"Fire and Ice" tells an exciting story about love, revenge and piracy in the early nineteenth century. Ms. Hart researched the time period well, making her descriptions credible and interesting. The details about square-rigged ships are especially impressive. The story, centering around a young Irish lady and her forced marriage, was enjoyable and exciting; there are swordfights and battle scenes to complement the torrid romance between Reed and Kathleen. I loved this book. The characters are strong and the story exciting. I've already read it three times! The only thing holding back the novel is the sometimes poor writing of Ms. Hart. She tells a great story, but some of the dialogue is inappropriate. In spite of this, "Fire and Ice" is a great read. There is also a fabulous squel, "Ashes and Ecstacy" that is simply heart wrenching. I strongly recommend both books.