Title: Let It Snow
Author: Michael Barnette
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Multicultural
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
A guest review by Leslie
Cooper Heywood is working on his own at Rocky Mountain National Park over the Christmas holiday. It’s not a busy time of year but there are a few groups of people he has to watch over. The one that most annoys him is the photographer. In his experience photographers are a real pain in the behind. They don’t understand how fast the weather can change in the Rockies and they’re determined to take their shot.
Alejandro Velez is an accomplished photographer with several beautiful coffee table photo books to his credit. He’s come to the Rockies to photograph the wintry landscape for his newest book, Let it Snow: The Beauty of Winter. What he doesn’t plan on is the instant attraction he feels for the handsome park ranger who wants to keep him cabin-bound.
More than snow flies on the wind, and Cooper and Alejandro soon discover campfires and cocoa aren’t the only hot things in the Rockies this winter.
Another holiday book…similar to the one I reviewed here, this was a short, fast read that was entertaining, mostly innocuous, and pretty much forgettable. Sometimes it is fun to have an easy read to occupy your mind for a few hours. If that is what you are in the mood for, Let It Snow might well fill the bill.
Cooper is a park ranger who happens to have a thing for hot Latino guys. He is already anticipating his two week vacation on South Beach as soon as he gets through the last weeks of December at work. But he’s a conscientious fellow and is going to be very thorough and meticulous and do everything that is expected of him on the job.
Cooper drives around the park, checking on the few groups of winter campers, dreading meeting one in particular, a photographer, because he’s sure he won’t know anything about living in the wilderness. Turns out he’s wrong on that score. On top of that, the photographer, Alejandro, is Cooper’s fantasy come to life: a hot Latino guy in a down parka! They converse, they get friendly, they figure out they are both gay—before long they are sharing kisses and beyond.
The progress of their romance is written like a very sweet courtship which might be nice in real life but reading it is a bit formulaic. I’ve read books like this before; I feel like the author has a clipboard next to the keyboard and checks off each sex act/scene as it is written, each one becoming more intimate. Any wild guesses as to what Alejandro gives Cooper for Christmas?
Barnette throws in a blizzard for some suspense, but it really isn’t all that tense. This is mostly the story of the developing relationship between Cooper and Alejandro, which is another way of saying there’s lots of sex. But it’s very sweet and loving and not at all kinky, so reading it is not likely to make your eyeballs ache.
This is definitely a holiday story with a strong Christmas theme. If you are one of those folks who will only listen to The Nutcracker in December, you should probably wait until next December to read this. But if you don’t care about the season and you want to read about a love that is—well, maybe not hot enough to melt the snow off the roof but still has a little sizzle and spark—then give this one a go.