Holiday REVIEW: A Lot of Snow for Christmas- B.L. Maxwell

A Lot of Snow for Christmas Book Cover A Lot of Snow for Christmas
B.L. Maxwell
Short Read, LGBTQ Romance, LGBTQ Short Story
Nov 3, 2023

Jack Mathews wanted to get away from the city and enjoy some time on the slopes. He’d rented a nice cabin in the mountains and was more than ready to spend some time alone before the holidays.
Being from a large family, Ronnie Diaz decided this was a good year for him to spend a white Christmas with his dog, Chewie. He’s looking forward to some peace and quiet, but no amount of planning would have helped when the weather took a turn for the worse.
Two strangers with very different lifestyles stuck together in a snow-covered cabin with no heat or power. It might take more than a cute dog to help them survive it. #mmromance #stranded #oppostitesattract

Review By Ulysses Dietz

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

A hallmarkian story with a classic set-up. Jack Mathews, a corporate drone and ski buff, finds himself accidentally trapped in a snowbound mountain cabin with Ronnie Diaz, a dog-accessory entrepreneur seeking to escape his large, overwhelming family.

The story starts with a meet-cute, which is more of a meet-hair-raising that skillfully ratchets up the anxiety as the worsening blizzard becomes the central motif of the opening chapters.

Both men are looking for some solitude, while also being lonely, and the fortuitous car accident that leaves Ronnie stranded feels a bit like fate. There’s something of the classic opposites attract trope here, but it’s a little more complex than that. Jack is athletic and self-assured, where Ronnie is more timid and totally unfamiliar with the world of winter sports and the potential dangers of massive snowfall.

Of course there’s a cute dog who acts as a catalyst, but it’s more of a case where two very different men find themselves forced by circumstances to take a close look at each other. The result is a foregone conclusion, but, as is the rule with stories like this, most of the fun is getting there.

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