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In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her rev In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most certainly did not commit. Lucy is determined to prove Sean’s innocence, but is warned off the case by her boss. As she calls in reinforcements, she learns that Sean’s brother Kane is missing in Mexico, her partner Nate Dunning has been arrested for possession of cocaine, and her friend Brad Donnelly has been kidnapped outside DEA headquarters. Lucy realizes that Elise doesn’t have the resources or patience to execute such a devious plan. Did Elise’s father orchestrate everything from prison? Or is there someone even more calculating seeking revenge on Lucy by hurting the people she loves? One thing is certain: if Lucy doesn’t find the answers fast, Sean will die.


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In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her rev In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most certainly did not commit. Lucy is determined to prove Sean’s innocence, but is warned off the case by her boss. As she calls in reinforcements, she learns that Sean’s brother Kane is missing in Mexico, her partner Nate Dunning has been arrested for possession of cocaine, and her friend Brad Donnelly has been kidnapped outside DEA headquarters. Lucy realizes that Elise doesn’t have the resources or patience to execute such a devious plan. Did Elise’s father orchestrate everything from prison? Or is there someone even more calculating seeking revenge on Lucy by hurting the people she loves? One thing is certain: if Lucy doesn’t find the answers fast, Sean will die.

30 review for Cold as Ice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Whew!!! What an anxiety inducing, heart pounder read!!! Loved it!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Cold as Ice is the 17th book of Allison Brennan's fan favorite Lucy Kincaid series. This is the first book in the series that I've read. I know you're telling yourself that can't be right...no one starts a series on the 17th book! But that is exactly what I did. I never claimed to be normal. At first I was confused as to how all these characters were related to one another; should I make a flowchart? I continued to read. What about all these past circumstances they were discussing? But onward I Cold as Ice is the 17th book of Allison Brennan's fan favorite Lucy Kincaid series. This is the first book in the series that I've read. I know you're telling yourself that can't be right...no one starts a series on the 17th book! But that is exactly what I did. I never claimed to be normal. At first I was confused as to how all these characters were related to one another; should I make a flowchart? I continued to read. What about all these past circumstances they were discussing? But onward I went. And then I began to not care about any of that. I got so caught up in this exciting story that all of that baggage fell away. I'd worry about past books later; this was fun! How have I not read any of the series before this book?! I'll make this synopsis a quick one. Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt into juvenile detention. She's out now and has it in for Lucy. First Lucy's husband Sean is arrested for a murder he did not commit. Then Sean's brother Kane is missing in Mexico, followed by Lucy's partner Nate being set up for possession of cocaine and her friend Brad being kidnapped. What is going on? No way could Elise have planned and carried out all this by herself. Was her criminal father behind it all from jail, or was it even a more nefarious plot than anyone could have imagined? This book seriously started out with a bang and never let up. Though I wasn't acquainted with the characters' histories, they were well fleshed out and I was able to get a sense about each character. Even though they were not all related, they were a real family in the truest sense of the word. All the different tangents of the story seemed a bit widespread, but they coalesced into a magnificent end game. My favorite bits of the story dealt with Sean wondering if he'd ever see his beloved family again and Brad's treatment at the hands of nutjob Elise. All in all, a truly exciting thriller. And I'm happy in the knowledge I have 16 more books to read about the previous adventures of Lucy and the gang! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    Very few series that have this many books in it can continue to be exciting and suspenseful this far in. This series is definitely one of those that can. Sure, some books have been better than others, but 17 books in and I still get excited when I crack open a new Lucy Kincaid book! Cold As Ice was one of the best books I've read in 2020. As the description says, several of the regular characters in this series are in big trouble in this book. From the first few pages, I was sucked into this stor Very few series that have this many books in it can continue to be exciting and suspenseful this far in. This series is definitely one of those that can. Sure, some books have been better than others, but 17 books in and I still get excited when I crack open a new Lucy Kincaid book! Cold As Ice was one of the best books I've read in 2020. As the description says, several of the regular characters in this series are in big trouble in this book. From the first few pages, I was sucked into this story, and I hated to have to put the book down. If only I would have had more time to read, this would have been a book that I finished in one day. I won't go into plot points, but Allison Brennan did a fantastic job of using the Rogan and Kincaid pasts and histories in this book. I suppose you could read this as a stand alone, but if you've never read one of these books I highly recommend that you go back to book one and make your way through this series from the beginning. Most of these books have the perfect blend of suspense, mystery and/or thriller, and personal relationships. The characters are a huge part of why I like these books so much. In Cold As Ice, I swear I could feel my blood pressure rising as the events surrounding Sean were escalating and Lucy and company tried to figure out what was going on. I truly didn't know what was coming next. As usual, I cannot wait for the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Santhiya

