Review: Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe Kennedy

Review: Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe Kennedy
Amid the Winter Snow

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Genres: Fantasy Romance, Holiday Romance
Released on December 12, 2017
Pages: 454
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night…

The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

The Delight

Amid the Winter Snow caught my attention quickly when I saw it was a fantasy anthology with winter holiday as the them.  All these worthy authors have been on my wish list to try their books for some time, and, what a rush, here their writings are all collected together in one book.  I know better than to get my expectations too high, but somehow, I don’t think I’ll be doomed to disappointment.


The Darkest Midnight by Grace Draven

This was my first encounter with this author’s work.  I’ve anticipated them after reading the blurbs and the reviews.  Oh yes, this story more than proved it was worth my excitement.  It is a standalone story that I understand may have loose connections to the Wraith Kings series.  It was rich in characters, plotting, and description.  It elicited my feelings from the beginning and I loved everything about Jahna’s tale of triumph over her bullies and her sweet secret love for the handsome swordmaster who taught her to value herself and stand alone.

The Chosen by Thea Harrison
An Elder Races Novella

This one was another sparkling encounter for me.  I still haven’t picked up the Elder Races series yet- and I will, but this one showed me what I’ve been missing.  Lily is The Chosen and her vision seeing ability has left her worried about having to make a huge choice for her country.  Wulf is on a mission of vengeance and to protect his people.

I enjoyed their strong sense of duty and loyalty, but openness and playfulness with each other.  The growing romance was a lovely one.
The story does feel that it is part of a greater group of ongoing storyworld, but I got into it quickly.  I did feel it left things open at the end, but not in a bad way and the romance is definitely tied up.

The Storm by Elizabeth Hunter
An Irin Chronicles Novella

And, we continue with my love fest as I was wowed by the Irin Chronicles world and the deep pain in Renata that made her push away Max.  He faithfully ran her down for eighteen years proving to her he wanted her no matter what.  This one is framed with a present scene, dips into the past to bring the reader up to speed on their long history, and then continues on with the current time of the story.  Thankfully, after all his pursuit, Max got through her grief and pain even as a little surprise adventure finishes up her healing.  The darker, gritty world of this series definitely has me wanting to go back for the full thing.

The Snows of Windroven by Jeffe Kennedy
A Twelve Kingdoms/Uncharted Realms Novella

Ash feels he isn’t good enough for Ami who is a queen and he a former ex-convict.  They snarl and rage, ice each other out and smolder with passion through a snowstorm, danger, and a castle winter festival.
Ah yes, my second venture into the Twelve Kingdoms/Uncharted Realms world and it reminded me why I need to get on the ball about starting the series from the beginning.  Great world building and spicy passion, winning characters who have their flaws, and a solid plot.


So, four fabulous winter celebration fantasies that showcase magnificent storytelling that make me want more.  A definite must-read for the fantasy romance lovers.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.



About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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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.


    1. Most definitely. The cover was what snagged my eye when I was browsing books. I was ecstatic to try this since I’ve always wanted to read books by these authors. Worth it! 🙂

  1. I love anthologies! They’re great for sampling new authors and when you don’t have a lot of time but want to inhale a complete story in one sitting. Plus you get to do it four times over! 🙂

    1. See, this was me, too. I’ve wanted to try all of them, but didn’t get to them yet b/c they all write series. This was the perfect opportunity to experience their writing.

      Oh yes, that cover is so calming and wintery. I loved it, too.