Snowman-Isabelle Rowan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

BLURB: We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.

Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.

Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear. 


REVIEW:  This book had all the elements to make a great story. You had a snow storm, a cabin, two single men held up in said cabin, a roaring fire, it was all there. But if I had to describe this book using only one word, i would say that it was slow. The relationship between these two men–if you can even call it that–developed so slowly that it was virtually non existent.  The main issue I had with this story was the two men hardly interacted with each other.  You had Caleb who is understandably still mourning the loss of his partner but decides that yeah, he’s attracted to Paul and maybe he wants to see where it goes. Then there was a disagreement over nothing–like really–it was over a tiny misunderstanding–and the two spend almost the entire book separated only communicating–one sided from Paul via text messages. I wanted to like this book, I really did and I didn’t dislike it. Everything was there, the author had all the ingredients to make a delicious meal, but it just fell flat. There was too much angst without the romance or passion to balance it.  It was a struggle for me to finish the book and I found myself skipping pages to see if something, anything pops between these two men. Caleb’s character was quite dull. His internal conversations with his deceased lover and his dog became tedious. The first time okay, but it was constant throughout the story. The only interesting bits of the book is what happens with Paul and his friends. The cover was very nice but the story beneath it did little to hold my interest. I’m so sorry.