Title: ICE (Regulators MC, #1)
Authors: Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane
Release Date: December 8, 2014
She's an investment banker. He's an outlaw biker. A little bit of heaven is about to meet a whole lot of hell. Morgan Powell was raised to be perfect, to set an example for her sisters to follow. Her life has been dedicated to making something of her career, so she wouldn’t know what to do with a man even if you gave her an instruction manual. Brett 'Ice' Grady spends his days trying to keep up with his teenage daughter, his nights consumed in Regulators’ MC business. He has no time for anything more than a casual hookup. Two worlds collide when the dangers of his life crash into the calm of hers. Can she go beyond her own boundaries and chip her way through to the man known to be as cold as ice? Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron's Hellions Series and Jessie Lane's Ex Ops Series.
~Morgan~ Looking at my phone screen, I smile at the text in front of me. I’m off 2nite. Movie @ ur house or mine? Texting back, I tell my best friend I will be at her house after work with takeout. It is not often she gets a Friday night off. Working in a bank, I have every weekend off. Casey’s career path is far different than mine, though, and it is one that requires weekend time. My day drags on as I review current investment portfolios and market changes. I have the best job ever. I get paid to spend other people’s money as an investment broker here in South Beach. My life is sun, sand, and dollar bills. Before going to Casey’s, I stop by my condo and change clothes. The down side to my job is the stuffy suits I have to wear: reasonable, past knee-length skirts; reasonable women’s dress pants; and reasonable button up shirts. I might hate them, yet in a sad way, the dress code fits my life—reasonable. It’s not long into girl’s night before the difference in our lifestyle’s show. “Damn, we’re not even halfway through the first movie, and you’re ready for bed? What the hell? Grandparents stay up later than you,” my best friend wakes me out of my doze. “Sorry, some of us keep normal business hours,” I joke back. “Yeah, your hours scream forty-two, not twenty-four, as does everything else in your life.” “I’m not that bad,” I protest half-heartedly. However, that voice of doubt says “maybe I am.” Maybe my stiff upbringing has rubbed off on me more than I care to admit. My parents raised me to be an example. As the oldest of three, I had to be the light to guide my younger sisters, Madyson and Mallory. Everything with my parents was about fitting the mold, keeping up appearances. Their brainwashing worked to some degree. Going away to college did nothing for me in my attempt to escape my overbearing parents, either. No, they live in my head, every rule engraved into my brain matter. Too bad no one warned me there is no cure and no escape once they get those rules engrained into your very being. I am a twenty-four-year-old virgin. A college educated, suit wearing, have my shit together prude. Yep, that’s me. I wouldn’t know what to do with a penis if it was given to me gift wrapped in Christmas paper, and topped with a bow. Morgan Ann Powell: pathetic, stiff, and borderline pseudo-old lady—that is me. I am, quite possibly, the only woman in her twenties who can count on one hand how many guys she has kissed. I am not cut out for parties, guys, or any wild times, either. My destiny is to be the old lady who lives alone, feeding all the stray cats in the neighborhood.
4 - 4.5 Stars!
I have been a HUGE fan of Chelsea Camaron since day one when I first read "Restore My Heart", and have followed her work ever since. "Ice" has been my first read of Jessie Lane, and it has definitely made me want to read more.
When I first started reading "Ice", I did find myself having a hard time getting into it. The story felt a bit all over the place and had me slightly confused. Before getting very far into it, I put it down for a day or two and came back to it (I was not sure if it was the story itself, or that I was just burnt out from the holiday chaos), and then the story really began to take off. Once I understood who the characters were, and what their role was in this story, I was unable to put the book down a second time. You def need to be in the mind frame to follow everything closely because there is a lot going on, and if you blink you may miss something.
With that being said, the very beginning was the only part I can even slightly complain about. The rest was crazy…. in a good way. The dynamic between Ice and Morgan was seriously intense. Ice was a super asshole in the beginning. I couldn't possibly see a way that he could turn a leaf and redeem himself, but my god did he ever! Once the book ended, I realized that he had slowly creeped into my heart and easily became one of my favorite male characters to date. With Ice, you get what you see. Having lost his wife at a young age, he formed a wall around himself and vowed to never let another woman into his life in that way. If there are no feelings or attachment then there is no way for him to feel that sort of pain again. As soon as Morgan walked into her life with an innocence surrounding her and a feistiness he was not used to, everything in his world began to change. She was the one person that was able to crack down those walls, and neither of them even saw it coming, or knew when it had happened.
When Morgan's younger sister turns up missing, Morgan turns to the one person she hated… Ice. Single father to a teenage girl. President of the Regulators MC. Ex military. Owner of strip clubs, and complete asshole. It was not until her sister disappeared that he began to show that he did indeed have a heart as Morgan slowly began to unknowingly melt the ice from it. When all the walls finally crumbled, my god did the next scenes make my panties all wet. These two together were HOT!!!!
I think one of my favorite things about this book was that the Regulators MC was not your typical MC…. Not even close. Nothing is what it seems when it comes to them, and I most certainly was not expecting to learn about them what I did. It was a fresh take on the MC genre and I absolutely cannot wait to get more from it! The next book cannot come soon enough.
This book had it all. Hot and steamy scenes, suspense and action. It was aggravating and heart warming at the same time and I don't think I could have asked or anything more from reading ICE.
About the Authors
Jessie Lane is the best selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series. She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Jessie writes Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance & Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice. Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works. When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.