Author: Meljean Brook
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Stars
For a year and a half, Olivia Martin has tried to forget Erik Gulbrandr, the glacial man who’d scorched her mouth with a single kiss. But when Olivia finds herself snowbound with Erik on the winter solstice, she discovers that the man who set her body aflame is cursed by abominable needs — and a desire that might destroy them both…
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
This definitely wasn’t my usual romance. The idea of a frost giant as the male lead was surprising and a little off-putting (I’m not a huge fan of blue men), but in the end, I didn’t mind as much as I thought I would.
What did bother me was a little was the super aggressive way the curse was handled. Yes, the main character was consenting and loved the male lead, but really, she didn’t have much of a choice. She was going to be raped, and I’m not sure if her consenting to the pre-determined event counteracts that fact. This isn’t going to be a book for everyone—some people will probably find this aspect of the pot off-putting.
That aside, the book was well written. I loved the characters, the lore, and the dialogue and characterization were well handled. There seemed to be a genuine attraction between the main couple, and the author didn’t fall back on the usual romance trope of a happy ending complete with marriage and pregnancy—so that was a nice change.
Overall, I enjoyed the book—a lot more than I’d anticipated, and the few things that bothered me about the plot weren’t enough to keep me from enjoying it. If you’re looking for a slightly different urban fantasy romance to try out, you may really enjoy this book. If, however, mentions of rape are a trigger to you, you may want to keep looking. Some readers will have a genuine problem with the romance (it was a sticking point for me too). This isn’t going to be for everyone.