Novella Love Part II: “In Ice” by Crystal Jordan

This week, I’m continuing with my novella appreciation in honor of my two novellas being accepted for publication. Yea! If you read last week, you know I purchased the Sexy Beast books because I was into the Wolf Tales series, and there’s no surprise that I discovered this week’s featured author by stumbling onto her in that anthology. Just like Shelli Stevens last week, once I discovered Crystal Jordan, she immediately became one of my favorite authors—one that I consistently monitor for new releases. And it all started when I read “In Ice.”

“In Ice” is a story featured in Sexy Beast V where an American woman crash lands on another planet. Below is the expert from Jordan’s website:

When Jain Roberts’ ship crashes on a distant, futuristic planet, she’s rescued by Kesuk, the lusty clan leader of the Arctic Bears. This magnificent creature with white-blond hair and a potent masculinity haunts her dreams—dreams he intends to make deliciously real, as he draws her into a realm of complete sexual abandon.

I loved this story! Jordan creates a believable world of were-people aliens that feels so real you don’t feel like you’re reading a book about…well,  aliens that turn into animals. The chemistry between Kesuk and Jain is hot! Besides the romantic element, you feel the weight on Kesuk’s shoulders as leader of his clan, and you understand Jain’s struggle to accept what’s happened to her.  Seriously, I loved this story so much I almost suggested to my husband that my nickname at deer camp be changed to Little Bear.  😛

As an added bonus, you can follow the characters mentioned in this story in her Carnal Desires book.  (*clears throat*) I really, really liked “In Mist,” too.  And there’s a little treat in that story for those who love Kesuk and Jain. I love it when an author throws us a bone like this!

If “In Ice” hadn’t hooked me on Crystal Jordan, then another novella of hers would’ve. When I was reading the stories in Sexy Beast 9, I read “Between Lovers” and loved it so much, that I looked up the author and was tickled to see it was by her, too! I’ve since purchased several of her books—I even still have Untamed and Primal Heat in paperback sitting on my nightstand from when I pulled those out for another read a few months ago!

I love it when reading a novella opens me to an author’s other works, so I hope you’ll check out “In Ice” from Sexy Beast V and her other books as well. You will not be disappointed!

Check out her website for information on her books: www.crystaljordan.com

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