Sunday, November 13, 2011
Sandra Marton - The Ice Prince (Orsini Brides)
To say I was ecstatic to finally hear that author Sandra Marton was going to continue her Orsini Brother's series with her Orsini Brides, well I did the "happy dance". The "Queen of Romance" didn't disappoint me with The Ice Prince because like her strong and proud brother's, Anna Orsini was just as proud and "fierce". She was firm at what she wanted and no one, especially the sexy Italian would tell her different. This arrogant man had taken up two first class seats and she needed one for her computer. His was defiant but what Anna didn't know was this very same alarming man was Draco Valenti, the very same man her mob boss father had sent her to meet with to get back some Sicilian owned property.
Just like her brother's, her father asked Anna to fly to Italy as he wanted her to get back the property he felt belonged to her mother. Let the games begin, because this surely was going to be one tug of war match between these two spirited people. That's putting it mildly, their emotions were like a force of nature, with neither of them wanting to negotiate nor give. However, even in business attire, Draco was definitely attracted to Anna and as far as Anna was concerned, she fought her attraction every step of the way. Their sparing was fun to read, especially a scene on the aircraft where after a nap, they touched, kissed and more and their chemistry sizzled off of the pages. This was going to be one hot romance I could tell from the first chapters and I couldn't imagine how it would all play out because they were two determined and stubborn individuals.
How would one describe Anna? A professional of course, "tough", "prickly" and "difficult" but they were all for a reason. She was adored by her family but her relationship with her father was strained. She, like her sister and brother's hated that he was a mob boss in "Little Italy" in New York.
As their pasts were revealed, especially Draco's I applauded him as a man and how from having nothing he restored the family properties and name. His past was more sordid than Anna's, even though her father was a Don and a Sicilian mobster. In their own ways, they were better people from what they had endured. However, Anna at least had her family where Draco had no one. Anna also did not believe in "forever". Sex was sex and being with Draco was great but definitely not forever. Until he took her to see her Mother's supposed property, learned it's history and Draco said when they returned home, he wanted to "make love". There it was.......... the word. I wondered, how would their relationship develop from this moment on or even, could it because they both had trust issues.
The ending chapters full of emotional and confused feelings. Anna didn't want to fall in love and I certainly believed Draco was just as confused as Anna. Let's just say, in the end, I cried my eyes out and in only the way Sandra Marton can weave a romance, this one was just as incredible as her others. I hope you'll read all of the Orsini books. I for one am getting quite sad as there is only one more Orsini Bride and that Isabella's story, The Real Rio D'Aquila
(Reviewer purchased this book)
Back of the Book
Prince Draco Valenti, known as the ice prince, bears his title reluctantly, and wears his icy exterior like a suit of armor that no opponent can penetrate….
Except Anna Orsini. She isn't any ordinary adversary, she's a high-flying, straight-talking lawyer in a no-nonsense suit and killer stilettos—conflicting signals that perplex, frustrate and attract Draco all at the same time.…
While they're at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco's desire for Anna has the power to melt his defenses. The temptation to play with fire is overwhelming.…