Skip to main content

Snowfall on Cedar Trail (Sweetwater Springs #3) by Annie Rains [arc review]

Another Day, another Christmas book.
It's that time of the year!
The Blurb:

Last Christmas was tough for Halona Locklear and her seven-year-old son Theo, who hasn't spoken a word since his father's death. This year, Halona wants nothing more than to give him a good holiday and to hear his sweet voice again. Enrolling him in the Mentor Match program might help, but when Theo gets matched with Sweetwater Springs Chief of Police, Alex Baker, Halona realizes that the handsome hero might know secrets about her past that she is determined to keep buried.
Chief of Police, Alex Baker, re-opens his father's hit-and-run cold case every December, hoping to finally solve it. This year, his plate is full with being a Mentor Match to a young seven-year-old boy as well. His biggest obstacle, however, is fighting his attraction to the boy's mother, Halona. As Alex gets close to solving his father's cold case, he learns that those closest to him may be in danger -- including Halona. Alex has already lost one of the most important people in his life; he isn't about to lose her too, even if it means walking away to keep her safe.

The Review: 2.5 Stars
I have mixed emotions on this one. I liked it... and I didn't... It also appears I am alone in not liking it so much. Why oh why do I always have to be the one with unpopular opinions?! 🤦 #storyofmylife

Anyway...I liked Halona. She is a hard working mother who has gone through a lot in life and is trying her best to make her son happy and talk again. I also really liked Alex, he was the perfect man to get her little boy out of his shell and the perfect man for her. He is steady, loyal, handsome :)
Their romance was nice as well. They were careful around Theo and respectful to each other. There were no passionate fireworks but they fit. 
Now, did you get excited over that description? Nope?! yah... that is one of my issues with the book.
It was nice. It wasn't exciting. 
It was nice. It wasn't memorable.
The romance was nice. It wasn't passionate.
The MC's were nice. They weren't relatable or super interesting....

And the background story? blah... Alex's dad died years ago and no one has found the killer. All the way towards the end of the book everything gets sorted really fast. Anti-climatic. 

All in all it wasn't a bad read or I would never have finished it, I don't torture myself through books. But it wasn't great either. I said this before and I will say this again: I need my romances to have a little more to it than just a sweet easy boy meets girl story. Liking it or not, most holiday romances are exactly that, hence I almost never read them. That being said, I've read a few I loved, so I am not completely giving up on them just yet. 

Find the book at: GoodReads - Inklings Bookshop - Kindle - Libro.fm (audio)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Quickies, April 2021

I read a good amount of older releases this past two months. I will not write long individual reviews for every single one of them but here are is a little bit about each one of them:  - Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh It's unlikely I will ever dislike something Nalini writes. She is a master of her craft. This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it is just as good as the first. Shy and isolated Faith is plagued by visions of blood and murder. She has questions and needs help but can't ask those around her. She turns to the changelings and the only Psy she knows that has defied her race (first book in the series). Vaughn is more cat than human but has to control his instincts not to scare Faith away. This was a fabulous paranormal romance read but you really must read the first book first! 4 stars from me :)  - Desperate Measures by Katee Robert Desperate Measures is the story of Jafar and Jasmine. But if you read Katee before you know it is not that simple at

Fortune Favors the Duke (The Cambridge Brothers #1) by Kristin Vayden [arc review]

@glimpses_of_my_books Oh the beauty that is discovering new authors! Kristin Vayden is someone I had not heard of before Fortune Favors the Duke  was announced and Sourcebooks told me she is local to Washington State. I am planning a signing event with her and Lucy Gilmore this December at  Inkling Bookshop  and of-course I had to read the book ahead of time.  Fortune Favors the Duke  was utterly adorable! I managed to read this beauty in two sittings and I will be reading the other books in the series. Blurb: Quinton Errington is perfectly happy teaching at Cambridge, with his elder brother carrying the duties of being the Duke of Wesley. But when a trip to celebrate Wesley's last week of bachelorhood ends in tragedy, Quinton, who becomes the Duke of Wesley, would give anything to have his brother back. Now, under the most heartbreaking circumstances, Wesley's would-be bride, Catherine Greatheart, is left wanting. Her only protection left, her grandmother, has fallen ill, an

A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

I knew very little going into this book except that it had my current favorite bad boy in it: Hades! Seriously though, I have a "hades tbr" at the moment, it's a thing. And if you know any good Hades based romances do tell me. Always and forever looking for more. Hades, the God of the Dead was phenomenal. I have ZERO complaints about his character. There was more to the underworld than known by other gods and humans, and the same is true about the man that runs the place. He is to the point and although not always up front and straight forward he is always honest and true. He has built a gambling empire but his bets are not always monetary and they are known for being impossible.  Persephone was very much still learning who she really was. Up until meeting Hades and for some time after she has no power of her own. Plants die at her touch and that is that. She is also known as the goddess of spring, but that is not because of who she is but rather because of who her mother