Monday, May 28, 2012

Snowbound with a Stranger by Rebecca Rogers Maher

Title:  Snowbound with a Stranger
Author: Rebecca Rogers Maher
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Recovery Trilogy #1
Main Characters: Dannie and Lee
Release Date: May 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Dannie Marino is hiking with colleagues when a sudden blizzard separates her from her group. She's rescued by Lee, a dangerously sexy stranger who leads her to a remote cabin to weather the storm.

When the night inevitably ends in an intense erotic encounter, Dannie is both shocked and liberated by her response. But being intimate means letting herself be vulnerable, which isn't her style. Lee tries to reach out to her, but she avoids any emotional entanglement by pushing him away.

Snowed in and unable to hide from each other, Dannie and Lee must both face up to their most closely guarded emotions. When the storm abates, will they be able to stop running from the past and live fully in the future?

My Review:
I admit it. I'm a sucker for snowstorm stories. There's just something so romantic about being trapped with nothing to do but keep each other warm. ;o) This one was a pretty good one. I just had a slight issue with Dannie's character which did affect my enjoyment of the story a bit.

This book starts with a group of co-workers from the hospital hiking up the side of the mountain heading to their leader's cabin. It's a monthly thing for them to go hiking and Dannie looks forward to it every month as a way to clear the stress from her mind from being a nurse. This month, there is a new addition to their little group, Lee. He obviously has lots of hiking experience as well as being the group leader's friend. Dannie feels an immediate draw to him which she ignores...she does not go on these outings for the fact, she tries to stay away from any interpersonal connections during these outings. She gives everything she has to her patients and that doesn't reserve anything for anyone else.

Lee has his own personal issues. He was a NYC cop until 9/11. Shortly after that, he lost his wife to cancer and has since devoted his life to helping oncology patients and families. Unlike Dannie, he hasn't let this close him off to a relationship. In fact he came out on this hike to meet Dannie. When she goes missing, he's the one to go after and locate her in the snowstorm. At that point, their only choice is to head on up to the cabin and where they get snowed in for 3 days.

Overall, these are two characters with some interesting emotional issues esp. coming from their medical backgrounds. I loved the sexual tension between them. Even though they are absolutely strangers, it was written really believably. What I didn't enjoy was Dannie's complete and almost bi-polar reversal of her attitude in a couple of scenes. Her attitude was whiplashing back and forth there for a while and the extremes were just too extreme for me to find them believable. Regardless of this, I found this book to be a fun read and I definitely enjoyed it.

It's a short book and makes for a hot little read and would be perfect for some cold winter's night entertainment.

1 comment:

Tyraa said...

This looks cute! Gunna add it to my tbr list, Thanks.