Snowy Encounters

Happily Ever After Reviews:

(12/3/2010)

Hunter’s Review:

Clarissa Yip does what so few authors do these days—she finds a contemporary, non-paranormal, non-fantasy story and she makes it so strong, so loving, so captivating that I remember what it is that I used to love about contemporary romance.

Here’s the thing about Maddy and Cole—they are both really, really nice people. The kind of people you might actually know in your life. The kind of people who have gotten caught up in what they haven’t said to each other and who have made up truths in their own minds based on misunderstandings. Sometimes you want to shake them but this is what makes it so ‘real.’ They are flawed, wonderful people who you root for.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves real romances, who loves Christmas, and who wants a feel good read that is going to make you believe in love again.

5 Tea cups!

Pen and Muse Book Reviews:

(12/3/2010)

Camryn’s Review:

This is the third Clarissa Yip book I’ve reviewed, and I continue to be more impressed with each one. Of all her work, Snowy Encounters is definitely my favorite. It’s a beautiful Christmas reunion story that will make you long for a warm cuppa, a fireplace, and a hot, hot hero to share it with.

First, I love romance novels that reunite separated lovers, for whatever reason. This one promised good things from the first scene, where Cole Harmon turns down women in droves because of his fortune and success. I thought, there’s gonna be one special woman that’ll make this workaholic sit up and notice love. And there really was.

Maddy was a great heroine with a real set of difficult circumstances keeping her away from the man she loved. She was a lot of fun to read, and I would easily have spent a full-length novel with her.

I loved the small-town setting, and it was a great Christmas-time read. If you’re looking for an engaging and fun Christmas read, I would consider heading over to Decadent or Amazon and picking this up for your e-reader. I sat down to read it and fell in love with the characters right away. And Clarissa Yip definitely had me singing “Happy Christmas” by the end.

Seriously Reviewed:

Story: 8
Presentation: 9
Total: 17
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Contemporary Erotic
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Review: This was a heart warming tale about giving love a second chance and overcoming the past pains.

Really well written and filled with emotion. Smokin’ sex between these two characters. While they do have a pretty heavy past, I enjoyed watching them work through it. Really well done. A wonderful holiday tale that put me in the mood….in more ways than one ;)

 

Two Lips Review:

Title: Snowy Encounters
Author: Clarissa Yip
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Publication date: December 1, 2010
ISBN: 1-936394-487
Pages: 97
Series: A Passionate Christmas
Reviewer: Rose
Maddy Glover dreads coming home; it’s been three years since her divorce and move to New York City to become a successful event planner.  Getting caught by an avalanche is not in her plans; neither is being rescued by the one man she’s determined to avoid—her ex-husband.

Cole Harmon lives to rebuild the town and prove his worth; he hasn’t gotten over Maddy leaving him because he didn’t have enough to offer.  When Maddy shows up in her city-slicker attire and sexy black boots he finds himself hiring her services for the holidays.  Will their buried memories and snowy encounters rekindle their love and thaw the ice between them or will Maddy leave town again?  

Snowy Encounters by Clarissa Yip is a second chance at love story.  Maddy and Cole fell in love, got married, and then proceeded to let family, ambition, and lack of communication tear them apart.  Three years later, circumstances and a little push from Maddy’s mom bring Maddy and Cole back together and force them to take a look at their past, the present, and think about taking a second chance on a future together. 

Maddy was an interesting heroine; she’s successful at her career but completely clueless when it comes to relationships.  She’s also very insecure and her insecurity is a major factor in her failed marriage to Cole.  While this story does focus on the woman that Maddy is now, Ms. Yip also gives us a view of the woman that Maddy was when she left town and filed for divorce.  My problem with Maddy is that it doesn’t really seem as if she’s changed much, other than becoming successful at her career.  Seen through her own eyes, her life in New York City is lonely and mostly driven by work; Maddy hasn’t dated anyone since she broke up with Cole and she doesn’t appear to have made many friends. 

Cole is a flawed hero; while his ambition and success with his business have helped to keep his small town afloat, he sacrificed the most important relationship in his life because of his failure to communicate and listen.  Cole also has a damaged past, which I believe is a major part of why his marriage failed and is something that he’s never addressed.  While Cole loves Maddy deeply, I didn’t really understand his decision to let her go without some kind of fight and why he prioritized the needs of the whole town over those of his wife. 

The scenes between Maddy and Cole are full of sexual tension and romantic angst.  It’s clear to everyone that Maddy and Cole love each other deeply but no one other than Maddy’s mom, Mary, seemed to try to help them work out their relationship issues.  The secondary characters in this story were well developed but were not very likeable.  Cole’ father, Brad Sr., was a mean-spirited man who judged all women by the one who left him; he’s also a recovering drunk who really needs to make amends to several people in town. Cole’s younger brother, Brad Jr., is now the acting sheriff in town but he too has a bad attitude towards women and Maddy, and I was disappointed with Cole’s failure to defend Maddy when they were both mean to her. 

Both Maddy and Cole come close to blowing their second chance and it’s only one final intervention by fate that forces them both to recognize their need to communicate and put each other first.  The story does conclude on a happy note and with a positive outlook for Maddy and Cole’s future together.  I look forward to reading more of Ms. Yip’s work in the future.