Chains of Frost by T.A. Grey
Series:Bellum Sisters #1
Published byGrey Ink Press on November 6, 2011
[WARNING: Chains of Frost is a sexy, fun adventure filled with potion making, alpha men, a vampire with a temper, and some succubus sisters not afraid to fight an ancient demon.]
Three Fates. Three Sisters.
When a will from her dead father decrees Chloe into the protection of the renowned vampire commander, Tyrian en Kulev, she does what any woman would do—and casts a spell. Things get worse for Chloe when the spell she and her sisters perform summons an ancient demon from deep within the earth. Now she’s being hunted by a demon set on killing her and must live at the aptly named Castle Death with the king of cold, Tyrian. Surprisingly, Chloe finds that she doesn’t mind her new Protector so much. His cold, impassionate nature needs a firm push to show his true colors, and Chloe thinks she’s just the one to do it.
Tyrian en Kulev always pays his debts. When Francis Bellum dies and orders Tyrian to act as his eldest daughter’s Protector, Tyrian resigns himself to the position. What should have been a simple deal–keep her in the castle, protect her–has turned difficult. Chloe comes to him with a demon trying to kill her and a sexy attitude that keeps invading his thoughts everywhere he goes. The little succubus easily grabs hold of the heart he’d kept locked away for so long and makes him feel once again. But can they defeat the demon that haunts her and can Tyrian overcome his past and move on to a new future with Chloe?
CHAINS OF FROST is a book I downloaded for free on Nook a long time ago.
At the time, I didn’t know it was erotica. It wasn’t until I looked it up to make this post that I saw that the author is now making it very clear that it is. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have downloaded or (years later) read it, because I am not a fan of erotica.
POV: Third person
Tense: Past tense
Setting: Multiple locations, present day
Sexual Content: explicit, for 18 yrs and up
Pet Peeves included: “Her sex” even in dialogue–c’mon who says that?
Brief Summary of the Plot
Three succubi sisters learn they have been bequeathed in their father’s will to powerful men–a demon, a vampire, and a shifter. Once the woman “comes of age” (meaning becoming a full succubus), she must go to live with the man for protection and for him to take care of her sexual needs. Chloe and Willow (twins) are close to coming of age. They perform a spell to stop the men from taking them, but it doesn’t work and releases a demon instead.
My Thoughts about…
- Characters: Chloe is pathetic and needy. She’s a really hard character to relate to. I understand about her having sexual needs because she is a succubus. It’s just the way she dealt with it and turning that into some version of love that irritated me. Willow is stronger but ends up succumbing to insta-love herself.
- Romance: There isn’t much in the way of romantic development. It is insta-love.
- Pacing: The book maintains a steady pace. I don’t have any complaints about the pacing.
- Suspense & Mystery: There really isn’t any other than a few times I wondered why their spell conjured a demon.
- Worldbuilding & Setting Details: There really isn’t much of this either. We do know that Chloe is in Norway, but that’s about it.
- Prose: There are punctuation errors. Overall, the word choices and sentence structure felt amateur. Also, every character has the same voice. The POV changes, but you can’t distinguish the POV by the voice of the character. They all sound the same.
- Plotting & Consistency: This is where most of my complaints are. There aren’t inconsistencies, but the way the plot progresses is jumpy and overdone. There are too many things going on at once to really care about one set of characters or get to know them well. Also, sometimes important scenes take place off-stage, which bothered me. One thing I have to say surprised me was that it wasn’t all about the sex. The author did a good job of coming back to the problem with the demons.
Hooked or Not?
No, I wasn’t hooked by CHAINS OF FROST. Even if I put aside the fact it’s erotica–a genre a don’t usually read, I can’t say I’m sold on the book. The writing just wasn’t up to the caliber of the majority of other books I have read. However, it wasn’t the worst. At least the author had a basic understanding of spelling and grammar.
If you want a quick read with lots of sexual content, you might give this book a try. Some readers love it. I guess it just wasn’t for me.
Related Discussion Question
Do you like to stick to one or two main characters throughout a story, or are you okay with jumping around between five or six different people (each getting about equal time on-stage)?
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