Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of the fantasy romance, Frost, the first book in the Frost and Nectar series.
On the worst birthday of my life, I come home to find my boyfriend in bed with another woman. Within hours, I’m drunk, homeless, and pledging to stay single forever. And that is when the dangerously sexy Seelie King rolls through town, looking for fae like me.
Every generation, the king holds a competition for Seelie queen. But for reasons he won’t explain, Torin is looking for a charade, not a real marriage. So when I drunkenly sling insults his way, I have his attention.
When Torin offers me fifty million to participate, I think, “What have I got to lose?” The answer turns out to be “my life,” because my competition will literally kill for the crown.
And the more time I spend with the seductive king, the harder it becomes to remember it’s all supposed to be fake. Now, my life—and my heart—are on the line.
I came across this one suggested on a book group I’m a member of, and I’m so glad I did as I ended up really loving it. It was such a fun yet heartfelt read, and there was so much to get lost in within these pages.
Ava and Torin start off on hilariously bad footing, but this is something Toris quickly turns into an advantage, much to Ava’s surprise. He offers her a deal: he needs a Queen without love. She’s sworn off love and has no money. Be his queen for two months, then he’ll divorce her and give her enough money to never have to worry about again. Sounds very simple.
But nothing is ever that simple.
As things begin to heat up between the pair, the violence of the other fae, especially the princesses who have entered for Torin’s hand, stuns Ava. She’s taken aback, but, to her surprise, finds herself easily changing her mindset… she is fae, after all.
Torin gives her the advantages he can without showing obvious favour to Ava, yet there’s something holding him back when it comes to their affections. Ava doesn’t know what to think. It’s vulnerable and pure and magical, and you want to shout at Ava the truths that we know as a reader. The moments between them are so precious and yet so difficult to unpick.
In the end, I fell in love with this magic system, and with Ava and Torin. I’ve pre-ordered book two, Ambrosia, which comes out in January. With a frost covered landscape, this is the perfect book to be reading this December.
So there’s today’s review. If you’ve enjoyed books such as The Cruel Prince but are looking for something landing more on the adult side rather than YA, this will be just the book for you.