/ Netgalley / Arc Review / Frost and Flame (Gods of War, #2) / Gena Showalter / – Beckie Bookworm

ARC REVIEW

Release Date-September 17th 2019
Publisher-Harlequin Books
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-384 pages

From Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld saga, comes Frost and Flame, the second book in the scorching paranormal romance series Gods of War.

Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wields over him, but she alone can rain vengeance upon his wife’s killer.

Unaware of her destiny to rule as queen of beasts, Nola battles illness, addiction and vulnerability. With Bane, however, she experiences pleasure for the first time, and only wants more. But being with him comes with a terrible price.

With enemies lurking around every corner, Bane and Nola must fight to survive. But time is running out, and neither can resist the sizzling attraction blazing between them. Will their romance save the beast and his beauty, or destroy everything they’ve come to love?

MY REVIEW
Frost and Flame by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this is the second book in this imaginative new series and this time around we are experiencing foster sister Nora’s story. I actually connected with this story much more than its predecessor and rated this one much higher. I think that maybe for a multitude of reasons. one biggee being that Nora herself is a lupus and fibromyalgia sufferer. I myself have fibro so I really felt able to identify with her on a huge level. I could feel her struggles and easily walk a day in her shoes this really helped me to understand her mindset. So brief recap Earth is a gladiator arena where representatives from each realm get to battle to the death for planetary ownership. We are smack amid the 103rd All-war and only one victor can emerge triumphant for there king or queen all else will die. So Bane of Adwaeweth is the champion from his world. Sent here by an unscrupulous Queen who murdered his wife in cold blood he lives for his vengeance. This is where Nora comes in a princess with the ability to become a Queen Bane needs her to despose and annihilate his hated ruler taking her place at the helm. The males of Bane’s world all carry an inner beast, a fearsome and murderous dragon that only a Queen can keep reined in and shackled. Bane originally and wrongly pegs Nora as weak and treats her initially quite abysmally. He also feels drawn to her which he battles at every turn, feeling disloyal to his dead spouse. His inner dragon also seems to have a beef with her so her obstacles to overcome seem just so immense. He does eventually come to realise that strength of character and spirit can be just as formidable as the brute force he has previously admired and that might comes in many forms. I liked that Bane tries to compensate for his previous contempt and that he was able to admit when he was in the wrong. I adored the dynamic between Nora and Bane and also the friendship with Zion who for his own personal reasons seemed to just want to help her. We also get to see all the bits we wondered at from the previous book which was fab. this really was a really great addition to the series and I enjoyed myself here very much.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Frost and Flame (Gods of War, #2)