Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Let It Snow
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #1
Heroes: Frankie Blackburn/Marcus Gardner
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 228 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
On his way home from his parents’ house, Frankie gets hopelessly lost in a storm and ends up hours from Minneapolis in a small town called Logan, where he almost hits a moose and crashes his car in a ditch. Unhurt but cold, he starts walking to find some shelter and ends up at an empty cabin. Unfortunately, the cabin’s residents are three burly (but gay!) lumberjacks who remind Frankie too much of his high school bullies. Thankfully, they’re fine with Frankie staying to wait out the storm, except Frankie has to bed with the biggest lumberjack, Marcus, who’s growly and guarded nature makes Frankie a little scared. As the days pass, Marcus and Frankie get closer and before they know it, their feelings are involved. Being complete opposites and living in different towns, will Frankie and Marcus even make the effort to have a relationship or will they let this opportunity at love pass them by?
This story was so freaking cute! Omg, I didn’t even realize when I started it that I was jonesing for a snowed in story but apparently I was because this definitely hit the spot! I loved how Marcus and Frankie were together. At first, they avoided each other for their own reasons. Frankie was scared of Marcus and how Marcus acted towards him while Marcus was scared to get close to Frankie because he reminded Marcus of an ex. Thankfully, they get passed their issues and finally get together, which only leads both of them to realize they’ve finally found something in their lives to make them happy.
As characters, they’re complete opposites. Frankie is a hair stylist from Minneapolis who many would consider the stereotypical gay guy while Marcus is so big and manly that no one would think he was gay. They both have their issues, insecurities and baggage but even those differences can’t stop them from yearning for the other. I absolutely loved that what Marcus loved most about Frankie was what Frankie thought were his faults and vice versa. They fit well as a couple, even if it did take them being cooped up for days to realize it. Plus, I loved that Marcus was so possessive and protective of Frankie, that’s one of my favorite characteristics of alpha personalities.
I had two little niggles with this one. The first is that the scene where Frankie tries to give the pregnant woman a haircut seemed a little too… convenient because it seemed to spur Frankie on to the point that he was ready to get the hell out of town, which I found a little rushed. My second niggle is with Marcus and the end. He was miserable and yearning for Frankie but he didn’t even try to find Frankie or talk to him. Yes, Frankie sent his phone back but Marcus could have easily gotten Frankie’s friends numbers from Arthur/Paul’s cell phone and he didn’t so I was a little disappointed Marcus didn’t try harder for Frankie.
In the end, though, I really enjoyed this one. It has a great pace and a sweet storyline with an even better ending. I liked experiencing the “too close for comfort” way all four of these guys holed up during the storms and I really loved seeing Marcus and Frankie get closer once they got passed their rocky start. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Arthur and Paul’s stories!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*