ONE SNOWY NIGHT
Heartbreaker Bay Novella
Print Length: 160 pages
Harper Collins/Avon Impulse (November 8, 2016)
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Also available in print or on audio
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.
Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history…and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.
They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.
While this deals with animals and their owners it doesn’t seem to have the same horrible parenting present in most of Jill’s novels.
Right off, I liked how Rory has a different personality from any of Jill’s other female characters I have read; she’s more damaged and younger than most. Her life experience is mostly due to her status as unpopular and having left home a few days short of her finals in her senior year. A scandal involving the male romantic interest was involved.
He blamed her, she blamed herself. It has haunted and colored both their lives. Like the rest of the series, so far, the couple has to work out the past to have a future. And, to make the post title work, they have to get over the mountain, figuratively and literally, to have a future.
There’s an angel who gets Mike to give Rory a ride to Tahoe with his giant Doberman Carl who is mad for Rory. There always seems to be “the hand of fate” in these stories as the men and woman, always with a common, and crisis-laden past, are brought together. They work out their issues in ways that are often due to the crisis in the storyline.
This one, stuck in the Sierra’s in the snow, could go all kinds of wrong. Or, it could go all kinds of right.
I have begun to think that Eddie, the homeless guy in the courtyard of the building where this series is placed, may be a little like Clarence, the angel in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. He has that lovable, bumbling and well-meaning quality. He IS always stoned though.
I liked this novella: it was quick, hot and heartwarming. It’s currently .99 on for Kindle on Amazon and it’s a decent value.