Note: There are spoilers below!! Lots of spoilers!! You have been warned.
Before I get into the list, let me say a few things. First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Fever series and I was desperate to get my hands on this book. For those that are new to this author, I feel the Fever series must be read before you read Iced, as this book builds on previous events. While I was excited for this one, I was also nervous. Dani (the heroine) wasn’t a favorite character of mine in previous books. Being 14 years old and extremely hyper, she kind of got on my nerves towards the end of the Fever series. But I am so happy to say, I adored her in Iced. She is funny, smart, mature yet still a kid. Engaging and just really fun to read. We also get Christian’s point of view (we have much to talk about with him) as well as some brief scene’s with Kat.
I’ve talked extensively about this book yesterday with some readers and one of the biggest things we argued about was – who will be Dani’s HEA? For me, I am 100% on board with Ryodan. How can it not be him? But I understand where others are coming from. Christian is in love with her (or at least obsessed with her – Christian has some major issues y’all!) and Dancer is her best friend. She has three dudes that are basically following her around. My friends have argued that Ryodan is more a father figure to her, not a love interest. I say WRONG! She has seen him naked twice. She kind of has funny feelings about him, as any 14 year old would. I have some quotes down below that support my stance. I know some are angry because Ryodan has entered into a relationship with Jo and is somewhat flaunting it in her face, but she is 14. It would be creepy if Ryodan was waiting for her. And Dani knows more than anyone that Ryodan is just dragging Jo along for the ride as she as continuously tried to tell Jo this.
I would love to hear your thoughts/theories on who you think Dani will eventually end up with.
10. Level Four at Chester’s, a place Ryodan and his men visit to get it on.
“You’ve been on level four.” His eyes are scary. Then again, this is Ryodan. His eyes are scary a lot.
“What’s level four?” I say innocently, but he’s not buying it for a minute. Level four is like something out of a porn movie….
My mind flashes straight back to level four and I see him behind that woman again and he groans like he did that night, then he laughs, and I feel almost sick to my stomach remembering. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I wish I’d never fecking gone down to level four!
9. Ryodan needs Dani’s help to solve the problem of places getting Iced. First she needs convincing…
“Kid, Batman needs Robin.”
Dude. I go all soft and melty inside and swallow a dreamy sigh. Robin to his Batman! Superhero partners. There are lots of versions where Robin gets way stronger.
But then…Ryodan really isn’t familiar with Batman….
Gotta love the dudes that wrote Batman. They had to sit around cracking themselves up all the time. “Or, Holy crystal ball, Batman, how did you see that coming?” I look up at him.
He’s staring at me like I have three heads.
The truth dawns on me. “Holy prostrate rugs, you lied! You’ve never even read Batman have you? Like not one single issue. You never even watched an episode on TV! That was, like, your only redeeming quality and it wasn’t even true. You been pretending we’re superhero partners and you don’t even know the first thing about Robin!” No wonder Ryodan’s no fun to hang with. I’m so disgusted I can’t stand it!
8. When Ryodan asks a question, his voice doesn’t rise at the end of the sentence. This annoys Dani to no end.
I give him a look. I hate his statement-questions. I’m not answering them anymore.
He laughs. “Nothing else.” His voice rises on else about one one-hundredth of a note higher than the word ‘nothing,’ a concession only someone like me with superhearing would ever be able to pick up. Still, it’s a concession. From Ryodan. Rarer than water in the desert.
7. Ryodan likes sex. (And evidence that he is Dani’s HEA!)
“You’re with me until dawn.”
“Why dawn? You a vamp or a zombie or something that can’t stand the light?”
He freeze-frames away, moves in on the scene. “I like sex for breakfast, kid. I eat early and often.”
There I am thinking normal thoughts about iced people and how much he bugs me, then he slams me in the eyeballs with sex for breakfast stuff, and just like that my hormones do that crazy thing they do sometimes, where they start slapping up pictures all over the inside of my head and each one is more embarrassing that the last.
And then visions of level four come back…
But there he is, in graphic detail because I know exactly what he looks like naked, I saw him. I know how his body moves. He’s got a lot of muscle. Scars, too. I know that when he has sex he laughs like the world is a perfect place.
6. Any mention of Barrons, must make this list. I also think KMM does a nice job making Ryodan his own man. I was worried about comparing him to Barrons, but I didn’t find myself doing that.
With Barrons you expect to get fucked up royally. With Ryodan you don’t see it coming.
5. Ryodan and Christian are vying to be the alpha male in Dani’s life. One of my favorite scenes is when Ryodan is ushering Dani back into his club and Christian is perched on a nearby roof (told in Christian’s pov)…
He (Ryodan) squats at the edge and watched her go and, for a split second, I see an unguarded expression on his face.
It chills even a creature as cold as me.
I know that look. I’ve seen it on my own face.
Then the son of a bitch looks up at me and, this time, there’s no question in my mind that he sees me. He looks straight at me and inclines his head with a mocking smile. I return it coolly. My nod says, “yes, yes, I see you. Be very careful.”
Later Christian thinks..
He (ryodan) knows she’s worth waiting for.
And when it’s time, he intends to be the one. That’s why he’s keeping her close. To those of us who live forever, a few years isn’t long to wait.
Nor for something worth waiting for. Not for a once-in-a-lifetime girl.
…And he’s staking his claim.
Over my. Dead. Fucking. Body.
And I can’t die.
4. Ryodan is forced to undress at one point to help Dani who got herself extremely cold. We discover – he doesn’t wear underwear. Told in Christian’s POV:
I look down. Ryodan’s dick is as big as mine. “Why the bloody hell don’t’ you wear underwear?” To an Unseelie prince, an exposed male dick is a call to battle.
“They chafe. Too small and confining.”
“Fuck you,” I say.
3. Dani and lots of Ryodan’s men get in a mess and they are all crammed together in the middle of the street.
There are more balls in twenty feet of street here than there are in all of Dublin, and I’m proud to be swaying in the nut sack.
2. There are times when Ryodan shows just how much he respects 14 year old Dani.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”
“Turn it off,” Ryodan says without even looking at me. “You’re distressing Dani. No one distressed Dani but me.”
(also, Ryodan is so bad ass in this scene. LOVE it.)
1. Dani is still crushing on Barrons.
He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”
“I do not have a crush – “
“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody can see it.”
“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”
“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’
And one of my favorite scenes with Ryodan and Barrons lying in an alley:
“I’m going to kill the kid,” Barrons says faintly.
Ryodan makes a burbling sound like a bloody laugh. I don’t think he even has the parts left to laugh with. “Get in line.”
I really enjoyed this book! Dani and Ryodan worked really well for me. Christian and his insane ways made me laugh. I loved what we get with Lor. Kat and Cruce had some interesting developments. I really can’t wait to get to the second book, please write fast KMM! *wink*
Also, here is a Q&A KMM did (not sure when it was originally posted) but it does have a few answers in there that might interest you.