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Frost Fair

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  359 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Gideon Frost is willing to do whatever it takes to earn enough money to save the printing shop that was left to him by his father. But when faced with the prospect of having to engage in acts society deems unnatural and the law declares punishable by death, he realized there are limits as to how far he'll go. Then he meets the privileged and handsome Joshua Redfern, the on ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published November 24th 2008 by Linden Bay Romance, Llp (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 29, 2014 vLadimiR rated it it was amazing

Beautifully written.

I've been fan of Erastes since reading Junction X, which was fabulously disturbing, and so far, she doesn't disappoint. I appreciate the considerable amount of research she put into creating the setting for this story. It was substantially vivid and realistic which almost made me feel like I was really there during the Victorian age.

But the heart of the story and perhaps the best part of it, was the dialogue. Gosh, who knew old English could be so romantic? I thought it woul
Nov 10, 2012 Ilhem rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, historical
2,5 stars

Frost Fair was an agreeable read at the beginning.
The setting of the story during what I learnt was the last River Thames Frost Fair in 1814 is a pleasant choice. The writing is elegant and precise, giving details without being too descriptive and depicts the atmosphere of these exceptional days in the Londoners’ lives.

Gideon is a young, beautiful printer who is struggling to survive and is mooning over Redfern who is rich, belongs to the ton and is mooning in return over Gideon. Both
Aug 19, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-fiction
So, it is 1814 and Gideon Frost is almost down to his last sou. While publishing has been reasonably lurative in the past, bad times have beset fair Gideon and he is reduced to the occasional dabble in prositution to make ends meet. But, hark our erstwhile hero, Mr Joshua Redfern, arrives on the scene to rescue sweet Gideon and perhaps divest him of his breeches.

I like historical novels. I do! I love the detail and manners and honor these gents have. The balls (of the dancing kind) and the silly
May 15, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it
The more I read of Erastes writing the more I appreciate the detail and obvious research she has done to recreate the time of which she is writing at the time. This novel is set in the early 19th century in the Winter of a year when the Thames in London froze over and traders took their stalls out on to the ice to sell their wares. As always the writing is so good and the story just flows. I loved the character of Gideon and found it disturbing the things he had to do to keep his head above wate ...more
Leslie Nicoll
Feb 03, 2010 Leslie Nicoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before the climate changed, Londoners were occasionally treated to a sporadic festival triggered by the freezing of the Thames River. This was known as the Frost Fair, where merchants hauled their wares onto the surface of the river, and citizens flocked to impromptu markets, drawn by the novelty and beauty of snow and the hastily-assembled stalls offering goods and food to the curious city dwellers. The final Frost Fair lasted four days in February, 1814; it provides the backdrop and opening sc ...more
Gerry Burnie
Nov 27, 2010 Gerry Burnie rated it it was amazing
“Frost Fair” by noted author ‘Erastes’ (Cheyenne Publishing, 2009) is a love story set against the backdrop of Dickensian London and the frozen Thames River, in 1814. This intriguing setting includes a carnival on ice, described by diarist John Evelyn as a “bacchanalian triumph,” thus completing the atmosphere for a superb, period romance. Moreover, Erastes populates this ‘unique happening’ with a fascinating array of characters: a handsome, honest tradesman; a kindly and loving patron; and a gl ...more
Mark Probst
Mar 31, 2009 Mark Probst rated it it was amazing
Erastes third novel (second released but third written) may be short (about 40,000 words) but is certainly not lacking in content. Though I had never heard of them, the Frost Fairs on the Thames River were real-life events that occurred whenever the Thames River froze over, which was usually once every 10 to 20 years. 1814, this story's setting, was the very last time the river froze. Frost Fair is the story of a struggling printer, Gideon Frost, who sets up business on the ice during the fair. ...more
Jess Faraday
Jun 26, 2012 Jess Faraday rated it it was amazing
It's a quick read--too quick for how enjoyable it was. I own the first-released version--the one with the cover not nearly as nice as this one--and it remains one of my favorite comfort-reads. But aside from the great characters and sweet romance, it's the setting that knocks me out. And in "setting," I include not only the meticulously researched and constructed physical surroundings, but also the social and economic realities of the time, always respected and never diminished for the sake of a ...more
A feel-good read for me. Yes I know it's not perfect, but for me it starts so far up that even those minor niggles didn't push it below 5*.
Elisa Rolle
Erastes writes a classical Regency romance with some not so classical elements. First of all, the obvious, the main characters are two men, but the second not so obvious, is that the main characters are not the cream of the ton, or some destitute nobleman, but instead common men, even if wealthy or with a business of their own.

Gideon Frost is a printer, but he has not a thriving business, instead he can hardly arrived at the end of the month. And sometime, to make both ends meet, he "sells" him
Feb 18, 2012 Matimate rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2012
Gideon Frost was man of honor and owner of little printing press shop. He was struggling on the edge of poverty and he was determinate to keep his shop and his little assistant whom he took out of the slums. Oh I forgot to mention that he was blonde beuty and little bit gay, which was slight problem in 1814. Scandal in society and noose in navy was risk to pay for that little affair. Joshua Redfern ogled handsome Gideon as much as Gideon longed for mr. Rendfern. Unspoken words were hanging in th ...more
Whatever else, this fic was what I needed right now. So what if the characters were all a tad melodramatic for my usually more postmodern sensibilities? It's something that I find seems to work in historicals for me, kind of, maybe, idk. Anyways, I just needed something a bit more straightforward, and with tension, but still idylic and charming, especially after the last thing I read. Of course, being the ironic postmodern I am, I'll take the time to complain about a few clearly very important ( ...more
Merry Farmer
Sep 09, 2011 Merry Farmer rated it really liked it
This was the first m/m Romance I've ever read. I picked it up when I realized that I'm going to have to write one at the end of the 4 book series I started this summer. I was worried that it would skate too close to erotica and was pleasantly surprised to find a sweet, almost innocent love story.

My only complaints are that it felt a little sparsely written. The author could have indulged in a lot more detail and it wouldn't have burdened the story. Also, just when I thought the characters had f
Apr 10, 2011 Cat rated it really liked it
This was a lovely title to read and was thoroughly enjoyable. The main character, Gideon, is self-reliant, smart, and stubborn but with a dash of vulnerability that makes you want to give him a hug. Joshua is a nice complement to Gideon which makes their relationship one that you root for. The winter tone the book develops for the reader reminds me of the same wintery tones that you'd find in books like A Christmas Carol or something similar. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars from me ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Wren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read a pdf version of this. Really enjoyed it. Not that I actually know anything about the time period, but it seemed to me that Erastes wrote true to life - the sense of danger surrounding the possible love between men was palpable. She gave me a villain to really grind my teeth about, and two heroes to cheer for despite one's stupid mistake and the other's bad fortune. The ending left me satisfied without sugar-coating.
Mar 13, 2010 Feliz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historical
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It was okay. The beginning was good and everything seemed to be going well. After Frost's press is sabotaged, however, the story seems really rushed and we jump from one point to another fairly quickly. The beginning allowed us to get a bearing on Frost's character but it left Redfern fairly unknown to us. We get a few scenes with him, but he doesn't seem to play that active of a role. Redfern's character felt very shallow and the relationship between him and Frost felt really underdeveloped to ...more
Dec 15, 2013 tacitus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-ebook
I was delighted with this novel for several reasons. Firstly, it doesn't include the usual cast of characters that one sees in regency era novels (i.e. titled lords, gossiping society chits, the jaded rake, etc.) For this one, we actually drop down a few rungs on the social ladder and deal with, well, regular people.

