When a funeral calls his friend Martin away, sunbelt resident Chris is left alone in Martin's cabin in the dead of winter - and in a blizzard to boot. When the power goes out, Chris thinks he's going to freeze to death. Luckily, Horace drops in to check on him - and then runs out after a few kisses, leaving Chris upset and feeling used. Horace does come back with explanations, but is their time together keeping each other warm enough for them see they belong together? Or are these sudden emotions the product of being snowbound?
©2012 Andrew Grey (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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The connection between Chris and Horace.
Stardust by the same Author. Characters are quite similar.
His laid back, smooth voice.
Chris, so I could slap the stupid out of him.
Stranded in a blizzard at his best friend’s cabin, Chris is settling in for another lonely Christmas. That is until a neighbor stops by to make sure Chris is okay and gets stuck when his snowmobile won’t crank. Alone by the fire, bundled up to keep warm, one thing leads to another and before long, Chris and Horace no longer need the fire to keep warm. While Chris tries to tell himself he shouldn’t get involved, it’s hard when Horace has made up his mind that Chris is what he wants. Chris is determined to go home at the end of his supposed two week stay. But what, exactly, is he going home to?
I really like the easy, laid back, husky tone of Kelly’s voice. It was the perfect melody to tell this story, especially for the character of Horace with his Minnesota accent, which Kelly conveyed quite well. This was a short sort of sweet, sort of moody story, a bit of a May/December romance with Chris being several years Horace’s senior. There was some steam of course, and not just from the hearth. I think I knew Horace was a goner when they decorated the tree, but Grey keeps you hanging until the very end to know whether or not Chris wants to stay stranded in nowhere with his gentle giant.
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