One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis | Sweet but very very short

November 4, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 19 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis | Sweet but very very shortOne Snowy Night
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 8th 2016 by Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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

I’ve been intrigued by Rory’s story since I met her in The Trouble with Mistletoe. She was presented as someone who had a tough past and because of it, she wouldn’t allow herself to feel anything for Max or seem to trust anyone. In this story, it kind of felt like the opposite: Max wouldn’t trust her and Rory was kind of trusting and wanting to get to know more of Max. I found that slightly odd, but I was still excited to read their story.

I always thought Max had a thing for Rory. And while he does, he also hasn’t forgiven her for what she cost him back in high school. I was surprised at the turn of events this caused, although I expected Rory’s story to be darker as it had been portrayed before. But it was sweet how they found forgiveness.

He knew damn well she was smart as hell, she was resourceful, a survivor… She was a lot of things, but sweet wasn’t one of them.

The romance was really sweet, which I loved, but I felt like I barely had time to feel happy for them because the story ended. I get this is a novella, but this was shorter than a novella in my opinion. It left me wondering if Max and Rory would last. And there were holes regarding Rory’s family and Christmas. I was eager to read about it since it was kind of the point of the story: for Rory to make it to her family’s house by Christmas and then the book ended. I felt robbed and it just felt like a rushed story. Again, I know this is a novella, but I’ve read novellas that give a whole story without leaving things out or leave you out of the loop.

Overall, One Snowy Night was really sweet and cute, but it left me disappointed with the abrupt ending.

Don’t miss out on the rest of the series!

My favorite one has to be The Trouble with Mistletoe 😉

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19 responses to “One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis | Sweet but very very short

  1. Huh. Sounds a bit disappointing – novellas are like that. I try to avoid them because they’re too short! When you read a story, you want to get invested and swept away. :/ I still haven’t read anything by this author, but I have Sweet Little Lies. Someday, I will read it! 😀

    Great review, Genesis. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Eva

    Great review! And yes, this is my general problem with novellas especially with romance — too short to develop a real feeling and for it to be believable 🙁

  3. I feel the same way that you do about novellas. They’re too short and they can sometimes leave me wanting more but I did enjoy this one. I hope that we’ll get a continuation of their story in Archer and Elle’s book. Fingers crossed! Still, great review Gen!

  4. Yes this was way way way too short. Rory and Max deserved a much longer story, in my opinion. Plus, I was annoyed that the other half of the book was just a preview! >.<

  5. […] Four Letter Word and Hit the Spot were fucking amazing and so HOT!! I want to move to Dogwood Beach and live with Jamie 😀  It’s Not Me, It’s You was… Honestly for a short book (288 pages), it felt like an eternity! It was good but it felt so long that I wasn’t able to enjoy it much. One Snowy Night was cute but so short! I know it’s a novella, but that’s the shortest novella I’ve ever read. (Review) […]

  6. I liked this one . . . but I didn’t love it, either. I understand what you mean about it not feeling like a full story. I also had issues with the blame that Max placed on Rory’s shoulders. To me, that wasn’t her fault. He was the one to blame, because it was HIS actions! Even if she turned them in for no other reason, years later he should have accepted his part in that whole thing.

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