Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.
Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?
I have certain expectations of a Dreamspun Desires title. Romance, a plot from those serial romances of decades ago given a M/M twist and updated, plus a little light hearted “something or other”. I usually get all that, sometimes I get less, often I get more in terms of great characters and plot. Then there’s the times the author gives me a story I just sink right into. Men who are troubled, wounded in some way, irresistible, and so magnetic I can’t pull myself away from their story. Eli Easton gave me all that in Snowblind.
I didn’t expect the darkness I found. Huh. Yes, there are parts of this story that are dark and sobering. Didn’t expect that from a Dreamspun Desires title. Nor can I tell you how they factor into the story because its so much of the wonderful twists and turns you will find inside this marvelous novel. That blurb? Ha! So had me fooled. It will you too. The rich and inventive tale that lies behind that thin facade of a synopsis is suspenseful and character driven and oh so incredible. Usually, the blurb lately has been spelling out the entire story. I don’t know when I’ve been so surprised by a story.
Easton’s writing is so smooth, so vivid that I felt my heart pound at certain moments, and my eyes tear up at others. I love her characters and the way in which the story moved from one man’s point of view to the other’s, a necessary, sometimes heartbreaking perspective.
No, you aren’t getting any details. Anything I say, and I do mean anything, just leads to spoilers and I won’t do it to this book. Grab it up, plow right into it. Make popcorn before you start. Because once you start, that’s it. There’s no stopping until that wonderful ending. Do I recommend this story. Hell, yes! Hutch and Jude will have me smiling for days, maybe weeks. Maybe more. I really love them.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer. The cover works for the branding of the series and the character. I like it.
ebook, 196 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331463 (ISBN13: 9781635331462)
SeriesDreamspun Desires #29 settingAlaska (United States)