Reviewed by Morgan
Title: The Heart of Frost
Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Series: North Pole City Tales #2
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 3 hours, 4 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book: We meet Jack and Rudy in book one (Mending Noel) as a couple – this is their back-story and their future. Using Kris Kringle as a Divine Father and Jack Frost as the Prince of the Land and the Mouse King as the Evil dictator, Charlie Cochet has created a unique and hysterical Christmas land wherein the Rein Dear are Pilots who usually mate up with Sugar Plum Fairies and NOT the Elves. (You can definitely read this as a stand alone, but I suggest reading the series in order for the most enjoyment.)
Before Rudy, Jack had a heart so frozen he had no compassion and was feared throughout all the land. Rudy came along and thawed that heart, showing him love. At this point in the story, they’ve been a couple for hundreds of years, but only recently have they become public knowledge. Rudy has just moved into the castle and his presence is causing lots of trouble.
Rudy ends up in a suspicious accident and Jack ends up with a frozen heart again. Now it’s up to Rudy and his friends to try to unfreeze that heart before it’s too late.
Book one – which set the stage, is very light hearted, this is a bit more dark. It also has a bit more passion in it but is still full of the Christmas Charm found in Mending Noel.
I absolutely love the Christmas-isms and the different roles all our favorite characters play in this alternate reality. How can you not laugh at curses like Holy Holly?!
As an established couple, the romance in this was a bit more downplayed, but the relationship was more of a focus. It was still very sweet and tender and moved the couple closer, even after hundreds of years together.
I highly recommend these novellas to anyone looking for a light holiday read full of fun and magic. I understand there will be another this Christmas.
Review – Audio: Robert Nieman does an excellent job with the narration. He’s crisp and clear, does well with the pacing and the emotion. He doesn’t do a lot with the voices, but it is still a very enjoyable way to experience this book.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*