Ice Blue [NOOK Book]

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Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value --until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously...

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Overview

Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value --until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth can be as seductive as it is deadly...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460301654
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Series: Ice Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 102,556
  • File size: 381 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Stuart loves Japanese rock and roll, wearable art, Spike, her two kids, Clairefontaine paper, her springer spaniel Rosie, her delicious husband of over thirty years, fellow writers, her two cats, telling stories and living in Vermont. She's not too crazy about politics and diets and a winter that never ends, but then, life's always a trade-off.

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Ice Blue


By Anne Stuart

Mira

Copyright © 2007 Anne Stuart
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780778324782

Summer Hawthorne wasn't having a particularly good night, though she smiled and said all the right things to all the right people. Someone was watching her. She'd been feeling it all evening long, but she had absolutely no idea who it was. Or why.

The opening reception at the elegant Sansone Museum was small and exclusive—only the very rich and very powerful were invited to the tiny museum in the Santa Monica Mountains to view the collection of exquisite Japanese ceramics. And even if she wasn't particularly fond of one of those guests, he'd have no reason to watch her.

Her assistant, Micah Jones, resplendent in deep purple, sidled up to her. "I'm leaving you, my darling. This is winding down, and no one will miss me. I'm assuming everything's going well, and I've got an offer I can't refuse." He grinned.

Summer jumped, startled. "Evil man," she said lightly. "Abandoning me in my time of need. Go ahead. I've got everything under control. Even his holiness."

Micah glanced at their guest of honor and shuddered dramatically. "I can stay and shield you."

"Not on your life! The True Realization Fellowship and their slimy leader are just a bunch of harmless crackpots. Hollywood's religion du jour. Besides, you've been celibate for too long, or so you've been complaining."

"If you'd wear anything but black youmight get lucky, too," Micah said, candid as ever. "Even so, you look marvelous."

"You lie," she said, ignoring her uneasiness. "But I love you, anyway. Despite the fact that you're ditching the reception early."

Micah smiled his dazzling smile. "True love waits for no man." He leaned down and gave her an exuberant kiss. "You know your room's ready for you if you need it. Just ignore any whoops of pleasure coming from my bedroom."

"you're a very bad man," she said affectionately.

"I'm fine, I promise you. You can enjoy yourself in private."

He blew her a kiss, sauntering off through the crowd, and she watched him go, ignoring her sudden, irrational pang of unease. Feeling the eyes digging into her back once more.

She was half tempted to call Micah back, ask him to wait. The reception would be over in another half hour, and then she could follow him down from the museum, and this odd, tense feeling would vanish.

But she hadn't gotten this far in her life by giving in to irrational fears. It simply had to be because of their esteemed guest of honor, his holiness the Shirosama. He had a reason to watch her out of his colorless eyes—she was standing between him and the prize Summer's foolish mother, Lianne, had promised him. And the Shirosama had not gotten to where he was, as head of a worldwide spiritual movement, without knowing how to get what he wanted.

He wanted her Japanese bowl, probably as much as she didn't want him to have it—the bowl her Japanese nanny had given to her a short while before she'd been killed in a car accident. It was one more betrayal from her self-absorbed mother, something she was used to by now. Summer had loaned it to the exclusive museum where she worked, just to keep it away from the religious charlatan for as long as she could. But sooner or later the creepy, charming Shirosama was going to get it, and there wasn't a whole lot she could do about it. At least she'd put it off for the time being.

But it wasn't the Shirosama who was watching her, or any of his white-robed minions—not as far as she could tell. She could feel the eyes boring into her back, and she turned, trying to catch whoever it was. Certainly not the elderly Asian couple by the fourteenth century incense burners. Not the tall, slender man with the sunglasses, who seemed much more interested in the impressive cleavage of the blonde he was talking to than in the exhibit. Maybe she was imagining it.

She recognized only half of the elegantly dressed guests who filled the gallery for this private opening, and none would have any reason to be interested in the lowly junior curator at the Sansone Museum. Her connection to Lianne and Ralph Lovitz and their Hollywood lifestyle was generally unknown, and by southern California standards she was totally ordinary looking, something she did her best to cultivate.

"His holiness wishes to speak with you."

She was very good at hiding her emotions, and she turned to face the monk, if that's what he was. For a group of ascetics, the followers of the True Realization Fellowship tended to be particularly well fed, and the plump young man in front of her was no different. He had the same round face, shaved head and faintly sanctimonious look they all did, and it made her want to stomp on his sandaled feet.

