Review–Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Summary: Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants;but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.
But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy

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Black Ice was an enjoyable read, full of adventure and tough decisions, but was ultimately too predictable to become one of my favorites. Despite the negative reviews, it wasn’t as bad as I originally thought it would be, but it did fall short of my expectations overall.

In the novel, Brit was hung up on her best friend’s brother. They had broken up when he went to college, but Brit was determined to win him back by planning a trip to backpack in a familiar area with her best friend in hopes that her brother would tag along. The set up screamed B horror movie, especially after the prologue, but I hoped the characters would carry the otherwise obvious plot. I knew that the girls would somehow find themselves around or near the cabin and at least one of the guys from the prologue. Perhaps if the prologue didn’t exist, it would have been far less obvious  as to what was happening.

Reviews have mentioned the whole Stockholm syndrome love plot and how horrible it is to read about a heroine who starts to develop feelings for her captor, but that didn’t bother me at all because I knew that the guy she was developing feelings for was not a bad guy. It was 100% obvious to me who the bad guy(s) were in the story and Mason was not one of them. It came as no surprise when the story revealed what was really happening.

Brit wasn’t a bad character and she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and seemed to be a great judge of character (at least as far as meeting NEW people, since her current friends were absolutely terrible). However, her family and friends treated her like she was incapable of succeeding at anything that required hard work and I think she settled into that role. She disgusting me at the beginning because she was one of those Daddy’s girls who always got her way. Her best friend was a million times worse and I have no idea why the author would give us a best friend like that when Brit clearly needed a better one. Her friend was shallow, competitive, rude, and snobby. And was a terrible judge of character.

Once Brit broke away from her friend, I couldn’t help but feel relieved, even if her best friend was possibly starving to death in a cabin. I really didn’t care. The next person on my list of characters that Brit needed to dump was her best friend’s obviously terrible brother. The more Brit reminisced about their relationship and how Cal kept their relationship secret from everyone and treated her like a whore in front of his friends so they wouldn’t know he was actually his girlfriend, the more I cringed and hoped she would wake up and realize he was a terrible person. So the fact that Brit was developing feelings for the guy dragging her throughout the mountain area was not a problem to me. I felt like she had better luck with that guy than anyone else in her life.

Even though I knew who the bad and good guys were and frustrated that I knew that information, I still kept reading because I wanted to find out why. I wanted to know how Mason got himself involved with Shawn, what Shawn was actually guilty of, and why the killer killed the girls in the first place. It didn’t matter that I knew who he was, I was waiting for the aha! moment and for Brit to finally get it.

Black Ice was kind of a waste of time, but it was fun if you like B horror movie kind of plots. It wasn’t really mysterious or sexy, but it was interesting. I’m glad I’m a fast reader because it didn’t take me long to get through it and I think I enjoyed it more because it was such a quick read. It wasn’t nearly as bad as people made it out to be. It was nothing like the kidnapper love stories of adult romance at all, so I am not sure why, of all the things I thought were bad about the story, people fixated on that portion of it.


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