Author: Charlotte Stein
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/28/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Bisexual, Paranormal, Romance
Shy nurse Cora both dreads and lives for the moments she sees Zeke, an orderly at the hospital where she works. Zeke is too handsome, too compelling, too much, and seems totally unaware of Cora. But before she can bring herself to his attention, an explosion rips through the hospital Christmas party.
Zeke has noticed Cora—in fact, he’s so irresistibly drawn to her that he saves her from the explosion by turning her into a vampire, much to the jealousy and resentment of his partner, Merrick. Zeke hates being a vampire, and now that she’ll live, doesn’t want Cora to suffer his fate. If they can both resist the overwhelming instinct to bond, joining their bodies as Cora draws her maker’s blood, she might be able to return to her normal human life.
As Merrick uses every erotic trick to keep Zeke distracted from the blood passion, Cora becomes more and more drawn to both of her reluctant captors. And more and more happy to abandon her old life in exchange for an eternity with two hot immortal lovers. All she has to do is convince Merrick and Zeke that being a vampire isn’t all that bad.
I hate writing low star reviews, not least because it meant I wasted my time reading something I didn’t find any enjoyment in. Unfortunately, this is the case with Frostbitten.
We start the book with the heroine in some sort of fugue state (unable to stand, talk or even see clearly) listening to Zeke, one of our heroes talk to her (by the way I used the term hero and heroine loosely, they were not heroic). I was sure it would turn out she had been roofied, but no – it was just a result of talking to such a specimen of a man. It was intense and confusing and the pace didn’t stop.
Everything in the story seemed rushed. There were few descriptions of scenes, and what was there was odd. There is a creepy straw doll in one room that is described but it served no purpose in the story whatsoever. I’m not sure what Cora looked like, and had only a vague sense of the men. One had blue eyes and they were both tall.
The sex scenes felt like I was listening to someone call out twister moves but I couldn’t actually see the players to know where they were in the scene. It wasn’t erotic at all and very bland.
I didn’t buy the fated love “fever” they supposedly found themselves in. Merrick was cold and cruel and Cora’s feelings for him do a 180 declaring him really kind underneath everything. It was dumb.
The dialog felt stilted in some parts and juvenile in others. People don’t talk the way these characters talk. I wanted to include a quote but I couldn’t choose.
The short of it is I did not like this book in the least and can’t recommend it at all. Final note, other than the characters starting out at a Christmas Party, this had nothing to do with Christmas and yet it was part of a holiday bundle. Very disappointed.
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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