and just might head north. But before she heads out there is an attack on her life and everyone thinks it is coordination with the recent news of her father, again.

Now suddenly Sophie is traveling with a bodyguard, one Jack MacAlister, the super hot but very opinionated partner of her best friend's husband. Their attraction is mutual but both try to deny that it exists. Suddenly it looks like Sophie's trouble has followed her to the frozen north. Will they make it out alive and more importantly will they stop fighting their passion, and let nature take its course?
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