Snow, steam, and secrets.
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?
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Well, let me tell you this story went a completely different direction than I ever expected. At first, I found the story to be a little slow, but not to worry, that doesn't last very long before you're wondering what the heck is going on! Secretive man Hutch lives in the middle of nowhere and is suspicious when a man turns up on his property disoriented and half frozen. Against his better judgment, he brings the man in and takes care of him. Jude is the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen, and it's easy for him to understand why he's a successful model, even though he's having trouble believing Jude's story. Eventually, he lets down his guard, and he and Jude find a way to pass the time while snowed in. Only, maybe Hutch has a right to be suspicious of the perfect Jude.
I don't want to give anything away about what happens in this book, and if you read the blurb, let me tell you the author is giving nothing away! I was a little distracted at first because I thought this story seemed similar to another I read about a couple snowed in together. Let me tell you, that is the only similarity between those two books. As this is the first book I've read by this author, and add in the beginning of this story, I totally was expected an instalove, happily ever, sappy, sweet romance. Whew, there may have been a HEA, but let me tell you nothing came easy in this story. Seriously, you're going to have to read/listen this book (and that's no hardship) to understand this review!
Hutch's secretiveness hides a man of immense skills, grief and talents. Jude's beautiful exterior hides a man of hidden depths, fears and skills. Together the men will find a beautiful love and an even more beautiful future that we get to see. Honestly, this is such a well-written written story, that it doesn't take long to pull you into it, and then you finding yourself rushing through to see what's going to happen next. It's one of those situations that I didn't want the story to end but I couldn't wait to get to the end because I had to know what happened. This is a must read!!
The narrator of this story was John Solo and I thought he did a terrific job for a story that was more than expected. This was not a simple story and was very action packed, and the narrator did a good job of narrating through all that happens in this. His pacing, tone, and voices were well done and allowed me to focus on the story and the action that was taking place. There were no weird pauses, or long pauses that would make me check to make sure everything was still running. The narrator brought these characters and story to life and was able to hold his own on an exceptional story.
- H. Martin
Not what I was expecting but awesome!!!
- Morgan A Skye