Chains Of Ice by Christina Dodd (Chosen Ones #3)
July 6, 2010
Paperback, 400 Pages
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: "What are you thinking now?
"I was thinking that before I met you I was dead inside."
Genny Valente gets a reprieve one summer from her overbearing father and heads to the outbacks of Russia to observe wild leopards in their natural habitat. But there is a price to pay for her freedom. She must convince John Powell to come back. Back to the Chosen Ones. But John is more dangerous then any best she has ever encountered. He will kidnap her, seduce her, and betray her. But when all hope is lost, will Genny make the ultimate sacrifice and save John from himself?
Genny Valente’s father betrayed the Chosen Ones and was stripped of everything. He attempts to remake himself by molding Genny into the perfect money making machine. After years of his mental abuse, he offers Genny the chance of freedom. A trip to do the one thing she’s always wanted…observe wildlife in the outback, IF she does him a small favor. She must "convince" John Powell to return to the states no matter what.
Once Genny arrives in Russia she is bombarded with stories of the Chosen legend and the role she & John play in it. From the moment Genny sees John, everything else fades and all she wants is to be his. But John has exiled himself to Russia after being brutally betrayed by his former Chosen One commander and his wife. Nothing can or will force him back to the fold nor to use his powers again. When John realizes that Genny is there to try and convince him to return he feels betrayed all over again and strikes out at her in the only way he knows how. Through his powers. After thinking he has lost Genny for good, John goes back the Chosen Ones only to realize that he and Genny were both pawns in an evil scheme by a nemesis from John’s past.
In the third installment of the Chosen Ones, Chains Of Ice everything is perfect. We have a intriguing beginning. Which smoothly flows into a sweet yet steamy romantic interlude. Passionate and smexy. Not to fast…not to slow. We have the misunderstanding, the betrayal, the heartbreak. The redemption and the HEA. Great word play. Wonderful suspense build up. A solid plot. Perfect.
I should have loved it. But I didn’t. It is just to cookie cutter. Everything was in place for the perfect PNR but I didn’t "feel" anything. The chemistry between John and Genny felt false to me. Just words on a page. The were both sublime characters that allow life to stomp all over them and show little gumption to take their lives back. Even at their angriest moments they were calm. Seeking explanations. They both come off lukewarm and there are only small glimpses of strength in them. There is one part-I won’t go into it because I don’t to spoil- but Genny’s reaction or lack of reaction to something her father does is mind boggling.
We do get to see the Chosen Ones towards the end; but what we get is a little off kilter. I felt like I stepped into the middle of a conversation. Again, reactions to another team member’s obvious problems are surreal. Everyone’s reactions through out the book seem muted and vague. Only the villains come across as vibrant and passionate. I felt their anger and motivation. The development of the villains characters was deeper; even for the brief interludes we saw of them.
The ending cleanly ties everything together yet leaves enough open ended questions to warrant a possible foray back into the Chosen world.