Title: Once in a Snowstorm (Nortown #1)
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: December 8th 2015
Page Count: 102
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Daring a snowstorm might not be the smartest thing Aiden has ever done, but he can’t stand being in his flat a moment longer. With only three days to Christmas, he doesn’t want to be alone. He wants a place to belong, wants people around him who won’t look down on him. He might not find all that at his mother’s place, but at least it’s better than being alone in the city. If he can make it there, that is.
Tristan is looking forward to a quiet night in front of the TV, but instead, he has to save an idiot in designer clothes from freezing to death in his forest. Tristan tries not to notice the man’s good looks, just like he has tried not to notice any man’s good looks for the last seven years. He knows where relationships go and is far better off living alone, with his dog, in his cabin.
Aiden is driving Tristan mad with his bratty comments and irresponsible ways, and Aiden is going crazy from Tristan’s judgmental attitude. Luckily, in a few days, the weather will clear up, and the two men won’t have to be together any longer. But will a few steamy nights with the grumpy lumberjack change Aiden’s mind about wanting to leave? And will Tristan still want to go back to his peaceful, predictable life without fear of getting his heart broken?
The note at the beginning of the book states that the author decided to have some fun, and write a book that includes all the overused MM tropes. Well, she achieved her goal. This was a big, fat cliché, start to finish. I loved it!
Tristan is a grumpy, gruff, lonely lumberjack. He’s anti-social, bordering on offensive. But his heart is soft like a marshmallow. While searching for his missing dog, he bumps into….
no wait, I meant….
…and he just has to help him. Aiden is the city boy-drama queen who was stupid enough to get stranded in a snow storm. And now he has no choice but to stay with the Big Bad Lumberjack until he can go home again.
The electricity is out. The cabin is small. It’s cold outside. There’s nowhere to go. Tristan and Aiden can’t stand each other. And then….
This was so much fun. Perfect for a Christmas read, and although all these stereotypes piled up would have normally irritated me, they didn’t, because FUN. The author really made me care about the characters and their romance. I rooted for Tristan and Aiden. And Og, the dog. I have all the love for Og.