Anne Stuart: Black Ice

Chloe Underwood is an American working as a book translator in Paris. When her roommate asks her to substitute her as an interpreter for a business meeting at a remote French castle, she grumbles but agrees. Once arrived at the castle, her clients try to send her away, but Chloe refuses. Not much later, everyone tries to kill everyone else, because these people really belong to a cartel of arms dealers struggling for leadership, and since they think that Chloe has found out about them and/or is a secret agent, they kill her to. She is saved by one Bastien Toussaint, who isn't an arms dealer at all but works for a super-secret organziation...

This book wasn't boring, but that's the only positive thing I can say about it. Otherwise, it came very close to being a wallbanger. First of all, the plot is totally logic-free. None of it makes any sense. Chloe acts stupid, and Bastien isn't much better. Also, the protagonists are rather unlikable. Both of them feel doomed all of the time, and none of them does anything about it, except for half-heartedly running away when someone's after them; although Bastien, being portrayed as a stereotypical tortured alpha-hero is a little more active than Chloe. As an European, I'm deeply offended by the assumption (which is repeated several time throughout this book) that killing Chloe will be more dangerous than killing an European woman, because the American government is so much more capable and willing to look after its citizens than its European counterparts. Bastien also assumes that the killers won't go after Chloe once she's at home with her parents. How stupid is that? Does he think that airlines don't sell tickets to arms dealers? Or that they can't get someone in the USA who will take their Euros and find Chloe for them? This is an "inadequate" book (Grade E)