Monday, December 26, 2016


One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis 
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Published by Avon Impulse Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 160
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout

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” by Jill Shalvis is book # 2.5 in the Heartbreaker series. It can be read as a stand-alone, however, it should be noted that this story is about characters who have been featured in the previous books in the series.

I have been following the Heartbreaker series from the start, so I was happy to know that Rory and Max would be getting their story. When I realised that this would be a novella, I was a bit wary. Why? Well with novellas the stories are generally short and at times you may find that events are not satisfactorily wrapped up. That being said, I decided to take my chances, after all, it's Max and Rory’s story.

From reading the previous books in the series, I recognized that these two were attracted to each other, but never once did they act on it.  The reason for this became clear in “One Snowy Night” Not only did these two have chemistry they also had a history which dated back to their high school years.  Rory had no clue that Max blamed her for ruining his life back then.  Now with a little interference from well-intentioned friends, these two find themselves travelling together as they return home for the Christmas.  They now have the opportunity to confront the past and in the process heal old wounds.

I enjoyed the intense interaction between the characters. It was great learning about their pasts which assisted me in getting to know and understand them better. It was fun watching them coming to terms with the issues of the past and starting a new chapter in their lives.

Despite the length, I enjoyed this installment. (The book ended at about 59%. The rest of the book is excerpts from the other books in the series.)  It was fun, sweet and entertaining. All in all, it was a great addition to the series. That being said, just as I feared the ending was not satisfactorily wrapped up.  I wished that more details were provided as it relates to Rory’ relationship with her family and Max.  It ended rather quickly for my liking.

If you are looking for a quick, funny and entertaining read “One Snowy Night” will do the trick.

I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss. This has no bearing on my review, which is an honest reflection of my opinions of this book.  .***

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