    Allison Brennan is one of the authors who can handle a vast amount of characters with ease and make the story so exciting that its hard to put down once started. I love this series because of the vast cast of its characters and their relationships. Adding in a little suspense and romance make the stories never boring. The story starts with being Sean arrested, Kane going AWOL and Nate being suspended on suspicion. Readers familiar with this series would know who’s orchestrating the things pretty Allison Brennan is one of the authors who can handle a vast amount of characters with ease and make the story so exciting that its hard to put down once started. I love this series because of the vast cast of its characters and their relationships. Adding in a little suspense and romance make the stories never boring. The story starts with being Sean arrested, Kane going AWOL and Nate being suspended on suspicion. Readers familiar with this series would know who’s orchestrating the things pretty early on. That does not make the story less thrilling and few surprises are stuck in there even for familiar readers. It’s end of the seat thrilling from start to finish. I loved it and as always looking forward to the next book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

    Another good psychological thriller. That said, I only gave this 3 stars because Lucy's constant whining and losing her cool was getting to be a bit much. Good HEA.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    Allison Brennan some how is able to write page 17 and still bring something new and different to Lucy Kincaid story. I have only read a handful of the Lucy Kincaid story. Allison Brennan is able to always bring readers up to date while keeping the story moving forward. The characters have grown up with the readers to the point everyone is almost like family. Cold as Ice will not disappoint reader as the story continues from the last book No Way Out. With the death of a character in the last book Allison Brennan some how is able to write page 17 and still bring something new and different to Lucy Kincaid story. I have only read a handful of the Lucy Kincaid story. Allison Brennan is able to always bring readers up to date while keeping the story moving forward. The characters have grown up with the readers to the point everyone is almost like family. Cold as Ice will not disappoint reader as the story continues from the last book No Way Out. With the death of a character in the last book. New readers will not be lost and will find themselves wanting to know more about Lucy and her loyal tribe that will do anything to protect Lucy and her family. The story is fast pace. Readers will feel the fear tha Lucy feels as she is trying to protect the man she loves and find out the truth. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Allison Brennan Cold as Ice.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Fast paced. Well organized. Heart pounding thriller! This is after all a work by Allison Brennan and in fact it's the 17th in the Lucy Kincaid series -so it's no secret- you know what to expect -and Allison brought it! It begins with Lucy Kincaid sending to juvy a young girl who is hell bent on seeking revenge now that she's been released from this juvenile detention facility. So, you must not only watch your back but that of your spouse because she's coming after Lucy's husband -Sean- with a venge Fast paced. Well organized. Heart pounding thriller! This is after all a work by Allison Brennan and in fact it's the 17th in the Lucy Kincaid series -so it's no secret- you know what to expect -and Allison brought it! It begins with Lucy Kincaid sending to juvy a young girl who is hell bent on seeking revenge now that she's been released from this juvenile detention facility. So, you must not only watch your back but that of your spouse because she's coming after Lucy's husband -Sean- with a vengeance. Sean has just been accused of murder and Elise Hansen Hunt may be partially if not fully to blame. So, how is it that Sean's brother-Kane- is now missing in Mexico? What happened to Nate-her partner- arrested for cocaine possession? Oh, and wait this just in--Lucy's friend Brad has been kidnapped outside DEA headquarters. Could Elise be the mastermind behind all of this or her father? Well, one thing is for certain -Mona's death needs justice! Could Elise be wrapped up in something too big to get out of or worse could this be part of what's become known simply as 'Operation Payback'? Oh, boy...I've got crazy vibes from this one as it's surely a spine tingler of epic proportions. Thank you to Allison, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    FBI Agent Lucy’s husband is arrested for murder in Cold as Ice, the seventeenth book in the series. Lucy begins to think it’s personal when others close to her life start coming up missing or arrested on unlikely charges. Her initial thought is that it is the sociopath, Elise, who she sent to juvie last year. But could an eighteen-year-old acting alone control this many strings? Could it be Elise’s father pulling the strings from his prison cell? One thing is certain, Lucy needs to get Sean out f FBI Agent Lucy’s husband is arrested for murder in Cold as Ice, the seventeenth book in the series. Lucy begins to think it’s personal when others close to her life start coming up missing or arrested on unlikely charges. Her initial thought is that it is the sociopath, Elise, who she sent to juvie last year. But could an eighteen-year-old acting alone control this many strings? Could it be Elise’s father pulling the strings from his prison cell? One thing is certain, Lucy needs to get Sean out from under suspicion before he goes to prison for murder. Both Sean and Lucy have put many criminals into prison who are just waiting to enact their revenge on Sean. Wow! It was literally impossible for me to stop reading this book (as I write this review at 3 a.m.) I should know better than to start a book in this series at 10 p.m. Cold as Ice is an exhilarating fast-paced thriller! Highly recommended to thriller readers. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This was a high-octane Lucy Kincaid thriller with the whole family involved in rushing to Sean’s aid when he is arrested for murder. The cast of characters is wide and varied, but most are those whom fans of Lucy have met previously, including the villainous Elise Hunt and her father Jimmy. The plot is a complicated one, a spider web of a plot to take Sean down and completely destroy him. I loved how all of the little details came together to make one fabulous puzzle! Mostly, I loved being able This was a high-octane Lucy Kincaid thriller with the whole family involved in rushing to Sean’s aid when he is arrested for murder. The cast of characters is wide and varied, but most are those whom fans of Lucy have met previously, including the villainous Elise Hunt and her father Jimmy. The plot is a complicated one, a spider web of a plot to take Sean down and completely destroy him. I loved how all of the little details came together to make one fabulous puzzle! Mostly, I loved being able to read a story about Lucy and Sean again and look forward to more from this author. The characterization was beyond perfection, with little glimpses of how they are thinking and what is going to happen next based on their decisions. And the plot was totally enticing from beginning to end! Fans of Lucy Kincaid and thrillers in general will want to buckle up to read this one! Loved it! Disclaimer I purchased a copy of this book from AMZ. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Just remember to breathe, because I'm not sure I did for most of this book. There's not a lot I can say that want spoil this for you but if you love this series like I do you're going to have to remind yourself to breathe throughout the reading of it because you are on the edge wondering if things are going to be okay with everyone. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patti Lucas

