Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lord of Snow and Ice by Heather Massey + Featured Freebie

Lord of Snow and Ice
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Fairy Tale Romance
Series: N/A

An innocent Beauty. A fearsome Beast. A dangerous passion.

Mystery and speculation surround “the Dark Prince,” a sorcerer who dwells in a kingdom cursed by endless winter. Though shunned by all, Prince Stellan secretly crusades against a zombie plague unleashed by his tyrannical father against the Five Lands. But only an alliance with Aldebaran will provide the support he needs to eradicate the plague once and for all.

Clarysa, daughter of the Aldebaran king, struggles under the weight of her role as princess. She yearns for adventure, but her father prefers to keep his youngest daughter safe within the palace walls. During one of her rare sanctioned trips beyond the walls of the castle, Clarysa comes face to face with the answer to her prayers.

She’s heard the tales of Stellan’s dangerous nature. She knows a romance with him is forbidden. But one smoldering glance draws her deep into a world of dark magic and sensuous rapture.

CONTENT WARNING: Magic, mayhem, and epic snowfall.

My Rating: 2 Roses

An okay read. Lord of Snow and Ice was a nice retelling of Beauty and the Beast, thought I can't say that I loved it.

Clarysa was a trial for me. I wasn't a huge fan of hers. She had a tendency to do something stupidly impulsive now and think about consequences later. That's all well and good, but she was never able to actually handle the consequences. Eventually, she grew her own brand of strength as she fought for what she truly wanted. In the end, I was okay with her.

Stellan was similar for me. He was okay. He could be really sweet. But, I just didn't really connect with him. I was fine with him, but I didn't truly like him.

The romance was a little odd. On one hand, it was sweet how Stellan and Clarysa were so determined to be together and would face any odds to get their happily ever after. On the other, I just wasn't feeling it. Especially one part when things got a little weird. I thought they were a nice couple, but they were by no means my favorite.

The plot was okay. A little slow, but I was kept interested the entire way through. And the ending was nice.

If there's one thing I really have to commend the author for, it's her setting. She does a brilliant job creating setting in a way that transported me into that world. Wonderfully done.

Lord of Snow and Ice was really only an okay book for me. Though I enjoyed it, I didn't really love it. Maybe you'll like it, because I know others have. It just wasn't for me.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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After her clan's castle falls under siege, the fair-haired Lady Jillian MacRae finds a way to escape with her four-year-old brother, seeking help from the handsome Kade MacLachlan, laird and master of Ravenskull Castle. Four years past their love had been strong—until her father betrothed her to another man who was later killed. Now, it is Kade she turns to for help in regaining control of her own castle from the wicked man who has taken over and intends to marry her. Once she is again face-to-face with Kade, she realizes the love she thought she'd put aside is alive and thriving.

Kade is speechless when the beautiful Jillian offers herself to him in exchange for protecting her young brother and banishing the intruders from her castle—an offer he is more than willing to accept. He has no intention of allowing her to slip through his fingers again. And when her life hangs in the balance, he will not let anything—or anyone—stop him from saving her, even as his own life dangles by a thread.

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