Title: Snowbound Seduction
Author: Melissa Schroeder
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: March 21st
This blizzard is blazing hot…
Trevor MacMillian is the tart and incredibly sexy executive chef who’s made pastry chef Elaine Masterson’s life a living hell. But when she catches him in nothing but a tiny little towel, it’s almost enough to make her forget they’re stranded in a luxurious mountain cabin together…or that she hates him almost as much as she craves him like a sinfully forbidden dessert.
Being alone in a romantic secluded cabin might just kill Trevor outright. If Elaine hates him now, how much will she hate him if she finds out he’s been fantasizing about her full, kissable lips? So Trevor argues with her. Makes her angry— until an intense and unexpected kiss turns their hostility into insatiable hunger. And with this much heat, the snowstorm outside doesn’t stand a chance…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Contemporary via NetGalley
This is a sweet enough read that has a clear end goal and isn’t worried about telegraphing it straight from the off. I love a good antagonist romance and I’m rather fond of cabin-fever escapades too, but somehow this one never quite got going for me.
Trevor is a superstar British chef and misunderstood manwhore (just because he’s photographed with all the beautiful women, doesn’t mean he slept with them. Well, not all of them anyway), while Elaine is mostly uptight, judgemental and trying not to be attracted to him. Trev’s attracted to her too, but They Can Never Be Together! This rule is mostly unspoken because they’re partners in the same restaurant. Elaine deals with the attraction by being prickly and defensive, while Trev is an asshat.
However, once they’re stuck together they… well, to be honest, I’m not quite sure how they get from hating each other entirely to where this ends. Trev has treated Elaine pretty badly ever since they met, but there are no apologies. Most of the important conversations don’t take place between these two, but separately between each of them and mutual best friend Mick, who plays fairy-godfather in fixing them up.
It’s an okay read overall, quick and very easy, but I never felt the chemistry between the two of them, or could see why either of them would feel so strongly about the other. Maybe a few scenes of them bantering or cooking together, working as team rather than opponents would have been nice. Mostly, though, the whole thing washed right over me and I can’t remember much about it.
So if you want something completely undemanding that doesn’t take up much time, then you might want to try this. If you’re looking for a good, steamy, enemies-to-lovers tale, though, I’m pretty sure there are better examples out there.
Snowbound Seduction is out March 21st.
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