A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase #Review #HolidayDelight

A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase #Review #HolidayDelightA Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

Genres: M/M Romance
Published by Riptide on October 31, 2015
Pages: 149
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This story sounded so poignant and heartwarming that I easily snatched it up for one of my holiday reads. One man is living on borrowed time and another doesn’t see the precious nature of his own time until they are stranded together in a blizzard.

Trevor is an artist and a man who has learned to appreciate the zest of life now that his own life may be coming to a close. He needs a kidney transplant and has waited for years. Now, he is down to his final opportunity and the doctor has briefed him on his choices of trying to stretch it out with dialysis or going off dialysis to make it quicker. So, when he can’t get a flight out to his family and is given the opportunity to be with a man who is the first ever to light up his life, he takes it. But it is just for the here and now.

Marc is a successful lawyer and lives for his work. In fact, that’s all he has because his family put him aside when he came out and he can keep a relationship with his hours. His assistant finally tells him that enough is enough. Go and live a little. A blizzard that strands him in a hotel gives him just such an opportunity. He meets Trevor and the connection is instantaneous. In fact, he opens up to Trevor like he has never done only to have Trevor pull back and insist that whatever they have can only be for Christmas. Trevor lights up his home and brings Christmas to his house for the first time. He makes Marc want to try at life. Marc will never be the same. How can he let this man walk out of his life?

This was a story that grabs the emotions from the beginning knowing that Trevor may not live and Marc has never started living. I was cheering for these guys with all my being before they even met up. The story is a shorter length, but the author introduces engaging characters, a strong holiday setting, and a plot that is very much emotion and character driven.

The romance is a love at first sight, but I tend to be more forgiving of that in my holiday stories. There is a lot of sugar, but it is tempered by the hot spicy times between these two. They both really come to life together and it was beautiful to read.

All in all, I enjoyed this one for a quick afternoon read. I can easily recommend it to those looking for feel-good m/m contemporary holiday romances.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This story had a Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol feel to it. One hero is a Scrooge and the other is the sickly Tiny Tim. Okay and that’s where the analogy breaks down. J

But it did get me to thinking about favorite Christmas stories as a child. So here is a list of my favorite Christmas stories. Did any of yours make the list?

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  2. The Nutcracker (and I refer to my tattered childhood book based on Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet)
  3. Cranberry Christmas by Wendy and Peter Devlin
  4. The Nativity (story from the big family Bible)
  5. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz (book based on the movie)
  6. The Elves and the Shoemaker from Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This story even boasted a Charlie Brown Christmas tree which the guys found when they went into the woods and dug up their own tree to re-plant after using it for Christmas. So I’ll leave you with a bit of Charlie Brown to enjoy.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Yay for the holiday season

  • I am the same when it comes to holiday romances..I allow for the magic of the holidays!

    • LOL! My holiday double standard. Glad I’m not alone.

  • This sounds like a great combination with how one of them is all about living in the moment and the other never really got to live. With novella’s I am usually a bit more forgiving about the insta-love as long as the author can make me feel their connection.

    I haven’t read a lot of christmas books, as a kid we had some dutch christmas books. I do remember one about a family that celebrated first Sinterklaas and then Christmas, so it coudl be read during the whole month of november and december. I remember it had some pictures in it. And my mom used to read it to us every year aroudn Sinterklaas and Christmas. I have no idea what the name of the book is. Then when I grew up I didn’t read any christmas stories and I am only now giving a few christmas romances a try. I haven’t heard of most of these christmas stories that you listed.

    • Yes, that is me, too. I am a bit more forgiving with novellas when the romance is quickly developed plus there is the holiday thing where I’m feeling particularly romantic. 🙂

      I enjoyed your memory of sharing this book with your mom. And because of you sharing about Sinterklaas treats, I have a little idea to what you are referring. I haven’t seen most of the books I have on my list so they are probably not readily available. 😉 Hope you enjoy the few holiday romances you are trying.