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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Freezing Point by Elizabeth Goddard

Freezing Point by Elizabeth Goddard
Publisher: Love Inspired (Harlequin)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (214 pgs)
Heat Level sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Casey Wilkes didn't realize her simple human-interest story would put her life at risk—again. After fleeing her home and journalism job in Portland, she wanted to live under the radar for a while. But when her interviewee starts dodging her questions, her reporter instincts kick in and she finds herself in over her head….

Homeland security agent Jesse Mitchell has been undercover as an ice sculptor for months, trying to infiltrate a smuggling ring. He wants to avoid trouble, and that's just what Casey brings. Now someone has a target set on Casey. Saving her could blow his cover, but leaving her unprotected endangers him even more—especially his heart.

Casey is a journalist who is hiding in California after exposing a man’s activities and background and ruining his life. He has threatened to killer her, so she’s under an assumed name and staying at a relative’s beach home. But is she safe?

Ms. Goddard has created a fast tale with two major points of danger that will keep you on your toes as you follow the story line. Her protagonists are intelligent, they believe in doing the right thing despite the risks, and are attracted to each other. The author writes a good action tale about contemporary subjects that you read about in the paper almost daily; this is a realistic tale.

Jessie is an undercover ICE agent but Casey wants to interview him as a public interest story: he makes ice sculptures. He’s also competing to win a prize, which makes an even better story. Jessie doesn’t want the attention and doesn’t want another innocent bystander to get hurt on his watch. This creates an interesting internal conflict for him. He wants to kiss her and he wants to push her away.

Casey soon discovers Jessie is protecting her and she appreciates it. But she’s also suspicious about why he’s always around when she needs help. So her suspicion that he may be more than he appears to be adds to the tension in the story. This author does an excellent job of expressing the emotional roller coaster ride both these characters are on. They draw close together and then move apart.

I enjoyed this story. It drew me in and made me care about the characters involved. Why not get yourself a copy and watch Jessie and Casey dance around their relationship while trying to resolve two separate problems? It’s a good read.