Title: Fire & Ice
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Locklaine Boys #1
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Pepper O’Malley isn’t one to be toyed with. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice and they’ll have trouble finding your body. She used to dream of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, but now she lives in the real world. As the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when that woman is a redheaded spitfire.
Griffin Locklaine always viewed commitment as a four letter word. He was clear about what he wanted from the start and made no apologies for it. He didn’t care if he came off cold as ice. He lived for his job, his family, and his friends. He had no desire for a relationship. That was, until he saw the once-young-and-scrawny Pepper all grown up.
They’re like oil and water, fire and ice. A volatile combination that should never work together. Unfortunately fate has other ideas. A spark like theirs left ignored has a tendency to burn out of control, leaving everyone to wonder who will be left standing when it finally explodes. Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together it’s going to be epic.
**Fire & Ice is Griffin and Pepper’s story. It is book 1 in a spin off series for characters introduced in Love Hate Relationship. It is recommended you read Love Hate Relationship first**
Jessica Prince has hit her sweet spot with her hilarious romantic comedies! Fire & Ice was sexy, feisty, and tons of fun with just the right amount of angst to give me all of those fantastic feels. Having read Love Hate Relationship, I knew going in that we were in for some serious push and pull between Pepper and Griffin, but Jessica Prince absolutely blew me away with their snarky banter and scorching chemistry. The dynamic that Jessica has created between Pepper and Griffin is highly addictive and I found myself flying though the pages, utterly enchanted by their story. Jessica Prince writes with a style all her own and I’ve quickly fallen in love with the intelligence and charm she pours into her words. Fire & Ice continues her streak of romantic comedy brilliance, her bold characters, fresh storylines, and entertaining dialogue effortlessly coming to life from the pages of this novel. From the first word to the last, Fire & Ice held me captive as I rode out the sizzling highs and amusing lows of Pepper and Griffin’s journey.
“It was official; I wasn’t falling in love with Griffin Locklaine. I’d never fallen out. I was ass-over-elbow, in stupid love with the man who’d broken my heart once already.”
As much fun as I had with this story, I also always enjoy discovering the unexpected emotional depth that Jessica Prince delivers through her characters. Pepper and Griffin had a brief, but heated history that left things sour between them. As they got to know each other all over again, Jessica Prince revealed the hurt, anger, and insecurities that Pepper was left with after what happened between them and I found myself connecting with her. As Pepper and Griffin stumbled their way through their evolving relationship, Pepper’s fears would reappear and I found myself experiencing emotional whiplash. Her stubborn nature and occasional irrationality served to make the character feel more genuine – caught up in lust but cautiously pulling back at the smallest misstep. Griffin, on the other hand, was initially harder to relate to, although admittedly still desirable. As he worked to prove himself to Pepper, I found myself less caught up in his cocky attitude and deliciously dirty deeds and more mesmerized by his persistent pursuit of Pepper and surprising emotional complexity. When all was said and done, Jessica Prince definitely had me swooning.
“Did you ever stop to think that maybe he’s the only one capable of hurting you because he’s the only one you’ve ever let in?”
Fire & Ice is built on one of my absolute favorite tropes, the falling in love with your best friend’s sibling storyline. There is so much potential for emotional turmoil and delightfully awkward misunderstandings with this premise and Fire & Ice certainly did not disappoint. However, Jessica Prince is one step ahead, pouring in several additional elements that made the plot of this book so captivating. Pepper’s total integration into her brother’s circle of friends made things much more complicated, while Griffin’s history with Pepper allowed for an extra dose of angst and some seriously pent up aggression between them. This story is told in alternating points of view and flashes back to the past in order to reveal Pepper and Griffin’s emotional history. Jessica Prince makes these transitions seamless, writing with a fluidity that maintained the pace of the novel perfectly. I adored meeting several new and unquestionably memorable secondary characters and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better as the series progresses. Overall, Fire & Ice was vibrant, sexy, and totally fierce – the kind of book you’ll want to re-read over and over again.
A sudden bang from the direction of my kitchen caused me to freeze instantly. Sheer panic filled my veins like ice.
Someone was in my apartment.
Holy shit! Someone was in my apartment!
Now, a rational person would have grabbed the phone and called 911. Or at the very least, found a safe hiding spot so as not to get hacked to pieces by a potential ax murderer. But I’d never been described as rational, and my hungover state only made that worse.
Bypassing my cellphone completely, I quietly pulled my nightstand drawer open and reached for my Taser. That’s right. I was a single woman living on her own in New York City. Fuck pepper spray. If someone was going to screw with me I was hitting them with fifty thousand volts. I didn’t mess around.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Locklaine Boys series:
Opposites Attract (Locklaine Boys #2)
Almost Perfect (Locklaine Boys #3)
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.