Trapped Under Ice

Trapped Under Ice

by M. J. Schiller


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Rock star Chad Evans's tortured past hides just beneath the surface. Even fans screaming out his name in ecstasy can't drown out the screams of his childhood. He can usually keep it under control, but not always. Tonight the alcohol doesn't seem to soothe.
Part of the crowd, Beth Donovan smiles, really enjoying herself for a change. But her smile isn't usually this bright. It is the kind of smile that masks sorrow. Three years just isn't long enough to get over losing Paul.
When a vicious attack behind stage brings this unlikely pair together, something changes inside of them both. But can a jet-setting superstar and a Midwestern lunch lady ever manage a real relationship? And even if they can, will the person sending Chad death threats take it all away? Or is it their fate to remain forever trapped under ice?

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ISBN-13: 9781939274007
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing
Publication date: 02/09/2013
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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TRAPPED UNDER ICE 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Peachs44 More than 1 year ago
Beth is a 37-year-old widow raising her 16-year-old daughter, Cassie, alone. Chad is the lead singer of Trapped Under Ice. She has a fear of opening herself up. He comes from an abusive home and has angry issues. While Beth and Cassie are out attending a Trapped Under Ice concert they are suddenly attacked and who should come to their rescue but none other than Chad. There’s an immediate attraction between the widow and the rock star but will they be able to overcome their pasts to have a future? I have been eyeballing this book for a while and was more than thrilled when I was asked to review Trapped Under Ice. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I loved this book! This is a great romantic story between two people you just wouldn’t see together. M.J. Schiller did an outstanding job of humanizing Beth and Chad instead of pigeon holing them as rock star/lunch lady stereo-types. The fact that the female lead is not a 20-something year old is a big plus in my book. The flow of the story was smooth and the characters were all very real. The secondary characters were great and quirky (Roger is my favorite!) and add to the story seamlessly. Next time someone asks me for a good book to read, I will definitely be recommending Trapped Under Ice. I was provided a copy of this book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility. Stars – 5 Flames - 3
JWAshley More than 1 year ago
The Benefits of reading Trapped Under Ice: 1. This was a surprisingly touching read. When I first read the description of the book (lunch lady meets rock God), I was intrigued… the way someone is intrigued when they hear about peanut-butter hamburgers. I thought, “This could be good or bad, but it’s definitely going to be different.” In spite of my expectations, I found it to be simply delicious. Schiller treats her characters as people, not types, so a couple that might be odd (and full of fish-out-of-water hijinks) in another writer’s hands are simply two people getting together. Sweet. Moving. Sexy. 2. All too often in romance novels, writers–in an attempt to differentiate their current characters from other heroes and heroines–make a character into their job or their hobby. In real life and in Schiller’s fiction, each person has a central core–a humanness that transcends job, hobbies, titles, and types. Chad is a man before  he is a musician, just as Beth is a woman before she is a lunch lady or writer. Their jobs are on the periphery (hers more so than his). Instead of their jobs being the focus, their jobs are a way to highlight their personalities. Beth’s writing career  and her singing hobby is used to show us that though she seems too normal for Chad, she is creative and special, too. Chad’s singing is simply something he does and must do, but it isn’t all he is: he is a big brother, and he wants to be a devoted husband. 3. The secret sauce of Schiller’s writing in this particular novel is an engaging hero. I was actually inclined to dislike the hero, Chad–whose name I was originally accustomed to shudder upon hearing.   (It pulls up too many synaptic connections with 80s frat-boys.) Within a few pages, though, Schiller, manages all my reservations. Chad is nothing I expect. Despite his being a rock king, he is sensitive, loving, protective and not the epitome of wild living–at least after he meets Beth. While it’s clear that Chad has his own demons, his looking-for-a-harbor mentality, makes him imminently sympathetic. Chad tries to find peace in his love for Beth, and that makes his story and Beth’s so wonderful to read. 4. Schiller’s handling of details is as controlled and satisfying as her work with the main plot. The villain adds an exciting touch and the supporting cast of characters was developed enough to provide interest and depths without taking over. I also liked the way she handles sweet and small moments like first dates and singing solos and the like. All in all, Trapped Under Ice is a book I would recommend to my friends.
