Ice Cold (T-FLAC #17)
By Cherry Adair Editions: ebook, paperback Published October 11th 2012 by Adair Digital Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense Source: review copy
T-FLAC operative Rafael Navarro will never allow another woman to suffer the consequences of his dangerous life. But in a world where a terrorist can do more damage with a keyboard than a bomb, he needs the expert help of a cyber-geek. And fast.
Fellow operative, and cybercrimes specialist Honey Winston prefers computers to people. But when a serial bomber threatens the world’s financial infrastructure, she’s forced to work closely with Navarro, whose notorious skill in the bedroom is as legendary as his dexterity defusing bombs.
Honey and Rafael must fight sparks hot enough to melt their resolve, and push beyond fear itself, as they join forces in a bid to race the clock before a sinister and lethal bomber proves just how much they both have to lose.
T-FLAC is back, and the timer is counting down in the most pulse-pounding explosive op yet—
Bomy’s Flutter: very entertaining read
Ask me not how I managed it, but despite this being book #17 in the series, I never did read any of the others. So this was all new since I read it as a standalone basically and the novel fared very well.
The T-FLAC world was really cool, all super-operatives, bomb whisperers and tech geniuses with the due amount of traitors and side-switchers. It was exciting and fun to read about these guys and their scope of activity and assets (fu~fu) were impressive.
Honey and Rafael were an interesting couple, her with the whole Ice Princess routine going on and him with the Spanish Stallion fame made for really explosive chemistry. I will admit to having pictured him somewhere along the lines of a Banderas super-spy, he totally had that dark and smoldering charm to him. Honey was an interesting character, she revealed herself as the story unfolded and I felt she evolved nicely without losing her persona as a result, and for that matter so did Rafael.
Their chemistry was very hot since the moment they met, the whole opposites attract scenario that you just know will be always juicy. I mean two hot agents, sort of clashing personalities or more like sides they chose to show the world – it was bound to happen. When it did, and it wasn’t rushed, it was definitely adult, not closed-doors and really hot – really yummy, but also emotional and intense.
Rafel had that intense vibe to him without becoming too much, he was delicious, bold and charismatic but also caring and vulnerable. Honey had this hot spy/tech-geek vibe going on that I just loved, and despite showing an arctic front she was very lovable. Both of them had tough history and it made their romance all the better. The tension between them didn’t dissolve with their one on one time, but actually intensified and it was a pleasure to follow.
The plot outside of the romantic arc was also very interesting to follow. We’re talking a lot of action, wide range of scenery as they travel from one bomb scene to another and all those really cool operative-like things that keep you on the edge of your seat: disguises, intrigue, investigations, making out. You know the drill 😀
The writing was a lovely third person narrative with two POV-s, his and hers, and it was very fun. Action scenes were suggestive and well built, you could actually hear the ass-kicking, shooting and smooching as the case was and tension was thrumming all over the place.
As far as curb appeal goes, the cover is beautiful, it sends the message across and it doesn’t fall into the hot-dude-patter, so that couples with the blurb would make this an instant buy for me.
All in all, I say this romantic suspense was a very entertaining read, hot and spicy here, tense and intriguing there. I recommend it if you like operatives romance and the opposites-attract scenario.
About the Author & Links:
New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair’s innovative action-adventure novels have appeared on numerous bestsellers lists, won dozens of awards and garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike. With the creation of her kick butt counterterrorist group, T-FLAC, years before action adventure romances were popular, Cherry has carved a niche for herself with her sexy, sassy, fast-paced novels. She loves to hear from readers.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Ice Cold.