Title: One Snowy Night
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Main Characters: Rory and Max
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
My Quickie Review:
This is a great read if you want something quick, simply fun, and somewhat satisfying (it's hard to get the full depth of emotional experience in a novella story because there simply aren't the words to get the reader fully immersed). But sometimes it's nice to be able to only have an hour and escape...especially during the hectic hours leading up to the holidays. This book is perfect for that.
Max and Rory knew one another in high school in Tahoe. She was the shy girl and she had a wicked crush on him until her life blew apart at the end of 11th grade and she ran away. In a bizarre set of circumstances, they have the same circle of friends now in San Francisco, and Rory has no idea that Max is still holding a grudge for what happened after she left...she had no idea that havoc that happened in the aftermath. But now they suddenly find themselves riding home together in the middle of a snowstorm and both of them are having to face some surprising facts.
This is a story that covers less than 24 hours, but there's a history between the two that makes it work. They knew one another back then, and they've also been working in the same building for a while. They aren't strangers so the suddenness of the evolution of their relationship isn't quite so abrupt.
The book is sweet. Yes, I would have LOVED it if it had been a bit longer, but again...sometimes it is just nice to have a short read that you know is going to be good when you only have a limited amount of time. This is that book. Also...I loved the dog and the glimpses of some of the other characters from the series. I love this building and how they all take care of one another.