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He was acting like a jealous man.... But the moment the thought entered her head, Tanya dismissed it as utterly impossible. A person had to have feelings in order to be jealous, and Prince Nikolai hadn't earned the name Ice King for nothing. He seemed devoid of all emotion--particulary love. What had happened to him, wondered Tanya, to turn his heart so cold that no womanHe was acting like a jealous man.... But the moment the thought entered her head, Tanya dismissed it as utterly impossible. A person had to have feelings in order to be jealous, and Prince Nikolai hadn't earned the name Ice King for nothing. He seemed devoid of all emotion--particulary love. What had happened to him, wondered Tanya, to turn his heart so cold that no woman had been able to thaw it? The answer to the question was shocking, and it turned Tanya's feelings into a confused mixture of pity...and love....

Title : The Ice King (Masquerade Historical, 45)
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ISBN : 9780373300457
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Number of Pages : 188 Pages
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The Ice King (Masquerade Historical, 45) Reviews

  • Holly
    2019-04-25 15:02

    After the death of her guardian, Tanya Kirova was doomed to spend the rest of her life stuck in the Russian countryside when fate smiled on her with the arrival of her distant relatives. Alexei and Marie Kirova graciously allowed her into their home for a few weeks in order to experience the wonders of St. Petersburg before she was sent to live with yet another elderly relative just doing their Christian duty. Tanya was delighted to explore Russia's most wondrous city and was eagerly determined to bottle up every new experience. It was at her first ball where she caught the eye of Prince Nikolai Volkhov, and her innocent eagerness to explore her hosts' staircase was the first step in thawing out the man known as the 'Ice King.' Prince Nikolai's deadened demeanor was known to everyone within the Russian aristocracy and so it was with wonder and awe that they watched the little nobody from Yaroslavl melt the Ice King. Nikolai wonders if he might let go of his ghosts with Tanya by his side, but he also wonders if his past misdeeds may be too much for her to understand. It is with a heavy heart that the Ice King bares his soul and prays, as does all of Russia, that his Tanya finds it within herself to set him free. Foolish man. He had nothing in his past that needed to be forgiven. If anything, the only thing he needed was a great big hug. Nikolai was a wonderful hero. While known as the Ice King, this hero was far from icy. He was actually sweet, kind, (yes, I said kind so deal with it Nikolai) considerate, witty and so full of heart that I wanted to gather him up in my arms and rain kisses and hugs upon him. While Nikolai definitely showed moments of dry wit:"I'm afraid I was showing off to impress you.""But you might have fallen!" Tanya said faintly, gazing at him with a mixture of horror and incredulity."In which case, presumably you would not have been impressed after all."he is not a humorous man. And while I definitely saw moments of unhappiness in his character, I never saw moments of ice, either. His outlook on life was certainly dour, thanks to his Rebecca-esque witch of a wife, but from the moment we meet him, he was so, so ......... nice! He was one of the nicest character's I've ever read. I know that probably sounds boring, or boringly beta, but it was much more interesting than that. And Tanya was also one of the nicest heroine's ever. She was quick witted, level headed, gracious, and I will forever love her for loving Nikolai.This was a truly lovely book. At first it started off slow and the middle section of the book seemed to go nowhere. But that is part of this books charm. The best way I can describe this book is that it's smooth. There are no peaks or valleys in this book. No raging emotions or passionate scenes of lovemaking. Instead it's smooth. Tranquil. Gentle. It's peppered with interesting facts about Russian architecture and the Russian scenary was vividly described. The character's were all warm hearted and so, so...........nice! There are no evil Russian characters in this book, (a la J.Lindsey's Secret Fire) instead everyone was welcoming to Tanya. Even the Czar was rooting for them!Best of all, there were no Big Misunderstandings. The conflict in this book was maturely acknowledged and dealt with. While the circumstances surrounding Nikolai's "past misdeeds" was quite odd, as well as a little eyebrow raising, he manned up and confronted it. I loved that. And I loved this book. On a side note, I had no idea that these books were such rare finds. I found (most of) Dinah Dean's Russian collection at my library store and I thought, "why not?" After shelling out my measly pocket change for them, I was later stunned to find that I had fallen ass backwards into a literal treasure trove. At first I was not sure why, but after finishing it I understood. While The Ice King is not a tempestuous, passionate read, it is proof that romance lives and once found it is to be held on to with everything you have. And that makes it very rare.

  • Julz
    2019-05-26 13:02

    If you're in the mood for something heavy, this ain't it. Average, light reading. A little over the top at the end with the sugary sweetness and neat and tidy bow wrapping things up, but tolerable through most of it. Enjoyed the emo hero's slow melt. (Ha! Didn't mean to make a pun to match the title.) LOTS of skimming unless you're really interested in an in-depth education of Russian architecture and furnishings.

  • Misfit
    2019-05-10 15:17

    The book blurb pretty much says it all, and I'm five or six book reviews behind (plus some Vine swag), so I'm cutting this short. A quick easy read, setting is St. Petersburg around 1819 or thereabouts. A slightly angsty hero with issues from his past that led him to shut himself up and earned a reputation as the Ice King. Poor heroine comes to town and she slowly melts him down. Not a lot of action, the heroine and the family she stays with spend lots of time getting escorted around St. Pete and seeing the sights in between spots of drama leading up to the HEA. Not great, not bad either.

  • Grace
    2019-05-05 20:13

    My second book by this author, the first being the Cockermouth Mail, which was surprisingly well put together. This book is set in the same time period of Regency Period, but in Russia, which was a new and interesting setting to me. I had read very few historical fiction set in Russia before this book, and this one was full -- and by full, do I mean chock-full of historical facts. It is loaded with details of every sort of architectural tidbits about the buildings and people of the time. I saw that the author spent a lot of time traveling to Russia and it shows in this book. That kind of historical detail is to be commended and was more common for the older traditional historical fiction novels.But perhaps because I am not as used to Russian society and its rules, the book failed to enchant me. It was well-written for the most part. There are almost no villains, aside from the Ice King's late wife and her brother, and everyone behaved scrupulously well. Men were gentlemen to a fault, and Tanya had pleasant relationships with all the women around her. The only conflict/mystery to the book was what had happened to the Ice King in the past, and it is revealed that (view spoiler)[his late wife was a beautiful and horrible woman, who flaunted her affairs in front of his face and even died pregnant with one of her lovers. She had apparently approached Nikolai for recognition of the child as his and he had refused. She then was petulant and angry and miscarried her child falling down stairs, an accident which immobilized her. Thereafter she killed herself by swallowing some of her medicine. He had then been so downcast and downtrodden from that wreck of a marriage that he had had his own affair with one of his serfs (?) and had a son from that affair that he recognized.(hide spoiler)]Perhaps it is the complete difference in culture that threw me -- I can't really tell, but I couldn't tell if Nikolai was heroic or overly dark and dramatic. Yes, his marriage was horrific, but was that sufficient reason to be SO gloomy? He was so gloomy that he never cracked a smile. Somehow he was bedazzled by Tanya in his gloomy way and would dance with her multiple times in one evening (but never smiling). She, on the other hand, was a poor relation with a time limit to her fun and games in St. Petersburg and so she reined in on any hopes, even though he even kissed her from time to time without declaring himself. I get that he's gentleman-in-waiting to the Czar and has to ask for permission before he can ask Tanya to marry her, but it seemed weird in this traditional romance that he would do such things so freely without declaring himself. And yet he angsted (again) so much over telling Tanya he had a bastard son with his serf. She later reassured him that he was an honorable man because her older male relatives thought nothing of demanding droit du seigneur on the serf girls' 14th birthdays.It was all very HUH? to me, and I couldn't pin down whether it was because of the setting or because the way his character was made out was inconsistent. What a cultural shock, and I only just read a book. I had thought that I had read more than the above average historical fiction reader's share of regencies, but it was quite odd to me. Society was so rigid on the one hand, with people talking because he had danced with her more often than with other females, and yet they could venture alone into a dark arbor by themselves...wherein he did proceed to kiss her silly. I couldn't quite make out the rules of propriety in this book and that was frustrating.And he did nothing for me. He was boring and as some reviewers put it, totally emo. But I was happy for Tanya, because she had a deprived life and shouldn't be going to some incredibly cold, remote manor with no town to sit next to an old relative until that relative died. For her sake, I'm glad she ended up with a really rich Prince, although I did worry that her son wouldn't inherit.

  • Jolie
    2019-05-08 12:57

    This has, for whatever reason, been one of my all-time favorite romances. :)

  • Dinjolina
    2019-05-16 15:18

    A beautifully written story with a hero that seemed rakish and cold-but was really a completely sweet beta. *melts*I did have a problem with some of the things that happened or were revealed in the end-(view spoiler)[ like the fact that his crazy servants made him get a girl pregnant while in a laudanum haze. Having a child was supposed to make him pull trough of his daze, but really….they took away his choice! HE was the one that should have chosen to have or not to have a child and for sure he should have at least had the right to see the mothers face, let alone pick the child bearer! Maybe they had his well being at heart but it was just NOT OK!Also, the heroine went way overboard with asking the hero to legitimize his bastard. He himself told her that would make the kid his heir…this is all fine and dandy, but at least see how the kid is getting used to you before you give him advantage over all your future kids. Really, I am unable to go all ‘aaaaaaw’ over every bastard out there, like these martyr heroines do.(hide spoiler)].Still my overall feeling about this book are very positive. And I will be checking out more reads from this author. She knows how to write for sure! 3.5 stars

  • Amy
    2019-05-13 18:09

    I love the old traditional regencies from the 1980s and early 1990s. I wasn't reading them then but luckily have gotten some great recommendations online about authors and publishers to pursue in the used book market and newly published backlists.I especially love the more unusual ones such as the Russian regencies by Dinah Dean. A discussion in the comments at Dear Author mentioned these and I was lucky enough to get one from interlibrary loan and really enjoyed it. This one I had to watch for a good price on the used book and I am glad I got it. I can see it being one I will reread often. Others have described the story so I will just say I was pleased with it; especially since I hope to travel to St. Petersburg next year and want to see some of the same sights Tanya did!

  • Miki
    2019-05-05 20:10

    This is not particularly well written - sentences and chapters ending in odd places - but it's a favorite that I re-read often. There's just something sweet and romantic about it that makes me feel good. Nikolai is a passionate, heroic, yet gentle man who wants to loved. Who can resist that?

  • Zoe Younger
    2019-05-25 17:08

    One off my keeper shelf. Just wanted to read it again. It never gets old. Set in Russia in the early 1800s. Lovely... sigh

  • Poonam
    2019-05-22 15:13

    Really liked this book. The uncertainties at both ends was realistic. Both hero and heroine were sweet and simple. Cute love story.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-11 15:19

    A solid 4 stars. Enjoyed it immensly.

  • Lucy Parker
    2019-04-26 19:11

    One of my favourite books of all time.