Review: Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

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(I was provided an ARC for an honest review.)

Blurb: ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger— until he meets Hunter and he no longer wants to run.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.

Review: Let me tell you, this book hit all my buttons. I love plot, hot sex, and realistic characters acting in an adult way. Hitting Black Ice had all this in spades, and more. I hate to give more away than what’s already in the summary, but there are some fabulous twists and turns. Hunter has a past that haunts him, but the author manages to handle his backstory with a deft hand, writing his baggage in a way that adds to his character, not subtracts from it. That is SO HARD to find.

As a love interest, Shawn is hot, alluring, and darkly mysterious by turns. There was enough to him in the beginning that i could see why Hunter fell head over heels, yet  enough held back that kept up the tension in the plot really, really well (without coming off as convoluted).

I mentioned this above, but what impressed the hell out of me was how the author placed the characters between a rock and a hard place, and had them handle it like you’d realistically expect someone to do. Nothing was overblown, or underplayed. Nothing tore me out of the pages or made me think, “Hey, a real person doesn’t actually react like that.” And there were some really intense, fun, action scenes. The adrenaline junkie in me cheered a lot.

The dialog was snappy, and the minor characters… well. Not to give anything away, but a certain FBI agent stole every scene he was in.

Finally, while the ending itself was satisfying, there was definitely room for a continuation. I will definitely check out a book two, should one be published. (HINT.)

So as you can tell, I really enjoyed this read. This book made my afternoon, and I give it all the stars.

Hitting Black Ice will be available from Loose ID Tuesday December 2nd.

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