Frost and Flame (Gods of War, #2)
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?

Frost and Flame (Gods of War, #2) Details

TitleFrost and Flame (Gods of War, #2)
Author
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherHQN Books
ISBN-139781488085918
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Dragons

Frost and Flame (Gods of War, #2) Review

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS You are my salvation and my damnation, rolled into one beautiful package.” Well hot diggity damn, this was great! I'm so happy I gave this series another shot after not quite connecting with the first book, because this one officially hooked me. The connection and chemistry that I found lacking in the first one was absolutely incendiary in this one. Pun intended.I was so curious about Bane and Nola's book from the second they appeared inShadow and Ice. The story here runs parallel to t 4 STARS You are my salvation and my damnation, rolled into one beautiful package.” Well hot diggity damn, this was great! I'm so happy I gave this series another shot after not quite connecting with the first book, because this one officially hooked me. The connection and chemistry that I found lacking in the first one was absolutely incendiary in this one. Pun intended.I was so curious about Bane and Nola's book from the second they appeared inShadow and Ice. The story here runs parallel to the one in the first book. But I will say that if you haven't read the first, you may struggle in parts. This story doesn't go as much into depth into some of the background given in the first, so I'd definitely recommend giving that a read before diving into this one.Bane was a hero that was impossible not to love even if his hot and cold behavior did make me want to jock punch him more often than not. A dragon shifter, he's a fierce warrior that is bound to the command of an evil queen that he's sworn vengeance on. Determined to win the third All War in order to achieve his goal, he knows immediately that Nola plays an intricate part in his revenge.Nola and Vale are foster sisters and tight as thieves. And while I liked Vale's character, I absolutely loved Nola. There's just something so endearing about a woman that's dealing with an opioid addiction due to her fibro and lupus yet is still fierce as hell. This is not a woman that takes her situation lying down. Her body may be weak, but not her spirit. And I absolutely loved watching her fierceness grow with each chapter. She's definitely much more than a simple mortal.The connection between Nola and Bane is instant, even though Bane fights it tooth an nail. Knowing what Nola's destiny is doesn't help this matter. Bane already loved and lost, and he's not looking to let another soon to be evil loyal get her hooks in him. But the more time they spend together, the more he sees just how different Nola is.As per usual Showalter fashion, the quips and zingers are on point. With a splash of her signature humor and banter, the romance was everything I needed! I loved the internal monologue and I absolutely loved the two of them together. There's a secondary character introduced that I can't wait to learn more about, especially with the twist you learn in the end. I'm happy to report that while I felt overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information and too many characters in the first book, this was nothing like it. There was just enough story and plenty of romance to make this an absolute page turner. I did wish we got a little more in the end there because it did feel like it wrapped up much too quick for all of the build up, but it was still satisfying. I'm thinking we'll be getting a little more on these two in the next book, but even if we don't, there's still a satisfying enough conclusion.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    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 he 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)Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is such an interesting series. The hero, Bane, is a combatant in the All War; a war where there is a member from each realm sent to fight to the death to claim a new realm. Bane is Adwaewethian, a race where the males are possessed by a beast that they transform in to. He is chosen to compete, but also to locate a royal and eliminate her. Nola is a sickly human who finds herself smack in the middle of an otherworldly war, not knowing that she is a hybrid royal. I loved Nola! She was snarky, This is such an interesting series. The hero, Bane, is a combatant in the All War; a war where there is a member from each realm sent to fight to the death to claim a new realm. Bane is Adwaewethian, a race where the males are possessed by a beast that they transform in to. He is chosen to compete, but also to locate a royal and eliminate her. Nola is a sickly human who finds herself smack in the middle of an otherworldly war, not knowing that she is a hybrid royal. I loved Nola! She was snarky, but also insecure while Bane is a brute and takes no prisoners. The interactions between these two are hilarious. Looking forward to reading more in this series.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I have been looking forward to Frost and Flame for the longest time as I loved Knox and Vale in the first book immensely. Nola Lee and Bane were delicious. I loved how their relationship almost seemed kismet and how their story ran parallel to the first book. While this story was great, I will admit that I was not as connected to them right away. I was mildly frustrated that neither Bane nor Nola Lee were ever really together for long periods of time for almost half the book. The constant telepo I have been looking forward to Frost and Flame for the longest time as I loved Knox and Vale in the first book immensely. Nola Lee and Bane were delicious. I loved how their relationship almost seemed kismet and how their story ran parallel to the first book. While this story was great, I will admit that I was not as connected to them right away. I was mildly frustrated that neither Bane nor Nola Lee were ever really together for long periods of time for almost half the book. The constant teleporting minutes after they were reunited was a bit frustrating as I was hoping to see so much of the banter I loved in book one. I wanted to see and feel their connection earlier. Overall, though, I enjoyed this story and another story in the Gods of War series. I look forward to more books in this series. 4 stars! ~Ratula 
