Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When Dagfinnr Lorensson, professor of literature, comes across a freezing Dr. Cannon Malloy in the staff parking lot, it’s not the first time the two men have met, but only one of them remembers. Cannon Malloy has just arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona, fleeing the traumatizing events and deadly stalker of the last summer in Atlanta. Cannon is to take over the neurosurgery clinic at the university. Somehow Cannon thought putting a large distance between himself and his friends in Atlanta (Chances Are series) would help him get past the events that have left his hands shaking and himself fearful almost all of the time.
Now Cannon stands shivering next to his 66 Shelby, painfully aware that clearly neither his beloved car or himself was prepared for the winter weather that occurs in Flagstaff and the mountainous regions that surround it. Dagfinnr rescues Cannon and takes him to a local hotel where Finn is staying until the roads are safe to travel home. The night at the inn ends in explosive sex.
But Cannon is a man living in fear and even the smallest emotional advances send him running out into the night, seeking the refuge of his new rental cabin on Mountain Shadows. It’s not until Cannon runs into trouble again on the snow packed mountain road that he realizes his rescuer from work is also his new neighbor. With winter storms and proximity working to throw them together, will Finn find a way past Cannon’s shields and his fear? And will Cannon find the strength to stop running and let someone inside all the barriers he has raised against love?
Cold Snap is another terrific start to what looks to be a gripping and emotion packed series. Unexpectedly Lee Brazil has brought Cannon Malloy, a problematic character if ever there was one, over from the original Pulp Friction 2013 group series. Now a main character, Cannon Malloy is someone the reader is certain to feel ambivalent about. He was the closeted man who hurt Chance so deeply in the Chances Are series. His return into Chance’s life sparks all sorts of upheavals in the core relationships of the Pulp Friction 2013 group of friends. He disappears towards the end of that storyline after some horrific events. It now appears that he ran off to Arizona in hopes of starting a new life as an out gay man for the first time in his life. This process starts to transform a self involved personality into someone the reader can start to relate to and empathize with by slowly revealing the frailties behind the self centered appearance.
And to help in this process hopefully is Dagfinnr Loresson, professor of English literature, neighboring renter at the cabins at Mountain Shadows (the location for the Pulp Friction 2014 series), and apparently a man searching for love and a little kink with Cannon Malloy. As this is just the first story in the series, Brazil is laying the groundwork necessary for the complicated relationship that is sure to follow. Here it would help to have read the previous Pulp Friction series or at least the Chances Are series, although not completely necessary as the author starts to work bits and pieces from Cannon’s past into the current storyline.
Towards the end of the last series, Cannon was starting to explore the world of bdsm sexuality and it did not go well for a number of reasons. But all those unanswered questions and unresolved feelings are still there under all the barriers Cannon has erected to protect himself from physical and emotional harm. And Finn recognizes that in Cannon he might have meet the man to match his own desires and kink. The drama and, I expect, the fun, will be in watching the author brings these two disparate personalities together into a rewarding relationship.
There are also mysteries that start to emerge and I expect elements from Cannon’s past to figure into the plot as well. I have always found it hard to believe that Brazil can pack so much story into only 56 pages. The characters are so vivid and real that they threaten to burst out of the page and the location feels as alive as the tall trees that surround the cabins and main lodge. My only complaint is, that like an addictive snack, you finish one and then immediately want to reach out for the next. That’s the way I feel about Cold Snap and all the rest of the Pulp Friction 2014 series.
The anticipation has settled in. My curiosity is engaged and the suspense is building. I am already in love with the series and all the characters, wounded, quirky, dominate, and complex, that are showing up one by one at Mountain Shadows. There are so many elements to be found here, love, romance, kinky sex, wounded men, and mystery, that there is something for everyone. I definitely consider this highly recommended!
Cover art by Laura Harner is terrific and perfect for the man and story inside.
One of the Pulp Friction 2014 Series
From the Pulp Friction Group: The Pulp Friction 2014 Collection. Four authors. Four Series. Twenty books. One fiery finale. Spend a year with an eclectic group of strangers brought together through circumstances, as they are tested by life, and emerge as more than friends. The strongest bonds are forged by fire, cooled in air, smoothed by water, grounded in earth. Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Firestorm (Fighting Fire: 1) by Laura Harner
Cold Snap (In From the Cold: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blown Away (Where the Wind Blows: 1) by Havan Fellows
Higher Ground (Earthquake: 1) by Tom Webb