Saturday, December 20, 2014

eARC Review: Dreaming of Snow (West End #2.5) by Teodora Kostova

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing.
Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me. When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.

It’s been a year since Adam and Penn moved in together, and they’ve settled down into their comfortable new life together. Only...not everything is as perfect as it seems. Penn is a bit bored after quitting his job at Queen Victoria, and Adam can’t seem to find inspiration for his latest film script.Jared and Fenix are about to spend their second Christmas in their new home in the picturesque city of Malmö, Sweden. With a beautiful new house and a successful dance studio to run, Jared and Fenix are happy and content.Only...not everything is as perfect as it seems.When Jared invites Adam and Penn to spend the holidays with them in Malmö, Adam reluctantly agrees. But the two weeks filled with Christmas shopping, delicious food, fragrant wine, playing in the snow and, most importantly, spending quality time with their closest friends, proves to be exactly what everyone needs.
*Dreaming of Snow is about the characters of Dance and Mask, so reading this novella if you haven't read those books is not recommended*
**18+ only due to explicit sexual content**

Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Oh, this was a really nice follow up on Dance and Mask. For those who missed on these two books, it's about time to pick them up. 

So, it's been a year since Adam and Penn moved on to domesticity. It's been two years since Jared and Fenix moved to Sweden and domesticity. All should be right and well this coming Christmas holidays and yet, hmmmm, not all good. There are good things and there are bad things and all four men have to deal on their own as couples or together as friends.

Penn and Adam need a break and not going to a regular job was not the kind of life they thought it would be. In short: they were bored and uninspired. As for Jared and Fenix, their dance studio was doing well but Fenix is sad. Okay, I admit it, he was miserable. But not because of the reasons you think. What to do? The answer's obvious: invite Penn and Adam for a Christmas vacation and find the answers they all needed to find. Maybe, if all four were together, they would not be so blind to the answers in front of them.

Teodora Kostova has given us a Christmas story that continues the stories of these four men as nothing I ever expected. I thought sappy, or maybe quirky? What I got was a darned fantastic read that is the perfect complement to the two main books and gives us some bit of closure on how the men's lives were changed for the better when they decided to hook up and be happy with their lovers.

Note: Copy provided by author for an honest review.

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