Book Review of Fury of Ice by Coreene Callahan

Title:  Fury of Ice

Author:  Coreene Callahan

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date:  June 5th , 2012

Homicide detective Angela Keen thrives on the city’s rough streets. But when she becomes the prize of all prizes in the dragon-shifter world due to her “high-energy” status, she gets more than she bargained for. Kidnapped by Lothair of the Razorback clan, Angela barely survives captivity before managing to escape. Hurt and alone with nowhere to hide, she faces certain death when Lothair uses the trace energy she leaves in her wake to hunt her down. But before he can reach her, a mystery dragon-shifter intervenes and saves Angela’s life.

Now a guest of the Nightfury clan, Angela regains her strength as her rescuer, Rikar, the last living frost dragon, gradually breaks down her mistrust. Surrendering to her desire for Rikar, but still uncertain of her feelings, Angela goes against his wishes and agrees to be used as bait to lure Lothair into the open. As the battle commences, the true struggle comes from within: Will Angela return home to the life she loves, or forsake it all to be with Rikar?

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  I am a huge fan of dragons, so when I first got wind of this series I was really excited.  I inhaled the first book, Fury of Fire (review here) and was thrilled to receive the second one through the Amazon Vine program.  Especially since it focused on Rikar, I really gravitated towards his character in the first book and was eager to see how his story played out.

We pick up right where we left off in Fury of Fire, Angela has been captured by Lothaire and Rikar will do anything possible to get her out.  When we meet up with Angela she is currently under Lothaire’s control and it was not easy to read what she has been through.  However, it did establish her as an extremely strong character and able to think on her feet.  I admired her courage in the face of evil and her ability to fight for her life and not just cringe and wait to be rescued.

Meanwhile, poor Rikar is losing his mind trying to find her and deal with a new member of the pack.  I will not give away the identity of that member, but I should have seen it coming and just didn’t.  Rikar is trying to help the new guy through the change and get Angela back.  I liked getting to see him with the rest of the pack because each member is so unique and distinctive.  Coreene does a great job of giving each character their own individual voice, so I never got confused about who is talking.  I love that about her writing.

While we get the point of views from both Rikar and Angela, we also get to see inside Lothaire and a couple other characters heads that you will have to wait and find out about.  I know that having the point of view change so much might sound like it would be confusing, but it actually had the opposite effect.   Seeing this world through so many eyes made the story flow very well and kept the plot moving forward.  Each character held a piece to the overall puzzle and as we change point of views we get more pieces coming together to make the overall picture.  It was a well-balanced book that did not linger too long on the action, the down time or the romance.

Speaking of the romance, Angela had quite a few issues to work through before she could give her heart to Rikar.  She had an emotional journey to go on before she could enter any kind of physical one with Rikar.  And he was there for her every step of the way.  Who would have thought that the guy who was giving Bastian a hard time in the last book would turn out to be just a big of a sap?  These two were walking on eggshells around one another trying to feel the other out and see where they stood.  They almost talked themselves out of a relationship before it even got off the ground, but luckily they let their guards down long enough to give their feelings a chance.  It was a very different courtship from the one we saw with Bastian and Myst and I was happy to see Coreene change it up a bit to keep it exciting.

The overall story arc with Ivar is still going strong and man is that one creepy guy.  He is seriously twisted and I think he is just going to keep getting worse from here on out.  He does not have as much page time as he did in the last book because Lothaire is really in charge of the battles in this book.  However, I know we have not seen the last of Ivar and I am sure he will continue to cause problems in future books.  He is a fantastic villain, easy to hate and definitely one I want to see brought down in the end.

Overall, I am just completely hooked on this series!  The dragon shifters in this world are fascinating and I cannot get enough of them.  Luckily at the end of this book we get a sneak peak at the next book, Fury of Seduction, due out in October.  I am so psyched to know who that book will be about and will be counting down the days until I can get my hands on it.  If you have not checked out this series and are a fan of dragons and paranormal romance, then you are missing out!  Make sure you read Fury of Fire first and then dive right into Fury of Ice.

FTC:  I received this ARC in the mail through the Amazon Vine Program.

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