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Monday, September 5, 2016

Frost Line by LInda Howard and Linda Jones- Feature and Review

A riveting, imaginative new novel of paranormal romance from bestselling authors Linda Howard and Linda Jones. Lenna is Strength, a manifestation of the Tarot card, and powerful beyond reckoning. But when she's pulled into the human realm, tasked with protecting a young boy, everything is thrown into chaos. Lenna's not supposed to be here, interacting with mortals. She's definitely not supposed to be drawn to the sexy mercenary sent to retrieve her by any means necessary . . .

As a Hunter for magical beings, Caine's duty is simple: return this compelling, impossibly attractive woman—or eliminate her. Instead he's drawn into Lenna's dangerous rescue mission and blindsided by his growing feelings. But there is more than one enemy to contend with. And as the clock runs out, failure means not just the loss of an innocent life and the woman Caine has come to love, but the destruction of Lenna's entire world.


Frost LineFrost Line by Linda Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a 2016 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I always enjoy Linda Howard and Linda Jones’ collaborations, but judging by the synopsis and the book cover, I was not sure if this was my kind of book. Paranormal romance is no longer a big draw for me, but I still like to read one from time to time. Although the book is listed as a mystery thriller, it is definitely paranormal, but also has strong sci-fi/fantasy elements, in my opinion, and normally I pass on those genres, but I couldn't take a pass on these authors because I love their other books, so I was determined to approach this story with an open mind.

The story got off to a good start, but I confess I got a little lost with the Tarot card symbolism, since I have never seen or touched a deck of Tarot cards. However, I managed to grasp the gist of the situation, and was able to follow the story despite my ignorance on that front.

Elijah is a young boy who witnessed his mother’s death at the hands of her politically powerful lover. He is now being hunted and is in desperate need of help. Unwittingly, he summons Leena, the living manifestation of the ‘strength’ card.

Rising to the occasion, Leena is determined to see justice done for Elijah’s mother and protect the child from the danger he is in. However, a ‘Hunter’ named Caine, is out to see Leena sent back to where she came from. But, Leena stands her ground, refusing to leave until her mission is complete. Thus begins an unlikely partnership between Leena and Caine, one that develops into something much more. But, what will happen once their mission is complete?

This is quite an imaginative story, and I enjoyed getting to know Elijah and loved how Caine and Leena put aside their personal agendas to protect him.

There are sub-plots going on too, with Leena dealing with some fierce competitions and another person lurking in the shadows looking for Elijah.

“His own childhood hadn’t been all that great. He’d seen kids who lived worse lives than he had, but seeing other people miserable didn’t help your own misery; it just gave you company. He could have done with less company.”

Although I had a hard time getting into the tarot card manifestation part of the plot, I enjoyed the book and really liked the way everything turned out in the end. This was a nice change of pace for me and I’m happy I decided to give the book a try.




Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Linda Howard lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F. Howington, and two golden retrievers. She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

Linda Jones is one of the pseudonyms of Linda Winstead Jones. 

She has written more than fifty romance books in several subgenres, including historical and fairy tale romance as well as romantic suspense. In the paranormal genre she’s written both contemporary and historical stories of ghosts and ghost-hunters, time-travel, psychic phenomena, and fantasy set in alternate historical worlds. 

She’s an award winning author and three-time RITA finalist. Writing as Linda Fallon, she won the 2004 RITA for paranormal romance. Her recent releases include her popular Columbyana-set fantasy stories for Berkley Sensation and the contemporary paranormal romance Raintree: Haunted. She has published as Linda Jones, Linda Winstead, Linda Winstead Jones, Linda Fallon and Linda Devlin.

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