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  • Mackenzie Dering
    January 1, 1970
    Frost and Flame is very unique compared to the Shadow and Ice novel. The story begins with the awakening of immortal warriors from their prisons, and Vale and her sister, Nola, witness the scene, trapped in a cavern in Russia. So Nola has been dreaming about a man for years. His name? Bane of Adwaeweth. During some time of the book, she finally sees him in person. While this happens Vale, Nola's sister is captured by Knox. However, this novel isn't about Vale ladies and gentleman, its about Nola Frost and Flame is very unique compared to the Shadow and Ice novel. The story begins with the awakening of immortal warriors from their prisons, and Vale and her sister, Nola, witness the scene, trapped in a cavern in Russia. So Nola has been dreaming about a man for years. His name? Bane of Adwaeweth. During some time of the book, she finally sees him in person. While this happens Vale, Nola's sister is captured by Knox. However, this novel isn't about Vale ladies and gentleman, its about Nola. Anyway, so Bane of Adwaeweth is a shifting beast dragon warrior. Later in the book, we also find out that Bane is a vindictive bastard and is using Nola for his vengeance against his evil queen. However, he begins to feel something else than rage....he actually begins to feel something in his black as coffee heart....yeah I know right... shocking. So readers, if you are having a serious hard-on for a book right now, you have come to the right place. Frost and Flame by Gena Showalter is a dark and erotic novel that shouldn't be taken lightly. However, if what I described is your type of shit, then you should order the book right now. The hearts unravels, cringe lovable scenes are read, and curses are thrown at the author for not writing more, while pleas to heaven are cast for another book to come soon. I received an ARC copy of Frost and Flame by Edelweiss to give my honest review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Frost and Flame runs pretty parallel to Shadow and Ice’s timeline. Both Vale London and her sister Nola Lee find themselves in a frozen cavern in Russia where they witness the awaking of immortal warriors from their frozen prison. While Vale is grabbed by Knox, Nola finds herself face to face with Bane of Adwaeweth, a man she’s been dreaming about for years.Bane is a fearsome shifting warrior with a beast dragon inside. He requires Nola for his revenge plans against his evil queen, he just never Frost and Flame runs pretty parallel to Shadow and Ice’s timeline. Both Vale London and her sister Nola Lee find themselves in a frozen cavern in Russia where they witness the awaking of immortal warriors from their frozen prison. While Vale is grabbed by Knox, Nola finds herself face to face with Bane of Adwaeweth, a man she’s been dreaming about for years.Bane is a fearsome shifting warrior with a beast dragon inside. He requires Nola for his revenge plans against his evil queen, he just never expected what he found in the package Nola provides for his next potential queen. Gods of War is a dark, bloody and an erotic series. Showalter balances the individual personalities’ darker sides with humanizing them with humor and real-life problems to the reading audience. Frost and Flame was quite riveting, with white knuckle reading and cringe worthy battles. Although this is not a story for the lighthearted reader, I highly recommend this book to any reader that likes some darkness in their paranormal romance. I received this ARC copy of Frost and Flame from Harlequin - HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. Frost and Flame is set for publication Sept. 17, 2019.FRONTLIST | On Sale Date: September 17, 20199781335505040, 1335505040Mass Market$8.99 USD, $11.99 CADFiction / Romance / Paranormal 416 pages | Announced 1st Print: 600KSeries: Gods of War (#2)6.6 in H | 4.2 in W | 0.8 in T | 0.4 lb WtSales Rights: Harlequin
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    The most feared immortal warrior in all War history, Bane of Adwaeweth is possessed by a bloodthirsty beast and he will stop at nothing to win and while he hates the power Nola Lee has over him, she can rain vengeance upon his wife’s killer. Nola is battling illness and addiction, but with Bane, she experiences pleasure for the first time and wants more but being with him comes with a terrible price. Their romance will either save them both or destroy everything they’ve come to love.The second b The most feared immortal warrior in all War history, Bane of Adwaeweth is possessed by a bloodthirsty beast and he will stop at nothing to win and while he hates the power Nola Lee has over him, she can rain vengeance upon his wife’s killer. Nola is battling illness and addiction, but with Bane, she experiences pleasure for the first time and wants more but being with him comes with a terrible price. Their romance will either save them both or destroy everything they’ve come to love.The second book in the ‘Gods of War’ series is an exhilarating experience that readers don’t want to miss. The author has a gift for making her worlds completely captivating and full of unique elements that makes every story a very enjoyable experience and this one is no different. The world itself it complex with lots of hidden facets, potential for backstabbing and utter violence but the story is about good fighting back against the tyranny and violence of their worlds. The fast paced plot is full thrilling suspense that has readers biting their nails and adrenaline pumping excitement that has gasping in surprise and expectation along with all of kinds of twists and turns that ensures that readers better not blink or they may miss something important. The characters themselves are strong, bold and easily grab readers’ attentions and the relationship between Bane and Nola is as complex as the war taking place. There is nothing typical in this story and every time readers think they know what will happen next…BAM, something unexpected happens. Beware, this story can be read as a standalone but takes place consecutively with the first one and of course the overall plot of the series isn’t one hundred percent complete.
