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 to risk, Remington will do what it takes to bring Phoebe Apple to safety and her kidnappers to justice. But ransoming Phoebe is just the start of trouble...
Phoebe is shocked to learn that her mysterious rescuer is none other than Remington Frost, the son of her sister's new husband. Home at Twin Star Ranch, she falls happily into western life--and cautiously in love with Remington. But danger hides close to home, and their romance illuminates a web of secrets and betrayal that may put the rancher and his intended bride past the point of rescue.
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 there for me due to a few little niggles rather than one issue. This is not the first time that I found the author’s writing style, particularly with the dialogue, distracting. I guess it is what it is. I also felt like I was getting in at the midway point of this story and the tension and conflict was already in place even as other aspects were in the introduction. It wasn’t bad, but just took some adjusting. I felt we got to know Phoebe and Fiona a lot better than Remington who wasn’t drawn with as much depth. He was good and likeable, but not as deeply known.
That said, the humor and fun flirty-ness between Phoebe and Remington was the best. My favorite part of the story.
The pacing had a few moments when I got distracted, but generally I was fine as it set off with an exciting beginning and then drew back to slowly introduce the characters further, grow the romances, and do some twisting and revealing near the end.
There are multiple narrators including the bad guys which did detract from the suspense a little as a result. I felt there was a lot going on and for the most part I kept up. I had the kidnapping for ransom figured out quickly, but that other twist definitely took me by surprise.
So, there were some smaller things that stacked up so that this was a good one rather than a great one. I liked what I got of the story which had some fun, flirty humor as part of the romance and an interesting mystery element and would recommend it to those who enjoy spicy historical romance in a western setting.
My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.
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