I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Published by Avon Impulse on 2016-11-08
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Road Trip, Romance
Source: the Publisher
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!
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.
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella! Order your copy for just $0.99 today!
It’s probably no surprise to you guys by now that I’m a huge Jill Shalvis fan. I love all of her books but this Heartbreaker Bay series that’s coming out now is one of my very favorites. So I’m very excited to be a part of this tour for One Snowy Night. Not only is it a novella from this series by Shalvis, but it’s also a holiday romance!! I LOVE holiday romances!! For whatever reason, as soon as November hits, it’s basically all I want to read. And I’m so glad I picked this one up when I did! It was fast, fun, and fit in perfectly with the rest of the series.
If you haven’t read the two previous books in the series, you could definitely still read this one but you won’t entirely understand the references to the other characters. But those are brief so it’s up to you. I highly recommend both books in the series before this so I would tell you to just binge the whole thing! But if you just want a quick holiday romance novella, this is certainly a great choice.
The story follows Rory who has had a difficult past and moved away from home early in life and hasn’t looked back. Until this year when she promised her stepdad that she’d be home for Christmas. She gets set up with a ride through her boss, Willa, with Max, someone from her past and hometown. Both are reluctant to make the drive together but they don’t have much choice. So off they go and their journey begins.
I loved this story because Rory and Max have a past but neither has the full story of the events that have shaped so many of their feelings for each other. So even though this story is short, we still get pretty well-developed characters from these glimpses into their pasts. And even with all of these not-so-great memories of each other, there is still clear chemistry between these two. And I really enjoyed watching them realize the truth of their pasts and face their feelings and relationship issues together while stuck in the car on their way back home for the holidays.
My only real issues with this novella is that I thought it was going to be about twice as long as it actually was. The file I received noted that it was 160 pages but in reality, the novella ended at 60-something percent and the rest of previews of the other books in the series. So the ending came a bit abruptly for me. I think going in and knowing it was so much shorter would have been better for me. But even though it was short, it was a complete and well thought out story. With enough bumps along the way and emotions to make it a really worthwhile read. Check out the excerpt I have below!!
Max whistled for Carl but the wind was so loud, the sound got swallowed up.
Rory slipped out of the truck and back into the mind numbing cold to make her way to Max. “Carl!” she yelled and nearly got blown over by the next gust of wind.
>Max caught her and held her at his side. “You could’ve gotten home,” he said. “You know you’re crazy, right?” he asked.
Yes, she knew. And yeah, her whole purpose had been to show her family she’d changed but hey, there’d be plenty of time to stress about that later. “This is for Carl, not you.”
He choked out a rough laugh. “You’re still crazy,” he said but he’d kept his arm around her, holding her close. And he didn’t sound quite as mad at her anymore.
Which might have just been wishful thinking on her part.
“Carl!” Max yelled, using the hand that wasn’t holding onto her to cup around his mouth. “Carl,come!”
From out of the woods came a huge snow abomination. When it was only a few feet from them, it stopped, shook, and sent snow flying.
Proud of himself, he sat happily at their feet and panted a smile, while Rory fought with relieved tears.
What was wrong with her tonight?
Max got them all back into the truck. He dried off Carl the best he could and then turned to Rory.
She had no idea that she’d lost the battle with her emotions until Max cupped her face and swiped a tear from her cheek with his thumb. “Rory,” he said, voice low and concerned.
“Does Christmas always have to suck so hard?” she whispered.
He looked at her for a long beat and then slowly shook his head. “No. Not always.”
They stared at each other some more and then…he kissed her. Softly at first, carefully, but she didn’t need either and let him know by fisting her hands in his jacket and letting out a needy little whimper for more.
This wrenched a deep, rough male groan from him that rumbled up from his chest, and she clutched at him, trying to get closer. Before she knew it, he’d hauled her over the console and into his lap, tucking her thighs on either side of his, letting her feel exactly how his body had responded to the kiss. He was hard.
Hungry for the connection, desperate to forget her problems, trembling in her boots for more of this man beneath her, she kissed him back with all the pent-up longing and need she felt. When they broke free, his eyes were heavy-lidded with lust and desire, and she had one single, devastating thought.
All these years later, she still wanted him as her own.
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