Snowed In | By Catherine Walsh
Book Review | NetGalley e-ARC | Contemporary Romance
Megan is dreading going home for the holidays. She’s the village pariah, the she-devil who left local golden boy Isaac at the altar four years ago and ran away to the big city. She could really do without the drama. Particularly as he’s engaged again, and she’s just been dumped for the fourth time this year.
Christian’s fed up of being on his own every Christmas. He doesn’t mind being alone , but he hates his family’s sad eyes and soft tones as they sit around coupled up. Because he’s actually, totally, fine.
So when Megan literally bumps into Christian in a Dublin pub, they come up with a pact to see them through the holiday season. They’re going to be the very best fake dates for each other, ever .
Rules are drawn up, a contract is signed on a wine-stained napkin. They will sit through each other’s family gatherings and be outrageously in love until freed from their annual obligations. After all, it’s only for a few weeks.
But with everyone home for the holidays, two big families to deal with alongside old friends, old flames and old feelings, things are bound to get messy. And when a snowed-in cabin and a little Christmas magic are added to the mix, anything could happen…
A swoonworthy and utterly gorgeous romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud and fall completely in love. Fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella and Abby Jimenez won’t be able to put this down!
Narrative and Plot
When I picked this companion novel to Holiday Romance, I expected a cozy romance with a whole lot of Irish Christmas vibes (lots of food and family). That is exactly what it turned out to be.
The story is told from both Megan and Christian’s perspectives. The plot is pretty much a straightforward fake dating trope. It was evenly paced and entertaining throughout.
Characters and Conflicts
There are a lot of returning characters in this book. While I enjoyed reading about the Fitzpatrick clan and the romance between Andrew and Molly, it was Christian who stood out in this one, too. I knew he was a fun character from the last book itself and it’s just nice to see that I am proven right. Especially when I read that he liked to carry a pen around like a civilized person. I carry one too, if you haven’t guessed that already. The chemistry between Megan and Christian was electric from the start.
I loved how this whole relationship didn’t boil down to that one single conflict. Sometimes it is just our own demons that hold us back. It was entertaining to see both Megan and Christian grow into better versions of themself around each other. Also, the sibling dynamics in the book are on point. Always love those tropes.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Snowed In. It was warm, fuzzy, and cozy, like freshly baked cinnamon-dusted bread. Is that a thing? I hope so because that is how I felt about this one. Great way to start your holiday reading.
I received an e-ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review .