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Ice Cream In The Snow Paperback – October 2, 2010
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About the Author
With more than a dozen ebooks currently to her credit and her first print book received with raving reviews, Diana Castilleja has kept busy since she started writing professionally in late 2004. Diana currently resides in central Texas with her husband and son. When not focusing her energy on her family and her writing, she loves to travel and haunt bookstores. She's lived in several states across the south and midwest, as well as traveling to Mexico. With moving every year or changing schools since the fourth grade to her sophomore year, she learned reading was a fast escape. The freedom to read about anything and everything has fueled her adult imagination. She also enjoys romance, horses, and yes, still loves to read. She is most likely sitting at her keyboard working hard on her next book. At least, she better be.
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Arthur owes Brick Donnelly money - a lot of money. Brick is not at all happy having to fly from Boston to Somerset, New Mexico to confront the deadbeat debtor. When Brick encounters the fiery redhead, Jessie, instead of Arthur, it is the last straw. The flight has left him cranky and out-of-sorts yet somehow he instinctively realizes that Jessie is a woman worth fighting for.
Both Jessie and Brick are stubborn individuals but they decide to work together to find out what happened to the missing money. Jessie feels that the sooner Brick gets what he came for the better. Brick sees how determined Jessie is to make her new business prosper, thinks her plans are sound, and decides to help rather than hinder her efforts. Meanwhile, more secrets are revealed, innocent lives are endangered, and a surprising scumbag lurks in the background.
I love the interactions between Jessie and her son. Theirs is a very strong bond that is wonderfully portrayed by this author. I also think the relationship that develops between Brick and Jacob during the course of the story is touching. The suspense builds incrementally throughout to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. This book may be enjoyed by teens and young adults as well as the more mature reader. I recommend this sweet, feel-good, romantic suspense that you will want to also share with family and friends.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
This IS a charming story - in more ways than one. It brings a certain homey charm to the fore. The characters of Jessie and son Jacob could be `everymans' in `anywhere' USA. They seem familiar, and the affection between them is real and believable. The comforting sections of this story contrast sharply with all that is going on in Arthur's life. The changes in pace reflect the characters featured - my biggest complaint is that too much of the characters feelings and thoughts are simply told, even though in other sections, they are beautifully expressed.
There's more than a measure of originality, too. Brick, the hovering tough guy-slash- businessman is by turns intimidating, kind and even seductive. We readers have as much trouble as Jesse does deciding if he's a good guy or not. There are undeniable sparks of passion between them... but there is a whole lot of money to be accounted for, too.
Castilleja's Ice Cream in the Snow does make me hope for more works from her. It's short, full of hope, and has that element of the unpredictable: do read.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews