It’s cold out and this is a Romance site so of course most of you are thinking I’m going to write about my latest favorite snuggle up in front of the fire romance. Wrong! But, I am going to write up one of our all time favorite Romance Authors latest and greatest – Karen Marie Moning.
So for those of you who haven’t read her before, Moning has a wonderful Highlander series that spins off into a frustrating but exciting Fae adventure called the Fever Series. Finally, in the last book of that series the reader gets the romance and closure that the entire series works up to. Following the same format her next series begins with ICED. The spin off series based on one of the characters of the Fever Series, Dani O’Malley. I say that it follows the same format in that from the start there is romantic tension and development but the story is all about the main plot development not about romance. Thank goodness because Dani is only 14! So it is obvious that although there will eventually be romance way, way down the road and we will all be left to follow her life to see which one of the many men in her life will hang around long enough. But let me just say I think it will be well worth the wait and a fun ride.
So onto about ICED –
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Sounds interesting right? This was a fun quick read. Don’t let the age of the character or the lack of romance right out of the gate sway you. Moning is a master at building a world and plot. This will leave you dying to find out what happens next and to see how all the different players are going to evolve over the series. Dani is a fun breath of fresh air. As Tyra would say – this is an excellent pallet cleanse…when you have read too many intense romances and just need a break from all the drama. Give this one a shot if you are looking for something fun and different to give you a quick shake up in your reading routine. You don’t need to have read the Fever series to read this one. But given that the next in this series isn’t out yet, you will probably be drawn to temptation and be forced to go to the Fever series to get your fix.
Rating: Four Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.