Snowed In: Ross and Ashton (Maya’s Review)

Title: Snowed In: Ross and Ashton
Author: J.V. Speyer
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: January 5, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 90
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Massachusetts State Trooper Ross Huber is giving one last sweep of the roads before heading in for the night. The nor’easter hitting the Boston area is worse than expected by an order of magnitude, and the governor has just issued a travel ban. Ross finds a wrecked car half-buried in a snowbank and rescues its human and canine occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but is forced to take shelter with them in a vacant or abandoned house when the roads are blocked.

When he gets the victims indoors, he thinks the human looks uncomfortably familiar …

Ash Machado has been through a lot in his career as a war correspondent. Sidelined by an injury, he’s returned to Boston to take up a job as a news anchor. After he loses control of his car on an icy road, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, looking into the face of the guy who broke his heart in college.

Neither Ross nor Ash are the same men they used to be, but now they’re trapped in the abandoned house with no place to go. Can they get past old hurts long enough to get through the storm, or will the same misunderstandings that drove them apart years ago make this confinement unbearable?

This was a nice, heartwarming story.

We have two guys (exes of course) who accidentally find themselves stranded together in the middle of blizzard. Ashton is just recovering from serious injury and almost ends up dead in a snowdrift. He is not thrilled to find out the guy who rescued him is his college ex, the one he hasn’t been able to forget and the one he might still be in love with.

Ross doesn’t recognize Ashton at first, but sparks fly once he realizes who is with him.
It’s a pretty short story, but packs a lot. The guys and their previous relationship are finely crafted. It’s what I liked most of the book because it gave them depth: they broke up years ago. They both had valid reasons for their decision. It’s not black or white situation, and neither of them is right or wrong. Sure, they were young, but their relationship didn’t implode because they didn’t know what they wanted. They still held same convictions, but life intervened in the meantime, and they and their goals changed. Now they have better chance to work it out, under condition that they actually admit to each other they want it. Naturally, there is a happy end, and I liked the way the story was constructed.

My only regret is that that there wasn’t more and I love to take a peek to see how their story further develops!

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Galley copy of Snowed In:Ross and Ashton provided by JMS Books in exchange of an honest review.

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