Audiobook Review | One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night is the first book I finished for the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon, and wouldn’t you know? I forgot to put this book in my TBR post. That’s OK. It was fairly short, and I’ve already made it through another of the books I planned. FYI – the reviews you see this week will be fairly short, as the stories are. PLUS – I want to be able to spend the majority of my time reading, so I don’t want to go too in depth. Hopefully I’ll be sharing enough of my thoughts for you to make a decision on whether or not you’re also interested in the books I’ve read.

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

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One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis is book 2.5 in her Heartbreaker Bay series, but no worries if you haven’t read the previous books. You won’t feel like you’re missing anything here in that regard. Nevertheless, this story felt odd to me. First off – this heroine had quite a complicated back story for such a short book. There was a lot to unpack here, and I can’t help but feel like the unmentionables are still left sitting in the suitcase. Add this – the heroine, Rory’s, boss, tells Max to be gentle with her. And instead of letting Max put the pieces together himself or Rory tell him when she is ready, the boss tells Max everything! That really made me mad, and it made me realize that if you’re going to attempt a plot including an event like this, rushing it is not the way to go. I think a full story would have been better for this. And while I’m getting things out of the way, there’s a scene when Max goes alpha on Rory, and her thoughts drift along the lines of ‘I know I shouldn’t like this, but…’ And I was left thinking why? Why shouldn’t she like this? It felt like she was taking rules someone else has set on women and then shamed herself for not falling in line. And honestly, it felt more like the author justifying Rory’s feelings rather than something authentic Rory was feeling.

So, it sounds like I didn’t like this book, but there were parts of it I actually did. A road trip is, nine times out of ten, a plot that I’m going to love. And had the previous issues not arisen with the heroine and her boss blabbering her past, I have no doubt it would have won me over here. I also adored Max. He was a man’s man, he adored his dog, and when it came down to it with Rory, he laid it all out on the line with her – going so far as to tell her he brought his dog in to be groomed where she worked way more than he needed to just to see her. SWOON!  

So I’ll close in saying that I feel like I never really got to know Rory; her backstory was just too ambitious for a novella. I think I could have liked her if I could have gotten to know her better. Max, on the other hand, was a man I just loved, and he and his dog were the highlights of the story. I don’t feel like this was a waste of time. It was a decent novella and kept my attention for the bit it took me to get through it.

On the Holiday-o-meter: I’d give this book a 1. Christmas was mentioned a few times, but that was it. Mostly it felt like a ploy to tag it as such just to sell an overambitious novella. 

Audio: I’m not a fan of this narrator in general. There’s something about her voice that always sounds whiny to me. I think it’s a bit too high-pitched. Despite that issue, I feel like she did a decent job and had a grip on the characters. If you’ve enjoyed her previous narration, you will appreciate it in One Snowy Night as well.

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  1. It’s funny, but I did a novella that was an inbetween in a series for my first HoHoHoRAT and had a very similar experience. The author chose to give the hero such a complicated background and the heroine nearly so that I felt that the story just glossed over stuff and moved too fast since there wasn’t a lot of page time.
    At least mine had more Christmas too it. LOL


  2. Oh no! That sucks that this just didn’t really work out for you. It’s so hard to fully enjoy a book when you can’t get a read on the characters. It probably also didn’t help that you didn’t like the narrator. Hopefully your next holiday read is better and has more of a holiday feel to it.


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