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  • Franjessca
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review posted at Book Lovin' MamasIf you are a fan of Game of Thrones, then you will get some of that show mentioned in this book. I loved it. (Even though the ending of GoT still has me mad.) This book ends up better than GoT’s ending though. 🙂 Now I’m anxiously waiting for the next book because I want to know which warrior gets his/her book in the series. I’m hoping it’s Zion because readers will get to know him better in this book. Story Rating: 4 starsSteaminess Rating: 3.5 starsStandal Full Review posted at Book Lovin' MamasIf you are a fan of Game of Thrones, then you will get some of that show mentioned in this book. I loved it. (Even though the ending of GoT still has me mad.) This book ends up better than GoT’s ending though. 🙂 Now I’m anxiously waiting for the next book because I want to know which warrior gets his/her book in the series. I’m hoping it’s Zion because readers will get to know him better in this book. Story Rating: 4 starsSteaminess Rating: 3.5 starsStandalone or part of series: Part of series. I would recommend reading in order since the 2nd book is with different characters, but at the same time as the first book.Do I recommend this book? Yes.Will I read other books from the author? Yes.Tropes/Elements: Aliens/Gods and Goddesses; RevengeHero: Immortal/Warrior; Possessed with a Beast (Dragon Shifter); Alpha; ProtectorHeroine: Sick with Lupus/Fibromyalgia, but cured when she is around Bane; Strong-Willed; Sassy; Insecure at First; Has a Fighter in her
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I’m going to cut to the chase with this book. First off, I was looking forward to diving back into this world because I really enjoyed the first book of the series. However, I have discovered something about the writing in this book. As a fan of Showalter for many years, I can safely say that I have read quite a bit of her books so I am familiar with her writing style. However, it seems that she is changing up her style quite a lot in this series and to be honest, I’m not really sure 3.5 stars I’m going to cut to the chase with this book. First off, I was looking forward to diving back into this world because I really enjoyed the first book of the series. However, I have discovered something about the writing in this book. As a fan of Showalter for many years, I can safely say that I have read quite a bit of her books so I am familiar with her writing style. However, it seems that she is changing up her style quite a lot in this series and to be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about it.The narration felt really choppy to me, making it a little difficult to get into. I also found the book to be extremely predictable this time around, which is strange because Showalter usually keeps readers on their toes. But I knew a character was going to die almost immediately after they were introduced, so I don’t know if it was just me or if the book really did feel too foreseeable.However, I am going to keep trying the other books in the series because I like the premise of the series. It has an Immortals After Dark feel to it, so if you like Kresley Cole’s paranormal writing, then I think you will enjoy this. But the writing style of this book felt more like Cole’s YA series, the Arcana Chronicles, which I actually wasn’t a fan of. So I guess I will have to learn how to deal with the chopping style.So while this book wasn’t a total hit for me, I am still looking forward to seeing what Gena has in store for her readers next.
