My first introduction to Charlie Cochet was a little free shifter tale called An Intrepid Trip to Love. I wasn’t much into shifter stories at the time, but something about the world Cochet created just sucked me in. It was cute and fun but still dealt with some serious issues. The same can be said about her latest release The Heart of Frost.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
North Pole City Tales: Book Two
At the North Pole, no one is more powerful and feared than the Prince of Frost. As general of the toy soldier army, Jack Frost has been working extra hard to put away the villainous Mouse King once and for all. If that isn’t taxing enough, Jack has to deal with the scandal and gossip brought on by news of his relationship with Rudy Rein Dear, captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, which hit headlines last holiday season. Lucky for Jack, his reputation has managed to deter any foolish attempts to stir up trouble. At least until now.
When someone sabotages Rudy’s plane during a test run a few weeks before Christmas, Jack is determined to find the culprit by any means necessary. The closer he gets to finding answers, the more difficulty he has not falling back to his icy ways. Has the Mouse King stepped up his game in order to throw Jack off his, or is someone a little closer to home behind the attempt on Rudy’s life? Either way, Jack has every intention of delivering a Christmas they won’t soon forget, even if it means losing the newfound warmth in his heart.
The Heart of Frost is a fairy tale retelling set in the world of the Christmas mythos. Cochet has an interesting take on the north pole and all the magical beings that surround it. I am embarrassed to say it took be about 1/2 the book to realize the MCs were Jack Frost (well that one was obvious) and Cochet’s version of Rudolph… Yeah, yeah, yeah… kinda obvious now that I think about it. Anyway the reign deer are reinvented as the Rein Dears and elite pilot squad squad captained by Rudy. Rudy is of course the love interested of Jack, Prince of Frost. Kringle is the Mayor of North Pole City, and so on and so forth.
It is a world that just sucked me right in. Technically, The Heart of Frost is a sequel to 2012’s Mending Noel, but there was enough explanation of the back story that I was able to follow the story without issue. I found that I cared about the characters and cared that they found the HEA. There is a little mystery and some dark consequences for our hero. But love is set to conquer all. I kept having visions of a made for TV style Christmas movie (that is a good thing) – lots of bright colors and happy people dealing with serious issues in the best way they can… together.
Though Frost is set around the Christmas mythos, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a Christmas story. It is a story about the power of hate and, more importantly, the power of love.
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Cochet will be joining us on PBA today with a little interview. Be sure to check it out.
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