Ice Hearts is book two from Monty Jay’s Fury Series, and if you remember, her debut novel, Love & Hockey, was a six star read from me. This one fell a bit short. I’m not sure if it’s my headspace right now, or because of the emotional roller coaster the first book put me through, but here’s what happened for me.
What I loved:
The prologue is brilliant! Absolutely, hands down my favorite piece of writing this year. I loved it so much; I re-read it three times. My poet’s heart grasped on to it and couldn’t let go.
Nico. I’ve had a thing for the leading men lately, and Nico was no exception. Everything I crave in alpha hero was Nico. Strong, sexy, protective, but oh so sweet and with a huge heart. Nico was perfection.
What I didn’t love:
Riggs plotline. So I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the heroine. In all honesty, I loved Aurelia Riggs character. She’s strong, stubborn, and overall pretty badass. What I didn’t like was how her character’s story developed. Her parents being complete trash is absolutely part of her character, but toward the end, when we find out some of the abuse she went through, that didn’t feel necessary. It was almost like just them being scummy people wasn’t enough, so let’s make them sociopaths too. Many people out there have mental health problems, and how they grew up and their relationship with their parents has nothing to do with it. It felt like the abuse was thrown in to give a reason for the mental health issues, which wasn’t necessary.
It can be a little wordy. There were a lot of detailed descriptions, especially when reading Rigg’s chapters. Over explanation of emotions that didn’t feel needed. I wasn’t sure it was because of Riggs bipolar, so maybe it was written to literally how she feels everything. But it was too much for me, and I felt myself skimming, which I hate.
Loved these two together. Their chemistry, their bantering back and forth, the way Riggs pushed and pushed, but Nico never quit. His loyalty to loving her was everything. Was I a bit disappointed by a few things? Sure. But Ice Hearts is pretty heavy, so it could be my head wasn’t in the right space. I still love this new author and am excited to see what’s next. I definitely think a re-read of this book will be in my future to see how I feel after a second go.