Snowbound with the Soldier by Jennifer Faye

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Snowbound with the Soldier by Jennifer Faye
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (250 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Hollyhock

Maybe this Christmas…?

It has been seven long years since Kara Jameson last saw Jason Greene. Returning home as a wounded war hero, Jason looks a shell of the man she once knew. Yet her heart still skips a beat as if it was yesterday.

Stepping back into civilian life, Jason looks to Kara for help. But there’s too much water under the bridge; not to mention too much lingering attraction.

But it seems that the mountain weather has other ideas, and when Kara and Jason end up snowbound together they are forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past.

What better time than the holidays to repair a broken relationship, reconnect with a lost love, or learn all over again what the meaning of Christmas really is. That’s what happens in Snowbound with the Soldier when a likable hero and heroine re-encounter each other after a long time apart and realize that their connection never really severed.

Jason Smith is a hero any reader can cozy up to. He’s a returning soldier with scars, both physical and emotional, who wants to make things right, but isn’t always willing to face up to his painful past. Finding Kara again has him thinking about love—but forever is more than he can handle. Kara Jameson is not the same girl Jason left behind seven years ago. She has a daughter now and can’t afford to make a mistake. Their romance is a satisfying one, and I liked how the author managed a few new twists on familiar themes. What seems like it might turn into the standard secret-baby story becomes something else instead and that makes for a pleasurable experience.

I would have liked it better, though, if the author had fleshed her characters out a little more. Jason and Kara seemed rather one-dimensional and that made the story too sentimental for my taste. A few faults or a harder edge to the hero and heroine would have made them more like real people. I also didn’t like the way the author told us about the characters’ emotions rather than showing us. Various emotions rolled, slithered, pummeled, swirled, and balled up in the characters, but no matter how vivid the telling, it’s not as effective as showing. As a result, the story seemed to only scratch the surface of the characters and their stories at times, rather than bringing them to life.

Overall, though, it was still an entertaining and satisfying read. So if the holidays have you wishing for a sweet romance where a character’s heart might just grow three-sizes in a moment, then Snowbound with the Soldier is just what you’re looking for.

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