Gideon Frost is a man skating on thin ice, almost literally. The young printer is barely keeping his business together, and his creditors are circling outside his door. He’s only just getting by, and when the need arises he’s not above selling his body for a few shillings to make ends meet. His one hope to get things back to black, for a while at least, is a commission for an engraving of Joshua Redfern’s new house. Not only is Redfern paying well for the work, but he’s everything Gideon lusts after in a man.
It’s the winter of 1814, and bitterly cold. In fact, the Thames is freezing over, solid enough to walk on, and an impromptu ‘Frost Fair’ is set up on the ice, with many businesses opening up to serve the public. Gideon joins the crowd, moving his printing press onto the ice, where he does good business selling his prints to the masses.
Among the masses is Redfern’s friend Thouless, an Irish rake who has his own eye on the young Gideon Frost. He well knows that Redfern is besotted with Gideon, and is determined to have him before Joshua does. When Gideon flees the Irishman’s advances, Thouless takes his revenge, effectively putting Gideon out of business.
The turn of events throws Gideon and Joshua together, but everything doesn’t immediately end up happily ever after. Thouless still wants his revenge, and despite what he’s had to do in the past, Gideon is no boy toy.
Frost Fair is one of Erastes’ shorter works, but like most of her books, the pace is ‘leisurely’, taking its time to introduce the characters before it puts them through hell. This is fairly light, as her works go. I liked it better than Transgressions, but not as much as Mere Mortals. I’d give it three out of five stars.
Purchase links may be found at the author’s Frost Fair page.