She was being childish and she knew it. She could come up with an excuse, but the reception was drawing to a close, the trustees were seeing to the departing guests and she had no real reason to avoid their guest of honor.

"Of course," she said, trying to add a note of warmth to her voice. Someone had trashed her house three nights ago, taking nothing, but she'd known instinctively what they'd been looking for. The Japanese bowl they coveted was right in front of them now, guarded by an excellent security system.

She crossed the room, feeling like a prisoner on her way to execution. She could still feel those eyes boring into her back, but all the Shirosama's posse, including the man himself, were in front of her. She glanced behind, but there was no one except the blonde and her date. Summer decided she must be paranoid, looking behind her for trouble when it was right in front of her.

"Dr. Hawthorne," his holiness greeted her in his soft voice. "You do me honor."

It was the softest of barbs—he knew very well that he was the one conferring honor on the place, at least by conventional wisdom. The Shirosama was highly sought after; obtaining his presence at a social event was a great coup.

Unlike his followers, he hadn't shaved his head— his pure white hair was long and flowing to his shoulders, a perfect match to his paper-white skin and pale, pink eyes. His white robes draped his rounded body, and his hands were soft and plump. Charismatic to those easily swayed, like her ditzy mother. Harmless. Unless he was thwarted, and Summer was thwarting him.

But she knew how to play the game. "You honor us, your holiness." She didn't even trip over the words.

"And this is the bowl your mother spoke of?, he said softly. "I wonder that it has no provenance, and yet you still put it in the exhibit."

He knew as well as she did that she'd put it on display to keep it out of his hands. "We're researching its background, your holiness," she said, the absolute truth. "In the meantime a piece of such singular beauty deserves to be seen, and we were ready to open an exhibit of Japanese ceramics. It seemed only logical to show it."

"Only logical," he echoed. "I would be very interested in anything you might discover about the piece. I am somewhat an expert in ceramics, and I've never seen anything that particular shade of blue. Perhaps you might let me borrow it, examine it more closely, and I could help you with your research."

"you're very kind," she murmured. "But I'm certain the piece has little monetary worth—it was simply a gift from my nanny, and for that reason I cherish it. If in fact it does have considerable intrinsic value, then I would return it to the Japanese government."

There was no shadow in the Shirosama's benevolent smile. "You are as generous and honorable as your mother."

Summer resisted a snort. It wasn't enough that Lianne was funneling huge sums of money into the True Realization Fellowship, which seemed to have an insatiable need for cash. They weren't getting Summer's Japanese bowl, no matter how much they seemed to want it. She knew why Lianne wanted to get rid of it. Ralph had told her it was valuable, and Lianne had always been jealous of Summer's nanny. Hana-san had been the mother Lianne had never had time to be, loving Summer, protecting her, teaching her what she needed to know and listening to her. The bowl had been one of the keepsakes she'd given Summer when Lianne had finally managed to fire her and send Summer off to boarding school, and Summer had promised that she'd keep it safe until Hana came for it. But Hana had died, unexpectedly.

And shallow, beautiful Lianne wanted to hand it over to her current guru. Over Summer's dead body.

"Your mother has expressed great sorrow that you haven't been to see her recently," he added in his soft, rolling voice. "She wishes to make peace with you."

"How very kind," Summer murmured. Lianne Lovitz preferred her daughter to be as far away as possible—it was damn hard to convince the world you were in your early forties if you had a daughter in her late twenties hanging around. If the Shirosama wanted her to say anything more, she wasn't going to; her relationship with her mother was none of his business.

He turned to glance back at the ceramic bowl. "You know that she promised this to me?"

Nothing like coming straight to the point. "And you know it was not hers to promise, your holiness," Summer said with exquisite politeness.

"I see," the Shirosama murmured, though Summer had no doubt her mother had filled him in on all this.

"But do you not think it should be returned to its rightful place in Japan? To the shrine where it belongs?, "Almost everything in this room should be back in Japan," she said. Including you, she added silently.

"Perhaps I should be in touch with the Ministry of Fine Arts and see if they're interested."

It was rare to see someone with no pigmentation in their skin turn paler still. "I doubt that's necessary. I will be returning to Japan in a short while—I can make inquiries for you if you wish."