    Once again Allison Brennan has delivered an incredible thriller with Cold as Ice. I could not put it down. I loved every page. I love the relationship between Lucy and Sean and all the descriptions of locations in Texas and Mexico. Cold as Ice includes all the plot twists and turns, and the occasional bittersweet moment that I have come to expect and enjoy in Allison Brennan's incredible stories. Cold as Ice is the seventeenth story in the Lucy Kincaid series and I think that it might be my favo Once again Allison Brennan has delivered an incredible thriller with Cold as Ice. I could not put it down. I loved every page. I love the relationship between Lucy and Sean and all the descriptions of locations in Texas and Mexico. Cold as Ice includes all the plot twists and turns, and the occasional bittersweet moment that I have come to expect and enjoy in Allison Brennan's incredible stories. Cold as Ice is the seventeenth story in the Lucy Kincaid series and I think that it might be my favorite story in the series. Lucy Kincaid is an FBI agent in San Antonio, and Sean is her husband, who is a jack of all trades, from private investigator to security consultant. There is a lot of action in this story and it begins on the first page and does not let up until the end of the story. Elise Hansen has turned eighteen and has been released from the juvenile detention center with a clean slate. Elise and her father, Jimmy Hunt are out for revenge against anyone who played a r0le in the deaths of Nicolle Rollins, and Tobias Hunt and the loss their money. The story starts with the disappearance of Kane Rogan in Mexico after rescuing missing girls and he goes in search of Peter Blair, who is behind the trafficking. This is followed by death of Mona Hill in Houston, which leads to the arrest of Sean Rogan for her murder. Then FBI agent, Nate Dunning is arrested when cocaine is discovered in his trunk of his car parked at the courthouse and he is detained. Then DEA agent, Brian Donnelly is kidnapped. Nate and DEA agent, Aggie Jensen work together to uncover the source of the cocaine that was found in Nate’s car. The team knows that Elise and her father know are behind the events, but they have no way to prove it and no one in the police departments will believe them. I love the surprise plot twist, about who was funding the revenge plot. I love how Allison Brennan kept me guessing who was behind the plan. I was on the edge of my seat, hoping that everything would be resolved and Sean and Brian would be rescued. Truly a surprise to discover who funded the Hunts mission. Cold as Ice had me guessing as to who was the mastermind behind all the events and illegal activities throughout the story. I love how Allison Brennan always writes about strong women: Lucy, Aggie, and all the other FBI agents. They are amazing women. I loved Lucy’s strength in dealing with Sean’s arrest and kidnapping and Sean’s vulnerability when he is discovered. Once again, Allison Brennan proves that she is a master storyteller and that is why I love her books. All her books are always a must read for me. My favorite part of Cold as Ice is how all the Rogan and Kincaids work together to solve all the events of the revenge plot put into action by the Hunts. I absolutely loved Cold as Ice. It was an incredible story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Lucy Kincaid made a big mistake when she was a teenager. This mistake has affected her in many ways: career, with her family, with the love of her life Sean Rogan. That mistake is rearing its ugly head in an oblique way once again. Lucy is very happy with Sean and his son Jesse. Things have been quiet. Then the dam bursts. Sean has been arrested for murder and many other close friends and family are put in positions where they can't help her prove Sean's innocence. Or have they been? Lucy knows Lucy Kincaid made a big mistake when she was a teenager. This mistake has affected her in many ways: career, with her family, with the love of her life Sean Rogan. That mistake is rearing its ugly head in an oblique way once again. Lucy is very happy with Sean and his son Jesse. Things have been quiet. Then the dam bursts. Sean has been arrested for murder and many other close friends and family are put in positions where they can't help her prove Sean's innocence. Or have they been? Lucy knows Sean is innocent and has been framed but it going to be very difficult to prove it. The Rogan family business RCK steps up to provide the best lawyers and investigators. Lucy appreciates this but knows it is not going to be enough. Rogans and Kincaids race to the rescue. Many of them are either in law enforcement or have investigative jobs. This time it is going to take a major group effort to save the day. Meanwhile Sean Rogan is not doing well as a prisoner. He has enemies in jail who mean him harm. He does not do well in confined spaces. This is not helping him think straight. Sean knows he didn't kill Mona Hill but the frame job is very good. When Sean is taken from his cell to be transferred to Beaumont Prison his fear factor is raised exponentially. Something is wrong, very wrong! He had been assured that he would remain in the Houston administrative jail until his arraignment. Someone is manipulating the system and that could result in his death. There's gotta be a way to escape. If only he could think straight. Cold As Ice by Allison Brennan is Book #17 in her Lucy Kincaid series. Every Lucy Kincaid story written by Ms. Brennan is a thrill ride. This story is one for sure. Lucy and Sean have faced so many dangers together. This situation is really devastating to endure. I love how Lucy and Sean believe in each other and have determined attitudes to endure and succeed. As for Kane Rogan - wow! He always manages to amaze me in these stories and always manages to land on his feet. How Nate Dunning and Brad Donnelly contribute is fascinating. Both the Rogan and Kincaid families are always so supportive. Lucy and Sean are lucky to have such helpful and loving families and friends. Good thing I set up my day so I could read this book in one sitting. I would never have been able to put it down for long. Allison Brennan writes suspense stories that get your heart beat up and your mind thinking and guessing just as fast.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Althea Mason (21st Century Reviews)

