Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation #1
*Contains mature content, 18 years and older*
Ebook Published April 17th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Length: 193 Pages (approximately)
Book can be bought here on Amazon.
Where Did I get this Book?: Book provided by author for review.
Summary (Via Goodreads): When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold. Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart. Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Review: This book sucked me in from the very first page, the story started immediately after the death of Lourdes’s parents and it never lost steam as it continued that way till the very end. I love the world that Ms. Edwards created, each clan has something different and unique and we get to see how they are through their interactions with Lourdes and Rhys. The two central character of the book Lourdes and Rhys are the types of hero and heroines that readers love to read about. Lourdes is a strong, independent woman and it definitely shows as she becomes the new maven and leader of her clan. Rhys is the typical alpha male (Love alphas btwJ) in this book; he is described as a big, muscled warrior who is a great fight and is very protective of Lourdes. There was automatic chemistry from the beginning between Lourdes and Rhys and as the book the progress the tension between the two builds. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, such as Lourdes’s family and Rhys brother Vaughn. I really liked Vaughn, even though he seemed like a jerk sometimes, we later find out the reason why he treats Rhys the way he does but in the end he does love and care for his brother. It would be awesome if Vaughn got his own story, that’s something I want to see!
Overall an amazing start to a fantasy series, I look forward to reading more from Ms. Edwards and more books in the Araneae Nation series. A Hint of Frost is a romance novel set in the midst of a murder, full of deception, and betrayal. This book has a well developed and executed world, wonderful fleshed out primary and secondary characters and a nonstop action packed plot. I highly recommend this series to all romance, fantasy and even urban fantasy readers. I think they would really enjoy this book as much as I did. If you’re looking for something different to read then pick up A Hint of Frost, you won’t be disappointed!