In Review: One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay #2.5) by Jill Shalvis

Posted May 22, 2017 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay #2.5) by Jill ShalvisOne Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse
160 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

In Review My Thoughts

I have such mixed feelings about One Snowy night. I wanted to love it. I mean, a little second chance mixed with the holidays and a road trip? Could it be any more of a “me book”? Unfortunately it didn’t totally work for me and I have to admit that might’ve been partially my fault for reading the books out of order. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. It’s just not quite what I’ve come to expect from Jill or especially from her Heartbreakers Bay series. It might not be my favorite of her books, but it’s still a decent (and quick) holiday read.

My biggest complaint about this novella comes from the fact that I didn’t connect with the characters. Now whether that was because I wasn’t in the right mood for the book or because I’d read them out of order and hadn’t previously met the characters, I’m not sure. Either way, I Just wasn’t all in when it came to Rory and Max, when all signs from the blurb pointed to this being a story I’d love. Maybe my expectations were too high? I do think that maybe if I had read the books in the correct order, I would’ve enjoyed this a little more though. Another thing worth mentioning because it definitely impacted my enjoyment of this story — it was deceptively short. I bought the Kindle version and it ended at 58%. The rest of the file was previews, so I was more than a little disappointed by the length of this novella.


Fate or Karma or whatever was in charge of such things was a cruel master, having her first crush of all people, the one guy on the entire planet who made her feel like that young, neglected, bullied, unwanted teen all over again, be the only smart ride home tonight.


About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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One response to “In Review: One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay #2.5) by Jill Shalvis

  1. Oh yeah, this book is deceptively short! I struggled with Max and Rory, too. Especially with Max. I felt like his reasons for being annoyed with Rory were totally ridiculous. He blamed her because he got caught (in a way) and lost his football scholarship. But hello, it was his decision to do that. Not hers!