Italian Ice (Precious Gems #2)

Title: Italian Ice (Precious Gems #2)
Author: E.M. Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
3 stars out of 5



In this exciting sequel to Rarer Than Rubies, gay romance author Trent Copeland and former FBI agent Reed Acton head to Italy for a Roman holiday. What should be a relaxing and romantic vacation is interrupted when Reed’s not-so-former boss asks for his help with a case. Trent’s shocked to discover in the six months they’ve been living together in LA, Reed hasn’t been completely honest about his “retirement.”

Reed heads for Sicily on the trail of a suspected antiquities-smuggling ring and to find Peter Isett – a former FBI partner he also hasn’t been completely truthful about. Stung by Reed’s dishonesty, Trent questions what else Reed might be hiding. But when he overhears something that tells him Reed’s life is in danger, Trent follows Reed to a remote chain of ancient volcanic islands off Sicily’s northern coast. Soon Trent is caught up in the smugglers’ web, and Reed must decide between his heart and his mission-a decision complicated by his past with Peter. Reed’s position is perilous: unless he can learn to put the past behind him, he risks destroying everything he’s built with Trent.

Book 2 in the Precious Gems series.

Trent and Reed are now on a much needed vacation in Italy, when Reed is contacted by his boss. Reed’s former partner has gone missing in Italy and Reed is the only agent on the ground in the area. Trent is still coping with relationship insecurities, so when he finds Reed with suitcase packed and a passport under a different name, Trent kicks him out the hotel door. This sets off a chain of misunderstood intentions, motives and apprehensions, and Trent finds himself in the middle of yet another dangerous undercover operation. Only this time he’s ready for the action…

First and foremost, for those readers who like the whole FBI/CIA/police/detective/undercover operative mystery genera and read widely in that field, you are going to have to suspend your disbelief. A lot.

For those of you with medical backgrounds, you are going to have to suspend your medical knowledge a wee bit. Okay…a lot.

For those of you that love traveling and seeing books set in different exotic places, with some hot m/m action and sweet heart to hearts, this is the book for you.

For those of you that love cozy mysteries, with hot m/m action, and some sweet heart to hearts, this is the book for you.

I struggled a bit with this book because I fell into the first two categories. I found the premise of Reed being pulled into an ongoing investigation somewhat implausible, but, I could see why it was necessary to set the action in the book.

I winced a bit over Trent’s anger toward Reed at the start of the book. Reed works for the FBI. Reed has long ingrained habits and secrets. Reed and Trent have been together all of 6 months and Trent expects to know all? ((rollin’ my eyes)) Over the whole course of the book, Trent’s ‘he loves me/he loves me not’ was giving me a touch of whiplash.

But…I did love the setting – I enjoyed how the characters traveled around (and this doesn’t include all the hotel hopping, which there was a lot), the cafes, the food descriptions and wine. I thought it was a nice touch to include an observation on how Italians dress compared to American habits.

I mentioned cozy mysteries which are usually heroine driven – she goes gallivanting off after the protagonist without telling the cops – this read a lot like that. Even after seeing a brutally murdered agent, is repeatedly told to stay out, Trent thinks he can help and gets into a world of trouble. My eyes got a lot of exercise. ((rolling again))

Ultimately, an enjoyable, fast read that would be perfect for a commute read or while on vacation. Preferably in Italy.

Precious Gems Series

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Galley copy of Italian Ice provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson