Title // Naslov: Snowed in With the Rancher
Author // Avtorica: Mary Sue Jackson (Leslie North)
Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 25th 2019 (25. november 2019)
Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman
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Olivia Wickham could never forget the cowboy she met on a cruise five years ago. The two spent a magical few days together before she was called home for an emergency, without giving him her number. She would have gotten over Tate McConnell—it was just a few nights of paradise, after all—if it wasn’t for two little things: her twin daughters, who were born as a result of those wonderful days. Though she searched for her lost romance in vain, she never forgot his mesmerizing eyes, and the way his smile made her melt inside.
On a trip to the wilderness just before Christmas, things take a scary turn when one of her daughters is injured on a snowshoeing tour and the little family is unknowingly left behind by the guide. When Tate shows up to save them, she instantly knows who he is—the father of her children, and possibly the love of her life.
Surprised is a mild term for what Tate feels when he realizes the woman he’s been sent to rescue is Olivia. He’d searched for her over the years, her smile and laugh invading his thoughts on lonely nights. When he learns the two little girls with Olivia are his, surprise makes way for shock. Now, with a major snowstorm coming their way, Tate has to quickly get them to safety inside a cozy little cabin in the woods. Too cozy, since Tate is adjusting to being a father and trying to fight his fierce attraction to Olivia. But since they’re snowbound, there’s nothing to be done but to let his feelings thaw a bit. Or a lot, since they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other every chance they have to be alone. When reality intrudes, though, real panic sets in for Tate. He’s been alone too long to suddenly be a big family man, even if it is Christmas time.
But when Tate finds himself alone on Christmas Day, he realizes being alone is, well, lonely. He can only hope he’s not too late to create his own Christmas magic.
(okay, I must say the blurb basically says it all, it’s way too long)
Read this book a while ago but still haven’t written a review, oops.
Anyway, while the book was somehow a Christmas story and the book is well written, what bothered me here was the characters. Mainly, the heroine.
I’m probably spoiling a book (but hey, the blurb tells the whole story so I can’t really spoil much, right?) but Olivia expected too much from Tate. The man learned he was a father in a day or two after they (including children) first saw each other after years and already Olivia expects a family, a husband. I can’t imagine what was she going through, raising twins all on her own for almost five years, but I think it’s illogical to expect so much after a day they reunited. If she wasn’t expecting a fantasy, this book could turn out so different. It took her almost the whole book to realize she was irrational. No kidding, he was living on his own all that time, not knowing he was a father.
The second, very important part for me, that really bothered me (even more than the heroine) was the way we are told of important moments. For example, when Tate told his parents he has twins, we are not told the emotions of that moment. Was he nervous, were they shocked when they found out, first reactions? No. Instead the author cut this moment with ”Five minutes later the grandparents…”. We literally jump from Tate signing on Skype to ten minutes later when the grandparents found out. The exact same thing happen when they told the twins he was their father. Do we see the excitement, first reaction when they realize their father is in front of them? No, we are told how one of them asked how the babies were made. The twins were without a father for all this time and yet, it’s a moment that makes it as important as describing pouring milk into a mug. This IS an important moment but the author didn’t make it one which is why the story lost its charm for me. And the last situation was when the grandparents came to visit. We don’t get to see how they reacted when they first saw their grandchildren, no, the author jump from them coming to the house to the twins already sitting on their laps. It’s the first moments that would make this story a feel-good Christmas romance about family, love, reuniting, rekindling their love, it’s the first moment that counts in a story like this. Instead, for me, this was just a mediocre, 3 stars book.
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.