Author: Susan Rae
Publisher: Musa Publishing
About the Book: When lives are on the line, sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing to do.
Born into a Chicago cop family, while her brothers get their rush from catching bad guys, paramedic Angela DeLuca gets hers from saving lives. A tough beauty with a heart perhaps too big, she champions the underdog because, as the youngest of six siblings, she often felt like one.
ICE Special Agent Troy Deavers became a cop to prove he wasn’t like his father—a southern politician who brought his family down with greed and corruption. He doesn’t suffer victims well. At first intrigued by Angela’s passion, he soon fears that the fire in Angela’s heart will be her undoing.
What happens when Troy falls in love with the lovely but infuriating Angela, the Chicago paramedic who insists on protecting a young witness and her unborn baby—a witness who could break his case wide open?
You met the DeLuca family in heartbeats, now come to know them even better in ICE blue.
--Even if you haven't read heartbeats, you can still enjoy ICE blue. Each book has it's own gritty suspense tale and is complete within itself.
My thoughts: Don't be scared off by the fact that this is a second book in the series. It is a great read all by itself. The author does a good job of working background information in on Angela and her family, some of which I am assuming you would have learned if you read the first book, heartbeats. But it reads as being very essential to the story, not like sometimes when you know you are being fed information from previous books. Does that make sense?
Angela is a strong female lead (we need more of these!) and she follows her heart more than she follows the rules. She isn't afraid to break some if it is going to help someone who might be in a bad situation. Like with the baby that is left on her back porch. She calls an EMT (seeing she is one herself) before she calls the police. Then continues to check up on the little baby boy as he undergoes surgery just because he needs to have someone there for him. This is just who she is and it shows in both her professional and personal life.
Troy, on the other hand, seems to play by the rules. Even if bringing down the bad guys might uproot innocent <victims> lives, he is able to do his job without thinking of those consequences. Somehow he and Angela continue to cross paths. Troy is working on bringing down a human trafficking ring and unbeknownst to Angela, she is involved with some of the people on both sides of that ring.
The pace of this story was just perfect, it was quick enough without seeming unrealistic. Every chance I got I was picking this book up because I had to know how everything was going to tie together. I also wanted to know if anything was going to develop between Angela and Troy! I really really enjoyed this book and would not hesitate in picking up another one by Susan Rae.
If you would like to find out more about Susan Rae I had the opportunity to interview her here.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of Ice Blue from Reading Addiction Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Musa Publishing, Mar 2013
Word Count: 86,000