I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Frost Line by Linda Howard, Linda Jones
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, General
Source: the publisher
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Rating ~ 3.5 – 4 stars
Lenna is the physical representation of the tarot card, strength. She’s living a peaceful life, studying warfare in her library in Aeonia when she suddenly finds herself transported to a different world. Lenna can’t be out of Aeonia, separate from the rest of the tarot cards. It’s forbidden and if she doesn’t return to her own world in 7 days time Aeonia will be destroyed. Now summoned in this strange land by a young boy ‘Elijah’ in hiding who has no idea what he’s done or how to send her back, she’s stuck.
Caine is a hunter (a species on its own) of magical beings. They are kind of like mercenaries, hired to find, track and fix problems caused by magical beings. Caine is a infamous hunter, rumoured to be one of the most powerful hunter ever. His current mission is to bring back Strength which is not made easy by internal forces in Aeonia who are bound to cause chaos and Lenna herself who refuses to leave the child in danger.
I liked Lenna, she was strong and as the physical representation of strength she had will and determination in spades but just because she was strong didn’t mean that she wasn’t caring or vulnerable. Lenna really felt for Elijah who had witnessed his mothers death and wanted to help him. Now they are hiding from human forces, chaos’s hunters and trying to find the murderer to make sure Elijah will not be harmed but will they make it back in time to stop the destruction of Aeonia?
Caine and Lenna feel an intense attraction towards each other which neither have felt before. Caine is never met a woman who talked back at jim like Lenna does, Lenna is very intriguing to him not just how beautiful she is but her personality as well. Lenna is also very much fascinated by the hunter. Their forced by the situation partnership turns into more when they start getting to know each other and can’t help but fall for each other a bit more every single time. Alas, a hunter and a tarot can’t be together in a longer term relationship or can they?
I really loved the whole tarot cards and the history behind them. It reminded me of old school paranormal/fantasy. I think Linda Howard and Linda Jones did a great job with the world building. The book was generally well written, the plot intriguing and I loved the characters.
Quibbles: I just wish we had just more romance between the protagonists, trying to save the child and then trying get back to their world didn’t leave much time for romantic moments. What about Derek, the assassin for hire that bit left incomplete to me.
Overall I really enjoyed it and I’m not sure we would get other cards story but I love to read them if we do!