Review: Frozen Desires by Jessie Donovan

Posted May 28th, 2014 in book review / 22 comments


Asylum for Magic Threats Series #2

by Jessie Donovan

Publisher: Self-Published (Feb 2014)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Format: eBook (novel length)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★☆☆ (2 stars)

Camilla Melini is a high-ranking soldier with an organization fighting to free elemental magic users. Her latest assignment is to find one of the legendary elemental Four Talents, and she’s determined to get in and out of Mexico as quickly as possible to avoid running into the man who nearly destroyed her life. But when the dangerous man from her past finds her, Cam must work with Marco Alvarez, a man she’d dismissed as a playboy, to prevent the the powerful magic of the Talents from falling into the wrong hands. She never expected the charming playboy to be a cunning warrior worthy of her heart…Marco Alvarez is sent to Mexico with two goals—to watch Cam’s back and to investigate a series of arson fires targeting former AMT prison employees. But when a shadow-shifter shows up looking for Cam, Marco decides he needs to stick close to her to help her mission succeed. As he gets to know the strong-willed woman, he’s torn between telling her the truth of his elemental magic and keeping the others who share his secret safe. But when Cam sacrifices herself to save her colleagues, Marco must expose the secret of his elemental magic or risk losing the only woman who can match both his passion and his strength.

At A Glance
I was bored.

The Good
I am going to try my key points review again:

Donovan is amazing at character development. I loved both Cam and Marco. Their love story was rough but cute.

The action was fun and brutal. And there was a lot of action, which is my kind of book.

– The supernatural/magical elements were unique and exciting. I never really knew what anyone was truly capable of. Love being surprised.

The Bad
– I remember the first book pretty well but I was still lost for most of this book. I needed some recap. There were so many people, so many names. They all started to blur together.

I had absolutely no interest in the side stories. They were not exciting in the least. I skimmed them.

I got progressively bored as the story went on. To much stuff was happening and there was very little direction. It felt like a free for all with a hazy goal. I never felt truly invested in the story. I really was just trying to get through it.

– There were unnecessary scenes that could have been cut, and the cutting was needed. This book felt too long for the plot.

The Snuggly
– The romance was rough and thin at times, but I loved this couple together. They just fit.

– The sex on the other hand was just okay. Nothing too exciting. For an adult audience.

Final Thoughts
I loved the first book, Blaze of Secrets. Gave it four stars. I don’t know what happen to this book. Maybe it was just me. My mood was weird while I was reading it. I just found it hard to get into. Very little was working for me. But, maybe, others will love it. You will have to decide for yourself. I wouldn’t recommend Frozen Desires, but the series is pretty interesting.

Cam sucked in a breath. Marco’s words were true, but this situation wasn’t entirely her fault.

She raised her chin to get a better look at his eyes. “Trust? What do you think just happened in that bar? If I didn’t trust you at all, then no matter if it would’ve blown your cover ID or not, I never would’ve let you put your tongue in my mouth.” She poked him in the chest. “You may let anything with tits kiss you, but it’s not that way for the rest of us.”

Before she could blink, Marco had grabbed her hands and pinned them to the wall beside her head. She tugged, but his grip didn’t budge. “Let’s get one thing straight right now, Camilla. Despite whatever the rumors may say, I don’t kiss just anyone.” He leaned closer and she was surrounded by his intoxicating maleness. “And as I remember it, you were kissing me back.”

Cam’s heartbeat pounded in her ears. “What does it matter? Two seconds later, you were making sex-eyes at the waitress.”

His breath tickled her cheek. “What if she hadn’t interrupted? Then what would you have done?”

Her anger had faded to something much hotter. Suddenly, Marco’s proximity, and the way he’d kissed her, was all that she could think about. No. She wouldn’t let anyone hurt her again. “Nothing, because I’m not about to be anyone’s whim.”

Anger flashed across his face. “Anyone who thinks of you like that isn’t worth having. Was it that blond man? What is he to you?”

She jumped at the distraction, anything to put distance between herself and Marco. It wasn’t just that his nearness was unsettling, but his fierceness was doing something to her that she didn’t want to think about. “First, let me go.”

His nearly black eyes pierced hers, but she didn’t avert her gaze. She could take any macho bullshit he threw her way.

After a few more heartbeats, Marco loosened his grip and she yanked her hands down to her sides. But Marco kept his hands on either side of her head, not stepping back as she had expected him to do.

“Well, Camilla, who is he?”

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22 Responses to “Review: Frozen Desires by Jessie Donovan”

  1. Olivia-Savannah

    This sounds like a tough one. Good romance but then too much other stuff having on that has nothing directly to do with the story… hm, I don’t like getting too distracted from the main plot unless it is going to directly contribute to it as a plot twist or something later!

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    🙁 I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you, Jennifer. That stinks. Especially since you enjoyed the first one. Thanks for doing a nice job of explaining why it didn’t work. I appreciate that.

  3. Jessica Haluska

    Boo. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you. Especially after the first one was such a win. Gotta hate that second book slump Boring is boring 🙁 Thanks for sharing, Jennifer.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  4. Braine TS

    Sorry this sucked! That is a let down when the first one is so awesome then the series gives you a sophomore slump.

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    It’s definitely not a good thing when you’re just trying to get through it. Moods do matter while reading, but a great book can eclipse any mood. Sorry this one didn’t hit the right spot. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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