She bowed as Hana had taught her. "That would be very kind of you," she replied with exquisite courtesy. She'd heard rumors that the Shirosama and his Fellowship were not particularly well thought of in Japan—probably a result of the distrust built up after the sarin-gas poisonings on the Tokyo subways more than a decade ago, perpetrated by a fringe cult of doomsday fanatics. The Japanese government tended to look on alternative religions with a wary eye, even one steeped in sugary goodwill like the True Realization Fellowship. But the Shirosama was good at what he did, and he could probably count government ministers among his deluded disciples. If she turned the bowl over it might very well just land back in his hands.

He gazed at the bowl, sitting in innocent beauty beneath the bright lights. "I promised your mother that we would bring you by this evening, after the reception," he said, changing the subject. "She is most eager to see you and to clear up any possible misunderstandings."



Continues...


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  • Posted November 12, 2008

    My favorite of the Ice series

    I read all of Anne Stuart's Ice series (as I call it), and this was my favorite. I liked Takashi, and I liked that his character was more accessible than most of the other Ice characters. Not quite so cold and hostile, although maybe that is impractical since he is supposed to be an assassin. <BR/>Good read, sexy, good characters, exciting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    To bre and jackson

    Get a life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    To jackson

    I grab your big dik

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    FROM ICECLAN

    This will be the kits and queens den. - Hawkmoon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Blueice

    At res 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Griffinstar

    Pads in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Rosetail

    Yea theres a killer out there *she saids as she heals her leg*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    To griffin star and bluestar

    Meet me in my den res 6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Moonstar

    Deputy will be pick tonite I need to eee who will be loyal to this clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Where is the action?

    This was slow and boring. I like my black ops books to be action packed and this one was definitely lacking. I thought I would give this author a try. The writing was pretty good, the storyline just didn't hold my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Awesome

    Just finished this one. Very good. Just started on the 4th in the series! Would definately reccomend!

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    This one is my favorite of the Ice series although I love them a

    This one is my favorite of the Ice series although I love them all. Excellent read.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Love This Book!!

    Frist Book I read of Anne Stuart's in this series! LOVED IT! Have read it several times, misplaced my actual paperback, so bought it as an ebook..never loose it now!

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    All the Ice series is the same!

    I read Fire and Ice first, and despite wanting to punch the lead girl in the teeth for complaining all the time I liked it. Then I read Ice Blue and realized they are all the same. American girl likes Japanese boy but doesn't feel worthy, Japanese man likes American woman except she's American so he can't. They are stuck together. Japanese man does sexual thing to American woman to make her sleep but pretends not to like her. Some violence and fear. Japanese man rescues American woman and admits his love. They leave and the next book starts.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    WOW

    This the first book in a long time that has grabbed me! When I wasn't home reading it, all I could do was think about reading it. If you like a good mystery/love story then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Enjoyable, but watered down.

    I thought this novel was OK, not even close to Black Ice. It had some boring moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    Can't get enough!

    Awesome! I could not put this book down until i finish reading it. Great story overall. I urge everyone to get this book and i know you'll enjoy it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Engrossing romantic suspense thriller

    A world wide holy war seems imminent. However, the final catalyst is a not a terrorist, but instead is museum curator Summer Hawthorne. Her fifteen minutes of fame began with a beautiful present from her beloved nanny as the road to hell begins for her. Now she has information that if it goes public will ignite the globe as never seen before.------------- Top secret agent Takashi O'Brien is the prime operative to prevent such a calamity from occurring. He is told to do whatever it takes to avert the war even if that means killing Summer so that her knowledge dies with her. He is perfect for the assignment as he lacks a conscience and no one has a colder heart than he, not even the Grinch. Yet for some reason that he does not comprehend he cannot kill Summer though he has her at his mercy. Instead Takashi discovers he has a heart as he risks his life and his assignment to protect the innocent curator while falling in love with her. Still he knows the easy solution is to kill her to prevent a maniac from tapping her brain as part of a scheme to ignite a global tsunami that will leave billions dead.--------------- Though ICE BLUE may seem simple this is a complex somewhat overly complicated twisting romantic suspense thriller that uses the premise of an innocent person caught up in larger than life issues not of her making (sort of like what happens to Thornhill in Hitchcock¿s North by Northwest). The story line is non-stop action, but it is the relationship between the agent and the curator that brings depth to the tale as he knows she is a superfluous statistic except in his heart.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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    Posted December 22, 2011

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