Dashing Through the Snow by M. Leighton
Standalone Christmas Novella
It seems I read a new “snowed in with a stranger on Christmas” book every year, so I will say that Dashing Through The Snow by M. Leighton wasn’t a very unique story, but still, it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying the Christmas decorations, and if it were cold here, a nice hot cocoa by the fire. It’s been a long time since I read M. Leighton, and I am happy to say she didn’t disappoint.
“Have you ever kissed a stranger in a snowstorm?”
Dilyn is not a fan of Christmas, so she doesn’t mind when her boss (and ex) sends her on a last minute assignment to interview Dash Grainger, professional snowboarder out in Colorado. She expects to be put up in a nice mountain lodge, so is surprised when her driver drops her at a beautiful chalet that is Dash’s private home. Despite the driver’s warning of a storm, Dilyn sees blue skies and decides she has time to interview the playboy snowboarder, and still make it to find a place to stay.
Of course Mother Nature has other ideas.
“This night can be whatever you want it to be. Just… stay.”
As the snow keeps them trapped, a very honest game of 20 questions has the tension between them mounting like crazy. (Teehee, I said mounting. There was lots of that to come. Teehee, now I said come.) But there was more than just sexual tension developing. I wouldn’t call it insta-love, but but it was the beginning of it.
“He’s sucking me in, pulling me under. He’s an avalanche and I’m being swallowed by him. A perfect stranger. How does he do it? How has he managed to throw me off, drag me in, lift me up, all in the course of a few minutes?”
There was some very sexy times, but it never really felt porny the way a lot of these short, hot books do.
“Christ I wanna be in you,” I admit, my cock painfully hard at this point. “Deep inside you. Stretching you so tight you’ll feel me tomorrow with ever step you take.”
There was also a lot more angst than I expected, and quite honestly, that was my least favorite part of the story. I would have been very happy if this were a straight sweet Christmas romance without the angst that pissed me off a little.
- It didn’t feel like the connection was too quick or unrealistic. They definitely connected and got to know each other.
- I liked her snarky, sassy personality.
- A cocky, sexy, alpha snowboarder who is a total romantic? Yes please.
- Very sexy scenes.
- Deconstructed s’mores!
- I didn’t love the whole way the angst went down.
- I felt bad for another character.
- Very common trope.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 Stars, 4.5 heat
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