If Looks Could Chill

If Looks Could Chill

by Nina Bruhns

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ISBN-13: 9780425231524
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,327,346
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nina Bruhns credits her gypsy great-grandfather for her great love of adventure. She has lived and traveled all over the world, including a six-year stint in Sweden. She has two graduate degrees in archaeology (with a specialty in Egyptology), and like her idol Indiana Jones, has been on scientific expeditions from California to Spain to Egypt and the Sudan.

All this has been great fodder for her books. Currently an author for Berkley, Silhouette Nocturne and Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Nina’s many adventures give her stories a colorful dimension and allow her to create vivid settings and characters that are out of the ordinary. She has earned two RITA nominations, and has won numerous other awards for her published books, including the prestigious National Readers Choice Award, three Daphne du Maurier Awards of Excellence for Overall Best Romantic Suspense of the year, five Dorothy Parker Awards, several RT BookClub Reviewers Awards, as well as having her books named Best Series Book of the Year by more than one online review site.

A native of Canada, Nina grew up in California and currently resides in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and three children.

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If Looks Could Chill 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Don¿t read these books out of order! They are not standalone stories. If you haven¿t read the first book I don¿t think you¿d find much at all to enjoy about this one, and you're not going to get many answers unless you read the one after this too. This was better than the first book. There weren¿t so many humongous plot holes, and I liked most of the characters far more than I did in book one. It was decent romantic suspense but had major structural issues. It¿s a pity, because there was a lot of interesting stuff happening in this story. The biggest problem with is that the hero and heroine aren¿t the main characters. Yes, you read that correctly! In fact, they come in about fifth and sixth for importance to ¿ and time appearing in ¿ the story. Without a focus, this book has a lot of potential, but ends up rather a mess. The book is 355 pages long, and the supposed hero and heroine are given at most maybe a few dozen pages together. They part ways on page 204, and there¿s nothing at all with them even in the same state (and not even a phone conversation; in fact they¿re not really even in the story) again until page 287! Eighty-three pages is a bit long for a so-called romance story to go without the hero and heroine! When they finally do run into each other in a hotel hallway on page 287, Tara tells Marc off for not calling her that day! Uh, excuse me dear, but you¿ve both been a little busy fighting terrorists, and you¿re not finished yet! But the allegedly tough State Trooper heroine is having a tantrum because a post-sex phone call wasn¿t made at the exact moment she wanted it! No matter the hero was actually on his way to his room to call her! Maybe I¿m not a demanding enough person, but I¿d be far more understanding if my superhero boyfriend had just spent a few hours saving the world for me! The `Louisiana Speak¿ got to me. Even if everyone and their alligator spoke like this, reading an accent written phonetically is enough to put me in a padded cell in a straightjacket. ¿You sure dis da right place?¿ ¿Well, now, lesee.¿ ¿You try dem fils for starters. Dey not available, dey prob¿ly recommend you some other fils.¿ ¿Dis here is sort of a waterin¿ hole for our local outdoor types." What¿s the book about? Islamic extremists are in Louisiana, where they¿ve kidnapped Gina (who was featured in the last book, and is heroine of the next) and tortured her and forced her to work with them to create a bioweapon or something. The secret government superhero organisation most of the characters work for is trying to stop it, but State Trooper Tara gets involved for some reason. Once she¿s in, apparently she gets to skip all training and security clearances and all the rest, and become one of the team. You practically need a phrasebook to read this one. I appreciate the bilingual efforts, but it was far, FAR too much of a good thing. ¿We¿re going to get these fils du putains, Dr Cappozi.¿ ¿No joy, eh, fille?¿ Le bon Dieu. Kick was a true artist. Marc thought. Salleau prie. Alors. Not bad. Especially the parts in between. Le foutu tayau! He had to ball his fingers into tight fists to keep from stalking over there and wrapping them around Rand¿s nerdy little neck. Le bon Dieu mait le main. Then there was: "What are you thinking about, cher?¿ he interrupted her burgeoning panic from behind her, breaking the tense silence between them. ¿Your back is stiff as a week-old baguette.¿ The main couple ¿ no matter what the author and publishers seem to think ¿ actually consists of Quinn and Darcy. The first chapter of the book is about them; I went back a couple of times to read the blurb because I couldn¿t figure out why I was promised a book about Tara and Marc and instead given one about Darcy and Quinn! It becomes confusing though, because depending on which part of the book you¿re reading, Darcy is alternately called Zimmie, and Quinn is called Bobby Lee ¿ like there weren¿t already too many characters without giving them more than one na
mwehunt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If Looks Could Kill is an exhilarating romantic suspense that has plenty of goings-on in the Bayou of Louisiana. When several odd deaths occur, state law enforcement officer Tara Reeves is on the case. She hires Marc Lafayette as her swamp guide, but is unaware of his undercover status as a Special Ops agent searching for a terrorist. Needless to say, Marc is not so enthusiastic about being side tracked with Reeves except for the fact that he is wildly attracted to her. This love story however, is not just about Tara and Marc, but simultaneously follows the lives (and love stories) of several other agents in the field. As all of the stories begin to converge together, so does the heat. Bruhns does a great job of making sure you read this one all the way to the end. And leaves enough hanging that you will definitely need to read the next installement.
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Kept me entertained from start to finish!
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frosty1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Lots of action and some really funny scenes. I had a great time getting to know the characters and couldn't wait to get to the next book. This was my first experience with Nina Bruhns, but she didn't disappoint at all. I can't wait for her next series.
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writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
This book really didn't do it for me. I think there was just too many plot's and romance's going on and not enough concentration on the main characters. Overall, this book wasn't that good. :( Her previous book, Shoot To Thrill, was a good book though so I would recommend that book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very entertaining, I love the relationship between the two main characters and I like how it brought back the characters from the previous book and it showed how their relationships are evolving. Looking forward to the next one!