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A Hint of Frost

(Araneae Nation #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,933 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Hope dangles by a silken thread.

Araneae Nation, Book 1

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a m
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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4 stars!

Very enjoyable story. The hero Rhys was extremely likable. He was courageous and noble, and very devoted to Lourdes. I love that he (view spoiler)

The main negative for me was that the writing was a little hard for me to follow at times, in terms of sentence structure and word choice. Could have just been my brain not work
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone recommended this book to me and when I went to find it on Amazon it was free. I hate to say it but free sometimes scares me, there are a lot of free books out there. However there were good things going for this book though (1) the reader that recommended it knows my reading style (2) it's book one of a 5 book series, plus novellas, so someone is reading this series. And....

I really liked this book! I enjoyed the characters, I found the world unique and well developed, and found the writ
29 November 2015: $1.65 on Kindle

1 December 2014: $0.00 on Kindle

4.5 stars. Originally reviewed for Risque Reviews

I’m always on the lookout for a new fantasy romance. Surprisingly, they’re somewhat hard to find. So, good ones are even harder to find. In my quest, I stumbled onto a gem in Hailey Edwards's A Hint of Frost. The strong adventure plot pulled the story forward and kept me rapt with attention. Lourdes and Rhys are trying to find her missing sister and learn why her parents were murdere
Jess Haines
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, adult
I'm torn about this book. To be perfectly honest, if someone whose opinion I trust had not told me that it got better, I would have given up within the first few chapters, maybe sooner.

Before you read my issues with it, I do want you to know that it was a compelling story, and most of the characters were very well fleshed out. The fantasy elements were well thought out, the plot was cleverly executed, and the romance between Lourdes and Rhys was sweet. The ending was satisfying, and the journey
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great fantasy novel. If you like Grace Draven's Master of Crows or Radiance, you might enjoy this book. Unique and complex world-building. Good characters with a sensuous vibe, but not too quick to rush to bed. I love when an author lets the attraction and romance simmer awhile.
Jen Davis
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Every once in a while, I stumble across a book that actually treads new ground; one that is fresh without being weird; one I find myself excited to tell everybody about. This is one of those books.

Someone has murdered Lourdes' parents, making her the new maven of her clan. With the deaths of their rulers, the clan's protectors have turned on them and Lourdes must move quickly to find help. She agrees to marry Rhys, the prince of a feared warrior race. In exchange for the union, Rhys wil
1.5 stars from me- the book wasn't badly written and there was lots of world-building detail that was carefully thought through, but it just wasn't interesting enough and didn't capture my imagination at all. And the traitor in the family- that was never really clearly explained or justified, so that I can't see this person coming back from having (view spoiler) ...more

A really enjoyable read!

I truly am at a loss for words on how to adequately review this book. First, I would say it is pretty heavy on the romance which I like in my fantasy reads. There is not much angst, which I also prefer.

The writing is very good, but I wish there was a little more description of the characters and creatures appearances. Especially the Urus (? spelling). The world building was pretty good but again more detail would have made it more 3 dimensional, not to say it was flat bu
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies, fantasy, romance
2 1\2

I don't know why I expected this book to be a UF, but it may be one of the reasons I liked A Hint of Frost, but never went above board with it.

This is a fantasy romance starring spider people. So, if you are aracno- and latinophobic this is your chance to let this series go (spider people with Latin names, remember?).

I don't mind spider people (real spider I do), and I did study Latin a few centuries back, so "here I come" was my answer.
Unfortunately, expectations are really a bitch. So I
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars

I love this fantasy romance and the awesome world building. The last time I read the same genre that make me love it as much was Master of Crows by Grace Draven. I did find the name of the clans and some make-up noun intimidating and I have a hard time pronouncing (not that I read out loud) and keep track of the words. It would be handy if there is a glossary page for me. But all these is part of the charm of the book.

Our heroine Lourdes, is the eldest daughter of the Araneidae clan hea
Angela Blount
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full version of review for RT Magazine: March 2012 edition

4 Stars!

The author spins an action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal, with an endearing romance at it's heart. I adore a good marriage of convenience tale that ultimately turns into much more – and this one is exceptional. The dialogue is strong, the storyline compelling, and the prose artful. I nearly devoured this book in a single sitting, I was so hesitant to put it down once I'd been caught in it's web.

The fantasy world setting i
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
If you've read the prequel, A Heart of Ice, then you will love A Hint of Frost!

*spoiler warnings - proceed at your own risk*

Lourdes is thrust into the role of Maven due to the murder of her parents Reine and Ennis. She's young, untested, and in her own words, unready both in training and in heart. In an act of desperation, she reaches out to her mother's childhood friend Isolde, who is now the Maven of a poor but vicious clan, for help and protection. Isolde strikes a bargain with Lourdes, one t
Really interesting and unique world building. I’ve never read a book/series about spider people before. I’ve never even heard of one!

Likable characters. Entertaining storyline. Sweet romance.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
More like 3.5. A Promising new series!

