Review by Veronica

Series Name: Ice Breaker Cold Case, # 5  

She had to be terrified. Poor little Madelyn. All grown up, but still with the fears that had haunted her since childhood. 

Trapped In Ice is another amazing page-turner by Cynthia Eden. 

She never expected her hero to be the bad boy from her past…

They hate each other .

Or at least, Smith Sanders always believed Madelyn Lake hated him. But when the city plunges into darkness and he finds himself trapped in an elevator with the prim and ever-so-reserved Madelyn, he realizes that hate and desire can be twined dangerously close together. The simmering tension that has existed between them since they were sixteen years old explodes in a sensual frenzy that sweeps past their control.

It won’t ever happen again.

Power returns. So does sanity. They go their separate ways except…he can’t get her out of his head. Madelyn is haunting him, and Smith already has more than enough ghosts dodging his steps. But he goes back to her, helpless against a desire that won’t end, just in time to save her from a vicious attack.

He never knew her at all.

Madelyn’s whole life has been a lie. A carefully orchestrated cover to protect her from the monster in her past. Only now that monster has found her once more. Protection from the past comes in a most unlikely form—the ever so sarcastic and far too sexy Smith. Former Special Ops, Smith is vicious, deadly, and, quite possibly, the answer to her prayers.

Needing him is dangerous. Falling for him? That’s so much worse.

Madelyn is ready to stop the killer who has taken so much from her, but she can’t do it alone. She needs Smith’s help—Smith and the Ice Breakers, a diverse group of hunters who excel at solving cold cases. Madelyn has spent years pretending to be someone else, and Smith is her key to finally ending her nightmare. But ending that nightmare means returning to her blood-soaked past, fighting an enemy who thrives in the dark, and putting all of her faith in Smith’s callused hands. Her faith, and her heart.

Because with every moment that passes, she finds herself starting to fall deeper and deeper for her unlikely hero…The bad boy from her youth is now the vicious protector who swears he will do anything to keep her safe.

A cold case is about to get brought back to red-hot life as Madelyn and Smith team up to stop a killer. Buckle up and get ready for the ice to melt… 

This book is another addictive installment in the Ice Breaker Cold Case series. We met Smith in the previous book. He is Aiden’s head of security and oozes those alpha male protector qualities that all of Cynthia’s heroes possess. I have to say that the thriller elements in this book are so well done. This book gave me the creeps at times and had me on the edge of my seat. It is probably my favourite thriller in this series. It’s a darker, twisty thriller; there is kidnapping, assault, stalking, and torture in this story. There are parts of this book that will have your heart racing. I really thought the thriller elements were well thought out. The climax at the end of the book was not what I was expecting it to be. It was really interesting. There is something about a dangerous, unknown kidnapper/murder that hooked me in. I love a good cat-and-mouse thriller, and this story just scratched that itch for me. 

The romance in this book was also well done and complimented the thriller elements well. Madelyn and Smith have known each other since they were teenagers. They had a crush on each other when they were teens, and that attraction has only grown as they have gotten older. There are some spicy sparks flying between these two. I loved the chemistry and banter that went on between them. I have to admit that I devoured those moments between Madelyn and Smith when she says that he can’t be the asshole he says he is, because he has been so kind and understanding with her. His response is always that she is the only person that he would never be an asshole to because he cares for her. Those little moments are pure catnip for me. Their romantic journey is filled with high-tension moments, and that tension pushes the two of them together. They use what is going on around them to act upon those lusty feelings they are having for each other. Romance fans who like forced proximity, a virgin heroine, spice coaching, and alpha males will devour the love story in this book. 

On a side note, Aiden and Tony make an appearance in this book, and it is so perfect and joyous. I love every moment of it. Tony has destroyed Aiden in the most glorious way. He was acting like a frantic mother hen, trying to keep Tony safe, and Tony was doing her thing. She has that man wrapped around her finger, and it was just fabulous.   

Trapped in Ice is a heart-pounding romance thriller that you will not be able to put down.