Snow & Secrets (Stanford Creek #3)
RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
Length: 50,000 words
Stanford Creek Series
Notes & Roses
Love & Hope
Pop star Tyler Hart is desperate for peace after a humiliating public scandal. It seems like Stanford Creek may well be the place to lay low. After all, it worked for his friends and former bandmates, Cody and Danny. He borrows a cabin and settles in for a quiet Christmas...well, not quite.
Garrett Campbell is on the run. Wounded in the line of duty, he escapes to the only place he feels safe, Stanford Creek and his brother's cabin. Only he doesn't realize he'll have a roommate, and a sexy one at that.
Amid snow falls and winter winds, passion burns bright. When danger threatens to follow Garrett, he has to decide whether to run again before his secrets could kill him and the man of his dreams.
Can I tell you how much of a fan I was of both Garrett and Tyler? I loved them both, loved them together, and I'm really hoping they're going to pop up again in another story somewhere because I need more of them.
Poor Tyler...after a bad ending to what he thought was a good relationship-followed by a bit of scandal thanks to a not-so-smart move on his part-he's heading away for a while to hide out and wait for things to settle down. I felt bad for him (even though he should have known better), it's one of those situations where you want to take him to task, yet still swallow him up in a hug. And poor Garrett...his situation is not of his own doing, but it's messed him up physically and emotionally. He's heading away for a while too, needing down time to rethink what he's doing while trying to figure out what the heck happened.
Neither of them is expecting the other, but they wind up at first tolerating each other, then quickly becoming comfortable...and closer. Even though the timeframe of the story is not very long, nothing between them ever feels rushed, and while they each think this is just convenience while they are sharing a place to hide away, the feeling that develop between them say otherwise. Their chemistry is hot and natural, and it really shows once things start to get intimate between them.
The story gets a quick injection of drama-enough to get your heart beating a bit faster-when the situation surrounding Garrett's reason for hiding away comes to a head, but it was resolved rather quickly. The majority of the story up to that point and afterward centered on Tyler and Garrett's burgeoning relationship, and it had me fully invested in their connection. The only thing making me pout right now is that their ending felt more like a "happily for now" rather than a "happily ever after", as things were left too open at the end for my liking. I'm hoping we'll see more of them in another story to get a more solid resolution (I really need my permanent HEA!).
Snow & Secrets was a 4.5-star read for me, just missing that last half-star for the HFN over an HEA. It's a really great read, and I definitely recommend it to any M/M romance fan 18+ (for adult language and M/M sexual content). Oh, and now I really want to install a hot tub...and wouldn't mind if Tyler and Garrett were included in it...
RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
The last time she had a week's break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn't defeat.
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