Title: Snow Angels with Bear (Love Off Leash #4)
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 92
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
An accident on an icy road brings a stray into August’s life, forcing a meeting with a man who invades his heart.
When a newcomer to the area brings an injured dog to his clinic, veterinarian Eric Grover is intrigued by tall, handsome and mysterious August Long. No one has the full story on why the ex-army vet is in Hopewell Springs. Natural shyness makes it difficult for Eric to get to know the stranger better. Luckily, the abandoned German Shepherd August names Bear brings the two men together.
Settling into civilian life after military service, August’s new job has brought him to northern Michigan on the cusp of winter. He never intended to hook up with a local, but gruff Dr. Grover woos him with snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The southern boy from Atlanta comes to appreciate cold weather and the big man who lights his fire.
As the pair grows close, sharing deeply personal confidences turns dating into a relationship. Even their dogs get along. But August fears telling Eric everything his job entails and keeps the secret until the truth explodes their romantic bubble. For two pride-filled men to patch things up may take a Christmas miracle—or the intervention of an adorable dog.
The dedication alone was enough to warm my heart. But let’s talk about the book!
August is ex-military and floundering as he tried to adjust to civilian life. When he accidentally hits a dog with his car, he is worried enough to take him to the vet and pay his bill, but balks at taking the patient home. Not even handsome vet can convince him it’s a good idea. Well, sort off:
“I’ve had some time to think,” Long said. “I could at least give this guy a temporary
home until your friends find something permanent.”
Heh.That’s what you think, buddy!
Eric is a loner by nature. He is immediately attracted to August, but dismisses his feelings as impossible dream. He tries to convince himself that he has no time for love life as his practice demands all his time and attention.
This is a nice heartwarming story with the occasional funny remark. The book was easy to read, drawing me deeper into the story with each word. The characters, both Eric and August are well drafted and emotional journey they take is well described.
It was endearing seeing how awkward and brusque Eric is when he tries to flirt with August. He is not good at talking with people but is willing to step out of his comfort zone for Eric.
August on the other hand is well versed in keeping his distance from others. He is careful and makes meticulous plans when interacting with others.
The story has a charm which is hard to resist. Bit by bit, Eric and August build their relationship with cameos from Polly and Bear, their pets. For all that’s winter (dark and cold and gloomy) I relished descriptions of winter landscape.
An ominous shadow of August’s job hints from the beginning at trouble to come. Eric and August take some time to trust each other. Neither of them is used to opening to someone else. Author did a superb job describing how they slowly open to each other. The rift between them is explosive and both walk away hurt. The aftermath only demonstrated how important they are to each other.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, let’s just say that Bear lent a helping paw. It was sweet and joyous moment.
It’s a lovely present to find under Christmas tree.