Frost and Flame (Gods of War)

By: Gena Showalter

From Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld saga, comes Frost and Flame, the second book in the scorching paranormal romance series Gods of War.

Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wields over him, but she alone can rain vengeance upon his wife’s killer.

Unaware of her destiny to rule as queen of beasts, Nola battles illness, addiction and vulnerability. With Bane, however, she experiences pleasure for the first time, and only wants more. But being with him comes with a terrible price.

With enemies lurking around every corner, Bane and Nola must fight to survive. But time is running out, and neither can resist the sizzling attraction blazing between them. Will their romance save the beast and his beauty, or destroy everything they’ve come to love?





Praise for Gena Showalter


“I love this world and these alpha males—this is Gena Showalter at her best!”

—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Sexy paranormal romance at its hottest! The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”

—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Violence and passion infuse Gena Showalter’s thrilling new world of gods and war. Hold on for a wild ride!”

 —Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author


“Gena Showalter’s attention to detail, innovative play on mythology, and sexy alpha male heroes come together seamlessly to create a world so vivid and engrossing that I never want it to end.”

—Mandy M. Roth, New York Times bestselling author


“A new and stunningly brilliant sexy paranormal romance series by the talented Gena Showalter. I couldn’t put it down!”

—Michelle M. Pillow, New York Times bestselling author


“One of the premier authors of paranormal romance.”

—Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle.”

—Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author


“The Showalter name on a book means guaranteed entertainment.”

—RT Book Reviews


“Gena Showalter is a romantic genius.”

—San Francisco Book Review







Once upon a time, kings and queens from across the galaxies searched for new worlds to inhabit, and other species to rule. These greedy royals sent armed legions into battle. Millions died, the newly discovered planets destroyed. While the heartless monarchs thrilled as they watched these bloodthirsty battles, they inherited little more than wastelands.

Wanting to continue their games and master new worlds, they agreed to a contest—the All War. Each sovereign would send one warrior to any newly discovered territory. Their best warrior. That territory would be their playground...and their battlefield. One champion would take everything, and all losers would die.

Throughout the centuries, one unspoken edict has remained the same. Do not fall in love with a local.

“Love? Never again. My heart is made of vengeance and hate.”

—Bane of Adwaeweth

“I’ve warred with fibromyalgia and lupus for years. Tame some big, bad beasty-boy? Watch me.”

—Nola Lee





PROLOGUE


The Realm of Adwaeweth

1026 AA (After Alliance)


BANE OF ADWAEWETH ignored his instincts to dominate his woman—always he ignored his instincts—and rolled to his back, the expected position for an Adwaewethian male. Not just expected, but enforced by law.

Would the pleasure be greater on top? Bane had broached the subject with Meredith once, only once, but she’d had no interest, so he’d dropped it. Most days, he told himself he didn’t care. Some days he believed it.

Bathed in candlelight, Meredith rose to her knees, straddled him and sank down on his throbbing erection. The pleasure!

Head tipping backward, spine arching, Meredith moaned with rapture and began to ride him. Sweat glistened on her golden skin, and desire hooded her golden eyes. So beautiful. So strong and brave.

Meredith was the love of his life. Not too long ago, they’d recited vows in front of royals and peers alike, forever binding their futures. Only in death shall we part.

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