Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns by Clare Castle – Release Day Review

79 pages
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Cover artist: Cate Ashwood

The blurb

Cameron Pearce loves to work hard and play hard. Living in New York City, means lots of men and lots of variety. He isn’t looking for love. When he goes to his small hometown Dickensville for Christmas, food, friends, family and seeing his best friend Levi are what’s on the agenda. He also hopes for some friends-with-benefits enjoyment. 

Levi Jones owns and runs his own café in Dickensville. He loves the Christmas season and all that comes with it. Decorating, baking, and snow among other things. Another perk is when Cameron visits home and he gets him all to himself. 

What will happen when true feelings are revealed and everything is put on the line. Will their friendship survive? Can best friends go from hooking up to a real relationship? Do they even want to?

This book contains delicious cinnamon buns, a cute westie and sexy hot men to warm up your holidays.


What to say about Snowflakes & Cinnamon Buns? For starters this is a sweet, fast-paced and very easy to read story about two very hot men who are quite incapable of keeping their hands off each other. It is also a story about growing up, about reality checks, and about being brave enough to follow your heart.

Cameron and Levi have enjoyed a friends-with-benefits relationship for years. For so long in fact, that for Cameron it has become a fact of life. He doesn’t question it, nor does he take a close look at any feelings he might have that don’t quite match the arrangement. He made up his mind that he doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters years ago, and isn’t inclined to revisit that decision.

Levi on the other hand is ready to embrace more than their current set-up. But when he finds the courage to confess his feelings to Cameron, he sends his best friend into a panic and running, possibly meaning the end not only of the benefits but also of the friendship. Cameron needs to figure out what he really wants and feels and this requires a fair amount of soul searching.

I enjoyed this sex-driven story. Cameron and Levi when they get together can’t keep their hands (and other body parts) off each other, have an interesting dynamic going, and most definitely know how to bring each other — and in the process the reader — a lot of pleasure.

Special mention should be made of Rory, Levi’s adorable Westie; the author’s soft spot for this charming breed shines through the story and makes it all the more adorable.

This is a quick read. In fact, at times it was a bit too fast for me. I would have liked a bit more dialogue and interaction between these two men that wasn’t centred on sex. At times the story felt rushed, as if the platonic parts of the story had to be dealt with quickly so that we could get to the next sex scene.

Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by this debut and thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so I spent reading it. I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last book by Clare Castle. In fact, while it’s quite possible I’m imagining things, I like to think that we’ve been set up to expect a sequel to this charming story, featuring a character named Ashton who is in clear and obvious need of his own, personal, sexy bear. Bring. It. On.

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