Reine knows marriage isn't about love. It's about making the best bargain you can with what you have and then living with the consequences. Wedding vows are alliances given voice, and I do is on the tip of her tongue.
Ennis is a man on a mission to woo the future Araneidae maven, whether she wants him or not. Her clan is wealthy, prosperous and in dire need of the one thing his people have to offer-protection. But one look at her and all thought of his obligations vanish. He'll court Reine, but he wants the feisty heiress all to himself.
Forced to entertain offers from her bevy of suitors, Reine is torn between duty to her people and loyalty to herself. Ennis is the man she wants, but is he the future paladin her fragile clan needs? She can choose to lead with her head or, for once, she can follow her heart.
I really liked this prequel and can't wait to listen to the full length story. This gives me a glimpse of Reine and she's a very likeable character. There are some great lines. I love her friend Isolde as well. Looking forward to more.
About the narrator: Leah Christine Will does a great job with nice voice inflections and tone. Very impressive.
I received a review copy of this audiobook.
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I was really interested in this series, and thrilled to see it in audio. This is a quick story and, I hope, taste of things to come.
It is a fantasy, the world isn't fully fleshed out, more of a rough idea. That is understandable because it is such a short read.
I like the main character Reine, she really knows how to take care of herself. I love a girl with sass and deadly weapons. She doesn't let a smexy man walk, or kiss, all over her. Not without permission!
Ennis is bold and sure of himself, perhaps too much, His lady is sure to take him to task and let him know his place. He only needs to learn that lesson once! He is so yummy though!
There is a bit of steam here, not as much as I would like. But more than enough to get a gal hot under the...um collar.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Leah Christine Will, who is new to me. I liked the tone of her voice and her characterizations. My problem had to do with the pacing, it was quite slow. There were also times when she hits her consonant way too hard. With more practice she could develop a great read, but this is early times. It wasn't terrible, and playing it at double speed helped.
I am interested in seeing more of this series. I know they are out in print/ebook, but i am going to dream of them in audio too!
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A great prequei to the Araneae Nation series. I love seeing a glimpse into the lives of Lourdes' parents when they were young. Hailey has given us yet another fantastic story to delve into and I cannot wait to read more. The only thing is, it's too short. I wish there were more.
A Heart of Ice is an outstanding romance, set in an alternate world where two kinds of sentient beings exist. One is more or less human, the other is a kind of fanged hybrid with venom. Gripping plot and story. Leah Christine Will delivered a stellar performance. Her characters were distinct, her tones were perfect. I was never confused who was speaking, and more importantly, what the character's attitudes were. Excellent narration.
The short prequel that I received kept me wanting more. It was well written the story was good makes me want more. I received the audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review