Title: A Fortunate Blizzard
Author: L.C. Chase
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Trevor and Marc
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.
Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.
When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.
From the moment the story begins, you know that Trevor has a death sentence hanging over him. He's in the last stages of kidney failure and after 7 years on the transplant list, his hopes are pretty much gone. Now it's just a matter of deciding when to stop dialysis.
Even though he's lived with this for 7 years, on the outside, he looks like a normal, healthy guy. Yeah, he gets tired faster, but he's worked hard to stay in optimum health. So when he meets Marc in a hotel during a blizzard, Marc has no idea that anything is wrong with him.
This is definitely an insta-lust story, but I really liked how L.C. Chase wrote it. It seemed really believable. For Trevor, this is his last chance at a human connection...ever. They're in a blizzard. It's a one-night thing. What can it harm? For Marc, he's simply lonely. He let his mother's acid in his life ruin his ability to connect...with anyone. But after a talk with his personal assistant Kate right before leaving the office, he's suddenly questioning how he goes about his life. His attraction to Trevor definitely helps that introspection.
For both these guys, this is one night...a freak storm...a situation that will never happen again. Neither is willing to pass that up. But then they connect and it's so much more. They both realize that quickly and that's where the story really begins.
There was so much to love about this book. Of course, my heart broke for Trevor. At only 39, he should still have so much life left to live, but he doesn't. But then there's Marc, who has all the time in the world, but he chooses not to live his life to the fullest...or in any way. They each really, really need the other and watching them discover that makes for a gorgeous story.
I also really loved the artistic aspect of the story. Trevor is a full-time artist who has earned quite a bit of acclaim. Once upon a time, Marc dreamed of being an artist, but stopped painting when he had his fallout with his mother. From that moment on, all his decisions have been made to try to make her proud of him. He's a lawyer, who built an art studio onto his house, but can't even step foot into it because denying that part of himself hurts so much.
Like I said...so much to love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It was emotional and riveting. From the time I started it, I didn't put it down again until I hit the final page. I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.