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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin. That was enough for Mia, but of course, Dev apparently couldn’t see her for the mountains and trees in between them. But then, ten years later, Mia and Dev end up at the family’s Copper Ridge Lodge, before the snow-storm that shuts down the surrounding countryside, and prevents the family from arriving at the same scheduled time.

Seems Dev felt the same way about Mia, but she’s so super-smart and he’s dyslexic, so he was certain she’d never be able to care for him. Until the famous blizzard puts a different light on the topic. By the time the rest of Dev’s family arrives, it’s to discover that ‘All’s well that ends well’.

Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan

Another example of teen-aged love gone wrong, but not because of the teens, themselves. No, it was more a case of adults acting badly. Dex was a gifted athlete, with a bright future in front of him, but then, with one misstep, everything changes. His new girlfriend Abigail provides an alibi for him, (which happened to be true) but her parents refuted her words, and then whisked her away to a secret location, where they hoped their religious fervor would change her back again to the daughter they thought they knew. In the meantime, Dex changes the course of his life, abandoning athletics in favor of law, and returns to their hometown to begin his law career.

An ex-girlfriend is still graspy, and when Abby returns to town, sets in motion yet another plot to coerce Dex into her net, rather than any connection with Abby. But the secret between Abby and Dex will change everyone. This was a really sweet story, not in the regular mold, by any means.

Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley

This was my least favorite story because the heroine Goldie was at times a bit TSTL for me. Nothing at all wrong with her guy, Kit, however. They also have a past, but not a particularly happy one. And now, the town in which they both live is inundated with snow that doesn’t want to stop falling, and will create major difficulties for everyone, especially when the power goes out. She wants to stay with her new-ish flower shop, but he is now the law in town and insists she must leave for her own safety. They end up at his family’s ranch, where, if nothing else, the love of—and by—family can defeat any obstacles.

Don’t misunderstand me, please, there is nothing wrong with any of the stories, they just weren’t exactly my cup of tea. However, they were all well-written, and I did read every word of each of them.

I think this book would be a great introduction to the authors and their respective series, as each novella is a part of a series.

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First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.