Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick


Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Brit 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. (Via Goodreads.com)

Pages: 392

Release Date: October 7th, 2014

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


     Black Ice was one of my most highly anticipated books of this year. I loved the Hush, Hush saga, which was also written by Becca Fitzpatrick and I was so excited when it was announced she had an upcoming release. 
     I loved Black Ice! It was thrilling, suspenseful and hard to put down. Once I started it, I was addicted. That surprised me because I am not one for the thriller and suspense genre. But, I will read anything by Becca Fitzpatrick. Her writing style is phenomenal and even though I had to wait two years for Black Ice, it was worth the wait. The only thing I have to say negative about the book was that I saw one of the plot twists coming, that is why I rated Black Ice a 4.5/5 stars rather than 5/5 stars.
    Black Ice is also one of the most beautiful books published this year, the cover is absolutely stunning and it is the perfect winter decoration. I also love that within the blank gaps of the scene change, there is a small snowflake. That little detail was a cute touch.
     I highly recommend reading Black Ice. It is full of suspense, mystery and heart racing thrills.

     I hated Calvin with a burning passion throughout the entire book because he was such a snobby jerk. Usually when when the main character wants to get back together with their ex-boyfriend, I get so annoyed at them. But, that was not the case in Black Ice. I think it had to do with the fact that Britt carried herself so well and she was determined to prove herself to Calvin by being able to hike the trails. She really impressed me because she trained so hard and faced with the tough situation she was in, she used her resources to her advantage and was smart about her decisions. If I was in her situation I would have freaked out and been so worried that Shaun was going to kill me. I would never have made the risks she did. But, those risks really paid off in the end. 
     Getting back to what I was saying about Calvin, even though I hated him, I never thought he was capable of murder. A couple times I wondered if he was the murderer, but I always thought I was being silly. I really underestimated him. Even though Calvin had problems because his father was so hard on him, it does not justify what he did to those girls. It is so sick and inconsiderate that he only killed those girls out of jealousy. I hated Calvin for being snobby because he only killed those girls for the simple fact that he thought that if he could not get into a good college like Stanford, than no one should. I can't believe how much he looked down on those girls, he just sickens me. I don't think I have ever been so repulsed by any other character.
     I also did not like Calvin's sister, Korbie. I did not hate Korbie like her brother, but I thought she was a horrible friend to Britt. If I was Britt, I would have stopped being friends with Korbie when she found Korbie's diary entry that compiled a list of things and compared herself to Britt. There is something really off with that family... 
     Since we first saw Jude working with Shaun, I knew that he was Lauren's brother. It was obvious to me because I knew Lauren's brother had to have some role in Black Ice. When Lauren was thinking about him after Shaun had drugged her and brought her back to the cabin, she talked about how she wished he would have answered her call earlier because he always came to her rescue when she was in trouble. From how she described him, I knew he would never give up on finding out what really happened to her. The moment Britt and Korbie found Jude and Shaun at the cabin, I knew there was something off about Jude. He was trying to get the girls to leave because he knew that Shaun wanted to hold them hostage so he and Jude could escape the mountains. A real criminal, like Shaun, would have welcomed them with open arms but Jude didn't. Also, as the story progressed, I became more positive of my theory when Jude mentioned that he had dropped out of college because he had to take care of something. With that evidence and the fact that Jude said he loved his sister more than anything, I knew he was her brother. The evidence kept adding up when Britt saw some of Lauren's things in his backpack.
     I loved Jude and Britt's romance. They both had great chemistry with one another and they made a great team. I am so glad that they got to be together after all the chaos and danger they had to endure.
     One question I still have about the book is, what happened to Bear? He is only mentioned throughout the book and he was supposed to meet Britt, Korbie, and Calvin at the cabin but he never made it there. I am curious if he got stuck in the weather or if he bailed on trip. It would make sense that he would get stuck in the weather but I felt as if Becca Fitzpatrick forgot about him. What do you think happened to him?
     I flew through Black Ice, it was a suspenseful thriller that had me sitting on the edge of my seat until the very end. I am happy where we left all the characters and I am so excited to see what Becca Fitzpatrick writes next. 

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