Book Reviews

Snowed In: Ross and Ashton by J.V. Speyer at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Interracial / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-January-2019

Book Blurb

Massachusetts State Trooper Ross Huber is giving one last sweep of the roads before heading in for the night. The nor’easter hitting the Boston area is worse than expected by an order of magnitude, and the governor has just issued a travel ban. Ross finds a wrecked car half-buried in a snowbank and rescues its human and canine occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but is forced to take shelter with them in a vacant or abandoned house when the roads are blocked.

When he gets the victims indoors, he thinks the human looks uncomfortably familiar ...

Ash Machado has been through a lot in his career as a war correspondent. Sidelined by an injury, he’s returned to Boston to take up a job as a news anchor. After he loses control of his car on an icy road, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, looking into the face of the guy who broke his heart in college.

Neither Ross nor Ash are the same men they used to be, but now they’re trapped in the abandoned house with no place to go. Can they get past old hurts long enough to get through the storm, or will the same misunderstandings that drove them apart years ago make this confinement unbearable?

Book Review

Sometimes reunions are all about the joy of finding “the one who got away” or the angst of “do we still have a chance” or the drama of seeing each other again, but in Ross and Ashton’s case, it is mostly about the residual anger. The intensity of their feelings is strong enough for both of them that it is clear they need to deal with them – one way or another. But they are stubborn, full of pride, and neither one can see the other’s side because they are too convinced that they are right. It’s a huge emotional mess and, since they have nowhere to go due to the weather, they have to find a way to deal with the situation.

Ross is a state trooper and doing a final sweep of the roads before a nor’easter makes travel impossible. He is just in time to rescue a man and his dog from the side of the road from carbon monoxide poisoning, but he has no idea he has just found his ex-lover from eight years earlier. Once they have found shelter in an abandoned house along the road, Ross thinks the man looks familiar, but he cannot figure out who it is until Ash reveals his name – and the fireworks begin.

Ash has been wounded while working as a war correspondent and is about to take a new job as a news anchor when he gets stuck on the side of the road. He can’t believe it is Ross who saves him, or that the man doesn’t even recognize him. Ross broke his heart back in college and the pain surfaces again as they begin to talk about what happened. Recriminations on both sides soon fly and while I could clearly see both sides of the story, it takes Ross and Ash a lot longer to get to the same point.

Ross and Ashton loved each other deeply, and even now, I suspected they were still halfway in love despite the long separation and the anger. Ross wanted an open relationship, Ash was looking for commitment. Ross was out and proud, Ash couldn’t risk coming out because his family would have kicked him out and withdrawn financial support. Both men needed the other to acknowledge them, but neither was able to give the other what he wanted most. And even eight years later they are having a very hard time… which just goes to show that some relationships are harder than others, but worth it if both sides can push through their issues.

If you prefer your romances to have lots of tension, if watching two men deal with very different views of their past is your thing, and if you’re looking for an intense read with lots of anger, passion, discussions, a few screaming matches, and a happy ending due to the fact neither man can escape a long overdue confrontation, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 30119 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-January-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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