Title: A Southern Comfort Novella: Snowed In
Author: Sarah Title
Publisher: Kensington Publishing: Lyrical Press
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
There’s nothing like a hot kiss on a cold day…
Librarian Maureen O’Connell might have predicted she’d find herself crying into the ice cream case at the supermarket after a bad breakup—but she definitely never imagined that a guy hot enough to melt the Rocky Road would flirt with her right there in the freezer aisle. Only Gavin Fraser isn’t a fantasy, he’s a mouth-watering new flavor…
When a freak snowstorm strands Maureen at Gavin’s after just one date, it’s a perfect excuse for something a lot steamier than hot chocolate in front of the fire. It’s definitely lust. Can it also be love?
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I want a neighbor like Pippa! Anyone know where I can find one? *grins*
This isn't actually a story about Pippa, although she is the most hilarious secondary character I've met in a while. This is a story about Maureen and Gavin who meet in the ice cream section of their local grocery story. Now, Maureen had just been dumped by her longtime boyfriend because he wasn't feelin' it, whatever the hell that meant, which is why she was standing in the frozen aisle crying her eyes out. To be honest, her ex wasn't worth the tears. I mean, what kind of sorry SOB dumps their significant other after having sex with them? While they're both still naked? Uh... Really?!
The flipside to encountering a moron like Maureen's ex is that the man who makes her smile is nothing like her ex. Gavin is completely likeable. He saw Maureen at the store and did his best to cheer her up with comments, compliments, and observations. While their conversation made me smile, their kiss (yup, they kissed right there in the grocery store after knowing each other for all of five minutes!) blew me away. It was everything Maureen needed in that moment, and became everything Gavin wanted from that moment on.
I like how they didn't spend all of their time when they were snowed in, in bed. I mean, they did enjoy exploring each other intimately but they did more than just have sex. They spent time together outside of bed. They shoveled snow for Gavin's neighbor, talked about themselves. They even spent a little time apart so Gavin could work. And, amazingly, these scenes didn't feel rushed or awkward. As an avid reader, I think it's awesome when an author can write everyday scenes that are as natural and smooth as these were.
Probably my favorite part was Maureen's meltdown. Not in the ice cream aisle, but at the end of the book when her ex walks into Gavin's home. Why? He's Gavin's employee. Small world, right? Maureen's meltdown after that shocking revelation was on point. Someone out there will be able to relate to it, to know and understand why she acted the way she did, why she said the things she said, why she stayed away from Gavin instead of going to him. In the end, with the help of his meddling neighbor Pippa, the past was forgotten and a future together loomed on the horizon for them.
I enjoyed their story. As short as this book is, the characters are well-written and the plot well-planned. If you've got an hour or so and want to read something that's romantic and humorous, I hope you give Snowed In a try. At the very least, you'll close it with a smile. At the most, you'll have a new book to tell others about and a new author to follow.
By day, Sarah Title is a (sort of) mild-mannered librarian in West Virginia, and by night, she writes funny, steamy, comfort reads. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.L.S. from Indiana University. Her first book, Kentucky Home, was released by eKensington in April 2013. The follow-up novella, “Kentucky Christmas,” came out, surprisingly, the following December. She also contributed to the anthology, Delicious, with Lori Foster and Lucy Monroe.