Monday, December 21, 2015

Snowed In by Teodora Kostova

Be careful what you wish for...

Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way.

Second chances come when you least expect them...

Quinn doesn’t believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won’t be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor.

In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle.

Sometimes, to forgive, you need to get snowed in...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a short holiday novella about second chances. Nate has been in love with Quinn for years. They finally have one hot night together and then Quinn ups and leaves. The reason for him leaving isn’t revealed for two years, which I thought was excessive but I am sure stranger things have happened in real life. I thought Nate and Quinn were a great couple with a lot of chemistry. This would have been a great full length novel with a little more tweaking and details.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I have always enjoyed Ms. Kostova's novels, and this short story gives us a cute Christmas read. It is so frustrating that the two men didn't talk to each other – but then the plot wouldn't work otherwise! There is some fun humour and a happy resolution to the years of unrequited love.

Enjoyable afternoon's reading with a sweet and warmhearted ending.

3.5 stars
Snowed In definitely served its purpose. As a holiday novella, you expect the warm and fuzzy feels, a holiday-themed premise, a few hours of escapism, and romance. Ms. Kostova delivered on all the necessary requirements and then some.

Knowing the novella surrounds the holidays, there are time constraints for the growth of the characters. To solve this issue, the author wrote Snowed In in two parts: Part One via Nate's narration two years ago, and Part Two via Quinn's narration in the present setting.

Snowed In had it all: an interesting backstory that connects the characters, a misunderstanding/miscommunication to create the 'second chance romance' angsty angle, and then trapped the characters in a cabin during a holiday storm. In this lusty little novella, all action happens in that cabin, in the past and in the present, and it's enough to melt the blizzard-level snow falling around them.

The reason for my 3.5 star rating is simply because I couldn't suspend belief enough for the two-year separation, or for Quinn not explaining why he had to return to Chicago alone, if they were 'that' in love. The misunderstanding/miscommunication, when they were raised as nearly brothers, was not plausible in the least. In all that time, I find it bizarre that Nate's mother or brother wouldn't have mentioned what Quinn was going through. So it was definitely fabricated and forced in nature. While beyond angsty, if anything, instead of the way it was written, Quinn telling the truth from the get-go, it would have drawn the characters together in a tighter bond instead of tearing them apart.

Also, pronoun confusion. 3rd person. The 'he/his/him' at the start of the sentence would be Nate, while the he/his/him at the end of the sentence would be Quinn, or vice-versa. This is especially difficult with this being MM and both men are obviously a HE.

Snowed In was sweet, and I enjoyed my time reading the story. If I am in the mood for some light and fluffy in the future, more by this author would certainly do the trick.

Note for those who only read MM: The romance was masterfully done, but the MM could have been interchangeable with MF by simply changing Nate's name to a feminine equivalent and the manly parts for girly bits. Nate's actions, reactions, dialogue, and thought processes were definitely female in nature.

Genre: MM Romance | Holiday Novella | Second chance romance | Heat level: HOT |

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.

When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Snowed In by Teodora Kostova to read and review.

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