REVIEW + Giveaway: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Nov 8Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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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.

Jill Shalvis didn’t fail to make my heart flutter in her new, upcoming release that’s a perfect treat to such a happy event of the year. It’s so charming, light and heartwarming.

If you have read The Trouble With Mistletoe, you’re familiar with Rory (Willa’s employee) and Max (one of Willa’s friends). But if you haven’t, it’s fine. You’ll still be able to get the drift of the book.

Rory is stuck with Max and Carl (Max’s goof dog) when Max volunteered to give her a ride to her family’s home, on Christmas Eve. Whom she hasn’t seen in years. What looked like a night of driving turned to revelations they both didn’t expect they needed to hear. Will they act on their combustible chemistry now or will they let it fade away without giving it a try?

I have yet to read a book by Jill Shalvis that wouldn’t make me smile like a fool. Because One Snowy Night, though very short than I would’ve liked, was very cute and romantic enemies-to-lovers novella. One night basically changed everything and that’s no wonder considering they’re pretty stuck on the road for long hours. And though it may seem too fast-paced, it worked because again, snowy night and all the road inconvenience. But it was really lovely because of Rory’s sass and stubbornness, Max’s resistance with his feelings for Rory (because of high school past) and of course, there’s Carl. I liked that the story was neatly wrapped in a way that their past was revealed and both sides have forgiven each other for what they both did. And that actually paved way for both characters to have their chance at love.

Both characters sounded real, believable even when Rory’s a bit scared at first because she had a rough beginning. Both of them were funny and cheesy at times but it added to the sweetness of the book. Can I just say I almost melted at Max’s words? Gahhhh it’s so simple but very heartfelt with a dash of adorable. I loved him a lot! I mean, both of them! I liked that they got their HEA (even with Rory’s family whom she believed hated her) though it would be better if they have a novel-length book of their own.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for all romance readers who want a quick and drama-free read with all the cuteness.

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