    I have read quite a few Lucy Kincaid books and have been reading them out of order. I have been told that each book builds on the previous ones, and I have noticed that, however, I have never felt confused with each book. Now with that being said, Cold as Ice made me want to go back and read every Lucy Kincaid book in order. It's not because I was confused or anything but because I wanted to learn more about some of the past events that get mentioned in this book. For example, I am really curiou I have read quite a few Lucy Kincaid books and have been reading them out of order. I have been told that each book builds on the previous ones, and I have noticed that, however, I have never felt confused with each book. Now with that being said, Cold as Ice made me want to go back and read every Lucy Kincaid book in order. It's not because I was confused or anything but because I wanted to learn more about some of the past events that get mentioned in this book. For example, I am really curious to learn more about Elise Hunt as it sounds like this is not Lucy's and Sean's first run-in with her and her family. Cold as Ice is written from multiple peoples narratives and it was done pretty seamlessly. Each person's narrative added to the story. There were also more than one case that was going on, as is a very common occurrence that I am learning in the Lucy Kincaid books. Previously, this would often times bother me as I would find it hard to see how the two cases were connected or I felt that the main case was enough for the story and that the second case really didn't belong. I didn't feel this way about the cases this time. I actually quite enjoyed them all. Each case is clear to see how it is related to the other as it is very clear that someone is trying to take out Lucy and RCK. I felt like the story was very fast paced and draws you in within the first few pages, which I am always a huge fan of. I find it extremely difficult to want to put this book down and was always trying to find more time to read it. It is a definite read and an awesome page turner.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Cold as Ice by Allison Brennan is a book in the series about Lucy Kincaid (17th book). Each book involves a case of disturbing and devious planning by a psychopath. Lucy has both family and friends who work in law enforcement (like she does) that help her find the culprit. Often there is a need to go outside the normal bounds of law to get the killer. As each book occurs with a new case, Lucy’s life continues to move forward. She is now married to Sean and has a stepson, who means the world to h Cold as Ice by Allison Brennan is a book in the series about Lucy Kincaid (17th book). Each book involves a case of disturbing and devious planning by a psychopath. Lucy has both family and friends who work in law enforcement (like she does) that help her find the culprit. Often there is a need to go outside the normal bounds of law to get the killer. As each book occurs with a new case, Lucy’s life continues to move forward. She is now married to Sean and has a stepson, who means the world to her. In this case, Lucy’s world is upended when Sean is arrested for a murder he did not committ. Another person, Kane, Sean’s brother is missing perhaps in Mexico while tracking enslaved girls. Still another friend, Brad is missing, seemingly kidnapped from his vehicle just a mile from his office. To top it all off her partner, Nate has been arrested for trafficking in cocaine. Between the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies, there are many questions going on. Who is powerful enough to cause this mayhem? Where does newly released psychopath Elise fit into the tangled web? How does she stop Sean from being killed? Allison Brennan writes books that are seriously twisted following the minds of serial killers and psychopaths. I find I read the books with such attention and avid attention, determined to help Lucy out. Each book can be read as a stand alone, as I have done, but with each novel the need to read them all comes out stronger. Cold as Ice by Allison Brannan is a great suspenseful read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I've read a couple of books by Allison Brennan, and each one has been fast-paced and suspenseful. On the minus side, the books are full of characters from previous books in the Lucy Kincaid series. Nevertheless, the books can be read as stand-alones. from description: Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by m I've read a couple of books by Allison Brennan, and each one has been fast-paced and suspenseful. On the minus side, the books are full of characters from previous books in the Lucy Kincaid series. Nevertheless, the books can be read as stand-alones. from description: Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most certainly did not commit. Cold as Ice is certainly as suspenseful as the other books Lucy Kincaid books I've read. Strange how worried I can be for characters--when I know that in the end, things will work out. Nevertheless, I worried about Sean, feared Elise, and cheered all efforts to make sure the characters I cared about