Listening Time: 5 hrs 39 min
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?
I was a little disappointed with this one. Not that it wasn't good...it was. I guess I was expecting to like it a lot more than I did.
The blurb for this book reads like a sweet, sexy snowed in story and it was until it turned into a whole lot more and I have to admit this was actually one of the best parts of this story for me. I loved the extra suspense we got when this became more of an action/thriller type story.
Hutch is ex-military and he lives in isolation in the Alaskan wilds. It's what he wants, so needless to say he's pretty surprised when he finds an attractive man half frozen on his front porch one afternoon. But he's not about to leave said man outside to freeze to death so he takes him in and offers him shelter during a snowstorm.
Spending a few days cooped up in Hutch's cabin with the sexy, surly man isn't anything that Jude really finds to be a hardship. Needless to say it's close quarters when there's no place to go so the sexual tension builds and neither man is really putting up a lot of resistance so things get toasty warm fairly quickly between these two men.
Unfortunately once the storm ends Hutch quickly figures out that maybe his lost traveler wasn't as lost as he seemed. Once Hutch starts to realize what's happening his warm feelings towards Jude cool off real fast and things get colder than a snowstorm again as far as he's concerned.
I honestly can't say I didn't like the writing because hey, it's Eli Easton, and I'm totally a fan of this author. But somehow I just didn't feel a connection to the story. As much as I liked the turn that it took I started to feel like events were a bit on the predicable side and maybe it's because I've read a few stories like this over the past while. I really can't say for sure but while I enjoyed it, I just didn't find myself really feeling invested in the story so for me it was an okay listening experience but not great.
John Solo did the narration for this one and it was good. His voices were solid and expressive. There was a kid in this one but thankfully her part was very, very small so at least there was no real issue there for me and I have to admit I think this one was probably a story that worked better for me in audio format than it would have been as an e-book so there was that.
Maybe I needed someone to blow more sh*t up because I am a fan of blow sh*t up stories...kidding...I know a number of my friends really liked this one so seriously don't just take my word for it check out a few other reviews you may find you really like this one.
********************An audiobook of 'Snowblind' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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