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Review by Suze
Rory left home when she was a teenager and hasn't visited her family in years. She's finally ready to celebrate Christmas with them and prove that she's responsible now. She needs to travel from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and she doesn't have a car. Her boss has arranged a lift with, Max, a friend who needs to go the same way. Rory works in a pet shop and Max and his dog are regular customers. Max went to high school with Rory is angry with her, so it's going to be a difficult ride.
While Max and Rory are on their way the weather is getting worse. It's so bad that they get stranded several times. This gives them time to talk about the past and Rory finally has the chance to find out why Max is so mad at her. It also gives them the opportunity to explore their feelings. What will win, Max's anger or his love for Rory?
One Snowy Night is a cute romantic story. Rory is a great person, but she doesn't see herself that way. She's smart, strong and fierce, which are qualities I always like in a heroine. She's had a rough past, but fortunately she managed to escape that life. Max is the only person from her childhood Rory is still in touch with. He is protective and kind. He's also honest and he isn't afraid to speak up. There's a lot of chemistry between him and Rory and they have an interesting history. I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead.
One Snowy Night is another wonderful story by Jill Shalvis. It's a romantic and endearing Christmas novella with amazing main characters. I loved reading more about Rory and am glad she got her own story. This Christmas novella can easily be read as a standalone, but it's also a perfect addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. Jill Shalvis's writing is compelling and once I start reading one of her stories I can never stop before I've finished it.
Readers who love the Heartbreaker Bay series as much as I do will definitely enjoy this novella. One Snowy Night can also easily be read by those who haven't read any books by Jill Shalvis before. I highly recommend all stories by this author.
About Jill Shalvis
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
Max whistled for Carl but the wind was so loud, the sound got swallowed up.
Rory slipped out of the truck and back into the mind numbing cold to make her way to Max. “Carl!” she yelled and nearly got blown over by the next gust of wind.
Max caught her and held her at his side. “You could’ve gotten home,” he said. “You know you’re crazy, right?” he asked.
Yes, she knew. And yeah, her whole purpose had been to show her family she’d changed but hey, there’d be plenty of time to stress about that later. “This is for Carl, not you.”
He choked out a rough laugh. “You’re still crazy,” he said but he’d kept his arm around her, holding her close. And he didn’t sound quite as mad at her anymore.
Which might have just been wishful thinking on her part.
“Carl!” Max yelled, using the hand that wasn’t holding onto her to cup around his mouth. “Carl, come!”
From out of the woods came a huge snow abomination. When it was only a few feet from them, it stopped, shook, and sent snow flying.
Proud of himself, he sat happily at their feet and panted a smile, while Rory fought with relieved tears.
What was wrong with her tonight?
Max got them all back into the truck. He dried off Carl the best he could and then turned to Rory.
She had no idea that she’d lost the battle with her emotions until Max cupped her face and swiped a tear from her cheek with his thumb. “Rory,” he said, voice low and concerned.
“Does Christmas always have to suck so hard?” she whispered.
He looked at her for a long beat and then slowly shook his head. “No. Not always.”
They stared at each other some more and then…he kissed her. Softly at first, carefully, but she didn’t need either and let him know by fisting her hands in his jacket and letting out a needy little whimper for more.
This wrenched a deep, rough male groan from him that rumbled up from his chest, and she clutched at him, trying to get closer. Before she knew it, he’d hauled her over the console and into his lap, tucking her thighs on either side of his, letting her feel exactly how his body had responded to the kiss. He was hard.
Hungry for the connection, desperate to forget her problems, trembling in her boots for more of this man beneath her, she kissed him back with all the pent-up longing and need she felt. When they broke free, his eyes were heavy-lidded with lust and desire, and she had one single, devastating thought.
All these years later, she still wanted him as her own.
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