04 October 2018

Cold Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey

Series: Sweet Escape, #3
# of Pages: 72
Publication: October 3rd, 2018
Source: Publisher Review Copy
Genre: Romance
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She can't stand him. He thinks she's never more adorable than when she's angry at him. Liddy Drake would rather gamble on double black diamond runs than take a chance on love. Escaping dreary San Francisco for a Colorado mountain resort with her besties is just what the doctor ordered. But an injury on the first day lands her in the lap of a loud-mouthed ski instructor who knows exactly how to get under her skin. She doesn't have time to waste on a playboy with a too-easy laugh and gorgeous blue eyes. Luke Sawyer left New York ten years ago for the ski runs of Colorado, concealing his identity as a Rothchild heir. He'd seen money change too many people, never for good. Scrappy, sassy, and oh-so-sexy Liddy doesn't fall for the mask of his over-the-top charm. He accepts the challenge to show her his true self. Their chemistry is enough to melt snow-capped mountains, until she finds out the truth. There's no way her humble background could compete with America's royalty. How can he melt the ice around her heart and convince her that Mr. Wrong is actually Mr. Right, who loves her just the way she is?

Mia and Susan's third book in their Sweet Escape series did not necessarily meet my broad expectations; however, I found that it was a cute winter contemporary that would be fun for the holidays. There were several aspects of the novel that I enjoyed and others that I found quite challenging. I have not read the rest of the books in the series; however, I was able to read this book without being confused on who the characters were and their relationship to Liddy Drake.

What I loved about this book was the relationship that the main character had with her two best friends. They were constantly supportive of each other even in their worst moments. Liddy frequently struggled with attachment issue due to her less than thrilling time spent in foster homes. When she began to doubt her worth in regards to Luke's family, her friends reminded her how much of an amazing woman she was and how any family would be lucky to have her. I really appreciate books where female friendships and relationships are celebrated. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed definitely was Luke's personality; he was hard on the outside, but so soft and kind on the inside especially for a man that was hurt by so many previous relationships. And of course I completely enjoyed the steamy romance scenes between Luke and Liddy.

The only part of the book that I did not enjoy was the pacing. Because the length of the novel is so short, the authors did not get a lot of time to develop the relationship between Luke and Liddy. It felt really rushed and unrealistic in terms of time. I did not think it was realistic that Liddy would not only sleep, but also fall in love with her ski instructor over the course of a few days. I'm not saying that it can't happen in real life; however, it felt inauthentic. From revealing their most intimate secrets and personal struggles to the insta-love made their romance feel as though it was something that could only ever happen in a book.

If you enjoy cute, contemporary romances then I would recommend this book; however, if you are put off by books where there is a presence of instantaneous love and romance than I would steer clear. Overall, I did enjoy it and I would take the time to go back and read the other two.


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