This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by KindleCookie. This story finaled in the Best Novella category.
Plot Summary: Opting to spend the holidays in solitude, Emilie Sutherland has found the perfect place: a hunting lodge in Alaska! But when a hunky stranger comes seeking shelter during a blizzard, Emilie wonders if maybe isolation is overrated, after all.
And now, KindleCookie’s review:
I adore novellas. They are quick and satisfying, like a sitcom instead of a full movie. But it’s tricky to hit the emotional highs of a full-length novel.
Jennifer Greene’s, Blame it on the Blizzard, did a great job of plunking two likable but socially awkward people together (and from the title, you could probably guess, in a blizzard) and sparking up the heat in not too many pages.
I gave the story bonus points for having a hero that was able to hold his tongue and not say “I told you so” and a heroine that was feminine and badass enough to travel alone to the Alaskan wilderness. She also wasn’t so full of herself that she couldn’t take some constructive criticism. There were super bonus points for the random Alaskan surprises that popped up.
But overall, I just never lost myself in their story. I just couldn’t muster that “I’M WIT CHU, GIRL” or a really good, “HELL YEAH” as I’m wont to do after a couple glasses of wine and a good book. The story felt like at one point that the characters just turned to each other and said, “here are my issues, now deal with them.”
That being said – Am I happy I read it? Absolutely. Would I recommend it? Definitely! I especially recommend reading it on a cold fall or winter evening with a warm blanket.