Title: Snowed In
Author: Teodora Kostova
Characters: Nate, Quinn
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Frenemies to Lovers, Erotic Romance, MM
Be careful what you wish for…
Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way.
Second chances come when you least expect them…
Quinn doesn’t believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won’t be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor.
In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn’s very own Christmas miracle.
Sometimes, to forgive, you need to get snowed in…
This is a friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story. Complicated? Not really. Nate has loved his brother’s best friend, Quinn, for years. They hook up. In the morning Quinn is gone. Fast forward two years, and the two of them are forced to take a road trip together, and then take shelter from a blizzard in the same cabin where Quinn broke Nate’s heart. Truth will out.
The first paragraph tells the plot in all its simplicity. There’s not a lot of nuance here. There’s a side plot with Nate’s brother whose girlfriend is dealing with a difficult pregnancy, and this acts as a catalyst, putting Nate and Quinn back into close quarters. The issue was handled realistically, without too much melodrama, and I appreciated that.
There’s a lot to like here. The writing style draws you into the story and brings all the delicious emotions to life, and the pace is smooth and efficient while allowing for moments of leisurely exploration too. The sex scenes are steamy, and the characters feel real, if at times a bit like caricatures of friends-who’ve-become-enemies. With that I mean that their emotional states have an impact and you sympathize with both, but all the time going “why can’t you two just talk?” in your head.
I took out one star because the main conflict is settled by page 65—while there’s still about twenty pages to go. The rest of the book is filled with several sex scenes where a single poignant one could have easily done the trick. Felt a bit like a sexual overload which I didn’t need after the emotional meltdown had been dealt with.
All in all, a nice heartwarming, low angst tale of two guys who have a falling out and then find a way to fix things before it’s too late. Recommended for all those who like their man-on-man romances erotic, a bit spicy, and with that holiday spirit to brighten your mood.
Reviewed By: Susan
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