Book Review – Embracing Winter by Jocelynn Drake

Lords of Discord #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 431
Characters: Winter/Fox
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series

Winter Varik believes in only one thing—protecting his family.

Even from himself.

For nearly 200 years, he’s kept a dangerous secret from his brothers.

But Winter might have found his salvation in the form of a sexy witch named Fox.

Too bad this same witch was named in a prophecy foretelling the destruction of the Variks.

In a race to uncover the truth behind the prophecy and take down a vampire determined to kill all the Variks, Winter may have to choose between finally having his heart’s desire and the family he loves.

Embracing Winter is the fourth book in the Lords of Discord paranormal romance series. This book contains vampires, werewolves, witches, nosy brothers, music, lots of rope, sass, hope, dirty talk, redemption, and a love that will never end. And did I mention rope? Lots of rope.

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I love this series and have been looking forward to Winter’s story, especially since the truth about his power was hinted at in Bel’s book. Of all the Varik brothers, he is the most mysterious, and has a very dangerous reputation.

Wow, this didn’t disappoint. The truth about Winter is very clever, but as with most advantages over his enemy, it has come at a high price. I loved the prophecies and how they panned out. The plot twist about the prophecy about Fox is very clever. I love Zelda.

Winter and Fox are wonderful together, and it’s obvious they’re smitten with each other at first glance. Fox is now one of my favourite Variks, and I loved all the Game of Thrones jokes. Priceless! Winter’s power makes a lot of sense, given his reputation, and I liked that using it to hide someone else comes with a cost. Fox comes into his own in this story too, and I loved how he doesn’t stand for any of Winter’s b***t. The insight into how witches know whether vampires, wolves, or humans are around is brilliant. And the way Fox is able to help Winter is perfect.

Damon, the bad guy, is a nasty piece of work. I loved how everyone worked together in the final showdown, and how far Ethan has come considering he hasn’t been a Varik long. I liked the hint of his true potential. Although this is Winter and Fox’s story, I enjoyed catching up with the others too. The sibling relationships are wonderful in this series, and feel very real. I love the way they all bounce off each other, and are really quite crazy but in a good way.

The action scenes pulled me in, and kept me turning pages, as did the rest of the story. The ending was perfect especially with the running theme of that final scene with the other books in the series.

Seeing Aiden in action was wonderful, and I loved the bittersweet closure he is able to have, courtesy of Winter. So excited that the next book is his. I’ll be sad when this series is over, and it’s going on my paperback wish list as I will be rereading.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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