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Thin Ice (Men of Valor Series #2)

Irene Hannon
Thin Ice (Men of Valor Series #2)
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Thin Ice is the second book in Irene Hannon's Men of Valor seriesChristy Reed has endured a life of grief, after losing her parents in a car accident, and her sister in a house fire. Once life finally seems to be trending upward, she receives a letter from her sister, claim... Read More

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Item # 1589391


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Thin Ice is the second book in Irene Hannon's Men of Valor series

Christy Reed has endured a life of grief, after losing her parents in a car accident, and her sister in a house fire. Once life finally seems to be trending upward, she receives a letter from her sister, claiming to still be alive. The FBI agent in charge of the case has more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Product Details:
Page Count: 400
Released: 01/2016
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
  • UPC: 9780800724535
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: Jan 5, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 0800724534

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Great read! by Katie on 1/20/2017

I recently discovered Irene Hannon and have completely enjoyed reading her different series. This particular one was very intriguing. I thought she did a great job developing each of the characters and the book kept me turning pages! Definitely a creepy villain! I love how detailed and in-depth she goes into back stories and the whys of the story. Love how weaves God into all of it as well. I would read this book again for sure and get the next one!

Keeps you on your toes by Seasons of Opportunities on 3/1/2016

This book grabbed my attention from chapter one! Mystery being my favorite genre of reading. The only pitfall, is that I am then pressed to choose between reading and taking care of other responsibilities. And when the book is hard to put down, it makes it even more difficult. But I managed to get my work done and still finished within a couple of days.

Christy, a world renown figure skater who came close to entering the Olympics, is now facing the most challenging experience in her life. Her sister's home burnt only two months ago, yet she just received a note claiming her sister was not in it. If the note is not a cruel trick, then could her sister still be alive? And who is the person that was found in the home? In spite of the kidnappers warnings not to go to police, Christy's courage wins out and she contacts FBI.
Special Agent Lance McGregor, FBI Rookie, now has his very own case to tackle. As he digs in, things get more complicated the further he goes. Christy has been through alot in the past year, and how much of it is related to the note and the kidnapper? Will he be able to discover the answers before it's too late for Christy?

The suspense in this book is riveting and will keep you up all night, or on the edge of your seat daytime, depending on whether you want to suffer nightmares. The villain is a mite creepy, a complete psychopath. But the thing that really grabbed me about him was that it would be possible for any individual to become such a villain. That is a bit frightening. He allowed the sins of pride, entitlement and self-centeredness to take control in such a way that he felt like people owed him and were responsible for his happiness. In turn he then chose to assume God's position in dealing out revenge. Yikes!

Christy's faith is amazing and she holds onto it throughout the entire book. She also impacts Agent McGregor with her faith and encourages him to re-connect with God. He himself had been through some tough life experiences being in the Special Forces, and after a life-changing occurrence, had struggled with his faith.

There are so many additional characters in this book that will capture your heart. The villains grandmother for one - is an amazing woman, and I really liked the audacity Irene supplies her with. You will also meet some fearless men, who work with McGregor and those who are a part of his family. Irene also slightly touches on PTSD which could easily have been suffered by several characters in this book because of the circumstances they faced.

Overall, I highly recommend this book just maybe not at bedtime. It is fast paced and exciting! I did not read the first book in this series, so I can vouch that this is certainly a stand-alone, but it has also peaked my curiosity and I would like to read it.

I was blessed with this book by the Revell Blogger program and was not required to review it positively.

A Chilling, Thrilling Read by Emilie on 2/20/2016

In this second book to the Men of Valor series, Irene Hannon creates an interesting, plot-twisting read following the second oldest McGregor brother, Lance.

Christy Reed is a former Olympic athlete and Lance McGregor joins the FBI after being a Delta Force operator. Talk about two high-octane people meeting over the surprise of Chrisy's sister "coming back to life" after supposedly dying in a fire. True to Irene Hannon form, Lance and Christy realize early on that there's more than just attraction there, but the roadblock of the case is enough to (mostly) keep them apart for the majority of the book.

I think my favorite part of the book was the McGregor brothers! This is totally a personal thing, but I always tend to enjoy reading (and writing) from the male POV more than the female (most of the time). I feel like Irene did a great job of capturing them. What will happen with Finn???