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....Sometimes I can't wrap my mind around the fact that I'm read a different series by Showalter's. I'm so use to the other series, Lords of the Underworld that I have to pause and think for a second. Ha! don't you love when that happens? I'm sure as time goes on I'll start seeing this series as it's own. If you read the first book in the series then you've been waiting on this one. Frost and Flame happen at the same tim Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....Sometimes I can't wrap my mind around the fact that I'm read a different series by Showalter's. I'm so use to the other series, Lords of the Underworld that I have to pause and think for a second. Ha! don't you love when that happens? I'm sure as time goes on I'll start seeing this series as it's own. If you read the first book in the series then you've been waiting on this one. Frost and Flame happen at the same time as Shadow and Ice. So at times, you have an overlap of the two stories. Love when that happens in a series. Frost and Flame for me is slightly darker of a paranormal romance than Shadow and Ice was. I think you need to know that going in. Sure, it is just as good and Shadow and Ice, just heavier. You'll understand when you read it. Even though at times I felt that Bane is heavy-handed and closed off, I liked him. Weird, I know. I don't know why but he isn't that bad. It's mostly on the outside, inside he has a softer more caring side that I enjoyed. He just needed someone to remind him of that softness. I also enjoy Nola. She has so many health issues but carries on like a champ even when she's not treated very well. There are layers to her that took Bane a while to pick up on. I liked the idea of him being in her dreams before they meet. It's like their story was written in the stars. Their story was well worth the wait. I really enjoyed it! Follow me on:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for an honest review
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  • ◊♦ Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Great sequel to Shadow and Ice. Bane is one strong, sexy and sweet (alpha) hero and Nola was a kickass, smart and strong willed heroine. I loved them both and I’m so so so excited for the next book. This just keeps getting better.
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  • Tanya Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.  Today we have the blog tour for Gena Showalter’s Frost and Flame! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy of this fantastic new paranormal romance today. Frost and Flame takes us back into the All War and to the moment the warriors all wake from their ice prisons. We got Vale's story in Shadow and Ice. Now it is time to get Nola's adventure. I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.  Today we have the blog tour for Gena Showalter’s Frost and Flame! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy of this fantastic new paranormal romance today. Frost and Flame takes us back into the All War and to the moment the warriors all wake from their ice prisons. We got Vale's story in Shadow and Ice. Now it is time to get Nola's adventure.Nola is not in the best of the health, but has been looking forward to this trip to Russia for a long time and is not going to let her problems get int the way. However, getting lost and a runaway guide have left her in a position where her illnesses could really leave her in a mess. I thought Nola's conditions were very deep to look at and see through the sufferer's eyes. I think Gena did a great job of creating Nola's character with all that her health issues entailed.Frost and Flame gradually showed us new things that related Nola to the All War. She is not just some human who stumbled across an ice cave full of warriors. Bane knows this and has been secretly planning his vengeance using Nola for many years. During their story, Bane slowly comes to realize that vengeance is not what he wants from Nola. I felt like there was a lot of jumping from place to place to avoid the war and concentrate on the pair. We read of fierce training Nola goes through, but I didn't really imagine how intense it was until the final battle with Queen Aveline.I did feel like Frost and Flame was a bit choppy, but I loved seeing the relationship between Nola and Bane bloom. I may have missed the explanation, but I was not really clear on why Bane had the effect on Nola that he did when it came to her illnesses. Especially if there was another with Adwaethean blood in their circle, you would think that person would have had the same effect. If you picked up that piece, please let me know in the comments what the explanation was.Frost and Flame brought us characters with the same sarcastic and humorous traits we are used to with Gena Showalter and that is always a treat for me. It makes me laugh even in the most severe of circumstances. I am excited to see who gets focused on next in this series and how everyone works together to stop the war without joining Erik's group!It was also a lot of fun to get a glimpse of William's story at the end. You have to love William. He is definitely entertaining! Catch up with: SHADOW AND ICE (Gods of War, #1) Links Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google Enter Gena’s Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway This review was originally posted on Rantings of a Reading Addict
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  • melissafandomworld
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so let me start by saying that I loooove this world a lot and that the main characters in this one were just a joy to read about. I really like the characters in the series that I’ve met so far and am already looking forward to read more about them all in upcoming installments... but somehow I also feel a bit disappointed, as I also felt when reading the first book. I feel like there’s something ‘missing’ regarding the writing in this book. It sometimes feels like there’s just not enough dep Ok, so let me start by saying that I loooove this world a lot and that the main characters in this one were just a joy to read about. I really like the characters in the series that I’ve met so far and am already looking forward to read more about them all in upcoming installments... but somehow I also feel a bit disappointed, as I also felt when reading the first book. I feel like there’s something ‘missing’ regarding the writing in this book. It sometimes feels like there’s just not enough depth and development present regarding certain scenes and with the story line progression. It felt too shallow at times, unfortunately.Despite that, I am a fan of the set up of it all with the All war elements, the set of characters, the amount of action combined with magical elements and of course the steamy romance that Gena knows how to write so well. This was a contradictory read for me as there are parts I really loved but things that were quite disappointing as well. That’s why I’m giving it a 3 star rating. A 3 star rating means that I still very much enjoyed reading it but that I also have some more serious remarks. I’m still invested in the series tho and will definitely continue reading new books that the author will probably write. There are a lot of characters in need of their own spotlight and I’m quite excited for that. So, to me this isn’t Gena’s best work but the basics of the series has such promise and despite me having remarks on some things, it was still a really fast paced read for me. I’d definitely recommend giving this series a go if you’re looking for a new PNR/fantasy romance
