Marshmallows and the Snow by Liza Kay
Publisher: eXstasy Books
Length: Short Story (63 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
When one young, lost Brit and a reclusive Norwegian spend five days in a remote cabin, surrounded by lots of snow, passion ignites.
Ruben, a young man from London, enjoys his first vacation with his first boyfriend in Norway. But soon, the ski-adventure turns into a nightmare. First, Ruben finds Toby fucking one of the hotel’s employees in their bed. Then, in his haste to flee the horrible situation, he becomes lost in the cold woods. And when he finally finds shelter in a remote cabin, the owner welcomes him with a raised shotgun.
Aleksander is stunned when the tiny guy he thought was a burglar faints right in front of him. To make it up to him, he peels the cute slip of a man out of his soggy, icy clothes and tucks him into bed. The meteorologist and self-declared hermit plans to get rid of his guest as soon as he wakes up. Ruben is less than thrilled though.
The blond, Nordic God might have a habit of swinging shotguns, hatchets, or axes, but he’s kind, caring and hot as hell, too. Ruben is instantly smitten and falls hard for the older man. He tries everything to seduce him and even considers to uproot his whole life in London for Aleks’ love. But Aleks has been burned in the past. Can he accept the love and future Ruben offers him, or will Ruben return to London for good?
Mix a guy who looks like Thor with a sweet young man and you’ve got a recipe for sparks.
This is the first Liza Kay book I’ve ever read and I’m glad I picked it up. The story is interesting and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. The characters are unique and the setting was beautiful. I felt like I was in Norway with Ruben and Aleks.
I did enjoy the story, but there were a few quirks that kept me from fully enjoying this tale. One thing that kept tripping me up was the telling and not showing. I felt like I was right there in the setting, but I had a hard time sorting out the choreography when Ruben and Aleks were together. Another thing that might not bother everyone, but stuck out for me was the independently moving body parts. Plus, there were comments in the story that…made me uncomfortable. Once I got into the mindset that Ruben was a twink, that helped. Now, that said, I did like the book. With a little tweaking, this could be a really great story.
Bottom line, I liked reading about Aleks and Ruben. They’re great characters. I hope the author revisits them. I’ll read it.