Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson

Synopsis: On the way home from a competition Fiona and her 8 teenage students are surprised by a snowstorm and have to seek shelter in a holiday cabin which is run by John. The Iraq veteran has bought the cabin seeking solitude to overcome his PTSD. Not that he acknowledges that he does suffer from PTSD, but he feels that he needs time to heal from the emotional as well as physical wounds he got in Iraq. When Fiona and her kids turn up at the cabin they turn his life upside down and, needless to say Fiona and John fall in love. However, John is not ready to open up to her.


Warning: contains spoilers!

I got this book as a free download during the celebration of Harlequin’s 60th anniversary. I’m not familiar with Harlequin, their various categories and what they mean in terms of topic, length, and sensuality. "Snowbound" is classified as a Harlequin Superromance. Assuming that Harlequin consider all their romances to be super in quality I suppose this classification specifies the length of the book.

And long it was, considering that nothing actually happened. Fiona and John meet, fall in love, but have to keep the lid on it because of the kids, meet later again, own up to loving each other, separate again, there is silence and agony for a few months, re-unification, end. I like books without a lot of external plot, especially cabin romance, so that was not the problem, but I think that the story could have been condensed a bit. Especially the scenes with the kids were a bit tedious and wouldn’t suffer from a few cuts.

Now, about John seeking solitude in a mountain cabin. Fair enough, a cabin is the perfect place if you are looking forward to being alone, but, for Pete’s sake, not a cabin where people go for their holidays. Why a war veteran who wants to heal by being along takes on the job of being an innkeeper is beyond me. Guests in a hotel search you out 24/7 to get things. Not only that, in this case John also has to cook three meals a day for a dozen people or more, provide them with snacks during the day, clean their rooms, do the laundry and what not. Admittedly he certainly is too busy too think about his issues, but he was explicitly seeking solitude. Doesn’t make sense to me.

I liked how the story developed and the overall feel of it. John is a scarred hero with a lot of problems. The fact that he doesn’t want to confide in Fiona is understandable. So is the fact that Fiona can’t accept that. The story was well written and made sense to me.

Other than what I usually read this book hardly contained any love scenes (love as in sex). There were a few scenes, but they faded out quickly. If you love steamy scenes and dirty talk, you might want to think twice about reading "Snowbound".

Considering that it was a free e-book I was more than pleased with it.

[rating: 3]

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