~Book Blurb The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot. Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up. Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.
Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.~
Okay, before I review this thing, let me just say that as a born and raised Minnesotan on the cusp of a new and spectacularly cold winter here in the frozen north, winter sucks. No, I don’t hate snow per se, but I do hate shoveling, it driving in it, scraping it off my car, and getting stuck in it. I hate freezing my girl parts off every time I go outside for half of the year, and the fact that I have to take vitamin D to avoid depression from lack of exposure to sunlight. People who don’t live somewhere in frozen tundra read books like this and think one of two things: 1. Why the bleep does anyone live there? and 2. snowstorms can’t possibly be that bad. The author is exaggerating to further the plot, right?
So to answer question 1, I’m not entirely sure. There are times every year where I ask myself the same question. Going way back, I blame American settlers and the Mississippi river, (it’s totally the river’s fault). In all honesty, people have stayed in Minnesota because the summers are gorgeous, and we have daylight till after 9pm. The winters suck for people with jobs, but I loved them as a kid, and I spent hours playing in the snow whenever I could. It wasn’t until I moved away for nearly a decade as and adult, that I became a total wuss when I came back. I’ve had friends and family visit in the winter and refuse to come back ever again.
Question 2, no, Heidi is not exaggerating. Snowstorms really can be that bad. Fortunately I don’t have stray moose to contend with where I live, so at least there is that. I live around the Twin Cities, which is about 3 and a half hours south of where Let it Snow take place and even though I consider Minnesota my home, you couldn’t pay me to drive up north in the winter. The power outages? The trekking in to town on a snowmobile? Yeah, that stuff actually happens.
So now that I’ve ranted about snow, and hopefully you understand the severity of the situation, let me get back to the book. It’s Cullinan’s interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. With a blond hairdresser Frankie and three actual bears. Which is hilarious. The story is exactly what it promises to be; cute, hot, and fluffy, with a happy ending. Bear couple Arthur and Paul were so funny, and Marcus was the perfect grumpy Papa Bear.
With out giving away too much, one thing I didn’t like was the way poverty and the “bad” area of town was depicted in one of the later chapters in the book. Not necessarily the way Cullinan presented it, but I ended up being disappointed in the character’s reactions to that whole experience. I realize that Frankie did not have a nice experience, and that people lashed out at him, and no, the way he was treated wasn’t right, but I also feel like particularly Arthur and Paul, and even Marcus to some extent, looked down on those people, and acted like they were better than them. I just left me feeling disappointed in everyone.
This is a sweet little holiday romance story, and check it out! I have an excerpt! Enjoy. I for one am excited to see which fairy tale Heidi tackles next.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state’s LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
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