Title: The Promise of Snow
Author: Elizah J. Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Brandon, AJ
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday/Christmas, Erotic Romance
Christmas is fast approaching and familial obligations are dampening Brandon Jacobs’s holiday spirit. On top of requiring his attendance at the annual neighborhood Christmas party, his mom has been bugging him to call AJ, a childhood playmate who just moved to town. Brandon’s memories of AJ as a kid aren’t exactly fond, and he’s not about to waste time on him as an adult… until he runs into AJ at the party and decides that Christmas might be the perfect time for a fresh start.
Though I’ve never been fan of stories where a high school bully and his tormented victim reconnect as adults, and all is forgiven at the sight of a hot body, in this story AJ, the former bully, showed remorse for his dumb, mean acts. And the tone of the story is kept light and humorous which took out the blunt edge of needing acts of contrition and forgiveness. Besides, AJ was more of a jerk than an actual bully so….
The family celebration with meddling family members and neighbors works as a backdrop to Brandon and AJ finding a lot of things in common as grownups. This, and trying to make up for childhood mistakes, made this a great, rather in-depth story about how people can change—and giving them another chance to prove said change. A positive ending, filled with promise, made me smile.
Reviewed By: Susan