Audiobook Review: Touch of Frost (Magic, New Mexico, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Touch of Frost by S.E. Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lacey Adams lives in the small town of Magic, New Mexico, where she devotes herself to the animals at her Touch of Magic Animal Shelter. The strange assortment of animals helps heal the pain and loneliness inside her since the death of her husband three years before.

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Frost is a Star Ranger. He travels the star systems, bringing intergalactic fugitives to justice. When a maximum-security fugitive escapes from the mining prison, he is sent after him. Only this time, the fugitive has violated a major law… he has traveled to a distant forbidden planet inhabited by a race that has not mastered space travel yet. Now, he is in a race to find the fugitive before those on the planet known as Earth discover there are not one, but two aliens on their world. Things become complicated when Frost discovers his heart is not as frozen as he thought when a young human female is taken hostage by the fugitive. What he doesn’t anticipate is her unexpected resistance – both to the fugitive and to him.

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Frost is forced to make a decision that is guaranteed to put him on the most wanted list when he follows his heart and kidnaps Lacey. He knows that some things are worth the risk. What he doesn’t know is that Lacey has a few secrets of her own. 

Touch of Frost

Star Lord meets Samantha Stephens!




The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💛🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🫣🤭🫠😮🥰

The heroine: Lacey – a human female who runs an an animal shelter in the town of Magic New Mexico. She lost her husband three years ago to a bus accident and promised herself she will never fall in love again because it hurts too much.

The Hero: Frost – a Star Ranger, which is basically a space cop. He hunts down prisoners who have escaped from various prisons throughout the Galaxies. He doesn’t really like his job but it pays very well and he has saved up enough to retire to his home planet and never worry about money again. He and his brother built a hotel and casino business over the last 15 years and his plan is to move there.

The Story: The town of Magic New Mexico is a town where magical folks can hide out from the rest of the world. Lacey and her Aunt Topper are two of those people. Lacey has the ability to do telekinesis, teleportation, heightened senses, she can perform magical spells and more. The town is also filled with various magical creatures such as Trolls, ghosts, fairies, shapeshifters, witches and others.

Frost has to take one last job before he can retire and that is to track an escaped convict that he initially put in prison after that convict killed several other Star Rangers and has since killed eight prison guards in his escape. The convict, Taar, crash lands on Earth, which to Frost is a planet in its infancy and is forbidden to space travelers, so he is tasked with getting there, apprehending Taar and leaving without anyone knowing, he is authorized to kill or wipe the minds of any who see him or the reptilian convict.

This book is told in dual points of view and narrated by David Brenin. He is a fine narrator but his voice isn’t deep enough for my liking. Especially for a tall, well built alien Hero. I like a super deep voice but that is just personal preference. Also I will take points of the narration for having only a male narrator when the book is told from both main characters points of view.

I liked the idea of the alien coming to Earth where he thinks he is coming to an undeveloped star system, a planet with primitive people and he ends up meeting a woman who is his fated mate and who turns him into a bunny within the first few minutes of their meeting. I also like that Frost has his own pretty cool abilities which all have to do with ice.

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