RTWolfe2012 More than 1 year ago
A sexy, heart wrenching romance that lets us know even the famous are human. Schiller does a magnificent job in creating Chad as a hot, untouchable rock star. She also has a fantastic way of creating him as a human being with a history that haunts him and issues that eat at him like his inability to keep a simple fan from invading his mind and his heart. Beth is, of course, enamored with him…she’d be a fool not to be…but she’s smart and keeps her priorities intact. The colorful dance between desire, misunderstanding and a need for a normal life twine these two together in the most comforting, sexy story. Way to go, Schiller!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I always appreciate an older heroine in a romance! Beth is a 37 year old widow who is trying to deal with being a single mother to 16 year old Cassie. Chad is the passionate lead singer of a rock group “Trapped Under Ice”. Beth and Cassie attend a Trapped Under Ice concert where fate brings Beth and Chad together. The attraction is instant, but Chad has an abusive past and deals with anger issues, while Beth has a hard time trusting. Can they get over their own issues in order to explore the passion that is so explosive between them? My biggest issue with this book is the whole insta-love thing. It moved a bit too quickly for me in that department. I appreciate that Chad and Beth both had issues they were trying to work through in order to give their relationship a shot, but it seemed to be that the foundation of the attraction between the two characters was lacking something. I find it hard to get into the chemistry between the characters when it happens so quickly. I did like the characters by themselves though. They were complicated and original for this genre, and I appreciated that. I also liked that Chad had this big, bad reputation but Beth brought out the softie in him. He was pretty swoon worthy. I also liked that both Chad and Beth, while imperfect, were adults and acted as such. I am a bit over the teenage/college age drama and it’s nice to read about mature people navigating complicated lives. Overall, I thought this book was just ok. There were things about it I liked, things I didn’t, but at the end of the day it kept me reading and I finished it. 3.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
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Enjoyed the book
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
So, let's all be honest here: wouldn't every female on this planet just LOVE to be the wife/girlfriend/confidant of a famous rocker? Wouldn't every female love to have that simple connection with that perfect someone, and wouldn't it be even better if that perfect someone just happened to be a tall, slim, muscular, rockstar? After having read this rockstar romance, I was forced to look at another angle of what romance really means. I am now aware that romance isn't just about love, sex, and marriage; it's about being a part of someone who you know will never abandon you and sticking up for what you truly believe in. M.J. Schiller truly captures the essence of that in this amazing, realistic fiction thriller, Trapped Under Ice. In this book, we have a protagonist, obviously, a Ms. Beth Donovan, who is a widow of three years, left to raise her teenage daughter Cassie. Trapped Under Ice is the name of a famous band (similar to today's Three Days Grace or Muse) who the Donovan ladies are fairly fond of. At the beginning we meet the famous lead singer of the band, Chad Evans (even the name sounds sexy) who has his own personal demons that he deals with through philandering. The gist of the book is about Beth and Chad meeting under scary circumstances, but nonetheless, they feel a spark that neither can seem to deny. After several dates, they become the couple everyone is envious of. Except one person.... the person who doesn't want Chad to be happy. Are these death threats and anonymous notes left for Chad by an envious ex-girlfriend? Or is the culprit closer than Beth and Chad would like to imagine? Read this amazing book and find out for yourself! Three cheers to Ms. Schiller for doing an outstanding job on her latest novel! Gabby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high high hopes for this book since I've seen this pop up on a few pages I frequent. It was a good book but not because of the plot, world building or even the writing. For insomnia. I felt as if I was reading a middle aged woman's diary, Her fantasy being written while her husband snores next to her in bed. So unrealistic and not in the "romance is supposed to be unrealistic" kind of way in the "No, really that can not possibly happen" kind of way. Oh, you were beat to a bloody pulp in the bathroom of an empty stadium 10 minutes after a concert ended you say? I know the staff is gone as soon as the lights go down. Empty. Got it. Oh, you don't want to fill out a police report you say, or medical attention? Duly noted. Slap a bottle of beer on it and lets call it a day! Stalker so predictable. I won't bother going on because I don't want to spoil this diamond in the rough for you. Trust me buy this book if you can't sleep. It is far cheaper than ZzzQuil.  
