Review: A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman

Posted June 5, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 31 Comments

Review: A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman
A Touch of Frost

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
four-flames

Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on 6 June 2017
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Get it at: add to goodreads

The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #150 HR
New Release #78

Recommendations

Home by Morning by Kaki Warner Review Broken by Laura Wright Review Paradise Valley by Rosanne Bittner
The following two tabs change content below.
I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

Tags: , , ,

31
Leave a Reply

avatar
16 Comment threads
15 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
17 Comment authors
Anna@herding cats&burning soupkimbacaffeinateLornaSophia RoseBookworm Brandee Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Angela @ Simply Angela
Guest

Sorry that this was good but not great. It does sound rather interesting. For me, it kind of throws the story off when I get to know one character more than the other.

Sophia Rose
Guest

That’s okay, Angela. I should have more accurately put that it was ‘good enough’. I did like it, but there was a few things… yes, like the balance in the characters. I never felt I was able to get to know Remington as well.

Kristina Stanley
Guest
Kristina Stanley

Thanks for sharing your review with us. #getsocial17 Kristina @ http://www.KristinaStanley.com

Sophia Rose
Guest

You bet, Kristina!

Thanks for dropping by for the event. 🙂

Mahevash
Guest

Sounds weirdly interesting to me. Love the cover!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Ha, that is great, Mahevash. Sometimes a book just has that pull. I like the cover, too. 🙂

joelle_049
Guest
joelle_049

Popping in from the get social event.Added you to our following list.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews.

Sophia Rose
Guest

What a pleasure! Thanks for dropping by, Joelle! 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Guest
Debbie Haupt

I saw this reviewed somewhere else maybe on Herding Cats don’t remember but I like the cover and you seemed to like it okay too. Its on the list!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Ahhh, glad I could nudge you toward a good one, Debbie. I like seeing more than one review on a book I’m interested in, too.

Melliane
Guest

even if it is not excellent, it looks like a good book in a whole. It is a new one to me

Sophia Rose
Guest

Yes exactly, Melliane! Well worth the reading. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
Guest

I really like twists that take me by surprise. Sounds like a good book.

Sophia Rose
Guest

It was neat how she wove the mystery into the historical western setting.

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Guest

This sounds like a fun one…don’t know that I’ve ever read a book that started with a train robbery! 🙂 #getsocial17

Sophia Rose
Guest

Haha! Yeah, that caught my attention, Melissa. 🙂

Thanks for the viist!

Melissa (Books and Things)
Guest

Now this is more my kind of western. I do think I would enjoy this one! 🙂

Sophia Rose
Guest

Super! Glad I could point you to one that’s right up your alley, Melissa. 🙂

Christy LoveOfBooks
Guest

Sometimes little things can add up to be worse than one bigger issue. Good humor and banter is definitely a plus though.

RO
Guest

I totally love the name Remington Frost, but I’m not totally sure this would be a book for me. Your review was super! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
Guest

That was a fun name for him. There was even a bit of banter from the heroine about naming their kids after other riflemakers of the time. LOL

Carole's Random Life
Guest

It sounds like there was a little too much going on in this one. It sounds like this book had some really good things in it as well. I haven’t read Jo Goodman yet but I think I have a book or two of her work somewhere around here.

Sophia Rose
Guest

Yes, there was a lot going on, particularly near the end when the reveals started. I like her books and have loved a couple, but her dialogue style can feel stilted and formal when I think of people being more laid-back in westerns. But worth a try when you get the chance, Carole! 🙂

Bookworm Brandee
Guest
Bookworm Brandee

I can see where things could be a little distracting in this one…and it’s a shame Remington wasn’t as fleshed out as he could have been. I am happy it wasn’t a total loss though. The flirty banter sounds fun!

Sophia Rose
Guest

Yes, there was quite a bit to keep me busy in this one, Brandee. I liked him, especially when he got witty with her so yes, I do wish I could have gotten to know him better. 🙂

Lorna
Guest

When you feel like you came into the story and it had already started without you there’s a problem. The niggles don’t sound great either. Or distracting dialogue. I am glad it was mostly good though!

Sophia Rose
Guest

The opening scene was alright, but then it kept referring to events that came before and not in flashbacks so I felt like half the story was summarized in snippets while the other half continued forward. And yeah, the dialogue felt stilted.

But, that said, I still enjoyed it overall. Thanks, Lorna!

kimbacaffeinate
Guest

This sounds good despite the distracting bits.

Sophia Rose
Guest

It was definitely a good one and worth the read. I like her books, but struggle with small stuff.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Guest

I’m still working on this one but, yeah, I’m thinking more on the good side of things than great ,too. It’s moving very slowly for me which I’m not used to with hers. I do like Remington, though 🙂

Sophia Rose
Guest

The middle of this story did plod. I was waiting for more excitement and danger, too. But yes, Remington was swoony. 🙂