Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 3 hours, 7 minutes
Sam and Ryan are best friends and roommates at university. They are headed to Wales to spend a few days with some friends in a remote cabin during their school break. When a bad snowstorm hits, it forces their friends to stay home and leaves the two of them trapped together in the cabin over Christmas.
Sam is gay and out and has been crushing on his straight best friend for a while now. But the revolving door of women in Ryan’s bedroom has made him assume he has no chance. For his part, Ryan has had feelings for Sam as well. He knows he is gay, but he isn’t out and he is afraid of messing things up with Sam by admitting his feelings. But as the snowstorm leaves them trapped together for days all alone, eventually the young men finally admit to and act on their feelings for one another. Things seem wonderful between them in their secluded little cabin, but when it is time to come home, they must face the harsh reality of the real world. As they return to school and their friends and families, they must decide if they can continue what they started in Wales, and if they can admit to way they really feel about one another.
Oh, I love a good snowbound story and this is such a nice romance. The guys are both sweet and adorable, secretly harboring crushes on one another. We get both their POVs here and we can see how much they want one another, but both have reasons for keeping quiet. I enjoyed watching the tension build between them as they are trapped in this remote cabin with nothing to do but be together. There is a nice holiday feel to this one as well, as the guys befriend an elderly woman and spend the holiday with her. I loved Mari and she is such a spitfire. The scenes with her add a nice warmth to the story and round things out nicely. The inevitable conflicts that they face when returning home do have somewhat of a “misunderstanding” element to them, but not too badly and nothing that is not understandable given their relationship and the circumstances. There is a sweet, happy ending here and the guys are the right mix of adorable and sexy that fits with their ages.
I listened to this one in audio and really enjoyed narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies. His accent grounds the story in the proper setting and he gets just enough differentiation between the two men to make it work. He also does a really nice job with Mari’s female voice and Welsh accent. This is a shorter story and I actually think the audio format works quite well with shorter books. It takes longer to listen than to read, so I think hearing it makes the relationship development feel paced nicely. At times the volume seemed to go in and out a bit and I found myself turning the sound up and down as I listened. But overall I think the narration was excellent and really enhanced the story.
So if you are a fan of holiday books or snowbound stories, I think you will enjoy this one. It is sweet and sexy and has the right amount of holiday romance mixed in. Definitely an enjoyable story.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.