RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge Review: Blame it on the Blizzard, by Jennifer Greene


Title: Blame it on the Blizzard
Author: Jennifer Greene
Publication Info: Harlequin 2010
ISBN: 978-0373837397
Genre: Contemporary Romance

RITA®, and the RITA statuette are service marks of Romance Writers of America, Inc.This RITA® Reader Challenge was written by KindleCookie. This story finaled in the Best Novella category.

Book CoverPlot 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.

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  1. 1
    DreadPirateRachel says:

    Now, that’s some fantastic cover art. Where’s Cleo? I want to know what it is about this cover that makes me want to read the anthology. Marketing win!

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    library addict says:

    I normally adore Jennifer Greene books and think she’s one of the best novella writers out there. But I agree there was just something slightly missing in this particular story.  I liked it, but didn’t love it.

    FWIW, I thought the Merline Lovelace story was the best of the anthology.

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    Karen H says:

    DreadPirateRachel, this book’s cover placed third for Contemporary books in the just posted 2010 Cover Cafe contest.  If you’d like to see the rest of the finalists and how they placed, the website is http://www.covercafe.com

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