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CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
Trapped Under Ice, from JM Schiller’s Rocking Romance Collection, is a great addition to the lineup. On rare occasion, brutality can lead to something good and tender and oh-so-right, if the rescuer happens to be hunky rock star with a lonely heart of gold, Chad Evans. Despite the fact that lonely widow Beth Donovan is neither glamorous nor rich, and despite the fact that Chad Evans, superstar, seems star-struck with her, she sticks to her guns and refuses to be swept away by the power of his celebrity. However, their love is real, so they must find a way, through the difficulties of stardom and stalkers, to a life they can both live with. This tale is captivating, tender, and full of emotional ups and downs. I loved every minute. Well done.  I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without compensation of any kind.
BorderBabe More than 1 year ago
Trapped Under Ice was my first MJ Schiller book. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series. I think everyone's had fantasies about meeting and connecting with someone famous. Where are you, George Clooney? But all kidding aside, Ms. Schiller gives her larger-than-life hero, Chad, depth, humanity, and feet of clay. He's not saddled with an ugly ego. The heroine, Beth, is warm and realistic and proud of her humble yet fulfilling life though she's not a stranger to pain either. To watch them interact, respond, and yes, fall for each other is downright enjoyable.  If it were only that simple. Unfortunately, there's a sinister cloud hovering over the love birds and an exciting climax that I didn't see coming. This was a satisfying read. 
Gina_M More than 1 year ago
TRAPPED UNDER ICE is the first book in M.J. Schiller’s Rocking Romance Series. First let me say, it is a stand-a-lone book! No worries about a cliffhanger. “She captivated him from the start. She asked nothing of him, and somehow made the ache inside him go away.” I loved this book! This was an emotional story where two worlds collide. It was about letting go of the past, healing, second chances, and finding love. I laughed, cried and was sucked in right from the very beginning! There was one surprise after another, I didn’t want to put it down! It also has one of the most romantic proposals! Chad Evans is the lead singer of the band Trapped Under Ice. He is haunted by his past and has a reputation for getting into trouble. He is the product of an abusive childhood but after the loss of his parents, at 13 years old, he took on the responsibility of raising his younger brother and fellow band member, David (Davey). He is filled with anger, rage and he lets his emotions get carried away. He cannot control the urge to protect at any and all costs. Beth is a huge Trapped Under Ice fan. She works as a lunch lady, is an author of “trashy” novels, can sing and is a widow with a 16 year old daughter, Cassie. As an early Christmas present, Cassie surprises her with tickets to their concert. Before returning to their hotel, they stop to use the restroom where they are attacked. Cassie is able to get away and goes to find help. She runs right into Chad who immediately intervenes. There is an instant attraction between Chad and Beth. Tired of the Rock Star lifestyle, Chad pursues Beth. He is in unfamiliar territory with his feelings toward her. He doesn’t want to mess up what they could have together, but his temper seems to always get the better of him. Beth is still mourning her late husband, Paul, and is also in unfamiliar territory. She is afraid to start over again, afraid of allowing herself to feel anything. She is afraid of Chad breaking her heart, knowing she couldn’t go through a loss like that again. We see a different and softer side to Chad when he is with Beth. Chad is desperate for a “normal” life with her but their relationship is anything but easy; he’s on the road a lot and has some crazy fans, they are both trying to deal with personal issues, problems arise between band members and if that wasn’t enough, Chad is receiving death threats! You will love this book! It has something for everyone ~ suspense, romance and humor!
