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Snowed In: A Southern Comfort Novella by Sarah Title with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my review of a new Southern Comfort novella from author Sarah Title. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of three iBook copies of the title!

Snowed In

The first I have read by this author, Sarah Title has created a fast-paced, steam till your ice cream melts read that is loaded with personality, humor and heart.

Recovering from a bad breakup, Maureen heads to the ice cream aisle at the grocers, only to find herself in emotional overload at the Rocky Road display.
Far from completely ill at ease, Gavin finds her attractive and sets out to flirt with her – and they share a steamy kiss. And Maureen panics and flees out of the store before he has a chance to ask her out.

But, this is a small town and Gavin’s neighbor Pippa is full of spunk and mischief, and not short on humor. Again the ice cream aisle becomes a haven for Maureen who finds herself glum and again searching for solace. This time it is Pippa who drops some sage, if slightly risqué advice on how to get the old boyfriend out of her system.  Leaving, Maureen runs into Gavin in the parking lot, and he takes that opportunity to ask her out.

Plans are made, and the date is a great success: these two are well-matched and their connection is clear. Title has provided us with background enough to enjoy their quirks and understand their hopes, and when the snowstorm they had forgotten about strands Maureen at Gavin’s.

Hot and steamy, their connection sparked and sparkled from the start. The story is a perfect lead in to a relationship that is starting down the path to a happy ending.  Title’s story craft is marvelous, combining backstory, action and character development together neatly to present a novella that feels more complete. Although a quick and short read, this will certainly make you want the other titles in the Southern Comfort series, I know I do.

Snowed In: A Southern Comfort Novella by Sarah Title with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Snowed In
Author: Sarah Title
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: B00NZZJ5QW
Published on: 17 February, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 70
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

There’s nothing like a hot kiss on a cold day…

Librarian Maureen O’Connell might have predicted she’d find herself crying into the ice cream case at the supermarket after a bad breakup—but she definitely never imagined that a guy hot enough to melt the Rocky Road would flirt with her right there in the freezer aisle. Only Gavin Fraser isn’t a fantasy, he’s a mouth-watering new flavor…

When a freak snowstorm strands Maureen at Gavin’s after just one date, it’s a perfect excuse for something a lot steamier than hot chocolate in front of the fire. It’s definitely lust. Can it also be love?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

By the time she got to the ice cream freezer, Maureen couldn’t hold it in any more. So she just let it go. Why not?

It was a Friday night. Now that she was apparently single, why not let fat, ugly tears stain her oversized, hooded sweatshirt while she stood in the ice cream aisle of the grocery store?

“There’s frozen yogurt, you know.”

 

Maureen jumped and turned to see . . . well, a god. He was at least a head taller than she. His brown hair was a smidge too long and curled into the collar of his flannel shirt. His jaw was strong and sharp—a man face. His dark eyebrows emphasized deep blue eyes—eyes that were looking at her with curiosity, sympathy, and, if she wasn’t mistaken, a hint of mischief.

 

“I’m sorry?”

 

“If you’re so upset about the calories, try frozen yogurt.” “Oh, no, it’s not that, it’s just—” Maureen was stammering.

 

Stammering in front of a god.

 

“Kidding.”

 

“Oh. Ha.” Bad jokes. Okay, so he wasn’t perfect.

 

“Sorry. I do my best work in produce.” Damn, that was cute. He’s definitely perfect, Maureen thought as she stood there dumbly, unable to process the perfection of his face (and those shoulders—even through his beat-up leather jacket she could see he had strong shoulders).

 

Not to mention the fact that a god was making bad jokes at her while she stood crying with the freezer door open.

 

“Can I just—” He reached around her for a pint of mint chocolate chip.

 

“Oh, my gosh, yes, sorry.” Maureen completed that articulate thought by backing into her shopping cart.

 

“Hey, easy now,” the god said as he placed a steadying hand on her arm. Even through her sweatshirt she could feel his hand was warm and strong.

 

“Listen, are you okay?”

 

“What? Yes! I’m fine.”

 

“It’s just that I don’t always see beautiful women crying in front of the ice cream.”

 

Ha. Beautiful. “Where do you usually see them crying?” He laughed. “Nowhere, if I can help it.” “Well, I don’t usually do this. I’m just a little . . . emotional,” she sniffed, wiping her nose on her sleeve. Smooth, Maureen. Real smooth.

