Title: On Thin Ice
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.
Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America's richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family's upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He's an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.
Camille Valon's life has taken place in the spotlight.
Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She's an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm's length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family's safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn't count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.
As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille's location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other's saving graces, if only they'd put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.
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They say there are two sides to every story, and that's the truth, but in point of fact it also can be true that there are two sides to a person - the side you see, and the side they keep hidden deep inside.
This is true of Camille Valon, the Ice Princess, the heir to Hollis House. While she grew up privilaged in the sense she had everything she could ever want, money, possessions, but she lacked so much more. She didn't have privacy, she didn't have friendships, she didn't have the ability to grow and change and become who she wanted to be rather than what others saw her as. She didn't know how to belong in a world outside of that made by her parents and their wealth.
Nathan loves his job at Hollis house, one he'd taken over for his father, he loves the grounds, he loves his fellow employees, and he loves the quaint setting of the place. Nathan doesn't want anything to change his status quo so when the owner of the house, Camille, is coming to stay after a devestating travesty to grieve and also hide out from danger, he doesn't want to cause any friction that will affect his standing. But Camille is not exactly what he expected and he's pulled to her. He sees her pain and her sadness, and he can't help but want to be there for her in some way, even when she shoots him down.
I loved the contrast between Nathan and Camille, how Nathan was the small town boy who was quite content with what little he had, and Camille was the sophisticated, well known, rich girl who wondered what it would be like to have a normal existence and be happy in it. I loved their connection, felt subtlely from the moment they meet and growing through the pages. Nathan wants nothing more than to help Camille, he wants to see her happy, to see her safe, even if it means taking on her anger or standoffish ways.
Their is an air of mystery throughout the whole book, it is a suspense novel of course, but I really liked that there's a lot left up to the reader to ponder. Little glimpses at overheard conversations, details surrounding the tragedy, small elements that build up the questions and bring to life a curiousity to know more and understand what really happened and why.
The budding friendship turned romance between Nathan and Camille was fun to read and gave a little bit of lightness to the sadness and pain Camille felt. It's a delicate balance sometimes between developing a romance while also still manifesting danger and suspense and keeping it all working together and Carrie Aarons does it masterfully. Weaving all of the pieces together into this compelling read that will have you falling in love with it all.
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.
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