The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.
Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.
Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.
Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.
Frankie gets caught in a snowstorm in Logan (very small town), Minnesota. He’s a very femme stylist and he feels a little too “big” for small-town Logan and worries about being bullied/hurt in such a small town environment.
Marcus is a lawyer who recently moved back to his small town to help his ailing mother. He’s not sure where he belongs and he feels pulled in multiple directions.
It’s a sort of “Goldilocks and the Three (gay) Bears” story… Frankie being the Goldilocks and each of the bears getting their own stories in turn.
Though the two fight their attraction to one another it soon becomes clear that while Paul and Arthur are doing their “thing” Marcus and Frankie really want to do “their own thing”.
Eventually Frankie has to decide (as does Marcus) where his priorities, trust and hope lie. Will he tough it out in the sticks or give up on Marcus for the “safety” of the city.
I have to admit I didn’t like this story nearly as much the first time I read it. Maybe I was in a bad mood (likely – I don’t like Christmas at all), maybe I didn’t appreciate the characters for who they would become (I know a lot more about the secondary characters and why they get so much page time now), I didn’t feel as connected to the MCs as I wanted (which now that I’ve seen them in three stories I really feel a strong connection.). Whatever the case – I really liked it on the second pass.
It’s not my favorite of the series (book two holds that honor) but it’s still a wonderfully sweet story about stereotypes and being true to yourself and true courage and standing up for what you most want in life.
I thought it was lovely how Heidi tied it up at the end by showing Frankie that fear can be found anywhere – something I missed on the first read. I really appreciate how Heidi can talk about a lot of “heavy” topics without feeling heavy handed about it.
The steam in this series is both low and high. There are numerically fewer steamy scenes in these than I expect from her, but the intensity of those scenes is very high.
To sum up, I really loved this series – So Much!- and I loved all the MCs, and this book on its own is wonderfully sweet, but as part of the series it really helps to set up the background for the other MCs which really helps you to understand them all the more. It’s definitely worth a read on its own merits but I also recommend it as a lead in to the other two books.
4 of 5 stars
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