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A Hint of Frost: Araneae Nation ( Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Hailey Edwards
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Book Description

Hope dangles by a silken thread.

Araneae Nation, Book 1

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan's new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys's first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.

Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes's sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she's worth her silk or if she's spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, "What does dragon taste like?" Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "The author spins an action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal, with an endearing romance at it's heart. I adore a good marriage of convenience tale that ultimately turns into much more - and this one is exceptional." - Rated 4 1/2 Stars by RT Magazine
    "Are you a Game of Thrones addict? Have you started referring to your girlfriends as "wenches" and the husband as "my lord," really pushing for that "your grace" title you so desperately want? Well, Hailey Edwards's Hint of Frost might just be the book you've been looking for." - Heroes and Heartbreakers
    "I have to honestly say this is one of the most unique worlds I have read in quite awhile and I fell in love with every page of it. The world building in this book is phenomenal and I can't wait to read more from this author and this series." - Judging the Book by its Pages

    "For a novel with such a chill throughout, the author's lush writing provides an especially warm and welcome counterpoint. I found myself lulled by her rhythmic use of sentences, some long and textured and other short and sparse. Readers who enjoy minimalist writing with few descriptors would do better looking elsewhere for a fantasy fix; Edwards is a devout sensualist." - Critique de Book

    "I loved this story." - Night Owl Reviews

    Nominated for a 2012 RT Reviewers' Choice Award

    2012 EPIC Awards Finalist

    Book Description

    When her mother is murdered in her nest, Lourdes has one choice: she must marry before her own nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

    Rhys’s clan is starving, but their taste for the Araneaean flesh makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Yet Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart. When her sister is captured, they pursue their enemies, where she will discover if she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1574 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 17, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0065TF8Q6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and imaginative April 17, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Every once in a while, I stumble across a book that actually treads new ground; one that is fresh without being weird; one I find myself excited to tell everybody about. This is one of those books.

    Someone has murdered Lourdes' parents, making her the new maven of her clan. With the deaths of their rulers, the clan's protectors have turned on them and Lourdes must move quickly to find help. She agrees to marry Rhys, the prince of a feared warrior race. In exchange for the union, Rhys will provide his people to protect hers. And just when it seems Lourdes is pulling everything together, her sister disappears.

    Lourdes and her new husband must travel out of her familiar territory to find the missing girl. On the way, she slowly begins to unravel his secrets. Rhys is much more than the cold killer everyone thinks him to be. In fact, he is quite stalwart and vulnerable. Their love story is very satisfying. One of the things I liked so much about it, is that it unfolds in a way that made me believe it. We see them peeling back the layers of armor between them, reveling in the real people beneath. It's really very sweet, without ever being saccharine.

    While the love story is a big draw, there is also a solid plot moving the story forward. Lourdes and Rhys are working not only to find her sister, but to figure out who killed her parents and why. The pacing is good; I never found it predictable; and the world building is fascinating. The clan Lourdes leads spins powerful threads from their hands, sort of like spiders. They make virtually unbreakable armor, which grants them great wealth. They are a peaceful people, with unique traditions. And as we learn about them, we pick up bits and pieces about the neighboring clans, each with own ways of life.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Original Romantic Fantasy with Just A Taste of Steam April 17, 2012
    By Jess
    Format:Kindle Edition
    While I admit that I probably would've fared better had I had a map of the clans or perhaps a glossary with my copy, I absolutely adored this story. Had it not been for the multiple instances where poor Lourdes' bosom was exposed to all and sundry, this would have been rated higher, but even with the abundance of that major pet peeve of mine, this was a very solid read.

    The originality of the universe Ms. Edwards has created along with the multi-faceted characters grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me go. I know it sounds cliche, but I quite literally couldn't put it down. Rhys is easily a favorite hero of mine, and the well-paced developing romance between him and Lourdes had just the right hint of steam.

    Recommended for fans of dangerous (yet awesome) heroes, headstrong heroines, and fantasy adventure with just a dash of heat. 4/5 Stars

    {This book was received, free of charge, from the author in exchange for an honest review. The full review appears on The Romanceaolic}
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars warning, explicit content March 14, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The book as far as I read had a pretty good story line and is interesting to boot, but partway into the book the content became sexually explicit. Really ruined it for me. I don't think I'll be finishing it anytime soon. Really not a young adult book. I would definitely have not gotten this book if I had known.

    EDIT: After skipping the erotica, the rest of the book wasn't too bad until they get married at the very end and it gets explicit again. I have deleted this off of everything I own because I could dare risk one of the kids seeing it.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not Frosty at All! October 10, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    Lourdes becomes the new maven of the Araneidae clan after her parents are poisoned. Not only that but she also makes a deal to accept Rhys, a Mimetidae clansman, as her partisan aka husband to protect the safety of her clan.

    As the main character, Lourdes has a strong sense of duty towards her clansmen and a loyalty to protect them and do whatever she must to save them. Her character attributes help her make the right decisions and strive for loyalty ultimately helping her in her relationship with Rhys. Alternatively, Rhys comes off as a man's man but deep down he has a caring side that he shows to Lourdes right away. He puts his trust and faith in her and allows her to lead. The sexual tension between Lourdes and Rhys was pleasantly palatable throughout the whole work.

    The hard part about the book for me was getting all of the names and different types of characters straight. In the beginning getting trust into a different type of world and not knowing what anything meant was hard to figure out. Ultimately the author did a good job explaining what things were and how things ran in the different clans.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Striking Romantic Fantasy December 18, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The Aranae Nation series is probably one of the stranger things I've tried to wrap my head around recently. Are they part dragon, part spider, part vampire? The people are definitely something 'other' and that is what made me instantly enrapt in A HINT OF FROST. Each clan seems to have different traits that set them apart from others. Some eat flesh, others spin silk, and so on. It's rare a fantasy setting can be so intricate, yet vague and keep me interested but Edwards did an amazing job.

    As far as the plot goes, the blurb covers it pretty decently. A marriage of convinience between two very different people brings lots of surprises, twists, and naturally an eventual love connection. But the getting there is plagued with misconceptions, secrets, and duty.

    There were a few flaws to the plot that had me raising an eyebrow and wondering how the characters could have really pulled certain things off. But aside from one that fantasy readers might instantly find problematic, I didn't find it so hard to 'just go with it'. It's an entertaining journey tale with a romantic union at the center, for a romance reader, there's really nothing to dislike in that regard. Rhys is quite alpha--something readers of my reviews know I don't generally like--but not brutish which made me really like him. Lourdes was a little tougher to like as I found her a tiny bit Mary-Sue-ish but she's not without things that make her fate something you'll care about either.

    Though I didn't quite love it, A HINT OF FROST is a read I would recommend to fantasy readers who like romance and vice versa. It's just the start of a series which means more adventures in a world building set I personally found exciting, I definitely want to read more of it. be sure and check out A FEAST OF SOULS which released today!

    Notes: Review copy received via author.
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    A cupcake enthusiast and funky sock lover possessed of an overactive imagination, Hailey lives in Alabama with her handcuff-carrying hubby, her fluty-tooting daughter and their herd of dachshunds.

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