Snowed in with the Firefighter by Victoria James

Dr. Melody Mayberry’s life just took a turn that’s left her questioning everything. Where better to hide out than the remote family cabin in the mountains? The last thing she expects to find there is her swoon-worthy brother-in-law, the one man who may have more baggage than her.

Finn Matthews is not ready to face the fact that the recent injury he sustained in a fire may have ended his firefighting career. He’s not interested in sharing the cabin with anyone, let alone Melody, and their family just texted with yet another unwelcome surprise—they’ll be there Christmas Eve.

To keep their meddling family at bay, the two team up to fake a little holiday cheer. But between ridiculously competitive Monopoly games, marathon Christmas decorating, and a storm that strands them together with nothing but a roaring fire and a warm couch, they realize something major—their fake holiday cheer isn’t feeling so fake anymore, and that’s something neither of these two Grinches expected…

Titles in the Shadow Creek, Montana series include —  Christmas with the Sheriff – The Baby Bombshell – The Doctor’s Redemption – Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep – The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancee – A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor – Snowed in with the Firefighter –

Title:  Snowed in with the Firefighter
Series:  Shadow Creek, Montana #7
Author:  Victoria James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 16, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled
My Rating:  4 stars

Snowed in with the Firefighter is the seventh title in the Shadow Creek, Montana series, and the series is still as fresh, entertaining, and addicting as it was when I first walked into this world.  It’s always a delight to return to Shadow Creek to see what new adventures are in store and to catch up a bit with old book friends along the way.

Finn and Melody have been set up by their loving, matchmaking prone siblings which only adds to the stress they each are feeling in their lives right now.  Finn is still recovering from an injury that may well be the ending of the career he loves, being a firefighter.  It’s been nearly a year now, his leg is healing but Finn is realizing that it may not be healing enough to allow him to continue with the job, the work that he loves.

Melody is second-guessing everything about her career when she delivers a stillborn baby.  It’s the first time that anything this bad has gone wrong with one of her moms to be and it’s hitting her so hard – her own nasty piece of work mother doesn’t help with her own hurtful and harmful comments.  Right now Melody only wants to escape, rethink her life choices, and not constantly think of the little one lost through no fault of anyone.  The last thing she expected to find in this remote cabin was Finn.

Neither is looking for love but also not willing to give their siblings the satisfaction of an argument so… quiet moments, decorating the cabin for Christmas, space to heal and begin to open themselves up for something more will slowly develop as Melody and Finn also discover that they might not have been searching for love, but aren’t willing to turn their backs on the possibility either.

Snowed in with the Firefighter is what I’d consider a slow burn romance.  Reluctant at first to even be in the same space together, this couple will find a way to get through the days and discover along the way that they can be happy again, that laughter isn’t gone forever, that life does indeed go on.  This is a quick Christmas-y story that packs an emotional punch with believable characters dealing with real-life situations.  I enjoyed myself back in this world once again, and if you love a good, solid romance with likable people, believable situations, and relatives who are unique… then you’d want to pick up Snowed in with the Firefighter soon.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Entangled via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available in paperback or for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.

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