 

“I can see that.”

 

“I didn’t mean to bother you.”

 

“The only thing that will bother me is if I leave this store without seeing you smile. I bet you have a great smile.” She raised an eyebrow. Was he flirting? He was pretty sure of himself. Probably came from being so perfect.

 

“Ah, a look of disdain,” he said. “We’re getting somewhere.

 

So, what’s it gonna take to make you smile?” “Maybe I just don’t feel like smiling, okay? Maybe I have nothing to smile about.”

 

“Did your dog die?”

 

“What?”

 

“Is that why you’re crying? Your dog?” “No, I don’t have a dog.”

 

“Did you lose your job?”

 

“No.”

 

“Inoperable cancer?”

 

“No! That’s not funny.”

 

“Well, what else is there to cry about?” “My boyfriend, okay? My stupid boyfriend decided after two years that he’s ‘not feeling it’ so he dumped me.” “Idiot.”

 

“And I was naked!”

 

She caught him looking her up and down, no doubt taking in her spinster sweats and frazzled hair. “Double idiot.” “Yeah, right.”

 

“You know what you need?”

 

“A hit man?”

 

He laughed again, quick and smooth. “No. What you need is someone to take your mind off your boyfriend. Exboyfriend.” “Are you propositioning me? In a grocery store?” He looked a little flustered, but soldiered on. “I’ve seen it dozens of times. Beautiful, sharp women dropped by undeserving idiot men. And you’re going to go home and drown your sorrows in ice cream and wonder what you did wrong.” “Are you suggesting I shouldn’t eat ice cream?” “Hey, I’ve got no problem with ice cream,” he said, indicating the pint melting in his cart. “I have a problem with you feeling bad.”

 

“You don’t even know me.”

 

“I know you’re gorgeous.”

 

Maureen snorted.

 

“Okay, almost a smile. Have a drink with me?” He took a step forward.

 

Maureen felt somewhere in the back of her mind that she should step back. But he smelled good, like that crisp Irish soap she loved, so she didn’t.

 

Instead, she matched his step forward.

 

“Gorgeous, huh?”

 

“Absolutely. I love this hair.” He fingered a blonde curl that had escaped her ponytail. “Your freckles are adorable.” He ran a finger over her cheeks. “Your lips,” he ran a thumb over her lower lip, and Maureen couldn’t take it anymore.

 

She took that last step, closing the distance between them, and his mouth came down to meet hers. His lips were soft and warm, and she felt his fingers gently tickle her neck as she opened her mouth to let him in.

 

All of her tension, all of her heartache rushed out of her the moment her tongue touched his. At first he was tentative, but she began to wrestle his mouth, fighting to get closer.

 

His hands moved boldly down her back, pulling her hips until she slammed into him. She threw her arms around his neck and tilted her head so he could move deeper, deeper, exploring her with teeth and tongue. She lifted her foot onto the lip of the open freezer, tipping her knee out so she cradled his hips and the impressive bulge in his jeans. She clamped her fingers in his hair to get a hold on him because she thought she was melting away and she wasn’t ready for this to be over. This was nothing like kissing Dave. This man was a complete stranger and his kiss possessed her, bewitched her more thoroughly than Dave ever had. He wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her off her feet so she was pressed against him, molded to solid muscle. He felt so strong and so sure.

 

But a girl had to breathe. Reluctantly, she pulled back and he gently lowered her to the ground. She was glad to see he was as dazed and breathless as she was.

 

“Whoa.”

 

His simple exclamation, said on a swift exhale, hit her right in the gut. She had done that to him. She, disheveled and in sweatpants, had flummoxed a god.

 

She looked up into those deep blue eyes, still dark with passion.

 

And she smiled.

 

“I guess I do have something to smile about.”

 

 

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About Sarah Title

By day, Sarah Title is a (sort of) mild-mannered librarian in West Virginia, and by night, she writes funny, steamy, comfort reads. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.L.S. from Indiana University. Her first book, Kentucky Home, was released by eKensington in April 2013. The follow-up novella, “Kentucky Christmas,” came out, surprisingly, the following December. She also contributed to the anthology, Delicious, with Lori Foster and Lucy Monroe.

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