I know I have been doing a review overload this month – never again will I get click happy on Netgalley! Just like my review on Monday, this might be a little shorter than usual because I did a pretty in depth review on Goodreads (at least more in depth than my Goodreads reviews usually are) so I thought I would just add to it a little rather than doing all of my different categories for this one.
Anyway, I was very very kindly gifted this in exchange for an honest review on NetGalley. As always this will not sway my opinion on the book whatsoever, as always my thoughts are all my own.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s hop into my review.
** This has some 18+ elements – sex and discussion of suicide**
**It is done extremely tastfully and well, I just always like to declare this in case this is something you dislike in books**
Title: Snowed In
Author: Navessa Allen
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sport
Publication Date: 9th June 2020
Pages: 320 pages
When I Read It: 16th June 2020
Goodreads Rating: 3.45 Stars
Ella Jones knows what to expect from the long, hard winters in the northern reaches of Maine: mostly boredom and monotony, broken up with a bit of skiing or quality time spent with her family. Which leaves her utterly unprepared for the arrival of Benjamin Kakoa, a professional athlete turned advocate in need of a break from fame and notoriety. With her world – okay, locally – famous wit and special brand of self-deprecation, Ella goes on a full-blown charm offensive to coax Ben out of his shell. But with a rocky past and an uncertain future, Ben’s walls are tougher to tear down than she could have ever anticipated. And once they fall, Ella and Ben will have to come to terms with the potentially tragic reality of their love.
My Goodreads Review:
June 15, 2020 – 9.0% “So far I’m loving it. The humour is totally my speed. I love the multiply POVs and the characters seem great. Plus there’s room for some amazing backstories. I can’t wait to read more”
June 15, 2020 – 25.0% “OMGAWD THIS IS SO GOOD. I have a stitch 😂😂 it’s so witty and funny. I have a feeling this could be a top 5 of the year 🤗”
Finished – This was really great. It was hilarious. I got a stitch at multiple points. The characters were super likeable. Ella and Ben were just WOW to read, they had such an amazing relationship – with so many realistic ups and downs. The dual POV’s just made it so great to read so you saw both perspectives. The way Ben’s fame was written was amazing, showing every side of stardom and the measures of how they had to deal with it. I loved the strong sense of family in the book and obviously adored all the puppy action! I loved that it tackled difficult topics in a really great way and went into things I didn’t expect it too. The setting of the Maine and the snow was beautiful; I love forests and mountain settings so I was completely enthralled by that. The plot wasn’t predictable, but it also wasn’t very intriguing but it was still very interesting. I never felt on the edge of my seat but I never felt bored. It just swept you along at a gentle pace so it was super relaxing to read. My main gripe with the book is that it used a lot of technical medical terms which made me feel distanced from the characters. It also broke the flow of the plot somewhat. Overall it was a nice quick romance to read and I definitely recommend checking it out.
My Favourite Quotes:
(I have a lot of quotes from this one because I laughed so much but I tried to narrow it down to ones that made the most sense without the context)
- I realized that she wasn’t incoherent, but scream-singing a badly butchered version of a holiday classic. “Jangly balls! Jangly balls!” Oh, God.
- Sheep. Think of a herd of dumb, fluffy sheep jumping over a white picket fence. No! Don’t think of him. Watch these sheep. You’re getting very tired watching these acrobatic sheep, Ella. Very. Tired. Look, that one did a little back flip! Isn’t it adorable? Doesn’t it just make you sooo sleeepy?
- Stan had come blurting out of my mouth when he called because it was the most bland, unassuming male name I could think of on the spot. No offense to all the Stans out there. I don’t blame you. I blame your parents.
- Our gazes caught and held, for one second, ten. We were very serious adults having a very serious discussion about Very Serious Things ™.
- My subconscious was a lustful, traitorous bitch.
- That was it. Put a fork in me. I was done.
- “Ow, fuck,” Ben said, curling into himself. Yup, I definitely nailed him in the balls. And not in a good way.
- Maybe I could still say something. Work up my courage and slip my attraction to him into conversation somehow. I decided to practice. “Why, yes, this paint color turned out quite nice. Have you thought about putting the couch over here instead? I sometimes think about you naked, but I’m getting better at suppressing.” Super casual. Definitely not at all creepy.
- He stepped closer to hold it steady, his chest pressing against my back, his – PENIS. HIS PENIS WAS TOUCHING MY LEFT BUTT CHEEK.
- Get ahold of yourself, woman ! my brain shouted. Heh. I’d rather get ahold of him, my libido answered.
- “I’m telling you I want to be here for you. Now. That I want to be with you. Now. That I want to help you through this. That doesn’t mean I want to get married and have your babies. I’m twenty-three. I don’t even know if I want children. Literally anything could happen between us. We might be great for a solid two years and then not be able to get over our communication problems and break up. Or five years and fall out of love. There might be a nuclear apocalypse. Mother nature might finally say “ENOUGH!”, and decide to murder all of us.”
I really liked this read. It was probably the book that has made me laugh most this year. It was let down a little by the over-complicated terms. It also lacked a bit of drama. But overall it was a super relaxing and cosy read. As always, if you’ve read this or you like the sound of it tell me below what you thought of it. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!