Author: Lola Dodge
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Manhattan Ten Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella
Book Source: Author
About the book:
That cold day in hell? It’s here…
If Ivory’s fellow flight attendants whisper that she has ice in her veins, they’d be right. She’s spent years ruthlessly suppressing her dangerous ice powers, pretending she didn’t grow up wild on the tundra.
Her legendary coolness has held solid—until a crazed attacker snaps her composure, unleashing her ice beast and blowing her cover. And she’s not sure if the man who defuses the situation is any less dangerous.
When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through his mark’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.
Panther tempts Ivory in every smoldering way, but to let him melt her resistance is a risk she can’t afford. But when her past rises up to claim her, Pan is caught in the crossfire…and the only way to save him is to let the beast claim her, body and soul.
What B is talking about:
All Valdís, aka “Ivory,” wanted to do was to tend to the passengers aboard the sweltering airplane, keep her head down, and see the world. But, when she uses her powers to cool things down, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events that threatens to tear her carefully constructed life to shreds. Now, she’s torn between a future she doesn’t want, and a past she can’t escape. But, facing both with a gorgeously hot shifter by her side might not be so bad after all.
Panther was supposed to be tailing a murder suspect to a meeting with like-minded others, not recruiting a new member to the Ten. But, when the beautiful, fierce “super” who’d been a distraction from the moment he laid eyes on her takes out his mark in the middle of first-class with an ice spear formed by her own hand, he’s hooked. And if blackmailing her with immunity is what it takes to get her in his territory and on his team, he’s certainly not above using it.
Set in modern day New York, Ivory is the second Manhattan Ten story, a series revolving about a group of superheroes living out in the open, using their powers for good. They have their own PR team, a fan mail department, superhero hate groups who are out to get them, and a paparazzi following. Despite their unique abilities, the members of the team aren’t perfect, a detail I liked a lot, and something Ivory learns to appreciate as the story progresses.
One of the main things Ivory has in its favor is the sexual tension between the two main characters, who also share narrating duties. Ivory and Panther are very well-matched, both of them left unbalanced by the sudden depth of their attraction, yet incapable of resisting one another. Panther is all heat to Ivory’s ice, and when they get together, things get very steamy. The verbal sparring the two engage in for the majority of the story is really an entertaining bonus, as are the protests of the group’s resident mind reader over the pair’s mental imagery.
Not just a sensual romp between supernatural beings, Ivory has quite a lot of action in it, as well. Ms. Dodge packs a lot of fighting and suspense in this story, and does so without overwhelming its relatively short length. While the brevity of the narrative makes a certain amount of predictability a necessity, it works nicely in this case, letting the connection forming between Ivory and Panther take center stage, as it should.
Ivory is a quick, sexy story that makes good use of some of the more familiar devices in the paranormal genre. Ivory and Panther are both sweet and funny, especially when they don’t mean to be, and they compliment each other well. As much as I liked them as a couple, it was the moments that the team acted as a cohesive unit that I liked most of all about the story. Overall, I liked Ivory very much, and I hope, with plenty of other superheroes on the team to go, there’ll be more from the Manhatten Ten in the future. And soon.
Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)