Wednesday, June 30, 2010
R. S. Natanevin, Fire Underneath The Ice
Title: Fire Underneath the Ice
Author: R.S. Natanevin
Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 31,9058
Page Count for E-book: 93
ISBN E-Book: 978-0-9845078-4-9
ISBN For Print: 978-0-9845078-5-6
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Reviewer: Stacey Krug
Revenge is supposed to be sweet, but when Michael Hamming decides to take it out on the daughter of his nemesis, the sweetness is not what he expected
The paths of Michael Hamming, poor boy turned rich, and Karyn McDonnell, heiress turned penniless, cross during the 2008 financial crisis. Michael decides to get revenge for that old grudge he has against Karyn?s late father. Karyn is in need, alone and defenseless. In total coolness, he offers to take care of her financial problems if she becomes his girlfriend. Karyn, who always liked Michael, accepts.
Karyn's beauty and kind heart, however, conquer him, to the point that when Karyn is kidnapped, Michael takes chase, first aboard a speedboat, then riding a motorcycle to follow the clues left by the kidnappers and set her free.
As the events of October 2008 plunge the stock market into a record minimum, it is now Michael who gets in financial troubles and Karyn who goes to his rescue, trying to hide her good deed.
Fire Underneath Ice is a good story of a woman who feels abandoned by her loved ones through their deaths.
Karyn never really learned to take care of herself, and now she faces hardships that she’s ill equipped to handle. Exhausting her options, she uses her body to help pay her way and make herself feel safe again. Through the “deal” she makes with Michael, she is able to gain her financial footing again.
What neither of them expects is that they will fall in love with each other. It was not the usual romantic relationship progression. Between Michael’s need for revenge and Karyn’s abduction, we are lead on an adventure. Throughout the story, hints of their past lives surface so that we get a glimpse of what has moulded them into the people they are today.
The story has a few twists and turns that keeps the plot moving along nicely.