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  • Escape_in_a_Book
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the heck out of this book!It. 👏🏻 Is. 👏🏻 So. 👏🏻 Good. 👏🏻As much as I love pretty much everything written by Gena Showalter, FROST AND FLAME has taken a special place in my heart. The heroine, Nola, is one of my favorite characters she has created. Nola has chronic autoimmune diseases and the way her imperfect life is written is well done. The pacing of the story of perfection. The chemistry is hopping of the pages. This is one of the best paranormal romance books I have read this year.😍 I enjoyed the heck out of this book!It. 👏🏻 Is. 👏🏻 So. 👏🏻 Good. 👏🏻As much as I love pretty much everything written by Gena Showalter, FROST AND FLAME has taken a special place in my heart. The heroine, Nola, is one of my favorite characters she has created. Nola has chronic autoimmune diseases and the way her imperfect life is written is well done. The pacing of the story of perfection. The chemistry is hopping of the pages. This is one of the best paranormal romance books I have read this year.😍I received an advance copy of this title via the publisher. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Frost and Flame is the 2nd book in the Gods of War series, this book is Bane and Nola's story. Frost and Flame has the same timeline as Shadow and Ice, but we are experiencing Bane and Nola's side rather then Knox and Vale.I think I enjoyed this story a lot more the Shadow and Ice, while a I loved Knox and Vale, but there's just something about Bane and Nola. They made me fall in love with them more.Nola is a really relatable character, she suffers with some different conditions and finds everyd Frost and Flame is the 2nd book in the Gods of War series, this book is Bane and Nola's story. Frost and Flame has the same timeline as Shadow and Ice, but we are experiencing Bane and Nola's side rather then Knox and Vale.I think I enjoyed this story a lot more the Shadow and Ice, while a I loved Knox and Vale, but there's just something about Bane and Nola. They made me fall in love with them more.Nola is a really relatable character, she suffers with some different conditions and finds everyday life hard. But being with Bane makes life easier for her. She's strong, loyal and stands up for what she believes in/wants.Bane is a Adwaeweth fierce warrior, that can shift into a dragon. He is strong, protective and wants revenge on his evil Queen that rules his world back home. But feelings start to develop between them, something Bane doesn't know how to handle.I can't wait for more books in this series. While I enjoyed seeing Bane and Nola's relationship develop, I want to see how this story will progress and how they will handle the All War of Terra.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    FROST AND FLAME was everything I hoped for after getting into this series through the first book last year. While the events take place at roughly the same time as the first book, we get a whole different set of people and things going on. And the romance takes the cake.Nola and her foster-sister Vale were traveling when they find a cave with many frozen and very attractive people in it. As they manage to escape their ice prisons, they begin to learn that they are in the middle of an All War, wh FROST AND FLAME was everything I hoped for after getting into this series through the first book last year. While the events take place at roughly the same time as the first book, we get a whole different set of people and things going on. And the romance takes the cake.Nola and her foster-sister Vale were traveling when they find a cave with many frozen and very attractive people in it. As they manage to escape their ice prisons, they begin to learn that they are in the middle of an All War, where aliens/creatures from other planets compete to decide who will rule the new realm. Nola finds herself with Zion, a man from a planet of men, who saves her in part because she is female.However, Nola felt herself drawn to another man who she had been dreaming of and communicating with for a long time. Bane is from Adwaeweth, which is a planet of essentially shapeshifters (dragons). Each generation has princesses that could be queens. His queen, Aveline, killed his wife and sent him to the All War. Bane is determined to get revenge. Aveline had sent breeders to Earth, and so, Bane knows there is a princess/queen whom he can use in his quest.As the action begins, there is plenty to keep the reader completely sucked in to this story. The characters were fantastic- I loved getting to know Nola and Bane. A major theme of the book is strength that comes from within, rather than that on the battlefield. Nola suffers from some debilitating conditions, and her strength on these is praised and obvious in the book. She's also got the typical sarcastic and brave attitude as other Showalter characrers, and I adore it all. Bane was an interesting character with his own world/culture that we learn about in the book, and it was easy to devour his side of things.Overall, this was a fantastic sequel that is everything I would have hoped for and more, with great world-building, super-steamy romance, and engaging characters. Highly recommend for fans of paranormal romance- this is a series you'll need to pick up! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge fan of Gena Showalter (the Lords of the Underworld series might be in my top 5 favorite series of all-time, although I stopped reading when William and Gilly didn't end up together), but this series is really missing the mark for me.I love a little will they-won't they, but the number of times these two went back and forth nearly gave me whiplash. Literally, one paragraph he has finally resigned himself to loving her and the next he's like "wow, no, hate this bitch, bye". Too much. I I'm a huge fan of Gena Showalter (the Lords of the Underworld series might be in my top 5 favorite series of all-time, although I stopped reading when William and Gilly didn't end up together), but this series is really missing the mark for me.I love a little will they-won't they, but the number of times these two went back and forth nearly gave me whiplash. Literally, one paragraph he has finally resigned himself to loving her and the next he's like "wow, no, hate this bitch, bye". Too much. I was pulling my hair out with frustration.It was just overall confusing too. We're here. Now we've portal-ed elsewhere. But, ahhhh, they found us. Portal again. Bane can't come this time. Now I'm with other guy. And more people. I was losing my mind trying to follow this plot line. And god, I'm kind of sick of heroines with low self-esteem like that's supposed to excuse their inaction.It's basically the plot from her other "games" series anyways where the different races are pitted together on the island, but at a much more confusing level.I'll go back to rereading the earliest LOTU books.
