Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother's best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way.
Quinn doesn't believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won't be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor. In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn's very own Christmas miracle.
©2015 Teodora Kostova (P)2016 Teodora Kostova
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Snowed In by Teodora Kostova is a short, standalone novella. Nate has had a crush on Quinn since he was 15 years old. Quinn is his brother's best friend and was always around and was very affectionate with Nate. Quinn went away to college and he's coming back for the holidays and going with Nate's family to their cabin. Nate decides he's going to man up and tell Quinn how he feels while they're at the cabin. Nate tells Quinn that he loves him and Quinn feels the same. Nate and Quinn spend the night in bed together, only for Nate to wake up and find out that Quinn has completely disappeared from his life, ignoring his texts and calls and is gone for two years.
Nate's brother has planned one last weekend together before his new baby comes and Quinn shows up to join the getaway. Only Nate isn't the same as he was two years ago and Quinn faces a challenge of convincing Nate to give him another chance.
The story is narrated by Dan Rider and he did a good job with bringing the characters to life. He was well paced and flowed naturally throughout the storytelling.
I was disappointed in the excuse given by Quinn for staying away two years and felt that didn't justify the total silence on his end. And I think Nate gave in too quickly to forgive Quinn for this. Other than that, this was a good story of young love between friends.
Overall: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story: 4 Stars
"Decent winter time read"
I didn’t care for the sound of the vocal performer’s voice but he did have different voices for most of the characters and wasn’t totally monotone. He sounded very young and was hard for me to listen to (and yes I’m an EXTREMELY prickly audiobook listener).
This wasn’t my favorite story by Ms. Kostova. I like the idea of the story – an almost second chance romance, getting snowed in to face and hopefully reconcile their past. But I had a few issues with the book.
I wasn’t crazy about either character although I think I liked Nate better. Nate is pretty immature but he is young so I can’t fault him too much for that. I think he gave in to and forgave Quinn way too quickly which I attribute to his bone deep love for him that never faded. Quinn was just selfish coward and really self-absorbed. The reason for ceasing all communication after basically treating Nate like a trick was absolutely anticlimactic and didn’t warrant Quinn cutting Nate out of his life. I just couldn’t believe that he couldn’t communicate AT ALL with him in those two years. They do get what I consider a HFN. I don’t feel their relationship is totally resolved and steady for the long haul so I’d have to see more to be convinced of that. They do have good chemistry and their intimacy was endearing.
This story did have some good moments and it is a quick read or listen for a snowy cold day.
"4.5 overall stars for this wonderful story!"
This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author, and now I find myself wanting her entire backlist ASAP. I loved the characters and story here in Snowed In, and I've already listened to the audiobook twice! It's a fantastic friends-to-more, brother's best friend, second chance romance that should be in every M/M romance fan's library.
Poor, sweet Nate. I fell in love with him from the start-it really was kind of hard not too. His character is so innocent and likable, and I was so mad at Quinn for how he treated Nate after the first time they were together. Even later on when we find out why, I still wasn't really ready to forgive him...but then again, I'm not Nate. Quinn tries to stop things between them the first time around, but gives in and instead winds up hurting Nate terribly.
When the two see each other again several years later, I was totally supporting of Nate and his attitude toward Quinn...but I was also still holding out hope for them as they were really wonderful together that first time. I wanted to see Quinn redeemed, and see them both finally get what they really want. It's a rocky road to get there, and in the end we get to find out exactly what happened to make Quinn leave the first time. I did not agree with him at all about not telling Nate what was going on, and I was also a little peeved at Nate's brother Brandon...at every step I was firmly on Nate's side (can you tell he was my favorite character?).
In the end, I was very happy with how everything turned out, and Snowed In wound up being a 4.5-star read for me. M/M romance fans will love this story; it is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content (which oh-by-they-way is so very hot!).
I really liked Dan Rider's narration. I thought he voiced the characters quite well, giving each their own distinct voice and keeping them consistent throughout the story. He did an amazing job with Nate and his emotions, and I was totally pulled in to the story through his voice. I look forward to listening to more of his work in the future...5 stars for the narration!
