Book Reviews

Italian Ice (Precious Gems 2) by EM Lynley at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-July-2012

Book Blurb

In this exciting sequel to Rarer Than Rubies, gay romance author Trent Copeland and former FBI agent Reed Action head to Italy for a Roman holiday. What should be a relaxing and romantic vacation is interrupted when Reed’s not-so-former boss asks for his help with a case. Trent's shocked to discover in the six months they’ve been living together in LA, Reed hasn’t been completely honest about his “retirement.”

Reed heads for Sicily on the trail of a suspected antiquities-smuggling ring and to find Peter Isett—a former FBI partner he also hasn’t been completely truthful about. Stung by Reed’s dishonesty, Trent questions what else Reed might be hiding. But when he overhears something that tells him Reed's life is in danger, Trent follows Reed to a remote chain of ancient volcanic islands off Sicily's northern coast. Soon Trent is caught up in the smugglers’ web, and Reed must decide between his heart and his mission—a decision complicated by his past with Peter. Reed’s position is perilous: unless he can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he's built with Trent.


Book Review

With great glee I noticed that Trent and Reed (from Rarer than Rubies) are back - and tumble right into their next adventure. The same elements that I liked so much about the first book are here as well: a romantic location, some good old-fashioned action and adventure, a mystery that includes missing agents and antiquities, and a lot of romance. Actually, even better than romance, this was as much about Reed and Trent struggling to develop a meaningful relationship as it was about the mystery. While that served to drive the story and ‘test’ their trust, the main focus, for me, was how they related to each other and struggled with figuring out their roles in the partnership that Trent’s wishful thinking defines so differently from Reed.


Trent is such a great character. He was all lost and insecure in the first book, not that this stopped him from getting into all kinds of trouble, after all, he wanted to help, right? Now he has found a new goal and that is to help Reed in his job as a ‘spy’ - FBI agent, really, but spy, to Trent’s romance writer’s imagination, just sounds so much better. I loved Trent’s attempts to support Reed, and his inability to follow ‘orders’ was not just fun to watch, but actually supported Reed more than Trent could have hoped. Everyone underestimates him, but that too, can turn into an advantage…


Reed is a different man since he got together with Trent. There are still major issues to deal with, and he still tends to isolate himself and is bad at expressing emotions, but he is getting better. Trent has opened his eyes to a whole new world – and not just that of fashion and eating out. Reed is still protective of Trent, and wants to keep him out of everything, especially because the most recent case he has been sent to solve involves his ex-partner Peter. There is a lot of bad blood still, and added to all the other things that start happening as the simple mission to find a missing agent turns into a major case involving all kinds of international bad guys, the hunt is definitely on.


If you like mysterious international criminal plots set in exotic places, writer-types who get in way over their heads and secret agents who try to keep them safe, and if you are up to following Trent and Reed into their next grand adventure, you will probably like this book. It will definitely keep you entertained, and just slightly breathless.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 290 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-July-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
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