Blue Ice (Ice #1) by Carolina Soto
Released: November 25, 2013
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Everyone tells little girls to be themselves around boys, but let’s face it, that’s simply the worst piece of advice ever. What if “yourself” is not exactly an appealing woman? Katherine Bianchi was raised to be herself, a smart, posh, stylish girl from New York City; the problem is that “herself” also included eating like a truck driver and cursing like a sailor, with a genetic inability to take bullshit from anyone. Not necessarily an appealing description in her pretentious environment.
That’s why, at 25, she was predestinated to live a crazy cat lady life, or to be the overachiever workaholic she had become since college. But her perfect life plans
got messed up when she met Dylan Berkeley, a handsome billionaire, owner of BKY Enterprises, who never learned the meaning of the word NO. With a Ben & Jerry’s lifestyle (lots of options, exciting flavors, and never repeating a scoop), Berkeley wasn’t intimidated by Katherine’s “ice heart bitch” reputation; the challenge of having her became a personal task he couldn’t forget. How to avoid a NO from a girl who has never said YES for an answer?
Warning: 18+ Contains sex scenes and lots of unnecessary profanities.
Katherine Bianchi is a complete Type A personality. She’s has a strong persona and is a perfectionist, workaholic, and control freak but really it’s somewhat of a façade to hid the fact that she’s also imperceptibly broken and insecure. On the weekends, she has a love of junk food and television. She also loves to cuss so if that kind of language bothers you, you might want to skip this title. I, on the other hand, love to use colorful language around my nearest and dearest. For a majority of the book, Kate seems to be in control but it’s fun to see it start to slip away the further in you read. In face towards the end, she really starts to reveal some submissive tendencies.
On the surface Dylan Berkeley seems like a straight forward alpha male character. As a billionaire entitled playboy, he tries to control Kate from the minute he sets eyes on her, yet she keeps rejecting him. Fortunately, he doesn’t give up and continues to pursue her and really just break her down bit by bit.
There is a lot of back and forth between Katherine and Dylan. Usually in other books I kind of get fed up with too much but in this one it only adds fuel to the fire. There are some clear influences by to other popular romances however this one differs with the overall relationship between the two main characters. They have a largely tactless connection which seems to evolve throughout the story. At times they are downright horrible to each other, while other instances they seem to be a bit of kindred spirits.
There are some rough patches and seemingly disjointed phrases, however, I found this relatively easy to look past and still find the overall story enjoyable.
Fair warning, this is the first of a two book series. It does end with a surprising cliffhanger. In my mind I thought I knew who and what would come between and BAM, I was completely wrong. So now I have to wait for the second installment to see where their story goes. Overall, I find this to be an intriguing and unique enough book of what can sometimes fall prey to clichés.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.