"Dan Rider did a great job with this so-so story"
Nate, who starts the book at 20, has been in love with his brother’s best friend, Quinn, for years. Quinn’s been in Chicago for the last two years at school and is now coming home for Christmas. The four of them, Nate, Quinn, Nate’s brother Brandon and Brandon’s girlfriend all head to the mountains for some fun in the snow.
Nate has decided to “man up” and tell Quinn of his feelings. Quinn, who reciprocates – wildly! And with I love yous – ends up leaving in the morning and disappears for the next two years! Without any contact! (To either Brandon or Nate.)
When Brandon and Nate are about to head out again on a brotherly sojourn to Las Vegas, Quinn shows up with his heart in his hand and an explanation.
This is a blessedly short novella. I say blessedly because, unfortunately, there just isn’t a strong enough plot here to support a story of any length. Quinn’s reason for leaving Nate simply doesn’t stand up – at all. His reason for leaving and why he had to stay away are one thing, his desire to do this alone another thing, and there is no real reason why he couldn’t share his plans in either case. It makes no sense!
It felt like a plot device to keep the lovers apart and only that.
Nate, meanwhile, acts fairly immature the entire time, and isn’t a very likable character. Quinn and Nate as a couple aren’t great either. They are either yelling at one another or being intimate – so there’s no real relationship building here.
Another thing that bothered me was the dialog. It supposedly takes place in Denver and Las Vegas/LA, but the phrases and spelling are all very British. The story could very well have taken place anywhere, so why not make it London? It’s a minor pet peeve, but there you have it.
The writing was fine and it had some cute moments and some hot times, but I was so annoyed by the separation and flimsy reasoning behind it that it spoiled the rest of the story for me.
Dan Rider did a really good job with this narration. He’s new to me, but I’d look for more from him in the future – especially New Adult. He made me interested in the story because he is so good at delivering the emotion. He didn’t do much to differentiate Quinn from Nate from Brandon – but that’s a minor issue and I was always aware of who was speaking. The sound quality is good and so is his tone and pacing.
I think listening to this is the best way to experience this story.
I’d give this a 2.5 of 5 stars for the story, 4.5 of 5 stars for the audio and overall a 3.5 of 5 stars for the audiobook.
"Intense, passionate and intriguing."
To have these two characters brought to life by the narrator.
There was a lot of content in so few pages and I was drawn into the story from the start.
Nate! My heart broke for young Nate, to have the one thing he has always dreamed of, then to have it snatched away while he lay dreaming.
Snowed In seems to fit just fine, and it's the title the Author gave the story, why mess with it?
Tams e-book review December 2015
At just fifteen years old, Nate not only knew he was gay, he knew exactly who he wanted… his brother’s best friend Quinn. Several years later on an annual Holiday trip to their family cabin, Nate finally gets what he has wanted for so long. But he is left stunned, confused and broken hearted when he wakes up the next morning to find Quinn gone.
Two years later Quinn is back to beg for forgiveness and to finally explain to Nate why he snuck out of the bed they’d just shared, like a thief in the night. Quinn is back to lay claim to Nate, but what he finds is not the energetic, full of life young man that Quinn fell in love with. Nate is pissed off, defiant and wants nothing to do with Quinn. Will an unplanned trip to the cabin and a couple of days alone be the answer to Quinn’s prayers?
Short, Sexy and… wait for it… Steamy! Kostova has delivered yet another fantastic Holiday story full of meat for us to sink our teeth into. (pun intended) Seriously, there was a lot of content in so few pages and I was drawn into the story from the start. My heart broke for young Nate, to have the one thing he has always dreamed of, then to have it snatched away while he lay dreaming. It really hits Nate hard and just by the dialogue in the story between Quinn and Bran, Nates brother, you know how hard the years have been on both men. I knew though, I just knew there had to be a reason. I’ll say no more, you’ll have to read for yourself.
Definitely the perfect little short story for this time of year; Snowed In is intense, passionate and intriguing. I devoured it in a little over an hour, just could not put it down once I started.
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