Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lis’ Review: On Thin Ice by Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee
On Thin Ice (Ariel Estates #1)
Resplendence Publishing, February 29, 2012

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Silas Murdock, lion Pride leader of Ariel Estates, is on the trip of a lifetime, big game hunting with his entourage in Alaska. Everything had been perfect right up until a freak storm barreled into the area ruining their plans followed by an assassin’s bullet plummeting them into the frozen tundra.

Enter wolf shifter and former pack physician, Theodor Lucas. Returning from a trip to a nearby village, he witnesses the crash and finds the wreckage along with an unconscious and barely alive Silas. Theo’s ethical sense won’t allow him to walk away, leaving the male to suffer and freeze to death when there’s a chance he could be saved. Despite the personal risk and his vow to never be responsible for another soul, Theo takes the lone survivor back to his cabin to care for his injuries.

The stranger's unusual scent has Theo stumped. The gorgeous male is definitely not human, but exactly what is a mystery. But Theo’s unexpected guest is the only one with any answers as to who he is, and why their pilot ended up with a bullet to the back.

There’s just one problem: now that the male is awake, he doesn't have a clue. In fact, who, what, and where he is, is a total blank. But for Silas, there is one thing he does know for sure: when it comes to Theo, his hot-as-hell rescuer, a lifesaver has never looked more delicious.

Genre & Keywords: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Inter-Shifters Romance, Mystery, Assassination, Amnesia, Grief

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 2 out of 3 flames

Reviewed by Lis:

Fans of shifter books will most definitely love On Thin Ice by Jessica Lee. It has everything for a good keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book: mystery, romance, angst, and action/adventure.

The focus of this story is on Thedor Lucas – wolf shifter, a doctor and a recluse who lives in remote Alaska. He is dealing with the loss of his lover – and Silas Murdock – a lion shifter and alpha who is in Alaska on a big game hunting trip.

They meet when Silas’ plane crashes under mysterious circumstances. Thedor takes Silas in and nurses him back to health. The attraction between them almost burns the pages. There is a definite presence of sexual tension. It is unavoidable that they begin a relationship, despite the fact that Silas doesn’t know who he is and with the understanding that it’s temporary. Thedor has no plans to leave his remote location.

Thedor comes across as a cold, uncaring person. However, throughout the story we learn more and more about his past and the reader comes to understand more about who Thedor is and it justifies his actions.

It’s undeniable that Silas is an Alpha. Even if he doesn’t remember who he is, it’s there in his behavior. He is a lovable, strong character. His and Thedor’s characterizations are well done. Better than the bad guys, who come across as typically evil bad guys. They are very much stereotypes. In the whole of the story, this is just a minor niggle.

The plot was engrossing and well-drawn out. It was only slightly predictable, but not terribly so. I found myself enjoying the assassination and traitor angle. Couple with the romance between Thedor and Silas, it was a nice story to read if you like tortured heroes, shifters and an impossible romance.

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