Title: Snowcroft Safehouse (Snowcroft, Book 2)
Author: Christi Snow
Published: April 24, 2015
Publisher: Christi Snow
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
Declan ‘Dex’ Jasper was the lead singer if the immensely popular Black Rainbows until a year ago when tragedy struck. An explosion during one of their concerts left the entire band dead with a member of an organized crime family to blame. But what the world doesn’t know is that Dex survived and has been hidden away in witness protection. That hasn’t been the best of journeys for him, either, leaving him now transferred to the protection of an FBI agent who has secured him a cover story as a middle school band teacher in a small New Mexico town. Dex isn’t thrilled about the prospect, but he’ll do what it takes to be able to testify at the upcoming trial to get justice for the friends he lost. Keeping a low profile might be much harder than he expected once he realizes how invested the town is in the band program and when he meets Jack, the proprietor of the town’s bar and grill. Jack is everything Dex never knew he wanted in a man. But will getting involved with Jack risk Dex being found out? Could hit put Jack and his daughter Kelsey in danger?
I loved the first book in this series. It was one of my favorite books of last year, so I was certainly very excited to go back to Snowcroft once again. I will say this book did not disappoint in that regard. It’s got a different feel to it than the first book, but I think that’s largely due to the focus of the story (there’s no real mystery to solve here). I was glad to see Law back–and I would have like to see more of him, but I understand there’s a third book coming for him–as well as the Snowcroft locals that popped up in the first book. Getting to know Jack better, was also a welcome bonus, too.
This doesn’t need to be read after the first book; the stories aren’t strictly connected. It can be helpful to have some of the backstory of the town and others, but it’s not necessary.
I am definitely looking forward to book three…
Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year. I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads. While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.
Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.
#8 – Townie & the Twink by Daisy Harris
The third installment in the Men of Holsum College series is one of the real highlights. And even though it is part of the series, all of the books work just as well as stand-alone reads. It’s one that I give my highest recommendation. See my full review of Townie and the Twink.
#7 – Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow
I love me a well-written mystery and this is definitely one of those. It’s a gripping story that will keep you guessing right up until the end. And it’s the first book in a series, so I’m hoping for more of the same going forward. See my full review of Snowcroft Lost.
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Title: Snowcroft Lost (Snowcroft Men, Book 1)
Author: Christi Snow
Published: March 19, 2014
Publisher: Christi Snow
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Is it too inarticulate to review this book by simply saying “Dang”? Because that was definitely the word that was on my mind when I finished the last page. I’ve read over a hundred books already this year and this one is definitely high up on the list of the best ones I’ve read. Not meaning to make an over pun on the title, but the world that Christi Snow has created here makes it very easy to get lost in Snowcroft. The characters are dynamic and very well-written – and I found myself both cheering and aching for Jamie and Trevor so many times throughout the book. Even though I had my suspicions about who was behind the crimes that Trevor was investigating before his amnesia set in, I can honestly say I had not pinned down all of the ways things unfolded. For me, that’s a hallmark of a great mystery and so rarely do I read something where I don’t have it all figure out before the ‘big reveal’.
Highly, highly recommend this one. And I’m certainly looking forward to further installments in this series – both because I want to read more from this author and also because I can’t wait to go back to Snowcroft and spend time with the men who live there…
(eGalley provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)