REVIEW by ALEXANDER
AUTHOR: L.C. Chase
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 4 hours 15 minutes
NARRATOR: Nick J Russo
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2016
Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason; he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either – which means romantic commitments are off the table.
Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.
When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion lead to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.
There is so much talk about the importance of the first line in a story, and Chase had me hooked from the get-go with the introduction of Trevor’ and his illness and bleak future. I honestly wasn’t sure if there would be a HEA or bittersweet ending, but didn’t care as I was sucked further into the story (it was a HEA, btw).
You would think that with a premise such as that found in A Fortunate Blizzard, that it would be a total sob-fest, but there was no melodrama or angst, just what felt like real feeling and emotion. Couple those elements with a believable plot, and good character development, and you have a great Christmas novella, one that I will return to in the future.
Both focussed, serious lawyer, Marc and Trevor, the artist, appeared as different as night and day, but as we get to know them, their similarities began to come through and what started as simple physical attraction soon morphed into what felt like a genuine connection between the men.
On the audio side, Russo was a very good choice to narrate A Fortunate Blizzard, and I honestly could not think of a better choice of narrator. Age appropriate character voices, consistency, pace, and emotion highlighted his performance. Unfortunately, there were some obvious mispronounced words, which are the only reason I didn’t give a five star rating.