Title: Snowed In
Author: Jenna Bayley-Burke
Series: More Than Friends #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 6th Dec
Marissa Clarke was going to murder someone. And that someone was her former sorority sister—now former friend—who had just kicked her out of her own hotel room…in the middle of the night…at their friend’s wedding…for some hanky-panky with an old fling. So much for sisterhood. With no room in the inn and no place to stay, she’s forced to accept help from the last person she ever wanted to spend the night with again: Scott, devilishly handsome, smart, and her ex-fiance’s ex-best man.
Scott Parker has loved Marissa since the first day he bumped into her freshman year of college. Only he’d never been able to tell her. After all, you didn’t just grab your best friend’s girlfriend, kiss her and tell her she was the One for you, no matter how often he’d dreamed about it. Now, years later, Marissa is single and, in a moment of pure luck, staying at his cabin. When a winter storm blocks the roads and snows the two of them in, Scott is determined to make Marissa see there can be more between them than a shared history…if only she’ll let him.
Source: ARC from SMP Swerve via NetGalley
Despite the high heat rating of this book, I feel lukewarm about it. Mostly because of Marissa. She’s supposed to be super-organised and smart, but she spends a lot of this book being stubborn for the sake of being stubborn. And also switching quickly between sex-crazed and prudish. I struggled to like her.
Which is odd, because I was definitely on her side when her so-called friend booted her out of her own hotel room, and I could also understand why she was reluctant to give up everything for Scott. But then again, with the job offers her best friend was offering her and her lack of life in Seattle, what was she really giving up? Nothing. And what did she have to gain? Everything. Sure, I could see why she might have commitment issues, but mostly I just found her annoying.
As for Scott. Well, he’s less annoying, but there’s not really a lot more to him than that. He knows what he wants, he can be sexy, but I found him slightly lacking in depth. There’s a hint of tension regarding his dad and the family business, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. The sexy banter also felt a bit flat for me.
So overall this one didn’t work for me. If, however, you’re looking for a second chance, enemies to lovers read with lots of sex and snow, you might enjoy this. If you need something a bit more than sex and snow, you probably won’t find it here.
Snowed In is out December 6th.
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