turned out OK. :) Brennan knows how to ratchet up the tension and keep her readers on edge. Read in August; blog review scheduled for September 10. NetGalley/St. Martin's Press Suspense/Thriller. Oct. 27, 2020. Print length: 480 pages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Who killed Mona? FBI SA Lucy Kinkaid knows it wasn't her husband Sean and, even with the assistance of attorneys and other investigators, she's having a hard time proving it. And it's not going easy for him in lockup. Then, his brother disappears, her partner is arrested for drug offenses, and their ally Brad is kidnapped off the street in DC. Who is doing all of this? It's clearly aimed at Lucy and she thinks, at first, that Elise, who she put in juvenile detention, is at the root of it. Elise, Who killed Mona? FBI SA Lucy Kinkaid knows it wasn't her husband Sean and, even with the assistance of attorneys and other investigators, she's having a hard time proving it. And it's not going easy for him in lockup. Then, his brother disappears, her partner is arrested for drug offenses, and their ally Brad is kidnapped off the street in DC. Who is doing all of this? It's clearly aimed at Lucy and she thinks, at first, that Elise, who she put in juvenile detention, is at the root of it. Elise, however, is only 18 (even if she's a psychopathic criminal, she's still 18) and this is bigger than her. Is it her father? is it some other organization? Why Lucy and why now? All good questions which I won't answer because that would be spoiling the fun. Don't worry if you haven't read others in the series- I've only read one- this is a fine standalone because Brennan gives you the relevant backstory in a coherent way. Lucy's a good character and the very person you want with you in this sort of situation, which is especially important for Sean. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. A fast and entertaining read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    One of my friends has recommended Allison Brennan books to me for years, and when this one came up for review, I was thrilled to get it! Have you ever been the new person at a family reunion, where everyone knows everyone (and their backstories) so well that they can talk in a shortened type of code? That's how I felt coming into this series so late. There are a lot of characters here to keep track of. People who joined the family years ago came to know them one by one and get to know them along One of my friends has recommended Allison Brennan books to me for years, and when this one came up for review, I was thrilled to get it! Have you ever been the new person at a family reunion, where everyone knows everyone (and their backstories) so well that they can talk in a shortened type of code? That's how I felt coming into this series so late. There are a lot of characters here to keep track of. People who joined the family years ago came to know them one by one and get to know them along with everyone else. That would be so much easier!! It was a bad choice to jump into this well established series. But I like Brennan's writing style and Lucy Kincaid as a protagonist and I want to get to know them both better. I rate this 3.5 stars, but I'll be going back to the series beginning, and come up the way the rest of you did. I can tell this series has a lot going for it. I need to catch up!!! My thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read a review copy of the book. Publication is expected to be 10/27/20. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Lucy Kincaid is back for her 17th book, and what a cracker it is! Sean is arrested for murder, Nate caught with drugs, Brad Donnelly kidnapped, Kane missing, and the whole crew of Kincaid's and Rogan's must pull together to figure out what is going on and who's behind it all. The book starts with a bang and does absolutely not let up. One thing I really love about this series is how it's not just Lucy's story - it's the whole crew. We see almost everyone this time - Patrick, Kate, Megan, Dillon, Lucy Kincaid is back for her 17th book, and what a cracker it is! Sean is arrested for murder, Nate caught with drugs, Brad Donnelly kidnapped, Kane missing, and the whole crew of Kincaid's and Rogan's must pull together to figure out what is going on and who's behind it all. The book starts with a bang and does absolutely not let up. One thing I really love about this series is how it's not just Lucy's story - it's the whole crew. We see almost everyone this time - Patrick, Kate, Megan, Dillon, as well as the usual San Antonio crew of Nate, Brad, Jack and Kane. I love how all these characters come together and work together. It really feels like catching up with old friends (although, you know, old friends who are going through a really shitty moment in time). I loved the new addition - Aggie - and am really looking forward to seeing more of her. Newcomers to the series may struggle a bit with this book - there's a lot of back story to the characters and the villains and their relationships with each other - but current Lucy fans are going to love it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Inés

