Title: Frost: A Rendezvous Collection
Author: Elise Faber, K.D. Wood, C.C. Ravanera & Kelly Martin
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Dive into this fun, sexy, paranormal romance anthology. A magical hotel and characters that crossover make these four standalone stories that take place in New Orleans around the holidays a don’t miss!
Fire and Ice by Elise Faber
Ten years ago, one mistake decimated Steph’s life. In the decade since, she has worked her ass off to scrape together some semblance of a happy life.
Now, the man responsible for the devastation has suddenly returned to Steph’s life and is demanding that she return home.
Dom may be tall, dark, and ridiculously sexy, but he’s also annoying and pushy, and Steph isn’t thrilled to be taking any of his orders, even when a group of Dalshie –- read: really bad guys who do all sorts of evil magic – show up to try to kidnap her.
Still, Steph doesn’t let anyone else fight her battles, not even when it’s easier to, and not even when the man who makes her heart pound and her soul spark to life is the one who wants to fight them for her.
She and Dom have to find a way to put aside the past and work together, but will the fiery attraction between them burn out before they have can have a shot a future?
Rendezvous in Room 311 by K.D. Wood
When Chief Warrant Officer, Brock Stephens, promised his fiancée, Captain Keely Green, until death us do part, he never expected death to collect on that promise so soon.
Every year they get only one night together in the haunted Hotel Toujours, deep in the French Quarter, where they spent their wedding night.
Despite an especially hard year while on deployment in Iraq, Keely wouldn’t miss this year’s anniversary date for anything. If everything goes as planned, she’ll have one chance to redo their forever. This time around, Keely’s not taking any crap from death.
No matter how high the price.
Wishes by CC Ravanera
One lucky visitor…You
One unfortunate djinn…Me
You get three wishes…
1. You can’t wish for more wishes.
2. You can’t ask me to kill someone or cause bodily harm to anybody.
3. You can’t ask for world peace or anything like that.
4. You can’t ask me to make other people love or hate you.
5. You can’t ask me to break all these rules.
But nobody told me what would happen if I broke these rules.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with you. You weren’t supposed to matter…yet now, I can’t think of a world without you in it.
Who can blame me for what I’m about to do?
The Things We Leave Behind by Kelly Martin
Five years ago, Will Jenkins’ wife was killed in a car accident on the way to the Hotel Toujours.
Three weeks ago, a hunter by the name of Jodi Granger shows up on Will’s doorstep talking about vengeful spirits and ‘moving on’.
Will’s wife is haunting room 614 at the infamous hotel… not just haunting… she’s become a vengeful, violent spirit.
Jodi needs Will’s help to guide the spirit into the afterlife because if it stays, it will become more and more violent and can destroy them all.
When it comes to death, it’s the things we leave behind, the things we need to say, that keep us here. Can Will help his wife find peace and at the same time, find his own?
I received an ARC from the publicist in exchange for an honest review.
Frost is a well-written, imaginative anthology. I loved how all of the stories centered around the Hotel Toujours—an odd hotel that offers something different for each of its guests. There is a common theme running throughout the anthology—love and discovery.
“Fire and Ice”
It was the first time I’d ever read anything by Elise Faber. I loved straight forward style and the honesty in her words.
“Fire and Ice” had great characters. Although these characters have appeared in other books (her Phoenix series and her LexTal series), I never got the feeling that I was missing something. There was enough back story included to let me get a good feel for each character.
My favorites were Dom and Steph. They were both strong characters who had to allow their walls to ‘thaw’. Once the walls came down, they were able to accept some hard truths in their lives.
Great story! I have added the Phoenix series and the LexTal series to my TBR. I can’t wait to read more about the evil twisted Dalshie.
“Rendezvous in Room 311”
KD Wood crafted an unexpected love story which I just loved. It was heartfelt and nearly moved me to tears.
I just loved the characters of Brock and Keely. They were an unlikely couple who experienced a great love. Brock was self-assured yet caring. Keely was strong and determined. The spark ignited between them was greater than any fireworks display.
I definitely did not envision how this would end. It blew my mind, but it was the perfect ending.
Great job Wood! It’s the third title I’ve read by her. She’s quickly becoming one of my go-to authors.
C.C. Ravanera is a new author for me. This will not be the last thing I read by her. Out of all the stories, I think “Wishes” was my favorite.
Once again, we get another set of well-developed characters in an interesting story. I loved her take on a djinn. Ambroise was a complex persona who tugged at my heart strings. It was obvious to me what was going on with Michele. But, just like Ambroise, I turned a blind eye hoping for a better outcome.
Ravanera wrote a beautiful timeless love story. It was so touching.
“The Things We Leave Behind”
Kelly Martin’s story was the appropriate final story. It just left me speechless.
Granted, I was suspect about the characters early on in the story, but the premise kept me reading. The character of Will was awesome. He was so broken. The death of his wife was tragic and it left him empty. He had nothing left to live for without this woman in his life.
Jodi was endearing. You knew she had a job to do, but it was more than just an obligation for her.
Another great love story to end an anthology built around paranormal romance.
I enjoyed Frost a lot. The stories stayed with you (seriously, I dreamt about the hotel). Each story had two constant characters, the hotel and Higgins. The details in each story were perfect. Finally, each story was full of emotion.
Frost will not disappoint you. It’s a must read anthology.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)
When she’s not writing best-selling dark and sexy paranormal romances, Elise is often found on the ice rink where she and her husband hold regular hockey date nights. She is the mom to two exuberant boys and addicted to Dancing With the Stars. The beaches, mountains and redwood forests of Northern California serve as inspiration for her books.
K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. She creates love stories and smokin’ southern erotica, but not your mama’s happy ever after. She’s a consumer of chocolate but not spiders and is completely composed of liquid awesome. When not in her office pounding the keys she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of Donut Shop close by, with her nose in a book.
C.C. hailed from the Philippines but now lives in England with her husband and two young boys. She works as a full-time nurse and absolutely enjoys it. When she’s not working she spends the rest of her time running around the house with the boys and spending quality time with her husband. In her spare time (whew!) she writes her books and dreams of becoming a ‘proper author’.
She’s addicted to coffee and chocolates. She loves reading books and waking up to the sound of birds early in the morning.
Kelly Martin is a bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and YA romance. She has been married for over ten years and has three rowdy, angelic daughters. When she’s not writing, she loves watching horror gamers on YouTube– even though she’s a huge wimp– and drinking white chocolate mochas– decaf which totally defeats the point. She’s a total fangirl, loves the 80s and 90s, and has a sad addiction to a certain British boy band (shhhh). Her favorite characters are the ‘bad guys’– especially those who, in their mind, are the heroes of the story.