Author: Meredith Russell
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Bittergrace Art
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
When the line between fairy tales and magic, and the real world become blurred, can love really conquer anything?
Leo Marsh is having a bad day. He just caught his boyfriend cheating on him, and not for the first time, then he falls, quite literally, for a man who has to be too good to be true….
When Leo slips and falls on some ice in front of Jack, Jack sees something all too familiar in Leo’s eyes. For over fifty years, Jack has existed in a solitary life of ice and bitterness. Just like Leo, he was betrayed by a man he loved, and swore no one would ever break his heart again: he gave up on love, and it seemed love had given up on him.
But if by fate or magic, Jack and Leo find their paths crossing for a second time, and with a little guidance from friends, dare to take a chance on each other. The problem is, Jack isn’t the charming and uncomplicated guy Leo thinks he is. When Jack gave away his ability to love, he became something else, someone cold and unloving. He became Jack Frost.
As Jack and Leo get closer, Jack is left torn and confused. Jack yearns for anything that reminds him of his humanity, but the truth is, he feels nothing, not warmth, not love, and he knows he might never be able to love Leo the way he deserves to be loved.
Just Jack by Meredith Russell is the perfect winter fairy tale. Ms Russell effortlessly weaves romance into the story of Jack Frost that’s warm enough to keep the coldest weather at bay.
Jack has been a Frost for fifty years; he exists but doesn’t live, ever since his heart was broken by betrayal. From that moment on Jack has welded the power to summon snow, wind and ice. He doesn’t age; he doesn’t even remember his own name. For forty of those years Jack has lived an unassuming existence pranking those around him when winter calls, only his friend Abe, and Abe’s father before him know exactly what Jack is, and he’s managed to build a life for himself shaping ice sculptures for Abe’s bar.
That is until the day he causes Leo Marsh to slip on the ice and land at his feet. Jack looks into Leo’s eye’s and for the first time since he became a Frost Jack feels the ice around his heart start to thaw. Can a Frost have a second chance at a life, and if so can Jack trust in Leo, and be brave enough to take a step into the unknown?
Just Jack is enchanting from start to finish. I adored the idea of Jack Frost being a person. It also made sense to me that nature would have many Jack Frosts all over the world. I treasured the idea that being a Jack Frost isn’t necessarily forever; if the heart can be thawed a Jack Frost can become fully human again.
I adored Jack. He is impish and playful; he’s not wicked even though it could seem like it. Jack has no feelings or emotions so when he causes people to slip on the ice or fall over he honestly never thinks about what happens after he plays his winter games, it’s not in a Frost’s nature to worry about others. Jack always thought his state as a Frost was permanent, there’s no handbook on being a Frost, so he is surprised and a little bit scared to feel stirrings within him when he sets eyes on Leo Marsh. He doesn’t know what’s going on and for quite a lot of the story he’s fighting his attraction and trying to stay away from Leo. But Leo has other ideas, he likes Jack, he’s falling for him as more than just a rebound from Max. Ironically Leo is feeling safe with Jack just as Jack is feeling unstable around Leo.
I like Leo, he is sweet and perhaps just a little too trusting. He’s been dating his boss Max for three years and when he catches him cheating again he finally decides he’s had enough, after all Max has cheated before, and no doubt would cheat again, so he decides it’s time to walk away.
The story is a sweet and gentle romance, with a bit of magic thrown in. Its angsty in the sense that Jack is scared of falling for Leo as he has no idea if he is even capable of love again. He’s also scared about the changes going on inside of him, the more he sees Leo; the more his powers become unstable, and he struggles to contain them. I also liked Ruby and Nathan, Leo’s friends and colleagues, their own story of second chance love showing Leo by example that he can do much better than Max. Ruby in particular was very refreshing in her view that love is not forever it’s very much fleeting and for the here and now.
I liked that Jack has a friend in Abe, being a Frost sounded a terribly cold and solitary existence and I loved the idea that Jack was able to have at least one person around him that knew what he was. I found that comforting, and I must admit I’d love to see one of Jack’s ice sculptures, they sounded magnificent. Ms Russell created a wonderful world and she weaves enough intriguing backstory for Jack and the Frosts to make their existence seem very real. Everything about this story is alluring, the balance is perfect, it’s captivating and enchanting and I highly recommended Just Jack to anyone who loves a fairy tale romance.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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