As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.
When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.
She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.
Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!
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by Christi Snow
Approx. 84,870 words.
Published on August 30, 2012.
Two best friends brought together by grief and passion. Now a danger lurks which threatens their very lives.
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Smashwords book reviews by Christi Snow
- Remember the Shagmeister
on May 02, 2012
OMG. Every once in a while I read a book that blows me away. I think this is that book for me this year. I cannot even begin to explain how good this book was, but I am sure going to try.
This book starts out as Katherine's story. She's on her way home for Christmas. She tries not to go home very often because 15 years ago, the life that she knew there was blown apart. When she was in high school, she was part of four friends. Troy and Rachel were a couple. Katie (Katherine) and Bobby were a couple. The summer between their senior and college years, Katie was in Mexico for six weeks. While she was gone, Troy made a single awful mistake which ruined everything the four of them had. Everyone was part of the betrayal except for Katie who came home to find Troy married to her sister and Bobby (her boyfriend) marrying her best friend Rachel. Katie left and tried to never look back...very unsuccessfully.
Fifteen years later, Katie's sister has died (three years before) and Troy is raising their four kids by himself. Rachel and Bobby are still happily married. Katie has never forgiven any of them. She's never had to see Rachel and Bobby, but now Troy is family and she's always been very upfront about how much she hates and blames him. Unfortunately, it's two days before Christmas and a blizzard has moved into the south. Katie is snowed in at the Atlanta airport so her mother sends Troy out in the blizzard to bring her home to Tennessee. It's been three years since she's been home. Her mother isn't going to let her spend the holiday in an airport. It takes two days on treacherous roads, but they do make it home and are starting to connect as friends again.
There's a ton to this book, but I think what makes it so incredibly good is the author's writing style. The entire book is written in 1st person POV, but that person changes every other chapter, usually between Troy and Katie...and sometimes there are a few Rachel chapters thrown in. It's incredibly good and these characters are incredibly real. Some of the thoughts they had (especially Troy) are just so surprising...real off the wall things that people actually think, but you rarely see that kind of honesty in a book.
Even though Katie has a wonderful life in NYC, she has never recovered from what happened that summer.. She's in a relationship, but there's no real depth there. She's never allowed herself to become that invested again. Watching her move through and grow through those hurt feelings during these two weeks at Christmas was really wonderful to watch.
Then there's Troy. He's the one who's paid the most for that summer, which he absolutely takes upon himself because he knows that he's the one to blame for everything that happened. Back in high school, he was the party guy...willing to do any girl, anywhere, anytime. The irony here is that he's been completely celibate since his wife (Katie's sister) died and now he's Mr. Mom. His life is consumed by raising his four kids...15 yo son, 14 yo daughter, and 4 yo twins. Out of all of them, he's definitely the most grown-up now and just trying to survive Katie's visit. She's always been incredibly harsh to him. They have these moments that are so incredibly sweet, then fall back into their antagonistic relationship simply out of habit.
I became fully invested in this story. I literally did not want to put it down and when I got to the end, I immediately went back and started re-reading portions. The characters and story are so well-rounded and well-written. It's an incredibly moving story. So heartbreaking and poignant. At times I was laughing and giggling and I spent a good portion at the end sobbing. I loved, and at times even hated, these four friends and I truly cared about the outcome of their story.
There are a few minor issues in the book...a few typos and a couple of times where the internal dialogue of the characters got a bit overwritten in the emotion (to the point where it took me out of the story and I wanted to roll my eyes)...BUT the book is so incredibly good, it's easy to overlook those tiny flaws. I loved this book and this story. It's definitely going into my all-time favorites file. My only wish is that I could get it in print to add to my keeper-shelf because this is definitely a keeper. I plan on re-reading it many, many times in the future.
- Murphy's Law
on July 16, 2012
Romance, intrigue, mystery, and suspense...this book had it all in spades and I had so much fun reading it. Alexis works in the family business as an assassin although it most definitely is not her dream job. Her code name is Murphy because she has consistently bad luck when she goes out on a job. It sucks for her, but it makes for really entertaining reading.
She's been an assassin for several years and besides some really rotten luck, she's never had any real problems. But now a real problem has found her in the guise of a stalker...one who knows exactly who she is and what she does. As if that hasn't complicated her life enough, she has her own new obsession...her roommate's brother Dane, who just also happens to be an FBI agent.
There was so much I loved about Lexi's character. I love how her brain gets away from her around Dane and she says things that she plans to only think. I love how she KNOWS that she needs to stay far away from Dane, but can't resist him when he's near. Their chemistry is amazing.
Dane is a hot FBI agent. We got glimpses of him in his agent persona. If I had one wish for this book, I would have liked to have seen him in that Alpha mode a bit more when it came to Lexi's situation, but there are moments when *sigh* he was just so luscious and protective of her. I loved that.
I also really loved Lexi's brother, Van. I'm really hoping that this is going to be a series and we'll get to see him in his own book. He's a seriously sexy character. And I love that he's a twin with a whole mystery about what's happened with their other sister. Like I said, lots of intrigue in this book.
And let me just say...I was so wrong by who the bad guy was. I completely was sure that it was someone else in the book. I love it when I get it wrong like that. So fabulous! Just a great read. It definitely made for a great Sunday afternoon read!
- Inertia (Impulse, Book One)
on Nov. 30, 2012
It's interesting the way that the author is setting up this series. This is a trilogy following the story of two men, Derrick and Gavin, through Derrick's eyes. At the time of writing this review, I haven't yet read the other two installments, but it seems to me that the author is setting up the books to show the stages of dating for this couple. I like that idea. As the first in the series, this book is showing how Derrick and Gavin come to be in a relationship. That isn't as straight-forward as you would think. Gavin still has some lingering issues from his former boyfriend. We just see glimpses of this in this book, but I have a feeling that is going to come more into play in books #2 and #3.
For Derrick, this is a relationship that he never saw coming. For seven years (through high school and college) he dated the same girl. They grew apart, broke up, but still remained friends. That break-up was ten years ago. She knew he was attracted to boys when they broke up and now she's urging him to get out there and "live"...because he's never done that. When they broke up, he was the primary caregiver to his grandparents who raised him. He basically spent three years watching them die. As a result, he just never felt the urge to try for another relationship. He had a HUGE physical blow to his psyche with her break-up and their death and he just doesn't want to open his heart to a possibility of pain like that again.
And the thing is...Derrick is such a nice guy, but completely clueless when it comes to a relationship. He doesn't know the protocol for even the most basic of dating rituals...flirting, asking someone out, first kiss, etc. You can't help but fall in love with and hurt for his character. He is so far out of his element here...with dating in general, much less dating a guy which he has NEVER done. While reading you want to just give him a hug and then a shove towards Gavin.
To me, Gavin is more your typical gay guy. He's very put together and usually self-confident, but there are cracks. You don't get any of the story from his POV, but you get to where you can spot that all isn't quite as it seems. Something has happened to him to fracture his self-confidence. There are lingering things going on here which makes him reluctant to get involved with Derrick, even though he obviously wants to become involved.
This book was a great start to the series and I can't wait to see where this couple goes from here, because things have definitely just begun and it's obviously not going to be all smooth sailing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.