    Just A M A Z I N G ! ! ! Great plot (it have at the edge of my seat for more than half the book even knowing that Sean will be alright at the end. I just couldn't help it, it was soooo good.) Loved having so many past characters make an appearance. Just what the series needed. I'm really thrilled to read how Sean will face and handle this new trauma that brought up so many of his past fears. I love Allison Brennan for a reason, and this book is the perfect example of that reason. Read it and you wi Just A M A Z I N G ! ! ! Great plot (it have at the edge of my seat for more than half the book even knowing that Sean will be alright at the end. I just couldn't help it, it was soooo good.) Loved having so many past characters make an appearance. Just what the series needed. I'm really thrilled to read how Sean will face and handle this new trauma that brought up so many of his past fears. I love Allison Brennan for a reason, and this book is the perfect example of that reason. Read it and you will found out. WARNING: to fully appreciate the plot and characters of this book is a must to have read or the series or at least most of it. I mean, it CAN be read without previous knowledge of the series and it still is a heart-pounding thriller but you will miss a lot of the inner connections (it may just make you want to start the series from the begging). Just be advised it is Not the best point of entry.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one really kept me on the edge of my seat from the start. You could tell people were messing with Sean and quickly people that normally would be there to support and help Sean and Lucy feel like dominoes, making things all the harder with no resourses to turn to. What drove me batty was how everyone but the police could see the set up, how they were determined that Sean had to be bad, even when evidence started to pile up showing Sean didn't do what they thought. I was glad that both Lucy a This one really kept me on the edge of my seat from the start. You could tell people were messing with Sean and quickly people that normally would be there to support and help Sean and Lucy feel like dominoes, making things all the harder with no resourses to turn to. What drove me batty was how everyone but the police could see the set up, how they were determined that Sean had to be bad, even when evidence started to pile up showing Sean didn't do what they thought. I was glad that both Lucy and Sean's families were there to help and give support as needed. By the end it was a bit of a let down what happened to the bad guys. Am I glad they got what they deserved, yes, but for many of them it wasn't enough. Lucy and Nate seem to be take a bit of a hit professionally, but it's Sean I worry about most. He's had his head screwed with, I just hope he gets things figured out quickly and doesn't walk away thinking he's all noble and shit, just making things worse.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa DeLong

