Title: Love in a Snow Storm
Series: Pine Harbour #2
Author: Zoe York
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Never fall in love with your best friend's little sister...
Contractor and army reservist Jake Foster fell in love with Dani Minelli when she was a colt-legged high school senior. He knew he was too old to even look at her, let alone touch.
Dani’s been trying to get his attention since returning to Pine Harbour a grown woman—and failing miserably at every turn.
This winter, everything is going to change. And when the snow stops falling, Jake and Dani won't be able to hide from their attraction any longer.
NOTHING said unnecessary risk exposure like a man nearing his thirties wading into a teenage house party.
“You need to lighten up, man.”
Jake Foster gave his brother Matt a scathing glare. If one of them needed to do anything, it was Matt, and the thing was grow up. “Let’s just get Sean and drag him home before the Colonel gets wind of him getting blitzed again.”
“Dad needs to lighten up, too.”
“Maybe I should call Dean and get him to shut this party down.” Their older brother was an OPP officer. He wasn’t quite the stick-in-the-mud that Jake had prematurely become, but the two of them were the more responsible pair of brothers by far. Matt and Sean, four and eight years younger respectively, were unapologetic party animals.
They sat in the cab of Jake’s truck, staring at each other for a minute in a futile game of chicken. Jake wasn’t going to call the cops and Matt wasn’t going to push further. Neither of them was happy about having to pick up their drunk-ass brother on a Saturday night.
“Come on, let’s get this over with.” Jake hopped out of the truck and strode up the long country drive of the oversized farmhouse, heading toward the sights and sounds of a party falling apart. Intoxicated, belligerent young people spilled out on the veranda and across the lawn. None of them looked like high school students—mostly college-aged kids. And it sounded like the party had definitely gone awry. Bitter noises filled the air around him about stolen money and not enough beer. He scanned the faces, many of them familiar to him, and a sick feeling filled his gut. Halfway up the drive, he turned around and shoved Matt hard in the chest. “We’re not just picking up Sean, are we? Is Dani in there?”
Matt winced, caught in his half-truth. “She’s the one that called, not Sean. They’re hanging out back where it’s quieter.”
Jake swore under his breath and took off at a run, swerving around two former football players shoving each other. Idiots.
The din faded as they hit the backyard. A smaller group of people sat in a circle, passing a bottle around. One guy had his guitar out. Jake’s heart pounded as he scanned for her face.
“Over here.” Her voice lifted into the air behind him and he spun around. They sat on the porch, Sean leaning heavily against her shoulder. She had a hoodie draped awkwardly over half her body, but underneath she was wearing a tiny tank top. He was sure that when she stood up there’d be a few inches of bare skin between her shirt and her snug-as-fuck blue jeans she always wore, and then he’d be screwed.
At least it was dark. There was a passing chance no one would notice that he was turned on by his best friend’s little sister.
Jake stood on the porch for a minute, replaying the conversations—the night of the funeral, and when she arrived at Ryan’s today. Where could he have turned it around? What could he have said differently? He hesitated there, and before he could depart, Dani stepped outside and joined him.
“I owe you an apology,” he said in a hurry. Might as well get it over with.
“No, you don’t,” she muttered, heading down the stairs toward her car.
He followed her. “Listen…” he trailed off, but damn it, they needed to clear the air. “I wasn’t hitting on you.”
She lifted her brows, giving him a bland, disinterested look. “Pardon?”
“Cut it out, Dani. You know what I’m talking about.” Shut up, said a small voice inside him. This isn’t the way to go. He ignored it.
“I haven’t the foggiest.”
“When I suggested we have coffee. That wasn’t a come-on.” All the ways he’d imagined confessing how much he wanted her, telling her over coffee wasn’t even on the list.
“You asked me if I’d have a different answer if you hadn’t had a girl waiting for you. Don’t forget that part.” She stopped beside his truck as if to say, you stop here. Don’t follow me to my car. She was smart to do that, because he would have. Now that they were talking, they weren’t stopping, even if they were standing on Ryan’s lawn.
He took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “She’s a friend. You could have come inside.”
“So you haven’t slept with her?” She finally met his gaze and the fire in her eyes almost knocked him over.
Damnit. This was not how the conversation was supposed to go. “I didn’t sleep with her that night.”
“That’s mature,” he snarled. As soon as he said it, he hissed, wanting to take it back, but it was too late.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.
She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.
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This is book one in the Pine Harbour series.
I gave this book 4.5 stars.
I took half a star away because of how the book ended.
To me it needed just a little bit more, reasoning is that something happened and just bam the book ends. Yes there is a book two but it doesn't take off where the first book ends, it is a different couple and although the first couple is in the second book it isn't as personal or connecting as it was in the first book. I was left feeling very unsatisfied :( and that bothered me because this was a very well written book .. I loved this book and the authors style of writing. I was hoping I was wrong so I read book two before I left this review. Book two was amazing and deserves 5 stars hands down. BUT don't let that defer you from reading this book. It was amazing and I did read through the other reviews and it seems I might be the only one that had a problem with the way this book ended.
This is Rafe and Olivia's story.
<b> Six years. Two break ups. One divorce. They should be over each other. </b>
This is a second chance romance.
Rafe married Olivia when they were very young and according to Olivia his priorities were all mixed up. That led to their divorce. But that didn't lead to the end of their love. Both of them are misunderstood and have a lot of growing up to do. They continue to feel so much love for each other, but I do believe that they have grown since they have been apart. They realize the depth of their love and realize that there has to be sacrifice in love on both sides. You get to see some of their past but also you get to go on the journey of them rediscovering each other. Their friends go through some things that make them realize that life is short and life doesn't wait for everyone to finally figure out things.
Thank you Zoe for sharing your amazing story with us.. I can't wait to see what happens in book two.
Book Two --
Love in a Snowstorm
This is book two in the Pine Harbour Series and can be read as a standalone.
I gave this book 5 stars.
This is Jake and Dani's story.
I loved this story so much. Jake has been in love with Dani for as long as he can remember, problem is she is younger then him. So much so that if he did make a move it would not look well. So he waits. It kills him, but he does. He doesn't seem to realize that Dani is feeling the same thing about him. Another problem she is the baby sister of his very best friends. So he swallows his attractions and ignores how he is really feeling. If he gives in it could ruin everything in his life. Later in the future after watching her with boyfriend after boyfriend Jake cannot take it anymore. But what happens when he gives in to his feelings. Is it too late? Is Dani tired of waiting for him to figure this out? What will her brothers do? And in a small town how will they all react when they see him with Dani?
This book was so beautifully written and had me captivated right from the start. I loved the first book, and enjoyed this one just as much. Give this series a chance and pick the books up .. I recommend reading book one as well definitely a five star series.
Thank you Zoe for an amazing series.. I hope we get another book soon! I will be a reader for life!