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Twin of Ice 2.75 starsI read Twin of Ice because I m a sucker for a historical cowboy story and want to dig into the backlog of popular genre fiction to find those that resonate with me This one didn t While this book was chock a block with melodrama, it failed to resolve a major story element in satisfactory way slight spoiler the hero NEVER apologizes to the heroine Not one verbal or clearly communicated I ve been such a dumbass I m sorry Instead, the heroine realizes how much the hero really lo 2.75 starsI read Twin of Ice because I m a sucker for a historical cowboy story and want to dig into the backlog of popular genre fiction to find those that resonate with me This one didn t While this book was chock a block with melodrama, it failed to resolve a major story element in satisfactory way slight spoiler the hero NEVER apologizes to the heroine Not one verbal or clearly communicated I ve been such a dumbass I m sorry Instead, the heroine realizes how much the hero really loves her through incredibly fast and loose reasoning based on assumptions she makes about things she overhears and only in the very last pages of the very last chapter I was not convinced.The narrative was really confusing awkward sentence and paragraph structuring lead the reader in the wrong direction in terms of who is saying what to whom, and who is doing what during the scene A character who is part of a moment of antagonism that Kane or Houston struggle against makes such a quick about face in their opposition, it gave me whiplash This happened so often, it was exhausting and predictable.This storytelling makes me think that there was a lack of confidence in the narrative, that they relied on soap opera like switches to keep the reader interested We re 80s popular romances written with soap opera storytelling structure in mind I appreciate that there are many modern romance writers, who write historical romance, who are better at cutting back on the extraneous melodrama in favor of nothing but the most absolute important high points, and that they work to make the moments of opposition feel authentic.The mysterious hints at what is happening with Blair and Lee in the simultaneously occurring plot of Twin of Fire were distracting and pointed well, you ll just have to read the other book to find out.Points for melodrama and an authentic feel in time and place, negative marks for lack of believable and satisfying character growth and dubious structuring of the storytelling Read for Fun Library Overall Rating 5.00Story Rating 5.00Character Rating 5.00First Thought when Finished Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux is one of those reads that never get old no matter how many times I have read it Quick Thoughts I originally read this the summer after I turned 16 Kane Taggert was my first Romance Book crush Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux can still manage to give me all the feels even though my adult self wanted to perhaps head swat Kane a few times Nothing beats Nostal Read for Fun Library Overall Rating 5.00Story Rating 5.00Character Rating 5.00First Thought when Finished Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux is one of those reads that never get old no matter how many times I have read it Quick Thoughts I originally read this the summer after I turned 16 Kane Taggert was my first Romance Book crush Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux can still manage to give me all the feels even though my adult self wanted to perhaps head swat Kane a few times Nothing beats Nostalgic Feels and Reads Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE Reviews Happily betrothed to Dr Lee Westfield, Houston is every bit the good girl she was raised to be So when faced with Kane Taggert s brash marriage proposal, Houston is outwardly shocked But beneath her gracious demeanor lies a woman of hidden longings and her defenses begin to melt the second this rugged stranger touches his hungry lips to hersMeet Houston s impetuous identical twin sister, Blair Chandler, in Jude Deveraux s Twin of Fire I really loved this one up until the end, when the problems with the mines overtook the romance and the hero was still reluctant to trust the heroine s feelings for him It has the usual Deveraux feeling where the hero is a little rough around the edges and the heroine s as far away from a doormat as can be People who enjoy older styled romances will enjoy this. In general, I ve liked the plot of several of Deveraux s books But by the time I finish reading them, I m almost always left wondering what the hell did I just waste my time on It s taken me a dozen or so books, but I ve finally realized that Deveraux does not know how to end a story Her plots are fun if predictable, a la Nora Roberts and others , but as she starts to wrap things up, she has a tendency to slam a last ditch soap opera crisis at you, only to end the story with a kiss on the In general, I ve liked the plot of several of Deveraux s books But by the time I finish reading them, I m almost always left wondering what the hell did I just waste my time on It s taken me a dozen or so books, but I ve finally realized that Deveraux does not know how to end a story Her plots are fun if predictable, a la Nora Roberts and others , but as she starts to wrap things up, she has a tendency to slam a last ditch soap opera crisis at you, only to end the story with a kiss on the next page I m sure I ll readof her works to get my guilty pleasure fix , and I m sure when I m done I ll again ask myself what the hell did I just waste my time on From Ice to SteamWell I am off to buy the second half of this incredible duology, Twin of Fire This was a very different story and I was very pleased with the results of the twin sisters switching places for that one event, even though I see some readers have condemned Houston s sister for going to far with her fiancee Her explanation was reasonable and the results understandable I suggest you read this very well written book containing many insecure people, and decide for yourself I found t From Ice to SteamWell I am off to buy the second half of this incredible duology, Twin of Fire This was a very different story and I was very pleased with the results of the twin sisters switching places for that one event, even though I see some readers have condemned Houston s sister for going to far with her fiancee Her explanation was reasonable and the results understandable I suggest you read this very well written book containing many insecure people, and decide for yourself I found the dynamics between Houston and her millionaire husband to be fascinating This is illustrated when her ex fiancee calls her a Ice Princess, her husband replies What do you get when you apply enough heat to ice, steam So true one of first romance novels I ever read really enjoyed reading this and the counterpart Twin of Fire as it tells the same story from different view points. Okay, so that was really really cute.To date, I ve read several other Jude Deveraux books, but have only really liked one, a short story called The Matchmakers featuring the namesake of the hero in this story, Kane Taggart I guess this tells me I should just avoid anything of hers that isn t written in the Taggart Montgomery series because it s been a while, but as I recall I was heavily disappointed by the books of hers I tried to read that weren t The Matchmakers.Okay, but on to this stor Okay, so that was really really cute.To date, I ve read several other Jude Deveraux books, but have only really liked one, a short story called The Matchmakers featuring the namesake of the hero in this