Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas by Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley, Maisey Yates

Snowbound at Christmas by Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley, Maisey Yates
Published: November 15th, 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse
384 pages (ebook)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Acquired this book: Via Edelweiss in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once off-limits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia Riley.

Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan

At sixteen, Abigail gave Dex the gift of a lifetime, but the cost of it was more than he ever knew. Now she’s back in town with a secret that has been ten years in the making and this time it’s Dex’s turn to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk losing her forever.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

 
Mia Landry has always had it bad for brooding cowboy Devlin Grayson. Too bad he’s her best friend’s older brother. But when they find themselves snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge, Mia finally has the chance to tell the man of her dreams exactly what she wants him.

Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley

While Brightwater is being covered in snow, Goldie Flint is stuck in her flower shop. She never expected her hero to be Kit Kane, the former love of her life. Kit knows that what he had with Goldie isn’t just in the past and with the help of a little bet, an ornery grandmother, and a lot of snow, he’s ready to show her that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance.
 


Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan ~ 2 stars
This was my least favourite story in the Snowbound at Christmas anthology. I know a lot of readers dislike novellas because the characters are often flat, the plot is rushed, and/or there’s no development - character-wise or story-wise. I had all of those problems with this story. It was overly dramatic, unbelievable, and repetitive. It was basically the same couple of thoughts/sentiments over and over and over. I ended up skimming a lot of it because I couldn’t find anything enjoyable about it.



Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates ~ 2.5 stars
This story had a lot of the same problems as the first, especially the fact the characters had no depth. I know that Christmasy novellas are often cheesy and things happen too quickly romantically, but if it’s done right you can overlook that and find it sweet and romantic. That wasn’t the case with this story. Despite the fact the characters had known each other for a long time, the romance felt like insta-love - the unbelievable kind.



Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley ~ 5 stars
Hot Winter’s Night had none of the problems of the other two stories. It could be because I’ve been a fan of Riley’s for a few years now and because I’ve read two of the three Brightwater books, but I honestly think it was more than that. This story had characters with actual depth, purpose, and a believable story. It evoked real emotion, plus it was funny, sweet, sexy, and romantic. This story is the type of Christmasy novella I love - the kind that makes me laugh, makes me teary, gets me invested in the characters, and leaves me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Riley never ceases to amaze me.




Have you read Snowbound at Christmas? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Do you have any favourite Christmas/holiday/winter books?
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