Sunday, October 20, 2013

ICEBREAKER by Simone Sinna

Publisher: Siren

Date published: July 2013
BDSM MFM Suspense

Reviewed by Helen

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sienna Martin’s friend Elle has a modeling shoot in New Zealand. Sienna’s out of work so agrees to do a small private investigation job for her friend up at Mount Hotham at the beginning of the snow season. After all she’s mostly finished her PI course and it’s a week all expenses paid.  She’s supposed to find out all about Steve Prescott’s new nightclub. But then there’s Connell Crane, and a BDSM club and things get more complicated from there.

The characters in this story are engaging and well written, even the minor ones. We see glimpses of their personalities shining through the action and narrative all the time. They’re all quite different but all distinct and real in their varying ways. The action scenes are excellent and there’s great flashes of humor scattered throughout the story as well. It’s very well written and the BDSM scenes are innovative and hot. The romance is real.

There are a couple of things that require the reader to suspend disbelief though. Elle is five foot ten and a size six. Yet she lends her modeling clothes to Sienna who’s five foot four and size ten, and although the boots are a bit big and the clothes are a bit tight, she’s fine to wear them. Yeah. I’m not sure that’d work.

Also, some of the Australian terms and descriptions are just a fraction off. Ms. Sinna’s bio says she’s traveled a lot and perhaps she has adopted some other slang along the way.  And forgotten a few things since she last visited Mt. Hotham when there was actually decent snow there.  (We’ve just come out of a fourteen-year drought).  However, I agree that American readers might never notice the things that grated on my Aussie eye and ear.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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