*I received a free copy of One Snowy Night from via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
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.
One Snowy Night is a short novella in the Heartbreaker Bay series, featuring Rory and Max, and there is hotness, romance, cold, ice and doubts from a past event coming to the surface.
While I enjoyed One Snowy Night, I was sad it was so short, as I think Rory and Max could hold up a full length novel with their story. And because it was short, only the span of a night and morning, and it was spent on the road, I missed all their friends! One of the things I love the most in a Shalvis story is the amazing friendships and funny banter.
It was clear in the prior Heartbreaker Bay novels that Max and Rory had chemistry, what wasn’t clear, however was that they had history. Because they both kept that to themselves, thinking the other had done something close to unforgivable. When they had to spend time together in the car, they were finally able to discuss what had happened years earlier, and the consequences which they still felt in the present.
If you’re not familiar with this series, I think you’d be confused with this novealla, as the character development is slight. But because I had already met Rory and Max, I did know some of their quirks, so I was good to go. Written in third person present tense, the omniscient narrator worked well for me, as there were plenty of dialogues as well.
As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and… something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.
As she passed through, their bodies brushed together, his hard as stone and yet somehow also deliciously warm, and hers… softened. There was no other word for it.