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A Touch of Frost

(Cowboys of Colorado #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  80 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman presents a "sprawling, lusty recreation of life, love, and slowly uncovered secrets*" as a rancher rescues a mysterious young woman with trouble of her trail.


After his train is robbed at gunpoint, Remington Frost awakens from a blow to find the bandits gone...along with the woman he was shadowing for protection. No stranger
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Touch of Frost took me back to the 1800’s Old West. I’m always curious about how people lived and got by years ago, and it was interesting to get a glimpse into that time. The old west ranch life is appealing to me, and Colorado from the descriptions sounded like a beautiful place. Phoebe and Remington’s romance captured my heart right away, and there was a bit of suspense mixed in to keep the story exciting.

Phoebe has grown up in New York, her life revolving around working stage/theater where
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Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Goodman is one of my favorites when it comes to western historical and, oh man, I was excited for A Touch of Frost. Basically... Remington's dad asked him to escort his new wife's sister from New York to their ranch in Colorado. Pretty simple! Until...the train she's on is robbed and his charge? Kidnapped. *hangs head* Yeah. Hell of a thing, right?

➣ First. This cover. Whoa! One of my favorite for the year for sure. It's gorge
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Phoebe and Remington are an enchanting couple, her rescuing him then the tides turn and she’s in need to a hero.

Jo Goodman has always been able to transport people back in time, create a magical cast of characters, and weave a plot that leaves the readers hanging on. Phoebe and Remington have chemistry that is off the charts, their banter had me laughing and wanting more, and then they dealt with everyday life problems. Remington’s dislike for Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, a former actress, who carri
A TOUCH OF FROST by Jo Goodman is the perfect example how to allow your characters to reveal themselves through their actions. No overdone descriptions or backstories, just hints as the characters show the reader who they are, keeping enough secrets to make you crave more. As usual, Goodman had me riveted.

Phoebe Apple is traveling by train to visit her sister and her new husband in Colorado when her train is stopped abruptly. Phoebe is taken hostage when she shoots one of the bandits during the
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Cute, pace a little slow at times. Review to come
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
While I did like this book, there were aspects of it that frustrated me a little.

I liked both the H, Remington, and the h, Phoebe. Their relationship was lovely, and they seemed perfect for each other. The scenes between them were often lightened by clever and sweet banter. I also liked that the writer didn't make us wait till the end of the book to see them admitting/ accepting how much they meant to each other.

But I struggled a bit with the mystery aspect of the storyline. I must say I'm not
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
3.5/5. I love Jo Goodman's wonderful prose, but sometimes her plot gets a bit stagnant after the intimacy has been reached between the MCs. This is again the case in this book. The hero and heroine settled into comfortable friendship soon after meeting. Her older actress sister and his father had married recently, and Phoebe has been invited to visit at their range. Remington has been sent along to ensure her safe arrival, which is fortunate, given that she gets caught up in a train robbery and ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I always enjoy Jo Goodman's books. Her characters pull me in and won't let me go.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really well done. The things that were unspoken was what you needed to pay attention to in this gem of a book. Once I figured out the secret which was a little more than halfway through the book, I wanted to start back over so I could understand all the references and nuances that I knew I was missing. Remington and Phoebe made a great power couple and worked very well. JG is my go to author for historical western romances.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
(B- or 3.5 stars) I enjoyed the first half of this book quite a bit but felt that the second half really lost steam. It lost so much steam for me, in fact, that it took me weeks to read what should have been days, hence the lower grade. That is unusual for a Jo Goodman book.

In the first half, Phoebe is a likeable young woman traveling on a train from New York City to Colorado to visit her sister who is newly married to a much older man. Phoebe realizes en route that a very attractive man on the
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Touch of Frost is Jo Goodman's latest American Historical Romance, and as per usual, it's a good one. If you're unfamiliar with Goodman's writing, the style in which she writes can be surprising; it's subtle and entrancing and not at all conventional. In some ways if you're not paying attention you can miss the romance, or at least the deeper feelings that are part of the central relationship. The characters don't always "tell", but if you're paying attention you can find the "show" that indic ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2019
Wow, yeah, I don't even know. I have 5 star loved previous books by Jo Goodman so this was a bit shocking but...yeah. A majority of my issues were with the audio. The narrator was doing the voice of someone who was at that point a "young boy" and her narration led me to think maybe 8-10. So when his age was said to be 22 or 23... Me: 😑

Maybe if I were enjoying it enough, I'd have switched to reading. But even the stories ... There were just so many and none of them were interesting to me. I'd th
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
Goodman’s latest western HR centered more on the relationship among several key characters than the suspense/mystery. The story didn’t really grab my full attention until halfway through the book. A good read but not my favorite out of JG's works.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

A Touch of Frost turned out to be how I spent one day of my weekend. It was a good day.

I like Jo Goodman’s historical western romances quite a bit. If you haven’t indulged, This Gun for Hire is every bit as good as everyone said it was. Possibly even better.

What makes her romances so special, and so very interesting, are the characters. Both the hero and the heroine are unconventional in one way or another, and the way that they work together carries the st
Geri Reads
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an okay read albeit predictable.

ARC provided by Berkeley
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Dear Author with Jayne.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5

I always know in advance when I start a Jo Goodman book that rather than skim like I do many a book, I’m going to have to set aside more time than usual to read it. Her books are full of witty dialogue and excellent story telling. So I prepared beforehand for A Touch of Frost and set time aside. Mind you, my house feels the neglect.

Going in I’m want to say that while I thoroughly enjoyed her books set in England, I’m overjoyed that she has returned to her roots in historical westerns
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 At the invitation of her new rancher brother-in-law, New Yorker Phoebe Apple is traveling west to see how her sister is adjusting to marriage when she is abducted from the train by three masked men. Lucky for Phoebe, her brother-in-law asked his son, Remington Frost, to keep an eye on Phoebe (which, for some reason, he doesn't tell her; he just follows her without revealing his name). Remington tracks the outlaws and rescues Phoebe when the baddies leave her alone tied up in an abandoned cab ...more
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Jo Goodman never lets me down with her stellar Western romances. Full of the quick-witted dialogue, dry humor and solid characters I’ve come to expect in her books, A Touch of Frost was one sweeping adventure I can’t wait to take again.

I do so love Jo Goodman’s writing. There’s an easy flow to it that makes the entire book a joy to read, especially as we learn more about the cast. She creates some truly wonderful heroes, heroines–and even villains. Someh
I read a western historical romance series last year that I actually ended up enjoying, so I thought I'd look around and see if there were similar books out there that I might like. This book came highly recommended, and when I saw that it was part of the audible romance package I thought I'd give it a try. I'm sorry to say that I did not like this one at all, but I think that that had a lot to do with the narrator. Laurence Bouvard was ... not good. Not good at all. There are so many criticisms ...more
Meet the train, ride along, keep the young woman from harm, easy right? A train robbery, a kidnapping, and a ransom note later has Remington Frost wishing he'd never received his father's message. Sounded like an exciting opener that I couldn't wait to jump on board for the ride.

This was a blend of western, mystery, and romance with quite the opening scene and a situation that got more complicated as it went along. A Touch of Frost was a good one and I enjoyed it, but it didn't completely get th
June 2018
3 Stars - I liked it

This was my second Jo Goodman novel and while I didn't love it as much as In Want of a Wife, I still enjoyed it a lot.

For me, what made this story was the couple, Phoebe and Remington. They were really great together. I felt they complemented each other in a fun and authentic way. They were natural and honest with each other. The kidnapping/train robbery storyline was good too, but it was the couple that kept me wanting more.

Two books from this author and I
Jan 15, 2018 marked it as gave-up
I normally really love Jo Goodman's westerns but I'm really not feeling this one. I read up to around 50% then flipped through the rest.

Two things that really bothered me:

1. The action scenes are very slow paced and have no sense of urgency. When the heroine gets kidnapped (her fault), the hero goes to save her but first stops to have a cute little slowpaced converstation with a bunch of ladies from the train. That was not the time for those ladies to be blushing at his looks! And when he did f
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems entirely appropriate to me that Jo Goodman's westerns have a meandering pace. In the hands of any other author, that would be a death knell, but with her rich characterizations and superbly drawn settings, it's exactly right.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fun and a good read!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to rate this one higher, because this is Jo Goodman after all. The first half I’d say was a solid 4 stars, but the rest dragged on and on. In fact the last few chapters were such a slog to get through, I lost count of how many times I muttered “Please just end it already.” Also, one of the villains had some redeeming qualities and was not a total black hat so I found it a little difficult to reconcile killing him off, especially such a fiery end. *sigh* So I’m settling on 3 stars with a m ...more
Pj Wright
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good western romance

I look forward to Jo Goodman's work, I have all her books to date. I fall into the spell of the past from page one. There aren't many authors in this genre that give you such a hero, Jo Goodman makes it look easy. I know it isn't. I sure do appreciate her effort. When I finish a new book, it makes me go back and grab one to reread.
Tracie R
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
A Touch of Frost is the first book I have read by Jo Goodman and I am glad I did. I enjoyed this story, Remington and Phoebe are great characters. The story is well written and I will definitely be looking to read more by this author.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been some time since I read a Jo Goodman book but within a few pages of her latest, TOUCH OF FROST I was reminded of why I love her writing and why western romances have always been my favorite. Goodman writes such wonderful characters. Even if sometimes their actions seem unrealistic, the characters themselves come across as real. And those times when they seem a tad off base? Goodman has a reason why and it is explained either by that character or by one close to them.

I loved the setti
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