Ice in Sunlight by Julia Leijon [ARC]


The longer it took them, the longer he’d live, and he liked being alive. It was his biggest weakness.

Title: Ice in Sunlight
Author: Julia Leijon
Why you should read this book: Because it’s cute and it’s a different kind of story from the usual romance!

Summary from Goodreads:

Corwen’s emotions are a frozen wasteland after years of enslavement and abuse. When he’s finally rescued, freedom isn’t enough to thaw the wintry landscape of his heart.

Slowly, his new compatriots teach him that physical intimacy is a sacred gift, that pleasure can be shared without pain. With endless patience, they offer him a different way of being.

In order to be whole, Corwen must surrender the self-loathing he wears like armor. Can he learn to see himself the way his new companions do? Or will he hide from love forever in the icy vault that shields his deepest soul?

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

First time receiving an ARC and it was great!! I liked the book just fine but it lacked some elements that made me give it 3 instead of the 4 stars I wanted to give it at first.

The first quarter of the book was ok, I read it without effort but I wasn’t really intrigued with the story. The first chapter I was going to punch Corwen because he wanted to hurt a dog. Come on, Corwen, I get you don’t have a happy life but that’s a dog, what did he do to you to deserve such a treatment?

The King of Corwen’s kingdom is assassinated and the assassins offered him a chance to change his life as a slave and go with them to their kingdom in which people are nice, love is possible and being intimate is not the abuse he is used to. Corwen doesn’t believe such a world can really exist but since he has nothing to lose he goes along.

Without fear and fighting for his life, he didn’t even know who he was, didn’t know how to be.

Corwen is a really nice character and you feel his pain. He believes he is worthless. He needs to be needed or else he feels like his existence is pointless and he has to be dead. That’s his only option and that is really sad. His growth throughout the book is nice, how he opens little by little and he stops using bad words to describe himself. Maybe this new life isn’t so bad.

I shipped him with King Amir at first but then I thought about it again and no, they weren’t a match in my book. Then I shipped him with mysterious Reza and it was a great ship, they looked hot together. I of course shipped him with Enver because they made a really cute couple. It was easy to ship him with the guys because that city was love-and-sleep-with-everyone kind of city and I loved it! Steamy scenes!! Give me more steamy scenes!

“You don’t even need that dagger at your hip. You could assassinate people with nothing but your skill at insults.”
“You’re still standing.”

Corwen talked and thought a lot about Prince Elias, son of King Tobias, his owner, and at first I didn’t give it much thought but I guess all those times Eli was in his mind was because of a very particular reason. Mmmmm Corwen, you are a cutie!

Long story short, I really liked this different kind of story but I felt the ending was a little bit rushed. The characters just disappear on me all of a sudden and I wanted them to interact more with each other. I wanted more King Amir but he was gone. Where are you Amir? Show yourself! I would have loved an epilogue! That’s it, the story lacked the epilogue, a “four months later” kind of thing. I’m an epilogue kind of girl!

Do I recommend it? Yes, I will still recommend it if you like what the story is about. It doesn’t take much of your time because you won’t be able to put it down once you start it..
Rate: 3/5


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