Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Hint of Frost (Araneae Nation, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are times when reading a story, the originality of the characters, plot, and story line will take me away in to the depths of my own mind where I can actually visualize the world in which the story takes place. The excitement will actually roll off of me when this happens.

A Hint of Frost did that and more.

The building of the Araneanean world as well as the supporting clans was amazing and very believable. These were worlds that on my most induced imaginative day would never come up with it! I loved the history and characterizations. And though there was a lot to absorb, I was not overwhelmed and all easily fell in to place as the story went on.

The relationships Lourdes has with her family and clan were just heart warming. The "bargain" of her bonding with Rhys was heart thumping! Rhys is the perfect book boyfriend. All steamy male, strong, possessive, and many secrets under the hard exterior. His love for Lourdes was palpable.

Rhys' own history was compelling as well his relationship with his brother, Vaughn. I loved how these two interacted and their love for one another, though hard to see initially, was one of definite siblings.

A fabulous romance set amid murder, betrayal, treachery, and mystery.

The story line was irresistible, the prose clever, and the dialogue is robust. I inhaled the story in two evenings, I could not leave Lourdes and Rhys alone once I'd been caught up in their world.

The only one drawback I felt were the last two chapters prior to finale of the story felt a bit rushed to tie up the mystery, but the last chapter completely made up for it. maybe not a drawback after all.

I enjoyed the story immensely and was thrilled to find the author is continuing with the series. Book 2 will be about Vaughn and Mana, who we met through Rhys.

I was able to read this fabulous story by an ARC provided by the author for review. I was thrilled and honored that Hailey Edwards granted this privilege to me. And yes, I absolutely find it a privilege for an author to allow their story to be read prior to publication.

A must read for all you romance lovers who love a little intrigue and mystery with your steaminess!

“Your life threads are joined to one another and are woven into the tapestry of our history. You are both a part of the fabric of our clan, a living testament which illustrates the lives and loves of our forefathers and our foremothers.”

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