    *Thanks to St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books + NetGalley for the ARC!* It's no secret that I enjoy the Lucy Kincaid series - I read books 1-9 in less than a week while I was very pregnant with my first baby, and they just totally hooked me. I love a series where the world building starts early and continues basically forever, with a wealth of character development, and the Lucy Kincaid series is a whole extended universe at this point. This book is a *MASTERFUL* weaving (and wrap up!) of so many *Thanks to St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books + NetGalley for the ARC!* It's no secret that I enjoy the Lucy Kincaid series - I read books 1-9 in less than a week while I was very pregnant with my first baby, and they just totally hooked me. I love a series where the world building starts early and continues basically forever, with a wealth of character development, and the Lucy Kincaid series is a whole extended universe at this point. This book is a *MASTERFUL* weaving (and wrap up!) of so many storylines - every single character that we care about is in this book, we get to have chapters from several POVs throughout, and we get a few new people, too. If you've enjoyed the series to this point, you'll love this one. As always, I have to recommend that you just read these straight through! The experience of being totally immersed and not having to wait on the story is a can't miss!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rolé

    -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at https://hookedbythatbook.com -- Okay, I’ve had a few days to cool down since I finished this book, but every time I think about it my blood starts boiling again. Is it possible to love a book, but also hate it? Well, I do. Cold as Ice jumps into action right from the start and it never lets up. Poor Lucy and Sean are properly put through the ringer, and just as you think things can’t possibly get any worse, they do! I had to take breaks to remind mys -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at https://hookedbythatbook.com -- Okay, I’ve had a few days to cool down since I finished this book, but every time I think about it my blood starts boiling again. Is it possible to love a book, but also hate it? Well, I do. Cold as Ice jumps into action right from the start and it never lets up. Poor Lucy and Sean are properly put through the ringer, and just as you think things can’t possibly get any worse, they do! I had to take breaks to remind myself that this isn’t real and that everything is okay. I loved that Lucy’s and Sean’s families were all there to help them. Some had bigger roles to play than others, but they all showed up to support them. It was brilliant. Excellent writing, the tension is palpable, and if you don’t bite your nails yet, you just might start now. This is for you if you’re into wild, edge-of-your-seat craziness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    Oh boy, I am a huge Allison Brennan fan and even bigger Lucy Kincaid fan. This book is part of a series but stands entirely alone. Cold as Ice is a complex story. There are a lot of characters with intertwining storylines, yet it was easy to follow and intriguing to read. I knew that Lucy would be able to prove Sean, her husband, innocent but I also knew it would not be easy. I loved seeing Lucy and Sean’s friends come to support them even though they knew that by doing so it would be putting th Oh boy, I am a huge Allison Brennan fan and even bigger Lucy Kincaid fan. This book is part of a series but stands entirely alone. Cold as Ice is a complex story. There are a lot of characters with intertwining storylines, yet it was easy to follow and intriguing to read. I knew that Lucy would be able to prove Sean, her husband, innocent but I also knew it would not be easy. I loved seeing Lucy and Sean’s friends come to support them even though they knew that by doing so it would be putting them in dangers path. Cold as Ice is a thriller of a book that brought back many characters from Allison Kincaid’s past books. The suspense kept me holding my breathe until I reached the end. I had so much hope in how the story would turn out and was not disappointed in the twists and turns the story took. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Blanton

    Lucy was scared that she was losing several people she loved because of a young girl who was not sentenced as an adult for committing crimes as a teenager. Sean was set up, Kane was missing, Brad Donnelly was kidnapped, Jack was looking for Kane. Elise Hunt murdered a prostitute that set her up and she blamed Lucy. Hunt's father Jimmy was in jail for his crimes of drug running. Sean wiped all of his accounts and gave the money to people who needed it. Sean has been arrested and taken to Houston. Lucy was scared that she was losing several people she loved because of a young girl who was not sentenced as an adult for committing crimes as a teenager. Sean was set up, Kane was missing, Brad Donnelly was kidnapped, Jack was looking for Kane. Elise Hunt murdered a prostitute that set her up and she blamed Lucy. Hunt's father Jimmy was in jail for his crimes of drug running. Sean wiped all of his accounts and gave the money to people who needed it. Sean has been arrested and taken to Houston. Lucy is told she cannot investigate but others have reached out and are helping her. She has figured out who set Sean up but the Houston police won't investigate because of finding the murder weapon hidden on his plane. The big money man is from Lucy's past. She realizes it and then goes to confront him and demands Sean's release. Then it gets dicey.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue Gosland

