Thin Ice (Men of Valor Series #2)

Thin Ice (Men of Valor Series #2)

by Irene Hannon

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Thin Ice (Men of Valor Series #2) by Irene Hannon

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493401697
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Irene Hannon's Men of Valor Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 59,029
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including Buried Secrets, the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with, among others, three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, and a National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers' Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers' Choice, Booksellers' Best, Carols, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

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Thin Ice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I read the entire book in one day. Now the hard part...waiting until fall for the next one to come out. I highly recommend this book and this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book, very hard to put down
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from inkwellreviews.com (Christian book review site) Thin Ice was yet another great read from Irene Hannon. It had mystery, suspense and romance; the whole package. Being an ice skater made Christy Reeds character so much more intriguing and unique. This book follows the same format as all her other books, which is good and bad. The format that she uses typically has the distressed lady, the man, who is in some form of law enforcement, and the heroic rescue at the end. The two then end up falling in love and living happily ever after. I do really like this storyline and it makes for a great book, but when you’ve read all her suspense books it gets kind of repetitive. This series is by far her best yet, and I totally recommend reading it. I absolutely love the relationships between Lance and his brothers. They bring so much humor to the book. Every time they were in it I couldn’t help but smile. This book had me on the edge of my seat and looking around corners at night. With a bad guy that was on the absolute creep list, (if there even is one) this book will be glued to your hands until you finish. Then, you’ll wish you hadn’t read it so fast because you miss reading it. Needless-to-say, if you are a suspense fan this book is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon does it again - Great Author! She brings joy, suspense, faith, doubt, and humanness that all experience come alive with her characters.
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BookJunkie15 More than 1 year ago
Author Irene Hannon brings us another intriguing and suspensful novel leaving the reader wondering what will happen next. "Thin Ice" is the second book in the "Men of Valor" series, "Buried Secrets" being the first. Though I personally enjoyed the first very much, this book was even better!! From its twisted plot to its strong characters and so on. Christy Reed is our heroine in this book, dealing with all of her loss was painful even for the reader but no matter what, she stayed trusting in her faith. The beauty of her character is though she was faithful and stayed strong in so many ways, she wasn't invincible. Lance McGregor is our wounded hero, he hasn't ever told anyone about what happened, until Christy. Because of her faith and her personality, Lance learns to let go of some of that pain. They balance out each other, which is something not obvious or that even happens in most books and that is one thing I really adored about these two. Both characters are very real and I loved that about them. I only have a couple things to say about the book that would have liked to see added but it in the end didn't effect my rating much. One being that the romance was a lot like the first book but Lance and Christy's romance was better than the first in my opinion even though the first was great and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense/mystey! Second, the ending, I felt you didn't really know what happened to the killer. You knew but they never said what the verdict was or anything and I would have liked to know. My personal rating for this book is 4.5 stars, I highly recommend this book (and the first as well while I am at it) to anyone who loves a good suspense/mystery and eagerly await the next book in the series coming out this fall! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Will they survive Thin Ice? Thin Ice was the most exciting and chilling Irene Hannon book I've read yet and is definitely my new favorite. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a nice cozy mystery and others I absolutely love the action-packed danger of a book like this one. Reading Thin Ice was definitely one of the latter times. The previous book in the series favored the romance a little more but Thin Ice leans more on the suspense angle with the romance providing just the right flavor. From the icy cover to the last page Thin Ice kept me frozen in place desperate to find out what would happen next. Irene Hannon took on some harder and and darker issues in this book: PTSD, feelings of extreme guilt, mental illness, and some other things that would kinda spoil the story if I mention them. Irene Hannon's latest is one thrilling read. Dark deeds, a desperate bid for survival, the value of family, romance at a rather inopportune time, and lots and lots of delightfully chilling suspense. If you love suspense or Irene Hannon novels I would definitely recommend Thin Ice. (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THIN ICE is a book I borrowed from my friend since I didn't get it for review. But I'm reviewing it anyway, even if I don't have to. :) This book is slower paced than some of Ms. Hannon's others, but still every bit as chilling. I literally shivered in some places. The book has several twists and turns, some surprised me, some didn't. The "bad guy" is revealed early on, but who he actually was in relationship to Christy wasn't. A great book that kept me reading from beginning to end. Outstanding romantic suspense. I can't wait for book 3 in this series! (The first book is Buried Secrets). Christy refers to having faith, but Lance has turned away from his. There is no showing of his return. 