Author: Heloise West
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.
Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger— until he meets Hunter and he no longer wants to run.
Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.
Usually, I like to give you my first impressions as most authors only have one chance to make that first impression (don’t hate me for the cliche). I read Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West a few days ago. When I finally sat down to write a review, I couldn’t remember a thing that I wanted say. Granted in that time I had a few medical issues that took my mind completely off the story (and also prevented me from writing this review sooner). So what is a reviewer to do? I decided to do a quick re-read of the story. What you read below is based on my second time through the book.
Hitting Black Ice with a title like that how can you NOT want to pick it up? I knew from the blurb I was in for an intense time. I was not disappointed. Shawn and Hunter are hot together. There are no two ways about it. However, there is more to this Heloise West story that hot sex. There are corruption and intrigue. There are two damaged men trying to make it in the world without further damage. There are skeletons that need to find their ways out of closets in order for our MCs to live and love together.
Their lust hit fast and furious. It could have fizzled, but it didn’t. I wasn’t sure how the author was going to make me believe an adrenaline-response-fueled tryst in a closet would turn into a happily ever after. Somehow, however, at the end I believed it.
I appreciated the backstories of both Hunter and Shawn played out organically as we needed to know about them. They were shown to us at critical moments. Rather than bogging the plot down, as such flashbacks often do, they served to push the story forward and get us closer to the climax.
There are some minor characters that you will either love, hate, or love-to-hate. A wanted to punch a certain FBI agent from his first appearance.
If you want a light and easy read, this isn’t the book for you. If you want the perfect Great American Novel, again you should look elsewhere. If you want realistic characters going through some pretty intense, if less than realistic, issues and handling them with maturity and class, this might be a story for you.
I certainly wouldn’t turn down more from this universe or this author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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