I also feel like Irene included just the right amount of faith elements to show where Christy and Lance were in regards to what they believed and were struggling about, but not to "preach" about where they should be. What was shared, I liked, and felt it was very natural to the story.

One issue I had at the very beginning was the fact that freshly minted Agent Lance McGregor immediately fights an instant attraction of Christy Reed. I just...*sigh*. I understand a guy noticing that a girl is attractive but he was checking her out while on his very first assignment as an FBI agent. It just rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know, maybe that does happen, but it seemed completely unfounded (aside from physical attraction which happens--I get that) and a little premature.

The other issue I had (without going into spoiler-details) is something that happens with regards to one of the secondary characters. The character makes a choice that just didn't sit well with me. It was really hard for me to get past it and see it as a "good" plot choice because of what I think it implies. This is, obviously, personal on my part, but I will say that it could be difficult to read for some.

***If you're interested to know why, see the explanation on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/thin-ice-by-irene-hannon-review.html Note: They do spoil the plot a little.

All in all, a good read. I really liked the quick pace of the ending as well. I'd recommend it to fans of Irene's work--same style as Buried Secrets etc.--and those who enjoy romantic suspense with more romance that knuckle-whitening thrills. I am interested in the last book in the series, mainly because I want to see where Finn comes in and what his story will be!

My rating: 3.8*
Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/thin-ice-by-irene-hannon-review.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

a great read by Karen W {Ting's Mom} on 2/5/2016

A great suspense with a sweet love story mixed in. Parts of it did seem to drag a bit, but overall it was a good read with an exciting storyline. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

Thin Ice was a Triple Spin by Robin on 1/29/2016

Thin Ice
Irene Hannon

Book Summary: After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Review: This mystery was intense!!!! I prefer a ‘who done it’ more than a ‘cat and mouse’ suspense. The story had a lot of sub plots that at times distracted from the main plot it is possible to keep the story rolling. The psycho that was the murder was overwhelmingly well written. I have to say that I was uncomfortable with the detail of the storyline. The very sad circumstances the murder’s grandmother was in made the entire plot depressing and seemingly hopeless. The ending helps lift some of the depressing circumstances. I think that I really enjoyed the first 1/3rd of the story because of how intelligent Christy was and yet near the end she failed to live up to that intelligence. For me that was sad. The average woman could not fend off the average male. I thought her plan and getting the cell phone back on was back on track with who Christy is.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Alert to all suspense geeks!!!! This book is good, go read it. by The book lion on 1/27/2016

I am a HUGE geek, when it comes to suspense novels and I read each and every one that I can get my hands on. Irene Hannon is brilliant in writing suspense, I have read several of her books already and I have loved all of them. She masterfully incorporates all the components in a plot in to one huge thrilling spiral of suspense that makes her novels a heart-beating package of words.
This book was another wonderful read in the genre of suspense and I defiantly recommend it.

Christy Reed is a character that has gone trough some seriously hard stuff and it is a little hard to read her POV because it feels so tense, which is exactly what I liked about it. She is a great protagonist who is grieving and doesn't see very far beyond her grief, I feel. Irene incorporated a great story line about her iceskating career, that I found interesting because I have never read about the life of an ice skater before.

Agent Lance is a very likable guy who has had his share of trauma and the romance between him and Christy is so cute and well woven into the story. He is the typical awesome agent that comes to the rescues falling in love along the way. I got a good smile at the bantering between him and his brother, very enjoyable and comfortable character.

As far as the negative go.........

The criminal in the story (and the crime line in general) creeped me out to no end, It was a bit nasty and the way that the criminal treated his grandmother DROVE ME NUTS. It was more the disturbed-in-the-head kind of criminal than the revenge criminal and those are always a bit less enjoyable to me. All that could have been passed by, but I also felt like he didn't have a very good reason for committing this crime and threatening Christy. I was expecting a big story line as to why he hated Christy, maybe a money issue or a competitive issue in the rink...but no.....it was this really lame reason which made the crime feel really stupid. But other that that I really did enjoy this book and do recommend it for all you suspense fans out there.

My rating: 8 out of 10

I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 1/21/2016

'Thin Ice' is one of those creepy stalker murder mystery type of stories that makes you wonder about the strangers around you. The opening scene has Christy Reeed showing up at her sister's house only to find it engulfed in flames with her sister presumably still inside.