4.5 stars
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
If you're a suspense/mystery fan, then I highly recommend Irene Hannon's books. She never disappoints. The action and tension are very high in her books, and her writing is excellent. This book was no exception to those statements. Book Two in the Men of Valor series finds the middle MacGregor brother, Lance on his first case with the FBI. After leaving the Delta Force with a load of guilt on his mind, he is determined to be a great FBI agent, and his first case is a hard one. Learning to let go of the past while exploring the past in his case is not easy, but Lance will learn to let go. Will he find the faith he seemed to have forgotten in his process? A great story, very suspenseful and full of plot twists and turns. You will want to read all of Irene's books. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful plot, a creepy villain, a vulnerable victim, and themes of sacrifice and family make this a compelling book. The villain was creepier than I expected, and the scenes from that point of view kept the pace moving forward. At first Christy is looking for answers, but Lance soon realizes she is in a desperate situation. Her anxiety is palpable as she waits for the next clue or discovery, and I was biting my nails in trepidation. There is also a subplot with Lance's brother serving in special forces overseas, and Lance's devotion to his family is admirable. The romance between Lance and Christy followed the same formula as the previous book in the series- they verbally acknowledge the attraction to each other and make a plan to pursue a relationship after the case is closed. It kind of kills the anticipation and romantic tension. They still shared some special moments and I especially enjoyed the ending scene which is heart-warming. (Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention from chapter one! Mystery being my favorite genre of reading. The only pitfall, is that I am then pressed to choose between reading and taking care of other responsibilities. And when the book is hard to put down, it makes it even more difficult. But I managed to get my work done and still finished within a couple of days. Christy, a world renown figure skater who came close to entering the Olympics, is now facing the most challenging experience in her life. Her sister's home burnt only two months ago, yet she just received a note claiming her sister was not in it. If the note is not a cruel trick, then could her sister still be alive? And who is the person that was found in the home? In spite of the kidnappers warnings not to go to police, Christy's courage wins out and she contacts FBI. Special Agent Lance McGregor, FBI Rookie, now has his very own case to tackle. As he digs in, things get more complicated the further he goes. Christy has been through alot in the past year, and how much of it is related to the note and the kidnapper? Will he be able to discover the answers before it's too late for Christy? The suspense in this book is riveting and will keep you up all night, or on the edge of your seat daytime, depending on whether you want to suffer nightmares. The villain is a mite creepy, a complete psychopath. But the thing that really grabbed me about him was that it would be possible for any individual to become such a villain. That is a bit frightening. He allowed the sins of pride, entitlement and self-centeredness to take control in such a way that he felt like people owed him and were responsible for his happiness. In turn he then chose to assume God's position in dealing out revenge. Yikes! Christy's faith is amazing and she holds onto it throughout the entire book. She also impacts Agent McGregor with her faith and encourages him to re-connect with God. He himself had been through some tough life experiences being in the Special Forces, and after a life-changing occurrence, had struggled with his faith. There are so many additional characters in this book that will capture your heart. The villains grandmother for one - is an amazing woman, and I really liked the audacity Irene supplies her with. You will also meet some fearless men, who work with McGregor and those who are a part of his family. Irene also slightly touches on PTSD which could easily have been suffered by several characters in this book because of the circumstances they faced. Overall, I highly recommend this book just maybe not at bedtime. It is fast paced and exciting! I did not read the first book in this series, so I can vouch that this is certainly a stand-alone, but it has also peaked my curiosity and I would like to read it. I was blessed with this book by the Revell Blogger program and was not required to review it positively.
