Title: Snow Angel
Author: Sharon Maria Bidwell
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Dean Chapman, Jay Reid
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Come out of the cold, into the warm …
Dean Chapman has always had a thing for April Reid, ‘the girl next door’, the woman he’s never had. What he doesn’t know is that while he made puppy dog eyes at her, her younger brother Jay spent time looking at him the same way.
Now, years later, he considers the two Reid siblings as close friends, nothing more. Little does he know Jay is still in love with him, always has been, always will be, but he’s about to find out. When he does, it not only throws his sexuality into question, it shines an ugly light in his direction.
Reacting as he often does, on impulse, he’s about to make an understandable but life-altering mistake … and then he makes another one. Dean has to take a long look at himself and he isn’t sure he likes what he sees. He can’t remember being this arrogant, not to mention a control freak, and that’s only a few of the nicer things April Reid has taken to calling him in defence of her brother. Can he change? Does he want to? Does he even need to, or is it really just a question of making the right choice?
It’s winter and snow is falling, but he doesn’t yet know which of them might yet be left out in the cold. If Dean isn’t careful, he might lose the one person who can take him just as he is, ego included.
I have to be honest and tell you I’ve read this book years ago. Snow Angel was one of the first books I read in this genre and though I didn’t remember a lot of the details about it, I do remember liking it. When I noticed that it was re-released again through JMS Books and updated, I knew I had to read it again. I’m so glad I did because though I really enjoyed it before, I found myself truly loving it the second time around.
I’m totally crazy about both heroes. Both Jay and Dean are very well-written and they lived off of the printed page. As I write this, I have a feeling Dean is going to be a controversial character. I say this because there are times where he is very arrogant and a little bit of a control nut. Now, please hear me out on this…it’s true there were times I wanted to throw something heavy at him because of his careless attitude, especially when it comes to certain things. He has a way of brushing off and not dealing with important topics like feelings and sexuality, but as I continued to read the story, I began to see the many layers of Dean begin to peel away.
There is so much more to him than meets the eye. I started seeing him through Jay’s eyes and through Jay’s feelings and I truly began to understand the depth of his affection and feelings toward Jay. It’s true that Dean struggles with verbalizing his feelings for Jay, but he shows Jay in so many way how much he truly cares for him, their friendship and the love that simmers between them.
Dean might be a hard sell for some, but to me he was a great hero.
Though I loved Dean, I adored Jay almost as much. He’s sweet and smart and has been in love with Dean in what feels like forever. I began to love these two men together and I enjoyed the banter they shared as well as the friendship they had with one another.
Dean and Jay’s relationship definitely go through some rocky times, but I loved watching their relationship develop into something special. The slow burn they feel for one another turns into a fiery blaze that sizzled up my computer screen and made me turn on the air conditioner in the middle of January…whew!
Snow Angel is a complex and wonderfully written romance that has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. I loved these characters and hope Ms. Bidwell will continue writing more about their journey together.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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