The story then fast forwards two months and we discover that the body in the burned out house was not her sister after all. Even though Christy has been warned not to contact authorities she does and FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor begins to sift through the mounting evidence surrounding her parents death and her sister's kidnapping.

Pretty much from the start you know who the suspect is. Irene Hannon flips between telling the story from Christy's perspective and that of the perpetrator. What you don't know is the why. And that is what makes this a spine tingling read.

In the midst of all the danger is a budding attraction between Christy and the handsome Agent McGregor. Of course it wouldn't be proper for them to have a relationship during the investigation . . . but when everything gets settled the chemistry between the two begs to be explored.

While this book is part of a series the story stands on its own. The characters and situations from the first book are mentioned so I wouldn't read them out of order, but it would be okay to read this book without reading the first. I'm looking forward to reading this book with my book club and also reading the third book in the series. There's a teaser introduction to book three at the end of this book. Be forewarned, it's good and will make you impatient for the rest of the story.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Strength Through Faith in Times of Trouble and Sorrow by Claudia on 1/20/2016

Thin Ice is the second book in Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series. While this book mentions events and characters from the first book, it works well as a stand-alone read. This book features FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator as its man of valor. Rookie agent McGregor is thrilled to be released from reviewing files as he takes on his first case, even more so when he meets the lady who had sounded so cautious over the phone. Christy Reed’s life was being turned upside down; without the physical evidence she presented, her claims would have been difficult to believe. As Lance delves into Christy’s case the situation goes from bizarre to sinister, and he cannot allow anything to happen to the lady with whom he is quickly falling in love.
The theme of this book deals with the hope that comes from holding onto faith in times of great trouble and sorrow. We see the impact of this in our protagonist’s life as she truly finds her strength in the Lord. Because she is able to give the reason for her hope (1 Peter 3:15), Christy is able to help Lance rediscover the faith he had set aside as he encountered the atrocities of war. Through our antagonist we see the extremes of a life with no faith and no hope.
Irene Hannon continues to show her readers why she is a three-time RITA Award winner and how she earned her place in the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her writing is crisp, and action packed. Romance and mystery are well balanced, well paced, and intense without walking too close to the edge of what readers of Christian fiction expect from trusted authors. Hannon’s dialogue is natural and believable, avoiding clichés and over use of trendy phrases. I especially appreciate that she uses vocabulary above that of your local newspaper.
I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Thin Ice for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Skirting the Plans of a Sociopath can be Deadly by Suzie on 1/3/2016

January is the perfect time to cozy up with a romantic suspense about a former ice skater and a former Delta Force Operative, right? For me, it was the perfect New Year’s weekend read.

Lance McGregor has just started at the St. Louis FBI field office when he takes a call from a woman who is either cuckoo or extremely cautious. After accepting a meeting with her to discuss her concerns, he decides it’s the latter. Christy Reed is tough, intelligent, and beautiful. Three things Lance notices about her immediately.

Uncertain of where to turn when a letter addressed in her sister’s hand shows up in her mail, Christy takes a risk and contacts her local FBI office. Ginny died in a fire two months before her letter showed up. Is there a possibility her sister is still alive? That someone kidnapped her and is now seeking resolution?

As Christy and Lance work together trying to solve the mystery of the letters, they seem to only be running into dead ends. Neither Christy or Ginny had enemies, there’s no monetary advantage to a kidnapping, and no one is leaving any clues behind.

But as more letters come and a few discoveries are made, the realization that they are dealing with a sociopath with no conscience is crystal clear. The other thing that’s clear? Time is running out for Christy.

Strong, protective, swoon-worthy heroes. Who can resist them? And Irene Hannon gives her readers plenty in book two of the “Men of Valor” series. For anyone following along, Lance’s older brother, Mac makes a few appearances, as does their youngest brother, Finn (who will star in the next book if the sneak peek at the end of “Thin Ice” is any indication).

While the villain’s motivations for tormenting the heroine in this book fell a little weak, the story is just the opposite. Christy and Lance are a formidable team that readers can’t help but root for. Christy’s determination and drive—things that almost got her to the Olympics—and Lance’s honesty and natural leadership resonated with me as I quickly flew through this book.

There is some violence in this book as well as some deaths. And mental abuse with the villain playing cat-and-mouse games with the people in his life.

***Revell and NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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