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon's Men of Valor trilogy continues with Thin Ice! Though not as fast-paced as some of Hannon's previous work, I still found it just as intriguing! The main characters were very resourceful and I was encouraged that no matter what came her way, Christy continued to trust God and held onto her faith. I also thought the way the romance blossomed between Christy and Lance was adorable. Besides Lisa and Mac, the protagonists of Hannon's previous novel, Buried Secrets, there were also some cameos of characters from several of her earlier titles. It was like visiting old friends! I'm looking forward to Finn's story to complete the trilogy. Fans of Irene Hannon will be pleased.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
In this second book to the Men of Valor series, Irene Hannon creates an interesting, plot-twisting read following the second oldest McGregor brother, Lance. Christy Reed is a former Olympic athlete and Lance McGregor joins the FBI after being a Delta Force operator. Talk about two high-octane people meeting over the surprise of Chrisy's sister "coming back to life" after supposedly dying in a fire. True to Irene Hannon form, Lance and Christy realize early on that there's more than just attraction there, but the roadblock of the case is enough to (mostly) keep them apart for the majority of the book. I think my favorite part of the book was the McGregor brothers! This is totally a personal thing, but I always tend to enjoy reading (and writing) from the male POV more than the female (most of the time). I feel like Irene did a great job of capturing them. What will happen with Finn??? I also feel like Irene included just the right amount of faith elements to show where Christy and Lance were in regards to what they believed and were struggling about, but not to "preach" about where they should be. What was shared, I liked, and felt it was very natural to the story. One issue I had at the very beginning was the fact that freshly minted Agent Lance McGregor immediately fights an instant attraction of Christy Reed. I just...*sigh*. I understand a guy noticing that a girl is attractive but he was checking her out while on his very first assignment as an FBI agent. It just rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know, maybe that does happen, but it seemed completely unfounded (aside from physical attraction which happens--I get that) and a little premature. The other issue I had (without going into spoiler-details) is something that happens with regards to one of the secondary characters. The character makes a choice that just didn't sit well with me. It was really hard for me to get past it and see it as a "good" plot choice because of what I think it implies. This is, obviously, personal on my part, but I will say that it could be difficult to read for some. ***If you're interested to know why, see the explanation on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/thin-ice-by-irene-hannon-review.html Note: They do spoil the plot a little. All in all, a good read. I really liked the quick pace of the ending as well. I'd recommend it to fans of Irene's work--same style as Buried Secrets etc.--and those who enjoy romantic suspense with more romance that knuckle-whitening thrills. I am interested in the last book in the series, mainly because I want to see where Finn comes in and what his story will be! My rating: 3.8* Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/thin-ice-by-irene-hannon-review.html _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
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CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is an intriguing story that weaves the world of Olympic figure skating with the now of a woman who's life seems to be spiraling out of control. Christy Reed's parents died a couple years ago, her sister a few months ago, and now someone seems to be targeting her. The problem is she has absolutely no idea who. Now FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor has to decide whether she's crazy or something sinister is happening that only he can help her untangle. The pacing is intense with just enough breaks to let the reader breathe. The romance and sparks are present, but strike the balance of keeping each other interested without taking over the suspense thread. It doesn't help that part of the guise to keep the stalker fooled is that Christy and Lance are pretending to date so the stalker doesn't think she's involved the authorities. Irene Hannon is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors, and this book lives up to my expectations of a page-turning suspense that will keep me guessing for the most part. This one had enough twists to keep me from knowing who the stalker was by the middle of the book. That is a definite win!
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Irene Hannon and I loved it. I always like a good mystery/suspense and this one definitely does not disappoint. This is the second book in the Men of Valor series. The story starts with Christy Reed, a thirty something former Olympic skater who has had her share of family tragedies. Until a strange letter shows up in the mail bringing back the memories of a sister she thought was dead. Lance McGregor is a former Delta Force operator and a rookie FBI agent. He gets a random phone call with a case that could set his new career down the right path. The thing I liked most about this book was the way Irene reveals her "bad guy." She gives little pieces here and there and keeps you guessing about what twists and turns they might take. I couldn't put this book down! From start to finish I wanted to keep going to see what would happen. This book was even a little bit creepy at times, but totally in a good way. I was so glad to finally pick up a book that I couldn't put down. I was almost sad to see it end. