It’s surprisingly difficult for me to engage with characters in romances in spite of the fact that I write them. Or perhaps it’s because I do write them. In any event, I tend to steer clear of them unless I have a reason to read them, and in this case it was curiosity more than anything else that brought me to Frost Fair.
Prior to this, I had only known Erastes as a reviewer who was tough-minded but eminently fair. I am so glad that I took the chance because I genuinely enjoyed both story and characters. Yes, it’s a little lightweight, but it has a lot of appeal, with well-written characters — particularly Gideon and Mord — and a wealth of detail that really helps to make both time and place come alive. Because it is a romance, I expected a HEA/HFN ending, and though I felt it was a bit rushed at the end, it was satisfying. There was a villain who I enjoyed detesting, which is always fun, and if the conflict revolved around information withheld, it was done in a way that made sense, which is more than I can say for most romances.
I will probably seek out more work by Erastes after having enjoyed Frost Fair, and that’s about the highest praise I can offer.