Goodreads: Maid of Ice
Author: Shona Husk
Published: 21st November 2017
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .
. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer – I contacted the Author about reviewing her book, got a copy from Netgalley. This does not affect my review in anyway)
Review: I liked this more than I thought I would. The romance was there but it wasn’t the forerunner in the story. Not that it felt like it to me, maybe it was the forerunner in the Author’s eye. Either way the paranormal elements were very solidly done and weren’t over the top.
Pre-warning – the sex is pretty detailed. If you don’t like that side, you can just skip them scenes.
Albah have control over one of the four elements; fire, water, earth and air. Also liked how they had to practice/learn to be good. Plus practice to stay good. Albanex are the vampires. I like how the Albanex were explained. It wasn’t let just throw vampires into the mix for the sake of the word. They were logically explained to why they used to be made, for the sake of keeping knowledge alive.
Overall the whole story idea was very good, it was interesting to see the direction the Author took with the elements within the story. It was predictable to a point, there were still some twists there. I found myself thinking of different ways it could have played out in that kind of world. Which makes it a good story, that you can play around with ideas about the world built.
Would I recommend it? Yes.