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  • Diane Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Highlander meets Hunger Games. The All War continues in book two of Gena Showalter’s God of War series, Frost and Flame. This is Bane of Adwaeweth’s and Nola Lee’s story. The All War Alliance was formed by alien races to limit the casualties of war when fighting for recently discovered territories. When a new realm is discovered each race can enter one warrior to compete to win the realm for their race. It is a battle to the death. Only one survivor is allowed. This time they are fighting for Te Highlander meets Hunger Games. The All War continues in book two of Gena Showalter’s God of War series, Frost and Flame. This is Bane of Adwaeweth’s and Nola Lee’s story. The All War Alliance was formed by alien races to limit the casualties of war when fighting for recently discovered territories. When a new realm is discovered each race can enter one warrior to compete to win the realm for their race. It is a battle to the death. Only one survivor is allowed. This time they are fighting for Terra (aka Earth).I enjoyed Bane’s and Nola’s story. They both have interesting histories. Both characters have suffered in different ways. They are good for each other. They grow. They make the other stronger and have amazing chemistry. I appreciated how Knox of Iviland and Vale London (book #1) played a role in this story.Gena Showalter does a nice job with this novel. Frost and Flame is skillfully written. There are politics, deceit, adventure, and romance. There are interesting twists that kept me engaged throughout. I suggest reading book one, Shadow and Ice, first. I recommend this novel to people who enjoy paranormal fantasies like Highlander and the Hunger Games. This series would make an excellent television or movie series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Frost and Flame Gods of War, Book 2 I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series The Characters: Bane of Adwaeweth: Nola Lee: Zion, Vale London, Knox The Story: This is not my favorite series by Ms Showalter. The characters and world building are excellent but there is something about it that just doesn’t completely draw me in. Bane is a many layered character. His own loyalties clouding his judgement at times. I personally feel close to Nola as I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia als Frost and Flame Gods of War, Book 2 I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series The Characters: Bane of Adwaeweth: Nola Lee: Zion, Vale London, Knox The Story: This is not my favorite series by Ms Showalter. The characters and world building are excellent but there is something about it that just doesn’t completely draw me in. Bane is a many layered character. His own loyalties clouding his judgement at times. I personally feel close to Nola as I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia also however a much more mild version for myself. I feel like I understand her even if my illness hasn’t been as severe. But I digress, a lot of action happens in this book. Travel all over the world and mysteries unfold. Overall I enjoyed it and am ready for the next installment The Random Thoughts: The Score Card: 3.75 Stars
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comGena Showalter’s Gods of War series has quickly become some of my favorite of her work to date. Brutal, comical, sweet and poignant, Frost and Flame took the battle for Terra/Earth to a whole new exciting level.I will mention first that readers who get squeamish reading gory fight scenes will probably not dig this series. At all. Because–whew!–Showalter doesn’t skimp on the intricate details of the many fights between the comb Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comGena Showalter’s Gods of War series has quickly become some of my favorite of her work to date. Brutal, comical, sweet and poignant, Frost and Flame took the battle for Terra/Earth to a whole new exciting level.I will mention first that readers who get squeamish reading gory fight scenes will probably not dig this series. At all. Because–whew!–Showalter doesn’t skimp on the intricate details of the many fights between the combatants. But then again, if you’ve read any of her Lords of the Underworld series then you’ve already seen the lengths she will go to for her readers to have an immersive experience. That is doubly true with both books so far in the Gods of War saga. Read More
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  • Beneath The Covers Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Full review can be found HERE --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
  • Firstpella
    January 1, 1970
    An OK story from Kresley Cole...oh wait, it’s Showalter, is too phoned in to be anything really more than standard here. Way tooooo cutesy H/h and predictable bad-girl-go-boom for the last few chapters drop down the enjoyment, too.