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Irene has now become a new favorite author for me. Thank you to Revell for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Christy Reed lost both her parents in an auto accident and sister in a house fire within a span of 9 months. She’s just beginning to see the other side of grief when a letter arrives written in her sister’s handwriting claiming she’s alive. What sick game is someone playing and why come forward after all this time? She must find out the truth, and even though the kidnapper warns her not to go to the police, she gets in touch with FBI special agent Lance McGregor. Once he starts investigating, he soon realizes that Christy is in danger herself. Can they work together to solve this mystery before time runs out? This was my first Irene Hannon novel and even though it’s the second book of her Men of Valor series, I was able to follow the story easily. It does revisit Mac & Lisa, who are the main characters in “Buried Secrets”. Since I was so enamored with this book, I’ll be going back to read the previous one to get that depth of character I so love in series books! That being said, this story quickly drew me in and kept me riveted until the very end! There is plenty of mystery & suspense to keep me guessing and on my toes. I admire Christy, even though she’s just been through the toughest time in her life, her faith never wavers. I especially enjoyed a conversation between her and Lance when she explained to him how she was able to get through some rough times in her life & still cling to God. It encouraged me in my walk to know He’s always there in any situation! Lance had turned from serving God because he saw some awful things when he was in the Delta Force overseas. Once he gets to know Christy and sees her strong faith, he begins to want that again for himself. He’s also the perfect hero in this book, strong, confident, level-headed & smart. Though he’s a new FBI agent, he gets his break with this case & proves how capable he is to his colleagues. He especially enjoys working alongside his brother Mac. I also liked that it wasn’t overcrowded with romance. Given the genre of suspense, I feel it would have muddled the case. Lance realizes he can’t mix business with pleasure when the stakes are too high! However, there are hints of attraction between the two and you know that after this case is solved, they’ll be free to explore their feelings. We also get into the mind of the kidnapper. He’s a sociopath with no conscious, one out for revenge for the sake of revenge & thinks Christy “owes” him something. It was interesting to have several point of views, for me it made the story richer and full of depth. There was a lot packed into this & many layers to explore in the story! I thoroughly enjoyed the book & will be looking to read other works by this author. I would highly recommend this book for Inspirational Romantic Suspense fiction fans. **Thank you Netgalley and Revell publishing company for a complimentary digital copy of this book for my honest review, which I have given here. Keep bringing us suspense-filled stories Irene, you’ve made a fan of me!**
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
First of all, I must point out how much I love the way Irene Hannon writes men and women as separate character types. Sometimes, in romance, there is nothing that especially distinguishes the two – especially when it comes to thoughts. But Hannon is one of those rare authors who captures the mind and reactions of a man so distinctly! So we get delightful gems like… Lance suddenly remembering what’s playing on his computer and then lunging toward the kitchen in a fruitless attempt to overtake his brother before Mac discovers the figure skating video. I basically grinned the entire time Lance was in a scene. So… there’s that. The romantic tension between Lance and Christy was just fantastic and (as previously mentioned) brought plenty of opportunities for grins – and swoons. I also like that Hannon’s suspense series all take place in the same universe, so there’s always a high likelihood that you’ll bump into at least one familiar character from an already-loved series. That always makes me smile too! But if this is your first novel by this fabulous author, never fear! As someone who has read all of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense novels, I can promise you three things. 1. The romantical tension will make you grin and swoon and even resort to fanning yourself from time to time. 2. Gentle nuggets of faith seamlessly wrap around the story like a hug. 3. The suspense-driven tension will have you on the edge of your seat, frantically turning pages, biting your nails, unable to put down the book until the villain is brought to justice. And even then you might not be able to relax. You never can tell. Thin Ice turns each of those statements into reality – and then some! You always sorta know whodunit in that you read his/her perspective as well as those of the hero and heroine. But it’s the WHYdunit and the WATCHOUTHEISRIGHTBEHINDYOU moments that remind us why Irene Hannon’s name is at the top of so many romantic suspense recommendations. The added poignancy to the Men of Valor series lies in the McGregor brothers and their adjustment to life post-military. It’s been touched on some in these first two books, but I think we will see it even more in Finn’s story once it is released. Bottom Line: Thin Ice may very well be my favorite yet of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense offerings. The romance, the suspense, the action, the characters – and their interactions with each other – are all just top-notch. This is definitely a novel I will keep on my favorites shelf to reread. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Book 2 in the Men of Valor Series: Christy Reed has no family left. Losing her parents in a freak car accident nine months ago, and now her sister in a deadly house fire months ago. She's on the path of healing, until one day her world flips upside down. A letter and picture from her dead sister. Someone is playing with her in a very sinister way. Enter FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor. He has demons of his own that he is wrestling with while he takes on his very first case as an FBI agent. And his first case of Christy Reed pushes him to his limits with frustration, with unknown answers and with his heart. Will they hunt down the so called "kidnapper" before his sinister hunting catches Christy first? Pro's: Great book! This can be read as a stand-alone in the series even though it is the 2nd book. Good plot, gets you sucked in from the beginning. Con's: One scene did not quite add up based on the immobilization of the character. It didn't make sense how the grandma was able to do what she did after she wrote the letter (may seem cryptic, but I don't want to spoil the plot!) with hardly being able to walk. Other than that, a bit heart-gooey, but not over the top. Recommendation: If you like mystery suspense, this is the book for you! Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible romantic suspense novel! This is part of a “true” series. You should read the first book in the series before reading this one. Before I had even gotten halfway through the prologue my heart was pounding and I was hooked and knew that I would be finishing the book as quickly as I could. The writing style is very compelling and the characters are masterfully developed. This includes both those on the good side that need protection and those on the evil side. Christy Reed and Lance McGregor are dealing with loss from the past. They are processing things in very different manners but both are moving on with their lives. I was rooting for each of them as well as hoping to see a relationship develop between them from early on. They are definitely likeable characters. I was amazed at the detail that was put into developing the evil mastermind. It was incredible to see just how twisted someone’s mind can become by things that happen in their past. After the dramatic, attention grabbing prologue we jump in time and have a slow introduction into the actual mystery in the story. From that point on the suspense and the romance both build. Thankfully Irene gives us breaks in the suspense to catch our breath. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My take: I've been wanting to read a Irene Hannon suspense novel for a while now and when I saw Thin Ice on Revells review list the premise pulled me in. I've always loved figure skating. This book is well researched in this regard, although skating isn't mention much because the heroine is a retired skater. Thin Ice is book 2 in the Men Of Valor series but I read it as a standalone and it wasn't confusing. I liked how fast-paced and well written this book was and the suspense is great but I thought it was kind of stupid the FBI wouldn't protect Christy. I mean isn't that part of their job?! And the villain was really creepy I didn't like reading the parts about him and what he was thinking (shiver) he was mean to his grandma and he tortured mice. But I guess in order to have a good suspense book you need a nasty villain but I didn't exactly enjoy exploring his mind. All in all it was a good book but it could have been better. * I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Hannon's books. Newly trained FBI agent McGregor is drowning in paperwork. Then, he catches his first real case. Christy Reed is super nervous about meeting with the FBI after being warned not to, but she has to. Someone has told her the sister she has grieved and believed to be dead, is alive and a hostage. Christy trusts Lance McGregor, but can they figure out who is toying with her? I felt so terrible for Christy! She has had a horrible year with her parents' having died and then her sister. Then this psycho says he has her sister and her world is thrown back into chaos. I really liked Lance. He was new to the FBI but had plenty of experience. His family is great and I love how close he and his brothers are. The story was fast paced, and the anxiety of having to wait on contact from the psycho was driving me crazy (in a good way). I can't wait to see what happens to Lance's younger brother. It is a 5/5 for me. This is a twisted story that is so great!! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
I have to confess, I’m a huge fan of Irene Hannon’s work and I’ve been anticipating this book since reading Buried Secrets (the first in the series) right after it released. That’s given me quite a while to hope and look forward to Lance’s book. Happily, I can say that this book met and surpassed all of my expectations! Ms. Hannon’s suspense novels are by far some of my favorites - she does such a wonderful job with them! Down to the last description, this story comes to vivid life! It’s obvious she’s done an extensive amount of research regarding FBI procedures, protocols, and the lingo. I appreciate that attention to detail very much, as it adds another depth of reality to the story. I do very much appreciate that though this book is suspense and crimes are committed, her descriptions aren’t gory. She gives the details and elaborates where it’s necessary, but she doesn’t overdo it or make me want to gag. The suspense is definitely another thing she excels at - I was on the edge of my seat more often than not and sped through the final few chapters, wanting to know how everything was going to turn out. That being said, Thin Ice is actually a little more low-key, concerning the nail biting suspense I’m used to from her books. And that’s not at all a complaint. I really enjoyed the slightly slower pace, because it allowed me to get to know the characters a little bit better. It also gave a bit of leeway for there to be a couple more serious and personal conversations, without it seeming to slow the pace of the story down. Christy Reed is the heroine of this book and I fell in love with her character almost immediately! Life has dealt her more than her fair share of heartache, but she continues to press on and tries to keep an upbeat attitude even when she wants to give up. I loved the strength of character that I saw in her and the determination to rise above the pain. Few would blame her for surrendering, but even in her darkest moments, she tries to keep hoping. Her faith in God plays a large role in this and I loved the focused placed on trusting and relying on Him. Lance MacGregor. Can all the ladies just sigh over him for a moment? He is so swoon-worthy! And not just in his looks. He is very much the take-charge, ex-Delta-Force-now-FBI hero that most of us, if we’re honest, absolutely adore! He’s strong and determined, while also kind and caring. Despite the somewhat stereotypical job description, he is a very realistic character. He has flaws and a few skeletons in his closet, though I do have to admit that I loved him a little bit more after I learned what they were. He’s seen a lot of horrible things in the world and has given up on God as a result. I loved watching him slowly begin to seek God again and find healing. Honestly, I can’t think of a single negative comment or anything I didn’t like about this book. It was superb! Irene has done another fantastic job with this story and I can’t wait to read Finn’s book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.