Saturday, July 5, 2014

REVIEW: A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

Forced to step up and rule upon the untimely death of her parents, Lourdes makes the tough decision of promising her hand in marriage to the only clan deemed strong and savage enough to safeguard her city and clansmen. Now she must trust her new partisan to help find her sister, feared captured, and bring her home safely. This is a story with love, loyalty, and danger abound!

Thoughts:

Reading a blurb that leads you to believe the fantasy world holds arachnid-like humanoids sounds interesting and unique, right? I thought so too…and I was not disappointed. I couldn’t put it down! The book opens up to Lourdes fleeing her would-be captors following the sudden demise of her ruling parents and seeking the help of her mother’s best friend, who happens to rule the most feared clan in the region, reputed to be cannibals. Despite the age-old friendship, her rescuer insists Lourdes unite the clans formally before even securing Lourdes’s home.

Finding herself in a situation with no better way out, she agrees. A man from a clan that is known to be poor and brutal marrying a woman from a clan that is known for its wealth and exquisitely spun silk, and this is expected to go smoothly? The rest of the story follows the aftermath of the siege and the journey of Lourdes and Rhys as they strive to grow comfortable with their arrangement. This creates a lot of delicious sexual tension. The book in its entirety is well written, with realistic intimacy that is detailed but fairly chaste, and enough violence to keep the conflict fresh without being graphic.

My only complaint is the names of some people and most of the places. Some are easy enough, but I was pretty tongue tied trying to pronounce some of the names people sported and of places traveled. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Hailey Edwards has crafted a sweet, romantic tale set in a uniquely creative world and full of conflict and uncertainty. It’s well paced and utterly fulfilling, while leaving room for more!


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