Driven Snow : Pennymaker Tales

  • by Tara Lain
  • Narrated by Kale Williams
  • Series: Pennymaker Tales
  • 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young Snowden "Snow" Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he's shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he's a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn't keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up - but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow's one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater - literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he's the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.


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Customer Reviews

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My favorite in this series and wonderful narration

Snow is our geeky, shy, chess playing virgin. He ends up tutoring the closeted
Riley, a football star, in physics.

Both Riley and Snow have been crushing on the other and now they’ve an excuse to meet/hang out.

There’s other drama involving Snow’s chess coach and his new wife….that puts a wrinkle in things and a smear campaign surfaces.

When push comes to shove, will Riley trust Snow or the smear campaign that paints him as a prostitute? Will Riley believe Snow when he says the coach’s new wife is evil? Or will Riley go back to his easy life in the closet?


Riley – Riley Prince is his full name – is Snow’s Prince, too. He’s practically perfect in every way.

There is a bit of tongue in cheek in this story and a lot of laughter. Snow is hysterical! His inner monologues are too funny and his nerdisms are perfect!

Riley is simply charming and with one notable exception, pure perfection for shy Snow.

The smexy times are pretty dang hot and the feels are wonderful.

If you put aside your “this is real?” doubts, and just take it for what it is – a fun, fantastical tale with a nod toward the old story – you will fully enjoy it! It’s a New Adult title, so steamy, but not over the top.

Tara Lain is a fantastic writer and this was a fun new look at the old fairy tale.

I loved it and highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars


Kale Williams does a terrific job with this. He gives the villains appropriately snively type voices and handles the passion and emotions well. Highly recommended as a way to enjoy this story.

5 of 5 stars
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- Morgan A Skye

Top notch performance of a fun, imaginative story

What made the experience of listening to Driven Snow the most enjoyable?

The narrator - Kale Williams' - ability to capture ALL of the characters' vivid and unique personalities with their own distinct, recognizable voice. There are no caricatures to be heard here, what there is, is a wondrous display of talent by this amazing performer. He kept me listening when I should have been sleeping! :-D

What did you like best about this story?

Tara Lain took a recognizable, familiar story and gave it one heck of an intriguing twist. Snow as a quiet, socially awkward chess champ. Riley Prince as the jock enamored with Snow. The voluptuous and entrancing Anitra as the evil villain our to destroy Snow and usurp his championship position....a group of frat boys coming to the rescue. The fairy tale elements are all there - crafted into a fun, need to know what happens next, contemporary adventure. I appreciate that while Snow is known as intellectual, shy and inexperienced, he is also strong and determined. The author did not write him as a victim or someone in need of rescuing. Snow's relationship with Riley grew at a believable pace and level. They each needed to grow througout the story to be what they needed to be for themselves and for each other - and they did. Lots of great action mixed with solid dialogue, tender moments, and again - a wonderful variety of fully fleshed out characters.

Which character – as performed by Kale Williams – was your favorite?

I would say Snow. The story is told from his POV, and I was rooting for him all the way. Plus, as I've indicated, Snow was somewhat reserved, nerdy, socially awkward. Kale Williams voiced him with a soft-spoken, yet direct intonation that I found perfect for the character's inner strength and yes, gentle nature. Thank goodness he didn't try some whiney, breathy, stereotypical lispy voice. These would not have fit Snow at all. I also enjoyed the nasty Anitra very much. Mr. Williams gave her the perfect inflection of bravado and nastiness, topped off with a dose of snide. I loved the snippy affectations when things didn't go her way!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You've never experienced Snow this deep, or a Prince so riled.

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- Dianne T.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC