Published by Self-Published on 01 May 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance
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Also by this author: The Year We Fell Down, The Year We Hid Away, The Understatement of the Year, Blonde Date, The Shameless Hour, Him, The Fifteenth Minute, Us, Bittersweet, Steadfast, Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1)
Place(s) Traveled To: Hamilton, Vermont
First Line(s): Willow needed to keep the old truck on the road and out of the snowy ditch for just one more mile.
Its no secret that I am a big fan of Sarina Bowen and so I thought that it was finally time to check out her first book, COMING IN FROM THE COLD. COMING IN FROM THE COLD has an interesting meet and greet where the main characters, Dane and Willow, are both stranded on back road in Vermont in the middle of a snow storm. They huddle together in one car and one thing leads to another and they sleep together. There is chemistry between Willow and Dane to make the one night stand believeable but afterwards there is just too much insta. Insta-love, insta-conflict, insta-forgiveness.
Dane is likable and charming in the opening chapters but then he quickly goes from sweet to asshole and not in a delightful roguish way. He is kind of terrible to Willow and she’s already gone through so much with her cheating ex and the circumstances that ex left her in. Willow is a sweet girl and probably a little too naive for her own good. Which leads her to make some poor life choices. Like moving to Vermont with her cheating ex, letting said ex walk all over her, and falling for the asshole she randomly meets on the side of the road.
I get that there is a reason behind Dane’s behavior and how he does have some legitimate concerns about the consequences from his one night with Willow but there are better ways he could have gone about things. He went from nice to asshole to nice again in a crazy whiplash inducing way. While I’m glad that his attitude did change over the course of the book it was just too instantaneous for it to seem real. He never really apologized to Willow for his churlish behavior and she just took him back without much resistance.
COMING IN FROM THE COLD wasn’t a bad story but it wasn’t great either. Its a quick read but it just felt a little disjointed in that the first half had a whole different vibe than the last half. The ending of COMING IN FROM THE COLD was also a little too cutesy for me which just made it feel a bit unrealistic. Even though I didn’t love COMING IN FROM THE COLD I do still plan on checking out the other books in this series to see how things go and to finish up reading all of Sarina Bowen’s back list to help tide me over until her next book is released.