A Fortunate Blizzard
by L.C. Chase
An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 2nd 2015
There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.
Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.
Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.
When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.
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*sigh* Nothing like a sweet holiday story to get you in the spirit of the season!
Trevor’s illness is worsening and with Christmas approaching he is determined to enjoy every single day afforded to him. So when his plans are thwarted by a blizzard that prevents him from getting to his family, he is disappointed. That coupled with not securing a hotel to stay in for the night has Trevor’s mood plummeting. But maybe not all is lost as Trevor locks gazes with a handsome man across the room.
Marcus Roberts is a workaholic with not much of a social life. He’s not happy to have to leave his car on the turnpike to seek shelter from the blizzard. But his mood is suddenly improved when he spots the man who just walked through the hotel doors. Making the best out of the situation, Marcus invites Trevor to share his table and soon enough his hotel room too.
What I enjoyed the most about this story where the characters and how the author went about bringing them together. At a glance, these two were complete opposites, so it was great to see how LC Chase worked their stories to show how well they complemented each other. I appreciated the first couple of chapters since they gave me the opportunity to get to know Marcus and Trevor as individuals. I came to understand where they were coming from, so when the moment came for them to meet I was already invested in them finding each other.
From their first meeting, it was obvious that these two shared a physical attraction and awesome chemistry. But it was the unguarded moments Marcus and Trevor shared as the story moved along that made this story such an enjoyable read. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy these two together. Hell, that first kiss alone was worth all the anticipation. That first encounter was explosive with them not holding back from their attraction. However, as they moved from a one-night hook up to spending more time together I came to see how these two could be perfect together.
Trevor’s illness and Marcus issues with his mother and his need to please her play a starring role in how their relationship unfolds. LC Chase made sure these issues and the emotions they brought about made it to the page. I loved seeing how Trevor helped Marcus re-discover a part of himself he thought he had lost. And I loved it even more watching Trevor experience the kind of connection he never allowed himself to share with another man since his diagnosis.
Heartwarming and with plenty of heat to keep things interesting, A Fortunate Blizzard is must read this season. It certainly won a place in ‘My Favorites’ shelf–I loved the characters and I enjoyed their story thoroughly.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
Trevor ended the call, dropping the hand holding it to his knee and bringing his chin to his chest. He would be okay, he knew that, but the prospect of spending the holidays by himself cast a dark pall over his mind. All his friends had either left town already or had their own families in the area. Even if the blizzard let up in time, he didn’t want to intrude on anyone else’s holidays. Missing his own family, coupled with the reality of his future, such as it was, deepened the emptiness that was trying to consume him. The last thing he wanted was for his mood to bring down anyone else.
A heavy sigh pushed past his lips as he shoved the phone back in his pocket, grabbed his bag, and made his way into the lounge.
The place was quickly approaching standing room only, and Trevor had to shoulder his way up to the bar, where he ordered a tea with lemon—because the Irish coffee he really wanted wasn’t worth the damage it would do to his kidneys—and a plain buffalo burger with a small side salad. The bartender slid a steaming cup in his direction and the first sip made Trevor’s eyes water, sending a rush of heat cascading outward from his stomach. He closed his eyes, and he might have moaned but couldn’t be sure over the chatter of voices surrounding him.
“Perfection,” he said under his breath.
The barkeep smiled and shook his head. “Be ’bout fifteen minutes for your burger.”
Trevor dug a pill pack out of his bag, popped the two binders he was to take before every meal, and then turned his sleep-weary eyes on the lounge at large, scanning for an empty table. Through the crowd, he caught sight of a vacant seat at a table in the far corner. He leaned to the side for a better look and froze when his gaze locked with one of the most attractive men he’d seen in a long time. He had classic good looks: strong jawline, dark hair trimmed neatly, eyes that somehow seem brighter than they should in such dim lighting, no matter their color.
The back of Trevor’s neck and his face began to heat as the man held his stare. Whether it was from the tea or the intensity of those eyes boring into him, he couldn’t say. And he couldn’t look away. The handsome stranger managed to hold him captive without word or touch. That kind of instant attraction was rare for him, and of course it had to happen now, when he had nothing left to give anyone.
Though . . . a little temporary comfort was still allowed, wasn’t it?
Someone moving through the packed lounge jostled Trevor, spilling his drink and breaking his heated connection with the man across the room. He turned away, skin sizzling from head to toe and hand burning from the hot tea.
“Order’s up, buddy.” The bartender slid Trevor’s dinner across the bar top.
Trevor jerked his head up. “Already?”
The barkeep just did that smiling and shaking his head thing again as he grabbed a towel and wrapped it around a handful of ice cubes. He set the faux ice pack beside the burger.
Trevor had to shake his head, too—mentally anyway. Had he and Mr. Handsome really been locked in a staring contest for fifteen minutes?
The barkeep nodded and went back to mixing drinks. Trevor rubbed the soothing ice pack over his burned skin until the sting eased, and then turned around, his gaze instantly reconnecting with Mr. Handsome across the room.
Without breaking eye contact, Handsome reached over and angled the empty chair away from the table in silent invitation.
You’d be a fool to ignore that, Trev.
He shouldered his bag, picked up his plate and what was left of his tea, and made his way across the lounge. “Mind if I join you?”
A sensual smile stretched Mr. Handsome’s lips, his forest-green eyes sparkling. “Please.”
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About L.C. Chase
Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian west coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling in love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.
L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Pickup Men and Pulling Leather; an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men; an EPIC eBook Awards finalist for Let It Ride and Long Tall Drink; Bisexual Book Awards finalist for Let It Ride; and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards winner. She also received an honorable mention in the 2015 Rainbow Awards for Pulling Leather, and the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.
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