Warning: this novella kept me up late and made me cry and I want to hug it and squeeze it and love it. It’s also got that “trapped in a blizzard with only one hotel room” trope that works for so many people, including me.
Trevor is a successful artist, living in a small Colorado mountain town. He’s also dying. He’s been on dialysis for years, and the story opens with his doctor informing him that it won’t help much longer. Trevor has a rare blood type and no kidney donor. He’s preparing to fly home for Christmas to tell his wonderful family that he might not be around for the next one.
Marc is a workaholic attorney. When his brother outed him in his teens, his mother basically cut off her affection. She waited until he was eighteen to kick him out. Since then, he’s constantly chased the next level of success, subconsciously trying to earn back his mother’s love, even though he hasn’t spoken to her in over ten years. He’s driving home from the office when the freeway gets shut down due to a blizzard. He treks to a nearby hotel and gets one of the last rooms.
Trevor and Marc meet in the hotel lounge, and Trevor doesn’t have a room. They chat for hours and eventually Marc invites Trevor to spend the night. Trevor seizes what he feels is his last opportunity to be desired, to feel alive and unburdened. Marc just falls for Trevor after one powerful kiss, and has “an oddly strong desire to give this man everything he had, to make this the best, most memorable experience of Trevor’s life.”
They have great sex, and they snuggle and talk and bond. Marc realizes how lonely he is, while Trevor sees it as a nice farewell to life. Trevor doesn’t tell Marc that he’s dying, you see. When Marc suggests that they spend a few more days together, Trevor agrees only after saying that it’s temporary and can’t mean anything.
I loved the gentle emotion in this book. Each man wants to give everything to the other in the short time that they have. Trevor especially wants to give Marc a happy Christmas memory, and to give him something to care about when he’s gone. Marc, not understanding the true time limit, just wants to convince Trevor to give him a longer chance.
Even though their time together was short, I fully believed the affection they had for each other. The story doesn’t end there. This is a romance and it does have a happy ending, but I won’t spoil it. This was just a sweet (and sexy) emotional story, really done well. I loved it.
*ARC provided by publisher
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A Fortunate Blizzard
by LC Chase
Release Date: November 2, 2015