My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Buy Link: Amazon.com
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sean can never seem to stay in one place for too long. His desire to get away leaves his boyfriend – Zach – high and dry. Out on the road, Sean searches for himself but comes up short. Stranded in a blizzard, he blacks out to wake up in a warm cabin with his rescuer, Ezra. Ezra has a past love that’s forever lost to him, and it’s up to Sean to help him find it – and himself in the process.
This was a hard one to rate, because whether you’ll like Icicle strongly depends on your taste as a reader. It’s written in present tense, which I’m aware that some readers don’t like. The main character treats his boyfriend poorly at the start, which may not endear you to him, and the sex will either warm your heart or make you feel at a little uneasy.
I think the idea behind Icicle was very strong, but at times it feels rushed. It doesn’t seem to take more than five minutes for Sean to find out who Ezra is, and he accepts it at once without question. Before long they are having sex. I would have preferred the connection between them be entirely emotional. There can be intimacy in emotions without physicality, and the sex felt forced.
The best part about Icicle was the strong emotions Ezra had for his departed boyfriend, and the story of what led him to fight, which was very powerful and moved me quite a bit. I liked the mechanic of Sean being able to see Ezra’s memories, and the fact that his experience with Ezra helped him to find contentment with what he had.
Overall Icicle is a nice little story to fill an hour, but nothing that will rock the boat. If you like supernatural and historical elements in a story, Icicle will probably endear itself to you.