    While I have not read all of this series, every book is well written and exciting. Lucy Kincaid Rogan is a smart, dedicated FBI Agent, married to Sean Rogan. They live in with his son Jesse and their dog Bandit. Sean is a computer security expert who is a partner in Rogan, Caruso Kincaid (RCK) Private Investigations Firm. Sean is framed for a murder he didn't commit, and it's up to Lucy, her family, and the RCK members to try and figure out who is behind it. It gets very complicated when Lucy's b While I have not read all of this series, every book is well written and exciting. Lucy Kincaid Rogan is a smart, dedicated FBI Agent, married to Sean Rogan. They live in with his son Jesse and their dog Bandit. Sean is a computer security expert who is a partner in Rogan, Caruso Kincaid (RCK) Private Investigations Firm. Sean is framed for a murder he didn't commit, and it's up to Lucy, her family, and the RCK members to try and figure out who is behind it. It gets very complicated when Lucy's brother goes missing, her partner gets framed and their DEA friend id kidnapped. Lucy realizes it's OK to trust family, while Sean has to deal with corruption on many levels and try to figure out why his family has been targeted. I loved it. I also really need to read more of this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Good, story amazing pace and plotting A bit more of a return to Lucy of earlier books. As always the incredibly well written , with an insanely good pace that never drops the ball. I don’t know that I necessarily bought the plausibility of the two villains but it was in keeping with the series. I was a bit tired of Sean a few books ago but I think this book captures the powerlessness someone who is used to power would feel. I’m still a bit tired of Sean focused stories but I am curious where they Good, story amazing pace and plotting A bit more of a return to Lucy of earlier books. As always the incredibly well written , with an insanely good pace that never drops the ball. I don’t know that I necessarily bought the plausibility of the two villains but it was in keeping with the series. I was a bit tired of Sean a few books ago but I think this book captures the powerlessness someone who is used to power would feel. I’m still a bit tired of Sean focused stories but I am curious where they go with him from here as long as he doesn’t overtake the story. I think Brad needs a HEA in the future. I still say I’d like to see more of what makes Lucy unique in future books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Davia

    So freaking intense! I do not usually say much just good plot or whatever and a few things I liked about a book..... This book was over the top. Five stars is probably not high enough on the suspense scale. By page 20 I was so overwhelmed with anxiety I had to put it down and come back to it prepared for a true roller coaster ride. If you have been following our wonderful band of characters this ride is the ultimate conglomeration of partially ended stories summed up. A select number of bad guys So freaking intense! I do not usually say much just good plot or whatever and a few things I liked about a book..... This book was over the top. Five stars is probably not high enough on the suspense scale. By page 20 I was so overwhelmed with anxiety I had to put it down and come back to it prepared for a true roller coaster ride. If you have been following our wonderful band of characters this ride is the ultimate conglomeration of partially ended stories summed up. A select number of bad guys you wondered about make appearances. The family is the ultimate destroyer of evil and thank goodness for that. This book seriously needs an award! 5 plus stars all the way Allison. Fantastic Book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Read All About It

    OMG!!! “To have a loved one stolen from you for no reason except another human being’s sick needs, it tears you up inside. Especially when it’s your child. It twists your heart. The grief. The anger. You can’t breathe … you can barely think of anything but your child … even though you don’t want to. That you weren’t there. That you couldn’t save her.” This is the most nerve wracking edge of your seat thrilling ride I’ve been on all year. I’m so invested in these characters after 17 + books. Lucy an OMG!!! “To have a loved one stolen from you for no reason except another human being’s sick needs, it tears you up inside. Especially when it’s your child. It twists your heart. The grief. The anger. You can’t breathe … you can barely think of anything but your child … even though you don’t want to. That you weren’t there. That you couldn’t save her.” This is the most nerve wracking edge of your seat thrilling ride I’ve been on all year. I’m so invested in these characters after 17 + books. Lucy and Sean are my favorites and they are put through the wringer. I’m almost afraid of how this will effect them in the future. The bad guys in this story are off the charts crazy. This is a must read for long time fans or new!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Another plus in the Lucy Kincaid series. Enter, from stage left, her husband Sean, being framed for murder while from stage right, comes her brother Kane, missing in action on a case. And while these two are happening, FBI friend Nate is set up on a phony drug plant and another is kidnapped by a crazed family. All in a day's work for her family and the family business. Lucy feverishly works to unravel the plot against her husband and their family and associates as the mastermind gets closer and c Another plus in the Lucy Kincaid series. Enter, from stage left, her husband Sean, being framed for murder while from stage right, comes her brother Kane, missing in action on a case. And while these two are happening, FBI friend Nate is set up on a phony drug plant and another is kidnapped by a crazed family. All in a day's work for her family and the family business. Lucy feverishly works to unravel the plot against her husband and their family and associates as the mastermind gets closer and closer to fulfilling his goal. But just what is the end game and WHO wants Sean framed and imprisoned or may be even dead? Family ties...real and perceived. There is nothing quite like them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Wharton

    In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most c In New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan’s Cold as Ice, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid must get into the head of a psychopath to save her family, and herself Two years ago, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid put psychopath Elise Hansen Hunt in juvenile detention for her role in an organized crime syndicate. Now eighteen, Elise has been released with a clean slate, and plans to take her revenge by making Lucy’s life hell. The plot begins with Lucy’s husband Sean Rogan, who has been arrested for a murder he most certainly did not commit. it was ok, and maybe if I had read other books in the series, the characters would make more sense to me

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