Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Published by Avon on November 8, 2016
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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.
Rory works for Willa at her pet shop. Max works for Archer. The two are on a road trip from the San Francisco area to Tahoe, up in the mountains, and become stranded for the night due to a road closure. These two have a lot to work out: past issues, present feelings, getting to Tahoe in time for Christmas morning. It made me dizzy, frankly, and I wanted more pages to sort out all of these feelings. Especially because I like Max so much and there is good tension between these two. (I’m crying for the full-length novel that this could have been.)
Max and Rory are another couple (like Willa and Keane) that went to school together but parted under very negative circumstances. In this situation (again, much like Willa and Keane), Rory doesn’t realize something that she said/did had a big impact on Max’s life.
Look, I LOVE the “stranded because of snow” trope, and the story itself is fun too. But I really want more page time for these two. Less than 60% of this short novella just isn’t enough and I literally NEVER read excerpts, so the 40% of excerpts from other books at the end just killed me.
Go ahead and read this one: it’s really cute and you’ll want to know the backstory here! Also the snowiness definitely makes for a winter-y, holiday feel, which I love. But be sure to prepare your expectations for how short it is.
At least we’ll probably see Max and Rory pop up in future installments. And I’m still dying to read about Archer and Elle.
Check out my other reviews in the Heartbreaker Bay Series:
Sweet Little Lies | The Trouble with Mistletoe | One Snowy Night | Accidentally On Purpose
Chasing Christmas Eve | Holiday Wishes | About That Kiss
Hot Winter Nights | Playing For Keeps | Wrapped Up In You | Twist Of Fate