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2-in-1 #BookReview Blue Ice and Pink Ice by Carolina Soto #erotic #romance

Blue Ice - Blurb

Everyone tells little girls to be themselves around boys, but let’s face it, that’s simply the worst piece of advice ever. What if “yourself” is not exactly an appealing woman? Katherine Bianchi was raised to be herself, a smart, posh, stylish girl from New York City; the problem is that “herself” also included eating like a truck driver and cursing like a sailor, with a genetic inability to take bullshit from anyone. Not necessarily an appealing description in her pretentious environment.

That’s why, at 25, she was predestinated to live a crazy cat lady life, or to be the overachiever workaholic she had become since college. But her perfect life plans got messed up when she met Dylan Berkeley, a handsome billionaire, owner of BKY Enterprises, who never learned the meaning of the word NO. With a Ben & Jerry’s lifestyle (lots of options, exciting flavors, and never repeating a scoop), Berkeley wasn’t intimidated by Katherine’s “ice heart bitch” reputation; the challenge of having her became a personal task he couldn’t forget. How to avoid a NO from a girl who has never said YES for an answer?

Mature audiences +18

Pink Ice - Blurb

Katherine Bianchi had everything her daddy’s money could buy. Dresses, shoes, a fancy apartment, everything…except for Dylan Berkeley. Apparently being the spoiled princess of Upper East Side was not appealing enough to keep the sexy, Forbes billionaire, and owner of BKY Enterprises.

After running from Berkeley and his Ben & Jerry’s lifestyle (lots of options, exciting flavors and never repeating a scoop), Katherine discovered she may need what she never thought she could want. What if she ran away from the only man who could save her from her cat lady destiny?

More cursing, more fashion, more Blue Eyes and even more Kev’s speeches. Can the bitch get the guy?

Warning: 18+ Contains sex scenes and lots of unnecessary profanities.

Subha's Review

Blue Ice

When I started to read this book I found it took me a while to get into the first person story telling style that this is written in. I love descriptions of the setting, people, emotions etc. So initially I was not enamoured. HOWEVER, this writer has created two characters that grab the reader and take you on the journey that they are on.

Katherine is a woman of contrasts. Living the highlife in New York City, with a job in advertising and coming from a well off family, she seems to have it all. She is comfortable in designer clothes and loves shopping. But she swears like a sailor, loves junk food, spends weekend watching TV in her sweat pants and has a tongue that is as sharp as a razor, with a sarcastic edge to match. She is a relationship phobic and does not want to be with anyone at the moment. Katherine is a fuller figured woman with a full personality to match.

Dylan is a typical Billionaire, who lives a life full of luxury, owns his own company and has everyone at his beck and call. He is sexy as hell and can and does have any woman he wants, even if they are married to someone else. He knows these woman want his money or his body but in no way will he be in a relationship with them or even call them girlfriends. As a reader you wonder why he is like this - what hurt in the past caused this or is he just an unfeeling player?

When they meet, it is a little like the clash of the titans. He is determined to have her and she is determined not to let him. Dylan manages to manoeuvre things so that she has to spend time with him. But this girl will not be coming eagerly into his presence – she bites back and it is this interplay that grabs your attention and keeps you turning the pages even though there is a lot of telling. The dialogue between them sparkles and this is where we learn more about each character.

Inevitably, Dylan does get his way but Katherine knows the rules and sees it for what it is – a one night stand or short term fling – thinking he will move on when he becomes bored. What does surprise you is that her resistance  may have had something to do with the fact that she was a virgin and at this point you think in essence it is a’ billionaire and the virgin’ predictable story. Maybe… but Katherine is no simpering or submissive girl waiting to be rescued and in the end she walks away.

Is this the end for the feisty Katherine and the player Dylan?
No – book 2 Pink Ice awaits! There is hope yet for these two.

Pink Ice 

This is book picks up Katherine and Dylan’s relationship exactly at the end of book 1. The story is told in first person and from Katherine’s point of view entirely. Like the first, there is a lot of telling as opposed to showing – once you adjust to this style the book flows along nicely.

We get to know each of the characters a little deeper as their relationship hits a new level. This is a romance so as a reader we know they will have a HEA or a HFN.

Katherine is less direct verbally in this book – she limits her swearing but is still feisty and independent. Other changes that you see (and I must say I did not like) are when she loses weight and now is a size that she seems to think is more acceptable by those around her – the rich and sophisticated.  I liked book 1 Katherine who was not afraid to be who she was, curvy and a sofa slob at the weekend. Could it be that Dylan has changed her slowly into what he wants her to be? Hmmm.

He is dominating as usual. What you do see is how much he loves her – this is something g that Katherine does not understand at all or rather refuses to let herself believe that he could really love her. So a little like Prince Charming rescuing Cinders.

I had to reread some sentences or sections to catch the flow. Overall, a good read but not as captivating as the first book in my opinion.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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