The new Araneae Nation series by Hailey Edwards kicks off with Lourdes, daughter of Araneidae clan leaders, running for her life from treacherous enemies that have poisoned her mother and father with plans to usurp power. Lourdes refuses to give up easily and she wants revenge, so she decides to ally with the venomous and cannibalistic Mimetidae clan through marrying their maven's mercenary warrior son. Rhys the Cold is this warrior, and he is committed to
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This book was a tremendously pleasant surprise, having some of the most original world building I have read in years. This is more fantasy romance, no humans in sight, with a large cast of characters that inhabit Araneae Nation. They look human but have fangs (of varying degrees), venom (of varying degrees), spinnerets in their finger tips for weaving thread, a matriarchal society that live in underground caves or "nests", and, yes, there are those among them who battle their "flesh h ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is a rare and marvelous day when I find a book that actually tread new grounds. Especially now when hundreds of Vampire, Angels, Witches, Demons, and Shifters variation are scatter all around the world of UF publishing. Once in a while you hit a fresh story but too weird to understand. But when I find a book so fresh and the writing beautifully executed I couldn't stop myself from overachieving and try to write a decent review to gush about it's awesomeness.
The only real problem I find here
Elisabeth Wheatley
THIS IS WHAT I MEAN WHEN I SAY FANTASY ROMANCE, YA’LL. Romance novel in a fantasy setting. Why is that so hard to understand?

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to review this series. Bad, bad little blogger me. Regardless, I truly enjoyed this book. I don’t remember why I picked it up, I don’t remember what gave me the final push to hit “download.” I just remember this was a fun series and I read the first two books plus the prequel, then 30% or something on the third book…then what the hel
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, magic, dragons
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lourdes becomes the new maven of the Araneidae clan after her parents are poisoned. Not only that but she also makes a deal to accept Rhys, a Mimetidae clansman, as her partisan aka husband to protect the safety of her clan.

As the main character, Lourdes has a strong sense of duty towards her clansmen and a loyalty to protect them and do whatever she must to save them. Her character attributes help her make the right de
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic

Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Samhain
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Araneae Nation
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

While I admit that I probably would’ve fared better had I had a map of the clans or perhaps a glossary with my copy, I absolutely adored this story. Had it not been for the m
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Well....Hmmm...I liked this. I really did. And I can't wait to hear what some more of ya'll think of it... (K! It's FANTASY! Let me know when ya read it!)
I think maybe it was just a bit to MUCH fantasy for me...I've gotta have a bit more of the Urban thrown in there...pure fantasy usually kind of makes me feel...I don't know...dumb I guess.
Confused-Sheltered-Her-Whole-Life-Female...CHECK! Although she did NOT annoy me. I liked her and felt for he
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, sweet, exciting, fascinating.
I loved the unique world, characters, and its setting. They were all surprisingly easy to envision and become attached to.
This story was about a battle for survival between clans, with a sweet love story that is born from sacrifice, duty, and honor. I was rooting for Rhys and Lourdes ever since their first glimpses of each other in the midst of fierce conflict. However, nothing goes easy for these two, who are forced into a relationship and then expected
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I started and gave up on this 2 times over the last 3 years before I finally finished it.

It has some intersting elements to set it up: A royal family without parents, an arranged marriage, unique magical creatures. I love a lot of Hailey Edward's other books too so I know she can write.

But the world building was so light, the plot was predictable, and the romance was shallow. Main character did all the right things, but she had no real personality. It reminded me of the ya fantasy books I used
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
What a pleasant surprise! Intriguing plot & characters woven throughout this world - at times it is intense with danger & betrayal everywhere and at times, it's smoking hot with chemistry sizzling between the H/h. What a unique blend of fantasy & romance. Loved it.
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I gave up. The main character made absolutely no sense to me, she was supposed to an aggressive warrior and yet she was so wishy-washy with her brand new husband. The spider thing had me ick-ed out and I couldn't really figure out what these people were. Ugh. No thanks.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A love story discovered within the binds of duty.

Opening Sentence: Fear kept my steps nimble.

The Review:

Don’t let the title fool you, A Hint of Frost may start out a little cold, but the characters heat it up fast. It has a nice balance of sexual tension without dipping into porno territory. The two main characters, Lourdes and Rhys, are thrust into a marriage based on alliance rather than love. Though they did not choose one another initial
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Pet peeve: virgin
Minuscule effort placed into world building
Critique de Book
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: A Hint of Frost
Author: Hailey Edwards
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 17, 2012)
Available: $3.85 at Samhain Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Rater: Lesleigh

For a novel with such a chill throughout, the author’s lush writing provides an especially warm and welcome counterpoint. I found myself lulled by her rhythmic use of sentences, some long and textured and other short and sparse. Readers who enjoy minimalist writing with few descriptors would do better looking elsewhere for a
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't feel the love... It has a nice story flow, but I have some problems with it.
Some of the plot construction seems clumsy and predictable to me (e.g. the sister/treason stuff/Rhys' big secret/the relationship development between Rhys and her etc.). I didn't like the "virgin till real marriage" line - that is a very typical m/f romance thing - over-used and expandable. Also the groom not being allowed to see her wedding dress before the ceremony.
Of the characters I liked Rhys best, but he
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holy wow, Batman! There is so much world building goodness going on here that my head is spinning. In a good way. This is a world that's created from the ground up and it tickles my fancy in such a big way. SUCH A BIG WAY. Nests and spinning, venomous bites and horrible death, and sweet, sweet lovin' when the sun goes down. <3 <3 <3

My overwhelming love for tortured heroes is in full force here. Rhys has to deal with sly pokes from his family about something he has no control over. He ke
This book came off the dusty part of my TBR pile as part of my 2015 challenge, and I was pleasantly surprised by this. For some reason I thought the Aranae were spider people and truthfully that didn't sound all that appealing. But actually they have silk spinnerets on their fingertips and most have a venomous bite. I thought that the world was well done and I liked both the leads, the story is sort of fantasy romance but there is enough going on in the background to hold of the consummation unt ...more
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Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

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