Title: On Thin Ice
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.
Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America’s richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family’s upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He’s an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.
Camille Valon’s life has taken place in the spotlight.
Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She’s an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm’s length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family’s safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn’t count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.
As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille’s location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other’s saving graces, if only they’d put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.
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I did not quite click with On Thin Ice. The plot was decent. The characters were okay. But something about the combination seemed lacking. I never connected with the characters or really understood their motivations. Well, that’s not true. I understood them, I just wasn’t reading along cheering them on and turning pages with baited breath. I didn’t really care. I think if there had been a little more development things would have been different. Also, I understand that derogatory terms are a part of life (and therefore books). I’ve read filthy-mouthed bikers call people awful things, but it always fit. For the heroine to resort to this was, I dunno, blech. I wouldn’t expect a Jewish heroine to call herself a JAP, so I wasn’t exactly thrilled for this white woman of privilege to call herself a WAG. It made her come off as snotty, not self-deprecating. Oh, and if Camille was referred to as an Ice Princess one more time I was going to mark it DNF. I was tired of the term by 60%.
The suspense aspects were few and far between. No real clues as to “who done it” were ever given, and if they were I may have skimmed that part. I skimmed a little, not a lot, but sometimes I just needed the story to move forward.
Wow, lets walk away from the negativity.
Aarons is definitely talented. Her style may not always click with me, but that’s okay. Her characters are consistent, events made sense (to a point), and I can appreciate where the story wanted to go.
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.
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