Snow is falling around the Aspen cabin that Leigh Insley never has time to visit. As winter gathers closer she wonders if it might finally be time to sell her getaway retreat. Itâ€s only a few hours from Denver, true, but her career as a corporate lawyer has left her little time to enjoy it, and the years have ticked by, almost unnoticed.
Snow and ice are part of Margo Tosch. Sheâ€s been on skis since she could strap them to her boots, and her love of the sport has taken her around the world. Now, as snowplow driver, ski instructor and shopkeeper, this Jill-of-all-trades has carved a life for herself and her daughter in the mountains she loves, where the isolation lets her keep her secrets to herself. When their paths cross in the high-mountain air, city-dweller Leigh is certain she has nothing in common with this rustic mountain woman named Margo. But even the frostiest of hearts can be taken by surprise.
Bestselling author Kenna White (Body Language) warms the rugged mountains of Colorado with a smoldering love story.
November 08, 2011
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11 of 14 found the following review helpful:
a romance for grandmaNov 13, 2011
By M.T. First, let me offer up a disclaimer. I didn't like this story. BUT. There is an audience for authors like this... it's just not me. If you don't mind low key romances that pay no mind to sexiness, sexual tension, the whole build up, and drag you through a mostly plotless story with unlikeable, screwed up older characters... all done by a writer who, technically, writes well... this is the writer for you. You might also like Lori L. Lake's latest.
This tale follows a stuck up, over-judgemental 48 year old femme lawyer (Leigh) who takes a break from her Denver grind to finalize the sale of her Aspen cabin a few hours away. Now I don't consider 48 impossibly old but I involuntarily added 20-30 years to this character for acting like an old southern grannie who still mentally lives in the day of Jim Crow.
Now replace race with butch, LOL... and you'll see how she (and her friends) feel about Margo, our middle aged "mountain woman" butch (or any butch or blue collar worker). This is one dreadfully hateful and prudish old woman!! Now this could have played out as humorous... but mostly it wasn't. I didn't like these characters at all. They are mean to each other and I didn't find them particularly redeemable, attractive, or interesting.
* BEWARE. A few spoilers ahead.
You know, I think we, as readers, want to love our main characters. I really don't understand writers who seem to hate their own characters. This one doesn't even feed Leigh. This character doesn't eat! (gastritis?) No wonder she's so crotchety. Sheesh.
I waited and waited for plot. When the author took me shopping through all of chapter four with nothing but SHOPPING (aarrgh!!)... I became slightly hostile. After awhile I began to picture the southern grannie from Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" and kinda hoped that White might redeemably invite an escaped convict of her own to wipe out all the characters, grannie included. No such luck.
After my hostility waned, I was curious to find an actual sex scene just to see how it would play out. I waited and waited... like drifting down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim and slowly seeing these two develop a sense of decency and humanity with each other. Leigh's idea of sexy, however, is imagining her butch is "Gone With the Wind's" Rhett Butler waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs. But since Margo has been described as a flannel-wearing butch with a trucker's stench... I couldn't quite picture her as the gentleman Rhett myself. :(
When Leigh observes Margo on the dance floor, she gets wet... so did I when I spilled my coffee while cringing. That was unexpected. Like accidently walking in on your parents while- okay, okay, nevermind. Sex does arrive momentarily and it's one sided (I hate that!)... and what happens after is so unromantic I just felt sorry for these characters.
The drama also finally arrives, almost as an after thought the last 30 pages. I felt like the author was baking a cake and decided to add that key ingredient after the baking step... ehh....
Obviously, if you don't care about the sex, my warnings will be futile. (Don't hurt me.) I love the sex myself and prefer to know beforehand what I'm getting into... and honestly, I'm not sure if I want my characters to be over 40 unless they have a youthful, sexy disposition. Curmudgeon femmes just don't do a whole lot for me. At least some humor, please!!
The most positive part of this book for me is the snowy setting. It's why I picked it up to begin with. I also liked seeing someone bib Leigh in the end and feed her some ribs. Thank god someone was kind enough to feed her...
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Not the bestOct 09, 2012
By VorRead I've read several of White's books and usually enjoy them. This book wasn't very enjoyable. The characters are often at odds but instead of sparks flying, they just come across as petulant. Their meetings seem forced and by the end of the book, I don't believe they'd ever stay together. Still, Ms. White at least knows how to write as opposed to many authors in this niche.
4 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Another enjoyable read by Ms. WhiteMar 30, 2012
By Cristo Webb A really enjoyed this book but have enjoyed all of her books. The chacters had great story development. I really enjoyed Margo and Leigh's dynamics. Great read to snuggle down and escape for a bit.
4 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Taken by SurpriseFeb 17, 2012
By S. Feldman
A very good and entertaining read; nice way to be lost in world of romance for an afternoon depending how quickly you read.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
took me by surpriseJul 08, 2012
By Catherine A. Stobel I enjoyed the quick read,suspense and yes it turned out to be a love story of sorts. Its a book available on Amazon Kindle and that makes it so easy
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