Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: One Snowy Night by Jill ShalvisOne Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Published by Avon Impulse on November 8th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

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.

I realize that sometimes I’m a bit nitpicky when it comes to the books I read. I have high standards for the protagonists, and when they don’t meet those standards, sometimes I get pissed at them (yes I realize they aren’t real!). I was definitely feeling a bit nitpicky with the characters in One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis, but overall I really did enjoy the novella.

Rory is determined to get to Lake Tahoe for Christmas with her family this year. She hasn’t seen her family in years, and there is some tension there. She’s nervous about seeing them, but she’s trying to resolve the issues. Max Stranton, who lives and works in the small Heartbreaker Bay community where Rory lives is giving her a ride home. Max and Rory knew each other when they were teens, and Max blames Rory for something that happened to him back then. You will have to read the story to find out what that was, and if he really has reason to place the blame on Rory’s shoulders.

I really did like Rory and Max. They certainly aren’t my favorite Jill Shalvis characters, but I was rooting for them to be together. And I really did feel like they would make a great couple. There is clearly some sexual tension between the two, and they express it by being snarky with each other.

During the drive to Lake Tahoe, a bad snowstorm hits, and they end up having to stop along the way. During this trip they obviously get to know each other better, and settle some misunderstandings.

I guess my biggest issue was that I didn’t really think Max had ANY reason to blame Rory for the stuff that happened in High School. And not only that, but it made me like him less because he was trying to shove blame on her when it was clearly his own actions that got him in trouble. However, I am glad to report that he does sort of realize this, but it did make me love him a little less.

Still, One Snowy Night was a fun novella to read, and I definitely recommend it to Jill Shalvis fans. If you have read One Snowy Night, I would love to know your thoughts on Max and Rory’s history.


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22 Responses to “Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Joy // Joyousreads

    I wouldn’t mind reading this. I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis’ contemporary romance novels and since I’ve not check out this series, I’m glad I stumbled upon your review!

  2. Nick

    I didn’t have the same issues as you had with Max in this one, but I was super annoyed by how short it was. I was expecting it to be more than half of that e-ARC. I really feel like they could have used a full story. It was still very charming though!

  3. Genesis

    My major annoyment was the length of this book. It was just way too short for their story and their romance was so short. Plus I really wanted to see how Rory would be with their family. That should have been in the book seeing as she was making the trip to see them and that’s how the story developed from there. Great review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I ordered the paperback! Looking forward to reading this. I only read the first book in the new series, but loving it so far.

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Ugh I hate when the character blames the other for something that really wasn’t their fault or for something that happened decades before. There was a Lucky Harbor book that did this (Audrey I think – don’t remember the title) and while I liked it that brought the book down a star for me and I can see it being the same with this one. Overall it does sound like a really fun series and I can never resist Jill Shalvis!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Yes, I agree I didn’t really feel the intense blame he laid at her feet regarding what happened. I enjoyed this and it did fill me with the holiday spirit but I think if it were longer I would have enjoyed it more.

  7. Kaja

    I really didn’t like this one. 🙁 I’m not even sure I’ll be reviewing it, I’m so disappointed. The writing was much worse than usual with Shalvis and I felt that the story was full of cliches – and that’s saying something, considering this is romance, which thrives on tropes.

    I agree, I don’t know why Max would hold anything against Rory, she didn’t do anything wrong!

    Eh. I’m really excited about Elle and Archer’s story, though!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yes, this wasn’t my favorite. I thought the writing felt very much like Jill Shalvis, but the story itself wasn’t my favorite. I’m excited by Elle and Archer’s story, too!

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