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars    REVIEW: TRAPPED UNDER ICE is the first storyline in M.J.Schiller's new contemporary romance series-Rocking Romance focusing on the lives and loves of the members of the platinum selling group Trapped Under Ice. Although the title references the name of the band, it can also be the philosophical and psychological look at both the hero and heroine's life-Beth is a widowed mother of a seventeen year old daughter and, has a difficult time letting go of the past; Chad, our rock and roll god, has demons buried so deep, that only the burn of alcohol and his explosive anger, keep the memories at bay. When the two meet, their connection is instant. Chad has issues with anger. With a family history of abuse, Chad knows he will never be like his father, but his own rage has him sitting on the precipice of personal and professional destruction. Meeting Beth is the best thing that has ever happened to Chad, but the rock and roll life begins to catch up: violent outbursts; fighting with the band; and a stalker threatening to end it all. Believing he is not worthy of Beth's love, he will push her away at a time when he is most vulnerable. Beth is our heroine: a devoted mother, hard working lunch lady, part time romance author and Chad Evan's girlfriend and lover. But Beth will witness Chad's lifestyle up close and personal and, in time, she will have to decide whether it is worth losing her heart to the man she loves or lose the man to something more evil. The storyline is slow to build, We follow Chad and Beth as they get to know one another-meeting at the next stop on the tour; booking rooms in out of the way places; and finally an intimate get away for two. But in this build up, we see a different side to the rock and roll hero-we see a more vulnerable Chad-one whose heart weights heavy with secrets, years of abuse and a family history of violence and death. I will add, this story is not all hearts and flowers, neither is it all doom and gloom. But the proverbial elephant in the room is not addressed until a fair way into the story. It is then that the most explosive action and revelations take place. In the end, the band will lose one of their own; Beth will lose a close friend; and Trapped Under Ice-the band- will become a little more cynical of the world and themselves. Trapped Under Ice is an interesting look at the lives and loves of the famous and infamous. The façade and glory of making it big covers a multitude of indiscretions and heartbreaking sorrow, from which many will never recover. But for Chad Evans it will take the love and determination of one woman, to set him on the path of self-actualization and free him from the demons knocking at the door. And have no doubt there is definitely a happily ever after, which is always welcome in my little corner of the world. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
laurlars More than 1 year ago
Okay ladies, who among us, at some point as a pre-teen, teenager or older, has not dreamed of going to a concert of your favorite band and being noticed by the lead singer? And not just noticed, he gets to know you! He falls in love with you! It's every woman's fantasy. And M.J. Schiller brings it alive in this sentimental and wonderfully addicting novel. Chad is the rock star and Beth is the girl next door with an extremely ordinary life, but they find each other and magic happens. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was sorry for it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book Trapped my Heart! Review by: Reds Hot Reads Trapped Under Ice M.J. Schiller 5 Stars  Trapped Under Ice is a wonderful story of love, second chances and healing. It has so many of my favorite qualities in a book; A. Hot Rocker, B. Alpha Male, C. Great Secondary Characters, D. Love Story and E. A Man and Woman that love hard. Chad Evans is the Rocker Lead Singer of Trapped Under Ice. Beth is a Lunch Lady/Erotic Romance Novelist. They meet by way of a tragedy. Chad falls in love with Beth immediately. Chad has a lot of baggage that weighs him down and so does Beth. There was a little bit of angst but this means good writing to provoke my emotions. I loved that Beth is a strong female character and has endured many tragedies and come out on top. She was able pull Chad out of his funk and stand by her man! I loved Pete and Roger. I would have loved Roger to have a happily ever after. My favorite scene in the book was the night snow sledding. Very cute. The characters feel real and deal with real issues. The flow of the book was smooth until the end where it felt a little rushed. But saving the mystery to the end of the story made you stay on the edge of your seat. Well done! It is a stand alone with a HEA.  I would recommend this book for a nice love story with a hot rocker. MJ makes you feel as though you are there with your characters and see what they do. This makes for good writing and story telling. I am a big fan of MJ’s!