Reviewed by Christie
TITLE: Driven Snow
SERIES: The Pennymaker Tales #2
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
NARRATOR: Kale Williams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6h 45m
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2016
Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.
Not sure about you, but I love modern day fairy tales. So, when I saw this in our list of books to review, I snatched it up immediately (then did a little happy dance because it was actually in my audible wish list too). And, I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to listen to and review this book.
Snow is shy and awkward, delicate and beautiful to the point of appearing almost feminine, and unbelievably smart. He is so good at chess, Snowden Reynaldi can best you in chess in only 3 moves. His life basically revolves around physics and chess. Under the tutelage of Professor Kingsley, Snow is training for the very prestigious Anderson Chess Tournament where he will defend his title of Grand Master.
Riley Prince is the tall, gorgeous, and closeted star of the NorCal Football team. He is also about to fail physics. So, when Riley’s coach asks for a tutor, Snow is quick to volunteer. Much to the chagrin of Professor Kingsley who wants Snowden to concentrate more on practicing for the tournament. But, Professor Kingsley has also been swept up in a whirlwind romance of sorts, with a woman who has ulterior motives and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Even murder.
As Riley comes out to Snow, and their relationship blossoms, he has to make a decision on whether to come out to his team or not. Professor Kingsley falls deathly ill all of a sudden, and someone is trying to kill Snow.
Tara Lain put a really great modern day twist on an old fairy tale we all know so very well. With a little bit of mystery and intrigue, lots of love, and a healthy dose of action (both in the bedroom and out, har dee har), Driven Snow was a cute, well written tale. Kale Williams did an admirable job narrating the book, and I look forward to hearing him narrate book 3 in the Pennymaker Tales, very soon.