  • Anne Z.
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly I cannot say Frost and Flame was as good as Shadow and Ice. In my mind, italmost doesn’t compare.Bane and Nola kept ‘playing’ this game of ‘want you-don’t want you’ during most of the book. Although some tension is welcoming on a romance trope like that, this was a little too much. It made some sections of the book rather tedious. I also didn’t appreciate that it had the exact same timeline as Shadow and Ice. Yes, it was nice knowing what happened to Nola while Knox and Vale’s arc was deve Sadly I cannot say Frost and Flame was as good as Shadow and Ice. In my mind, italmost doesn’t compare.Bane and Nola kept ‘playing’ this game of ‘want you-don’t want you’ during most of the book. Although some tension is welcoming on a romance trope like that, this was a little too much. It made some sections of the book rather tedious. I also didn’t appreciate that it had the exact same timeline as Shadow and Ice. Yes, it was nice knowing what happened to Nola while Knox and Vale’s arc was developing, but this replayed every single scene that involved Vale and Know with Nola and/or Bane, just of-course from Nola’s and Bane’s perspective. In some occasions that was interesting, in others it made the story repetitive. I found myself skimming a good part of the book. All that being said, it was another great book by Gena Showalter. Bane’s character and his past experiences were touching, relatable, and made him easy to love.Nola was also an interesting character, brave and strong in her own way. Her body may be frail because of her illnesses but her mind and determination most certainly are not.Nola and Bane truly are perfect for each other. There was plenty of passion and chemistry between them and their personalities fit perfectly.I may not have loved this one as much as the first book in the series, but I still liked it a lot and will most certainly be reading the next one.
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  • Sonal
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!!I have been waiting for Bane's book with baited breath and I can't believe it's finally here.Let me tell you my heart was in my throat because I was scared out of my mind because of this book. My anxiety peaked because I was so worried something horrible would happen. But of course that was just Gena playing with my heart and man did I love it.Bane turned out to be the love of my life. I mean a beast who is a dragon shifter while also being borderline insanely vengeful? You know I had 4.5 Stars!!I have been waiting for Bane's book with baited breath and I can't believe it's finally here.Let me tell you my heart was in my throat because I was scared out of my mind because of this book. My anxiety peaked because I was so worried something horrible would happen. But of course that was just Gena playing with my heart and man did I love it.Bane turned out to be the love of my life. I mean a beast who is a dragon shifter while also being borderline insanely vengeful? You know I had to love him. I adore how he was portrayed in this story. Like sure he can murder people in his sleep but my man knows how to love. I almost couldn't stand him being so sweetly in love with Nola. A+ character arc! I am in love.So Nola is like a next level Goddess? Honest to God, I'd let her walk in heels all over me. Sure she has life threatening health issues but will she let that stop her from kicking divine arse? HELL NAW!!! This book doesn't hold back when it comes to the war. It has gory details, graphic violence and insane thrills. At the same time, Gena provides some extremely well timed humour and such sweet sweet love. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next. 200% hyped about the next story!!
