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I wanted a second chance. What I got was a repeat.

She was too beautiful. Too smart. And her emerald green eyes saw too much.

I wanted space-she took it away.
I craved her lips-she gave me her kiss.
I screwed it up-she got smart.

Avoiding me is the right thing to do. I’m messed up, tortured, and probably always will be.
But I still want her.
Her mind. Her body. Her heart.
I want it all.

And this time, I’m in control.
No matter what I have to do, I will make her mine.

Note: Levi and Ivy’s story will continue in Book Three-Fox.


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‘A hero hidden in an asshole’

There’s probably no better description for Levi Fox that truly epitomizes who he is or has become more than the above statement. Since being introduced to Levi in Stone, readers have witnessed his contradictory behavior, his hot/cold demeanor towards Ivy Stone, and because we’ve watched this ‘alpha-bastard’s’ treatment of Ivy, despite the reality of how Levi truly sees her and feels about her, it’s easy to understand why Ivy feels confused and trampled on by the man who seems to own her, even when he makes her cry.

But in Cold, Levi begins to show who he is underneath the cold front that he’s displayed, which is why it makes sense that Ivy can’t walk away from him or avoid him at all costs because no matter how much of a frigid bitch she is to him, he knows he deserves it, so he endures her rage and her ‘cold silence’ because what he feels for her is something he can’t let go of and now that he has a second chance, he refuses to go down without a fight.

With Levi’s actions at the end of book one, Ivy has every reason to shut him out; he broke her heart and her trust, and that kind of damage is difficult to come back from, but as much as Ivy’s entrenched in emotional overload, not only from Levi’s actions and attitude, but also due to the nature of the script and who she’s portraying, she needs Levi more than I think she even realizes, so when Levi works to make amends and also lets her in, unearthing truths that few if any people know, Levi and Ivy find a common ground and they work together on their respective fears, which makes them understand just how right they are together and how their ‘fighting means they’re feeling’ which also means they’re ‘living’ and that hasn’t been something Levi has done for quite some time.

But Max Monroe’s Stone Cold Fox Trilogy is romantic suspense, so amidst the movie-version of Levi’s real-life playing out in front of him, there are also incidences occurring in Cold, Montana, that feel an awful lot like history repeating itself, so when the chain of events play out and readers are left with one hell of a conclusion, it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen in book three but what seems clear is that life will never be the same for Ivy Stone but what that means for her relationship with Levi or her ability to live her life cannot be determined until readers are privy to Ivy’s internal thoughts and the fallout of the events in Cold are handled.

Max Monroe has done a great job with the first two books in their Stone Cold Fox Trilogy. The books have been intriguing, suspenseful, and emotional, and as the series continues, readers begin to truly understand who Levi Fox and Ivy Stone are and why there’s this undeniable connection between them. I love the fact that Max Monroe reveals more truths about what happened to Grace and provides Levi’s thoughts and feelings when it comes to the case and his relationship with her. All of that information is crucial for Ivy to understand why Levi’s treated her the way he has and with that information out in the open, they stand a much better chance of making things work between them than they did if Levi would have keep those details to himself.

I would be remiss in my review if I didn’t acknowledge that I figured out the plot twist pretty early on in Cold, and while it didn’t necessarily detract from my enjoyment of the book, I wish there wouldn’t have been as many hints along the way to make that assumption fairly quickly into book 2 of the trilogy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there were a lot of readers who didn’t anticipate the events that occur in Cold, and maybe it’s just because I’m an English teacher that I can quickly deduce from the clues that are given where the plot line is headed, but I do wish they would have been less obvious.

Despite that knowledge, though, I truly enjoyed every part of the Cold; I understand why Ivy tried to keep Levi at a distance, but it also made sense that once she talked things through with Levi and learned important information from him that she would be willing to explore the feelings between them. But now that the town has, once again, been shaken to its core, I’m not sure if anyone will ever be the same, and when further details are revealed, I’m not sure how Ivy, especially, will be able to cope with the aftermath.

4.5 Poison Apples

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