Published by Carina Press on 04 November 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: All He Ever Needed, Heat Exchange
Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, New Hampshire // Boston, Massachusetts
First Line(s): If someone were to ask him while he was drunk enough to forget his PR bullet points what the secret to his success was, Adrian Blackstone would say he was a chameleon.
Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey is a short little Christmas novella that will really warm the heart. Its a friends to lovers story with the added complication that Adrian Blackstone is also Rachel Carter’s boss. Snowbound with the CEO is also a standalone book and so its a departure from Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series which is how I know her best. And, if I am honest, I kept hoping that somewhere, somehow a member of that loud and boisterous family would make some sort of appearance in this novella.
Snowbound with the CEO is a classic friends to lovers type story, Adrian and Rachel are co-workers but they have also forged a friendship. Both harbor an attraction for the other but don’t want to act on it for fear of destroying their working relationship as well as their friendship. When they get snowed in they decide to through caution to the wind and spend some time making reality out of all those what ifs they’ve thought about.
This was a quick read and one that I enjoyed. I loved the chemistry of Rachel and Adrian and really believed their story. The thing I didn’t like about Snowbound with the CEO is that it falls into the age old cliche of not communicating and letting thoughts fester with out proof of any misconduct. Oy with the poodles already!! I am never a fan when the climax of a plot hinges on the simple fact that if the characters just talked then there would be no issue. And while I get that people do this in real life all the time I get bothered when its the only thing in a book keeping people apart.
And then there is the other issue I have with novellas…the fact that they are just too darn short. Sometimes you get a complete and satisfactory story in a novella but all too often you get a story that feels rushed or incomplete. In Snowbound with the CEO, it suffers from being too short and the ending felt rushed. There just seemed like that a chunk was just ripped out of the story and things were missing. I did like the story and enjoyed the overall story but I just wished it had been a little bit longer so that there could be just a little bit more. Despite my little quibbles though I don’t think that readers will be disappointed with this one. Even if there were no Kowalski’s.