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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Let's get those holiday romances going right? How about some Jill Shalvis? I'm just LOVING her books!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: November 8, 2016

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.

Just in time for the holidays, a short and sexy novella from a recent addition to my “Favorite Authors” list, Jill Shalvis! So Rory Andrews is finally going home to see the family she hasn’t seen in years. She has a lot to make up for and the last thing she needs is to spend the hours long trip in a truck with Max Stranton. She doesn’t mind his dog Carl, but Max is a different story. They’ve known each other since high school and back then Rory had a huge crush on him, only things went south between them and only Max knows the reason. As they begin the road trip, all manner of things throws them even closer together: Carl, a blizzard, their undeniable chemistry…

Really, Jill Shalvis can’t go wrong, and I loved that she gave Willa’s friend a shot at happiness. The timeline for One Snowy Night overlaps a bit with The Trouble with Mistletoe but this novella doesn’t have any spoilers and it can be read as a standalone. I personally would recommend reading the series in order though. It’s not to be missed.

Poor Rory made bad decisions in her youth and that lead to her estrangement from her family, yet Shalvis made her completely likable and once she told her story, it became clear that she didn’t have a choice but to get away. Max was the guy who suffered for Rory’s bad choices back when they were teens only Rory doesn’t know it, and Max doesn’t know that Rory doesn’t know what the fallout was. It sounds complicated but it really wasn’t.

Max and Rory had some really great chemistry but I really have to give a shout out to the goofy and ever present Carl, Max’s adorable dog. With the story taking place on a road trip, he was the comedic relief to all the pent up sexual frustration between the two humans he was riding with. Also, I love big dogs in romances. So yeah, I <3 Carl.

My one problem with One Snowy Night was that it ended quite abruptly. There was a lot of talk about Rory making amends with her family, yet there was no follow through with that. It left me wondering, just what happened between Rory and her family after she walked through her parents’ door? Also, Max and Rory end up saying “The Big ‘L’” to each other and then, it’s over. I wanted to see at least one date or something to show that their love wasn’t just a thing that happened because they were trapped together on a road trip and forced to talk about their history. I’m not saying Max and Rory didn’t ring true, I just needed their romance to be solidified a bit more. So yeah, a bit of an after Christmas scene where they go out on a date or something would have been nice.

Final Verdict: One Snowy Night was just the right kind of short romance to take to the doctor’s waiting room, or even when the kids (fur or human) are taking those naps that don’t last long enough to watch a dvd but are longer than it takes to eat a cookie. The ending kind of felt rushed and unfinished but it’s still a worthy read.

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