Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ARC Review: Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan

Let It SnowTitle: Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Samhain
Length: 228 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Author


The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

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This a sweet romance about a hair stylist in Minneapolis and an ex-lawyer in a small town. Trapped together by a blizzard for one week, they fall in love with each other. But will their love last once the snow stops and the road clears? Frankie doesn't want to move to a homophobic small town like Logan and Marcus doesn't want to go back to Minneapolis where life was unhappy. Their relationship seems doomed from the start.

Frankie is really upbeat, with a bad sense of direction, and fearful of gay bashing. In the beginning, he totally believes the big city is his home and he can't survive in a small town where people are close-minded. Marcus and his mother at the nursing home wins his trust and makes him believe he can build a home in Logan. It's fun to see him styling the women's hair in the nursing home, earning people's respect, and finding a niche for himself.

Marcus is jaded from his experience as a hot shot lawyer in Minneapolis and hides out in the countryside as a lumberjack. Both Marcus and Frankie have their own baggage they are bringing into the relationship. They start out with a relationship that's only suppose to last until the roads clear and Frankie can leave. Neither of them wants to leave their comfort zone of their respective towns and put the effort into a long distance relationship. I love that the story shows their struggle with themselves to find out how they want to live their lives.

I really enjoyed the story. This lighthearted tale mainly focuses on Marcus and Frankie's romance and their struggles. This is wonderful holiday read to cheer one up and give hope even in a snow storm.

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