Review: Chains of Frost by T.A. Gray (18+)


ChainsoffrostSource: Freebie

 The Bellum Sisters #1
Ebook, 322 pages
 Paranormal Erotica
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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 an erotic novel centered around three sisters, who are succubi. As a result of their father’s death they have been ‘given’ to one of three leaders in hopes that they will be protected from harm and provided with the sex they need once they hit maturity at 29. Overall I found this one to be sort of formulaic and shallow, but with hints of promise.

The story flips between four points of view during this: Chloe, Willow, Tyrian, and Henry. Chloe and Willow are twins and have both turned 29, so having their point of views made sense. Tyrian is Chloe’s chosen Protector, so his was rare but understandable. But then comes Henry, a random warrior under Tyrian who gets his own chapters here and there..and it was a bit oddly placed. I didn’t know enough about him to understand why he warranted portions of this book own his own, I don’t think I would have minded if he had gotten chapters later in the series once we’ve had a chance to get to know him…but as it stands it seemed unnecessary. Another issue I had with this was the cliches, and while they do work in making the story easy to read and somewhat enjoy it sort of takes a lot of the fun out of it because you’ve probably already read something similar. The three sisters are exactly what you’d expect. Chloe is the ‘normal’ one, who considers herself plain. Willow is the headstrong female, who doesn’t like to have anyone lord of her and doesn’t feel she needs protection. And Lily is the free spirited one, who doesn’t match her clothes and isn’t afraid to seduce men. The three men are also fit into their perfect molds. Tyrian is the brooding vampire with ten foot walls around his heart. Lyonis is the alpha male shifter who has issues with taking no for an answer. And Telal, a demon who is a bit uptight and feels he has more important things to do than be with anyone.

Chloe and Tyrian’s story is the classic lust to love move that a lot of erotic novels follow now, but they’re overall story isn’t too bad. I did find myself wanting Tyrian to thaw out a bit, and there were moments where the chemistry came through the somewhat forced writing. However I was really over Chloe’s “I’m going to make you mine” routine, and there were several times when I was trying to decide if she was just being ruled by succubus demands or if she was truly that desperate. It was basically sexual harassment for a good portion of the book, and though I knew it wouldn’t happen I wouldn’t have been surprised if Tyrian just snapped and tossed her out on her ass. Then there were the small chapters centered on Willow as she tried to escape Lyonis by running all over Europe. Lyonis is  a grade A creep…There is being an alpha, and then there is Lyonis…who has the weirdest way of talking and an incredibly hard time figuring out that ‘no’ means ‘no’ and not “I hear what your mouth is saying, but your body is saying otherwise”. Well damn dude, I’m pretty sure the brain trumps the needs of the body. The background story with the demon they accidentally summoned was pretty okay, but was mostly forgotten about towards the middle of the book.

Overall this one was okay, and due to issues with characters and writing I think it brought my enjoyment down a bit. This is a series I’m not sure I’ll continue on my own.

2.5 Stars

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