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    A terrific second story in this new series by one of my favorite authors. Warrior gods from other realms land on Earth to fight for the planet and enslave its inhabitants. Well, humans don't take it laying down! A pair of sisters find the warriors and needless to say love connections form. This story runs parallel to the first in the series and has enough background that it is a standalone. The sickly Nola has been abducted by Zion and separated from Vale, her sister, and her medication. But it' A terrific second story in this new series by one of my favorite authors. Warrior gods from other realms land on Earth to fight for the planet and enslave its inhabitants. Well, humans don't take it laying down! A pair of sisters find the warriors and needless to say love connections form. This story runs parallel to the first in the series and has enough background that it is a standalone. The sickly Nola has been abducted by Zion and separated from Vale, her sister, and her medication. But it's the golden warrior Bane that she has a telepathic connection with and he has to get to her to avenge the death of his wife. He's a force as a fierce dragon shapeshifter beast and so twisted up in his hatred for the Queen of the beasts and any challenger to her throne that it effects his true feelings for Nola. As they fight to survive against the other warriors and her illness their connection grows and the soon chemistry turns hot. Bane is torn between his old feelings and the new ones that develop for Nola as they grow closer. Spectacular writing and a thrilling storyline with action, danger, fierce battles, foes galore, twists and turns, and a sexy romance in true Gena Showalter style makes for a fantastic read. I can't wait for the next story! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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  • Zoe Forward
    January 1, 1970
    This is book number 2 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I say this because it has been so long since I read book one that I forgot a lot of the details. Don't worry. The author catches the reader up on the past. It's an intriguing world--complex, magical, and filled with all kinds of otherworldly (actually other dimension) creatures who are fighting an All Worlds War to win earth.The main characters, Bane and Nora, were an interesting mix. Nora battles a mysterious chronic, debili This is book number 2 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I say this because it has been so long since I read book one that I forgot a lot of the details. Don't worry. The author catches the reader up on the past. It's an intriguing world--complex, magical, and filled with all kinds of otherworldly (actually other dimension) creatures who are fighting an All Worlds War to win earth.The main characters, Bane and Nora, were an interesting mix. Nora battles a mysterious chronic, debilitating disease that seems miraculously cured whenever she's near Bane. Bane doesn't want to like her. He wants to use her in his plot for revenge. Of course as the heat between the characters ramps up, Bane's revenge plot unravels a bit and Nora finds her strength. What a fantastic paranormal read in a time when romance needs to find the paranormal genre again. Thank you, Gena Showalter! However, this book is not for the faint of heart. The battle scenes are gory and the smexy scenes erotic. If you're looking for a book that doesn't leave things behind closed doors, does a beautiful job with characterization and description, then you've found your next read.I received an ARC copy of Frost and Flame to give my honest review.
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  • romancebookjunkie
    January 1, 1970
    Gena is one of my favourite authors for a reason and she has BROUGHT IT yet again with this one! I was eagerly awaiting this book as soon as I read book 1 (as the 2 stories happen in tandem) and yet she still somehow managed to surprise me with just how good it was. Paranormal world building was 👌🏻, the romance was 🔥, the bloodthirstiness was ⚔, and the humour was 😅. Our heroine hears a voice in her head that for some reason she can’t share with anyone... as in physically can’t. When the voice Gena is one of my favourite authors for a reason and she has BROUGHT IT yet again with this one! I was eagerly awaiting this book as soon as I read book 1 (as the 2 stories happen in tandem) and yet she still somehow managed to surprise me with just how good it was. Paranormal world building was 👌🏻, the romance was 🔥, the bloodthirstiness was ⚔️, and the humour was 😅. Our heroine hears a voice in her head that for some reason she can’t share with anyone... as in physically can’t. When the voice tells her to go to a remote location in the middle of Russia... she does and finds aliens (all completely humanoid) frozen in ice. When the ice cracks she comes face to face with these aliens battling it out for control of Earth as well as coming face to face with the voice in her head. This book does not overwhelm with world building and it flows really well. It is jam packed with action and a lot of blood that is somehow still mixed with humour into the perfect combination? I loved the heroine who is still kickass like all of Gena’s heroines, but her badassery was her strength of mind as she has debilitating illnesses. The hero was alpha yet never stepped on her toes or ordered her around. Cannot wait for the next book!
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    Nola finds out that it is her destiny to rule as Queen of Beasts.Bane is an immortal warrior of all time. He is possessed by a beast and controlled by an evil Queen.Bane is supposed to find Nola and kill her before she can be Queen. But when he finds her things change and Nola can finally be with a man without being sick. She has dealt with health issues her whole life and they seemed to be getting worse. So with her best friend they end up fighting to get Nola where she needs to be and to perfo Nola finds out that it is her destiny to rule as Queen of Beasts.Bane is an immortal warrior of all time. He is possessed by a beast and controlled by an evil Queen.Bane is supposed to find Nola and kill her before she can be Queen. But when he finds her things change and Nola can finally be with a man without being sick. She has dealt with health issues her whole life and they seemed to be getting worse. So with her best friend they end up fighting to get Nola where she needs to be and to perform the rite for her to be Queen because Bane wants the Queen they have now,dead. This book had me in all kinds of emotions as we read how sick Nola has been and when she is near Bane the pain is gone. She can finally be with a man for the first time. All the descriptions of the men in this book makes you think of Vikings.I received this from Inkslinger and NetGalley for review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this more than the first but for some reason it still didn’t grab me. The story was good but the banter felt forced and unnecessary. Ugh. I will still keep reading though. I’m intrigued to see where the storyline will go. Many more characters to read about.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided via EdelweissI was so so confused by this book. The prologue really drew me in, I loved everything that was happening and I was excited to read more! But then in Chapter 1, I just had absolutely no idea at all what was going on. How many years had passed? What was happening? Who were these characters?Sadly it never made much more sense and I was just very blah about the whole book.
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