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Review by Suze
Marissa is generous enough to share her hotel room with Christa, one of her sorority friends. They're at her best friend's Tanya's wedding and there Christa met an old boyfriend. They want to rekindle their flame and need privacy, so Christa has locked Marissa out of her own hotel room. Fortunately Marissa doesn't have to sleep in the hallway, because Scott, an old friend and teammate of her ex-fiancé, who jilted her at her wedding day, offers Marissa the guestroom of his mountain cabin. She isn't happy with the arrangement, but there's nowhere else she can go.
Scott has always liked Marissa, so he can't believe his luck. He can finally make things right between them. Marissa's ex-fiancé didn't treat her kindly, but Scott never told her anything about the affairs all the guys of their team knew he had. Scott still regrets he wasn't a good friend to her. Marissa has come a long way since then and there is a lot about her that he doesn't know. She has a good job and can take care of herself. Marissa is attracted to Scott, but she's built strong walls around her heart after her disastrous wedding day, will he be able to break them? Maybe with a little help from a snowstorm Scott gets the chance he's been dreaming about for years.
Snowed In is a sexy story about two people who have plenty of chemistry. The story alternates between Scott and Marissa and I enjoyed reading both of their perspectives. Scott is a successful businessman, who prefers spending his free time outside. He loves all outdoor sports. Marissa is more of a city girl and isn't used to being in a remote cabin in snowy mountains. They are both sweet and they care about others. Marrisa has a vulnerable side and Scott tries to get through to her by being everything she wants and needs. They have plenty of discussions, but they don't have useless fights. Each time their opinions are different they talk things through and this solidifies their relationship, which is something I liked very much. There are quite a few heated and hot scenes and even though Scott and Marissa are snowed in they don't notice the cold, because inside the cabin there's fire.
Jenna Bayley-Burke has written a fun book about two interesting main characters. Scott makes Marissa less reserved and Marissa makes Scott discover his gentle side. I liked the effect they have on each other. There are plenty of sparks, but they have a connection on a deeper level as well. The relationship isn't without struggles and the road is rocky for the two of them. It's worth it though and the ending of the story is really romantic. Snowed In is a lovely charming book that's perfect for a cold winter evening.
Snowed In is a great choice for readers who like romantic books about the effect of lots of snow on the relationship between two people.
About Jenna Bayley-Burke
You’ll never support yourself, they said. Have a back-up plan they said. You don’t have the time...
‘They’ were only right about that last one. Somehow, while overwhelmed with caring for two boys under two, the house, recipe developing, and health drama, Jenna made the time. She finished her first romance novel in November, and Mills & Boon published it in May. She’s gone on to write more than twenty-five books.
Jenna is still making the time for her stories, and now her readers. Women she often finds out are just like her, looking to escape the world of three kids in three schools, soccer carpool, school board meetings, housework, and buying boats for too many doctors. She tells fantasies of billionaires and beautiful locations, cowboys and fake engagements, women we all want as friends and men that we hope ours act like on occasion.
Jenna is available for speaking engagements, workshops, interviews, and appearances. She loves to chat with book clubs and writing groups, in person or through video chat.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I wish I had something fantastical to say, like I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro or bought a diamond at Tiffany’s. I do carpool, get drenched during soccer games, volunteer at the kids’ schools, and tell stories where very little of that normal stuff happens. Because I need a break from it, and my readers do too.
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
Running. For real here, I used to be a runner before some health issues and I’d like to get it back. Now by running I don’t mean marathons. Just cute 5Ks with a party at the end. That’s my jam.
3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?
I would sleep until my body woke up. That would put me in such a good mood. I have a date day planned with the hubster that I’m looking forward to, someday when the sun comes out. We’ll head to Multnomah Falls for brunch & a hike. Then move on to Crown Point for more spectacular views at the Vista House museum. Back into Portland for Happy Hour and home before the youngest needs a shower. But that kind of date won’t make it in my books. I’d have to move it to Anguilla and send them out on a boat and then get the boat rocking. Ahem.
4. Who is your favorite romantic couple?
Modern couple? The Obama’s. There is a beautiful respect between them that I admire. In movies...don’t laugh... Cary Grant & Leslie Caron in Father Goose. In my books it’s David & Sophie from Compromising Positions.
5. Could you describe what romance means to you?
Hope. Adventure. Life doesn’t have to be rainbows and roses every moment of the day, but I like knowing that it will be.
6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?
Only when I’m sick. It’s hard to get my head in the right space if I’m uncomfortable. I mean, surgery isn’t sexy no matter what Grey’s Anatomy has led us to believe.
7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?
Ah, see, here’s the thing. I don’t have them. I know, I know. But I married when I was an infant, and hubster truly cannot think that way. If I haven’t brought him around in 22 years, it’s not going to happen. My daughter loves all things princess and romance, so she and I have had little dates as she calls them. We get dressed up, have lunch downtown and see a play or something. I’m hoping she holds her actual dates to the high standard she has for when I take her out, you know, when she is 30 and I finally lose the battle about her dating.
8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?
Ah, I wish I could say Barry White or something. I’ve got nothing.
9. Which country personafies romance for you and why?
This is where I say France because of the romance of the place, or Italy for its beauty. Finland comes to mind because of their focus on education and the outdoors. Plus my feet are always cold, and I am obsessed with seeing the Northern Lights.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I have two Indulgence books coming in 2017 – The Billionaire’s Runaway Bride & Price of Love. Trying to finesse the schedule so I’ll have a couple more. Captivating the Cowboy arrives in summer with another Weston family romance. Two more are on deck for the fall – Satisfaction Guaranteed & Eat Cake. In a nutshell – sexy sassy escapist romances. Always.
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