Desire & Ice: A MacKenzie Family Novella

Christopher Rice
Desire & Ice: A MacKenzie Family Novella
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Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Release Date
February 2016
Book 1 of The MacKenzie Family
Contemporary Romance

From Liliana Hart's New York Times bestselling MacKenzie family comes a new story by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice...

Danny Patterson isn't a teenager anymore. He's the newest and youngest sheriff's deputy in Surrender, Montana. A chance encounter with his former schoolteacher on the eve of the biggest snowstorm to hit Surrender in years shows him that some schoolboy crushes never fade. Sometimes they mature into grown-up desire.

It's been years since Eliza Brightwell set foot in Surrender. So why is she back now? And why does she seem like she's running from something? To solve this mystery, Danny disobeys a direct order from Sheriff Cooper MacKenzie and sets out into a fierce blizzard, where his courage and his desire might be the only things capable of saving Eliza from a dark force out of her own past.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 20, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
233 people found the following review helpful
A quickie May-December romance that some readers will love, while others will find awkward.

Danny Patterson has had a crush on his HS English teacher Eliza Brightwell since 9th grade, but now that he's all grown up, his feelings are anything but juvenile. Now the town of Surrender's youngest deputy at just 23, Danny sees Eliza breeze back into town just before a huge snowstorm, so it only makes good neighborly sense to check on her to make sure she's got all she needs to survive for a few days! When he finds Eliza furiously digging holes through her ex-husband's farmhouse lawn, she breaks down and tells Danny that she's looking for money he buried because he's in some deep trouble.

And when that trouble comes straight to Eliza's doorstep just as the storm hits, Danny will have to do some pretty fast maneuvering to keep her safe. Fortunately, he won't have to do much convincing to get Eliza to see him as a man instead of a former student.

DESIRE & ICE is a novella in The MacKenzie Family series, loosely based on that same series by Liliana Hart, but which features a series of novellas written by a variety of authors. As Mr. Rice's erotic romances are some of my favorite books, I had high hopes for this novella, but I'm afraid I just couldn't get past the preexisting relationship between Danny and Eliza. I'll admit I was a bit squirmy about the teacher/former student angle because, just yuck, but it didn't come off TOO creepy, thankfully. In fact, the two had excellent chemistry, and the love scenes between them were both well written and packed an erotic punch.

BUT, and it's a huge but, when Danny starts calling Eliza "Miss Brightwell" in bed and asking if his foreplay skills earned him an A, I kind of mentally checked out. Oh, I read every word, and it was technically flawless, but that just was too much for my already toeing the line comfort level. Now don't get me wrong, Danny was well beyond consenting age, and Eliza never did anything as his teacher that could be construed as unethical, so it's not THAT kind of book, but DESIRE & ICE it pushed my ick buttons nonetheless.

Bottom Line: While I'll continue to devour all the erotic romance I can by Mr. Rice, this is one read that just wasn't up my alley.
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