story, Kane Taggart I guess this tells me I should just avoid anything of hers that isn t written in the Taggart Montgomery series because it s been a while, but as I recall I was heavily disappointed by the books of hers I tried to read that weren t The Matchmakers.Okay, but on to this story Houston Chandler is one of a pair of twins She s been engaged to Leander Lee Westfield pretty much since birth but can t stand for him to touch her Their wedding is in only a few weeks when she meets by chance Kane Taggart, a self made rough around the edges millionaire keep in mind that this is the 19th century, so a millionaire is pretty much the equivalent to the multitude of bachelor billionaires that today s romance novels expect you to believe exist , who takes one look at her and decides to marry her Mm kay Houston and her twin, Blair, switch places, so that Houston can see Kane s house, which everyone in town is curious about, and things get a little out of control between Lee and Blair, enough so that Lee announces to everyone upon the discovery of the switch that he has to marry Blair.Mmm hmm.No matter though because this works out perfectly for Kane, possibly the most confident insecure man or is he an insecure confident man who has ever lived Houston finds she actually likes him and marries him in a double wedding with her sister and the guy who cheated on her.Riiiiiight.Seriously, this stuff should have been soooo cheesy right down to the off handed remark on Kane s part about purchasing part of a company that makes a drink called Coca Cola , but I loved the absolute crap out of every minute of it Watching Houston run circles around Kane was so much fun to watch I found it hard to put the book down It dragged a bit right after the wedding but picked up again fairly quickly.I have to mark the next sliiiight gripe with a spoiler tag because the events occur so late in the book view spoiler I do wish that Kane had been made to show that he could laugh at himself at the end instead of laughing at Houston I mean, Pam and Edan both had points when they both mentioned that Kane had thrown a tantrum at his wedding regarding the twin mix up and to laugh at Houston was pretty hypocritical, but at the same time I sort of get that Kane wasproud and laughing with Houston she just wasn t laughing too hide spoiler So I wasn t terribly curious about Blair and Lee s story based on their book s summary, but I sort of am now I m not sure if I ll get it right away, but if I can get it cheap or maybe from the library, I ll definitely give that one a shot too Great Just great Jude Deveraux was one of my favorite 80 s romance writers This story was first copywrited in 1985 I remember it fondly re read it at least once a year I d have to say though, it probably been about 15 years since I last read it Looking at my burgeoning book collection, I decided to start wading through Maybe getting rid of some Sadly, this book will be going to the Goodwill pile Just not what I remembered This story appears to be set in the early 1900 s, although it s never really Jude Deveraux was one of my favorite 80 s romance writers This story was first copywrited in 1985 I remember it fondly re read it at least once a year I d have to say though, it probably been about 15 years since I last read it Looking at my burgeoning book collection, I decided to start wading through Maybe getting rid of some Sadly, this book will be going to the Goodwill pile Just not what I remembered This story appears to be set in the early 1900 s, although it s never really stated for sure They do have telephones electricity First, I like the heroine, Houston She s supposed to be demure ladylike, nicknamed the ice queen by her loving fiance hmm She has a good heart though, a decent set of morals She also has a secret Once a week, she disguises herself as an old woman goes to a mining camp to give aid to the poor She always tries to do the right thing she s very loyal Unlike some people in her life Houston has a twin sister Blair who has come back from college a doctor Apparently she has the morals of an alley cat, but I have to read her story again after this one, so I ll have to do her review later Basically, the twins trade places for an evening Blair steals the fiance after sleeping with him gasp Kane is the rich guy in town who decides that Houston is pretty enough a LADY So, she will keep house for him, have sex with him show up the other rich guy in town who he formally worked for in the stables as we are reminded ad nauseum He is NOT the hero of the story He s the male lead big difference He refers to Houston twice as a bitch once refers to her as no better then a high priced whore His best friend punches him in the nose for this comment, but Kane is so dense, he can t figure out why He remains dense through this whole story He is handsome,rich, with a body like a Greek god So what s a girl to do but marry him Besides, he NEEDS her cough cough She falls in love with him, I m not sure why I guess because he NEEDS her SO much sigh.Through this whole story, even when she proves to him otherwise, he believes she married him for his money So, he s justified in treating her like crap She finds out he used her to get back at the other rich guy he couldn t care less about her The whole story goes downhill pretty fast I don t think anything is really resolved at the end You know without a doubt there ll be a endless cycle of him being a jerk her having to forgive him for it Of course, because NOTHING is ever his fault I have to say that I ve grown up in what I think is good romance fare This book isn t what I remembered It just pissed me off


About the Author: Jude Deveraux

Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art In 1967, Jude married and took her husband s surname of White, but four years later they divorced For years, she worked as 5th grade teacher.She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land 1977 under the name Jude Deveraux Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers Jude won readers hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family s irresistible men Jude s early books are set largely in 15th and 16th century England in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars Her heroines are equally scrappy medieval Scarlett O Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over They re fighters, certainly, but they re also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results Her James River trilogy River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady is set mostly in post Revolution America the popular, softer edged Twin of Fire Twin of Ice moves to 19th century Colorado and introduces another hunky man clan, the Taggerts.Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern day soap opera s Historicals seem to be all I m capable of, Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out of print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982 s Casa Grande I don t want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market Still, Jude did later attempt modern day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide her first murder caper , the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time traveling Knight in Shining Armor In fact, with 2002 s The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be gettingcomfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.Jude married Claude White, who she later divorced in 1993 Around the same time she met Mohammed Montassir with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997 On Oct 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy.


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