Title: The Road To Frosty Hollow
Author: R.J. Scott, Meredith Russell
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Release Date: 19th Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Nick and Cameron face old demons, and find new love, on a Christmas road trip.
Former Marine Nick Sheridan is at a crossroads. With his entire life ahead of him he struggles to find direction and his place in the world. Car sharing to get home for his sister’s Christmas wedding seems like a good idea at first. Spending the time with the man he kissed and left years before, maybe not so much.
Cameron Bennett lost most of his teenage years to cancer and he now lives every day to the fullest. He decides to drive from Seattle to Vermont for his best friend’s wedding and capture moments of it on film. He hadn’t planned on car sharing with the man who kissed him ten years ago, but somehow he ends up with a brooding Nick by his side.
Along the way, the men learn that sometimes life plans mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. Love can be found in the most unexpected of ways, and facing your demons head on is sometimes the only way to live.
I love road-trips and I more or less end up enjoying the romances based on them along with loving all the sight-seeing and food that are a part of it. “Road to Frosty Hollow” is a road-trip based romance with the added tension of buried feelings between the MCs.
Nick is an ex-marine trying to work out his future. On his younger sister’s marriage, Nick is persuaded by her to take a road-trip across country with her childhood best friend, Cameron. Nick and Cameron had grown up together and have last seen each other on the fated night when he stole a kiss from Cameron and also got rejected. That sole kiss has always remained with him as an unforgettable moment in his life. After all these years taking a road trip for several days with the same person he had unresolved feelings for, seems very daunting to him but he still accepts.
Cameron has always crushed on his best friend’s hot brother. That one kiss they shared has been a significant moment for him too but he had accounted that as a one-time slip in Nick’s case. When he and Nick start their journey, Cameron is once again hit by the feelings he has harboured for the young Nick all those years ago. But he is not sure if Nick feels the same. He also battles a sickness that can taint any future he dreams of sharing with Nick.
The two men start their journey as estranged acquaintances rather than the friends they actually were before. As they continue their journey, they start knowing each other more and getting re-acquainted with the parts of their lives they had missed. Along the way they also clear the misunderstanding they both had regarding their “kiss”. As the journey continues and their destination comes closer, the men get more attached to each other and passion makes a welcome appearance. As they tumble in bed together, Cameron struggles with his looming re-occurrence of cancer whereas Nick supports him through it while also proclaiming his love for Cameron.
The first half of the story is a little slow as the MCs try to get more comfortable with each other. As their issues with each other get resolved, the journey they take together also gets more engaging and fun. The various activities and sight-seeing they do along the way gives the required adventurous feel of a road-trip. Add to that their budding romance and this road-trip becomes something that changes their life for the better.
I loved the tender and supportive nature of the romance. Nick was absolutely great to be so honest and declare his love for Cameron. I loved him for having Cameron’s back. What made me drop my ratings was the very short transition between the friendship and romance. Within twelve days of their road-trip they are in love and planning to spend their life together. It was very fast for me to be convincing. I wanted more emotional development from both the MCs before the “I Love You”s.
This is a hope-filled romance and perfect as a Christmas read. Both the MCs journey to their HEA was heartfelt with a little amount of “positive” angst. More character development would have been welcome but the romance in itself was very satisfactory.