Massachusetts State Trooper Ross Huber is giving one last sweep of the roads before heading in for the night. The nor’easter hitting the Boston area is worse than expected by an order of magnitude, and the governor has just issued a travel ban. Ross finds a wrecked car half-buried in a snowbank and rescues its human and canine occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but is forced to take shelter with them in a vacant or abandoned house when the roads are blocked. When he gets the victims indoors, he thinks the human looks uncomfortably familiar ... Ash Machado has been through a lot in his career as a war correspondent. Sidelined by an injury, he’s returned to Boston to take up a job as a news anchor. After he loses control of his car on an icy road, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, looking into the face of the guy who broke his heart in college. Neither Ross nor Ash are the same men they used to be, but now they’re trapped in the abandoned house with no place to go. Can they get past old hurts long enough to get through the storm, or will the same misunderstandings that drove them apart years ago make this confinement unbearable?
4 out of 5 (very good)
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This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I really like Ross and Ash. I thought the author did a good job showing us who these two men were and letting us into their heads. I really like the angst and drama that comes from stories where the two mc's used to be together then broke up only to find each other again. I like the backstory the author created. The story kept my interest and I finished it in one sitting. I really liked Ash's life experiences and thought that aspect of him was really cool and interesting.
This would have been a 5 star read for me except I don't think the initial reasons these two broke up was really resolved between them. They both had their thought and feelings on why they broke up originally but I never go the sense that they looked at the issues from the other persons point of view. They didn't really resolve any of that but decided to try again. Because I'm someone who likes to imagine what happens after the story ends I can't help but wonder if it's going to cause friction in the long run. It's like they both think they are right and stick to that with no understanding for the other one.
Other than that the story was a very good read overall. I wouldn't mind getting more of these two.
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J. V. Speyer has been telling stories since she was a small child. Her father raised her on a steady diet of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, and she came to romance later in life. Most of her inspiration is drawn from music, whether from a specific song or just a rhythm. J. V. grew up in Upstate New York, in a deeply diverse city in the heart of the Rust Belt. She now makes her home just outside of Boston in an old farmhouse with more animals than people. She’s held jobs in security, accounting, finance, and non-profit management before turning to writing professionally. In her spare time, J. V. enjoys baseball, history, and music. She can often be found avoiding direct sunlight and seeking out the perfect martini.