heart of ice

Will their passion for each other be a blessing, or fulfill an ancient curse and destroy them?

Lucinda Stafford is uniquely unqualified to serve as governess for the children of a handsome inventor. But, she’s determined to prove to her family she’s not a fragile, pampered heiress who can’t take care of herself. She didn’t plan to be attracted to the man who makes her furious one moment and whimper with desire the next. When danger threatens, can she save two innocent children from a terrifying nightmare?

Grayson Thorne has only weeks to prove his geothermal plant can generate electricity, or he’ll lose much needed funding. He’s desperate to hire a new governess, but shocked when his housekeeper returns home with a beautiful, educated female who awakens long dormant desires. She’s the perfect choice, if he can manage to keep his hunger for her kisses and fantasies of taking her to his bed under control.

An ancient Icelandic curse hides in the hills, haunting the residents of Thornehús. Grayson and Lucinda may be swept away by passion, but they must face an unspeakable horror that threatens them all.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a nice premise, they characters were clever and very well defined, but this curse that is described in the blurb barely shows up and you never truly find out exactly what it is. There’s little hints but not enough. This is in all essence a romance novel trying to pretend to be a Gothic thriller. It didn’t have me fooled for very long. So if you wanting the folk lore and thriller-ness this book promised, you should go find it somewhere else. If you are happy with a nice historical romance in a lovely setting, this book is for you.

Lucinda was passionate and stood up for what she believed was right. I liked her very much as a main character.

Grayson was a strange man, often giving foolish restrictions to his children and staff, although he did come through in the end. It made up for all his foolishness in the beginning.

The setting was beautiful and makes me very much want to visit Iceland. I just wish they explored a little more, most of the book took place in the manor or surrounding area.

If there had been more folk lore in it, it would have been much better. In my view if you promise it in the blurb it should be there.

3 out of 5 stars.