Title: Let It Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher: Self Published (Second Edition)
Amazon: Buy Link Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 228 pages
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A heartwarming holiday romance with an interesting take on the opposites attract trope.
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.
Minnesota Christmas Series
I like a holiday-style read, but I don’t really get into super Christmasy types of books. I guess I like the feeling of the season more than any specific holiday. That’s probably would be why Let It Snow appealed to me so much. It hit all my buttons for a happy holiday love story. I mean really, what could be better than being snowed in with three hot, capable, and very interested men? It’s a wintertime fantasy come to life!
Frankie was raised in a small Minnesota town. He was the kid everyone in high school knew was gay just by his looks and mannerisms. Growing up in that environment was uncomfortable, unpleasant, and at times dangerous. He left small town life and moved to the city as soon as he could. So, when a wrong turn finds him in a miniscule upstate Minnesota town, he just wants to get out of there as fast as possible. Just his luck, a moose decides to have a showdown with Frankie’s Festiva. The moose wins the battle and the Festiva ends up in a ditch. That would be how Frankie ends up wandering down a deserted backwoods Minnesota road, in a blizzard, looking for anywhere to take cover and ride out the storm. What he discovers is the isolated little cabin home of Arthur, Marcus, and Paul… otherwise known as the three bears.
Upon finding Frankie sound asleep in their cabin, Arthur and Paul are extremely welcoming to Frankie. They see him as a nice new playtoy they can share. Marcus is much less enthused with Frankie. He reminds Marcus of the ex who screwed him over and a part of the past he would rather forget. Frankie’s resemblance to the ex is a double edged sword. Marcus can’t help but project his dislike for his ex at Frankie, but he also embodies everything Marcus originally found so attractive about his ex in the first place. All Frankie sees in Marcus is a big, grumpy bear best avoided. That’s kind of hard to do when you’re snowed into a small cabin for the better part of a week.
Within the first chapter, I was remembering how much I enjoy reading Heidi Cullinan’s books. She brings her characters to life so quickly and they draw me into their story every time. I could feel Frankie’s terror in the beginning. Here he was, a slight and effeminate man, stuck in a cabin with three big, brawny, manly men. The worst of which was Marcus because of his menacing attitude, which was really just a defense mechanism. Marcus saw Frankie as a threat and was just as scared. Their immediate reaction to one another had me hooked.
I particularly enjoyed this romance because it was between two such dissimilar men. Frankie has always been effeminate, but it’s who he is and he can’t pretend to be anything else. It’s always brought him disdain, not only of greater society, but also within the gay community. The last thing he expects is to be respected and held in high regard by Marcus. I absolutely loved seeing Marcus value Frankie as a man and an equal. The very things they devalued in themselves were the same things the other cherished. Marcus and Frankie were so good for each other. I love a romance which brings out the best in both people. :hearts02:
I know not everyone is a fan of an angsty romance, but I am, and this one was done very well. I recommend it to all Heidi Cullinan fans as well as anyone else who can enjoy a heartwarming holiday romance that’s a little on the angsty side.