Second, we also aren't mired in the typical regency settings (ball rooms, Hyde Park, the card room at White's). The hero is a printer by trade, and it is clear that the author knows
Sep 29, 2011 Donnie rated it really liked it
I first found Erastes on a book give away ,I did not win, however I bought this book anyway. Her home page got me interested in her so I thought I would give her a try and I'm very glade I did. Frost fair was a very very good love story ,the setting and time period was so well writing I found my self often closing my eyes and imagining myself at the fair.As for the characters they were totally believable and well developed,even though the story was a little shorter than most books I read she di ...more
This is essentially professional slash fiction, set in London in 1814 during a winter so cold that the Thames freezes, allowing traders to set up stalls on the ice—hence the book's title. The book is readable—the research seems thorough, and the prose is quite good. However, the characterisation is by numbers and stereotypical, with much made of the love interests' physical difference (blond and androgynous versus older, taller, dark complexion), and I didn't find the romance believable or the s ...more
Jon Wilson
Aug 19, 2011 Jon Wilson rated it really liked it
A cozy little book (I had every intention of waiting for winter to read it, but when it arrived I couldn't help myself) that lost a star because I spent the last half wanting nothing more than to slap the leads upside their heads and tell them to snap out of it. (SPOILER!) Fortunately, a wise-beyond-his-years chimney-sweep (not as cliched as it sounds) eventually showed up to do the slapping for me. (/SPOILER)
Xondra Day
Mar 25, 2015 Xondra Day rated it really liked it
Shelves: manlove, historical
Really good m/m historical. I felt like I was immersed in the story as I read. It's set in the early 1800s and the author did a great job bringing that era to life. Back then it was forbidden to have a homosexual relationship. Times were very different and there was also a huge gap between the classes. Through love the author manages to tell a extremely romantic story in which love does conquer all.

Highly recommended to the m/m historical lover.
Tanya Herig
Apr 29, 2013 Tanya Herig rated it liked it
I really liked the beginning of this book and the time and place it was set in. Sadly things developed much too quickly for my liking and the ending was just as rushed as much of the entire story. All in all a good idea for a piece of fiction which could have been a really good read, if the author had dived in a bit deeper, instead of just scratching on the surface.
Mar 14, 2016 Juxian rated it liked it
2.5 stars upped to 3 because it's Erastes, and her 'Standish' was, like, the second m/m romance book I've read (and was impressed out of my socks). 'Frost Fair' was nice in the beginning, then a bit angsty (like, Ava March level angsty, which means not a lot) and then the ending just fizzled out. A bit disappointing.
Dec 26, 2010 Pedro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I admit it, I'm shallow...I was first drawn to this book by its absolutely gorgeous cover. Then, I just loved the title; it's perfect, perfect, perfect for this historical short story revolving around a brief period in 1814 when the Thames froze over.

Now that I've read it, I'm enamoured of Erastes writing style and attention to detail.
Mickie Ashling
May 22, 2010 Mickie Ashling rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, as I knew I would. Erastes' attention to detail continues to inspire me. I love reading historicals, but so far, have never attempted to write one. Anyone interested in this genre will be hardpressed to find fault with this very romantic story.
Mar 04, 2010 Ea rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
Don't bother. Horribly clichéed - and I know it's romance and I didn't exactly expect fine literature, but still... I think this author could do better than she does, but I got the impression that she doesn't bother too much with quality - or perhaps it's the editor...
Lee Rowan
May 18, 2010 Lee Rowan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy historical fiction for the real depiction of historical eras.
This is one of Erastes more 'conventional' romances in that there's hope at the end that the heroes can have some sort of lasting relationship. It also has a secondary character who's entirely engaging and deserves a story of his own someday.
Michael Joseph
Apr 02, 2012 Michael Joseph rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-historical
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Born in Essex, England in 1959, Erastes attended Southend High School for Girls.

Erastes is the penname of a female author who lives in Norfolk, UK. She drew her inspiration to write historical fiction from works such as Gaywyck by Vincent Virga and the novels of Mary Renault. Erastes was the Director of the Erotic Authors Association for two years and is an active member of the Historical Novel So
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