Frost and Flame by Gena Showalter _ Book Review


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From Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld saga, comes Frost and Flame , the second book in the scorching paranormal romance series Gods of War.

Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wields over him, but she alone can rain vengeance upon his wife’s killer.

Unaware of her destiny to rule as queen of beasts, Nola battles illness, addiction and vulnerability. With Bane, however, she experiences pleasure for the first time, and only wants more. But being with him comes with a terrible price.

With enemies lurking around every corner, Bane and Nola must fight to survive. But time is running out, and neither can resist the sizzling attraction blazing between them. Will their romance save the beast and his beauty, or destroy everything they’ve come to love?


[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

I enjoyed Frost and Flame significantly more than the first book in the series. Maybe it’s because I already knew the details of the main war story or maybe it’s because I knew what to expect from the writing style. Either way I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

“You are my salvation and damnation, rolled into one beautiful package.”

Frost and Flame follows parallel to the story line of Frost and Ice, so I recommend starting with book one in the series. This focus’ on Bane of Adwaeweth he contains a monster inside him and his main goal for winning the All War is revenge. That is until he meets our heroine Nola and both him and his beast become attached. Nola is strong-minded but her body is weak from Lupus disease. When she meets Bane he soothes her physical pain, and she discovers that her destiny is greater than she could ever imagine.

“Your smile.” he croaked.
She gulped, shivers trekking down her spine.” Yes? What about it.?”
He licked his lips. “I want to taste it.”

I love love loved Bane and adored Nola just as much. That is probably the main reason I liked the book so much. Nola was sweet and resilient with just the right touch of sarcasm. Bane was bada** , loyal and hot as hell. I loved the angst and the back and forth between them, it built up the anticipation for when they would finally come together. When they finally do give into their feelings it was as passionate and as intense as I wanted it to be. With action, violence, snark, sex and magical aspects this book had just the right amount of everything for me.

“I’ve ignored you, Nola. From the beginning , I’ve wanted you. Every day – every hour- every minute, I’ve fought hard to keep my hands off your lush little body. I’m fighting for control even now.”

Was Frost and Flame perfect? No, and I can see why some might not like it but it worked for me. I was actually a little sad at the end to know Nola and Bane’s book was over and I’m hoping that maybe the next book will transitions back and forth between the two main couples because I’ll miss Bane and his beasty.



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