Let It Snow

By: Nancy Warren

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Marisa Langley is the perky weather girl for a Chicago news station, and she couldn't be more different from her dour camera man, Rob Sheridan, if she tried. Rob is about the biggest pessimist Marisa knows and rude to her to boot, seeming to have had an irrational dislike of her for the entire three months they have been working together. Marisa may have secretly dubbed Rob, her "camerameanie," but when a black-out strands them on the roof of the high-rise that houses their TV station in the middle of a snowstorm, she's happy to have him around for his survival skills, learned from being a serious outdoors enthusiast. While spending hours alone together in the cold, the couple begin to generate their own heat, and when they are finally rescued, Rob is all to happy to show Marisa just how hot things can really get between them.


I've never really been much of a fan of the love/hate relationship in romances, but if the story is long enough to develop the characters and their connection to one another, I can usually buy into their burgeoning love. Let It Snow relies heavily on the love/hate scenario, with weather girl Marisa thinking that her camera man, Rob, hates her because he barely ever looks at her or even speaks to her. Of course, Rob is just hiding a case of the hots for a woman he doesn't want to like, because she's his exact opposite. Unfortunately, I found Let It Snow to be too short to develop the characters and plot sufficiently to make their rapid turn-around believable.

Another large part of the story had to do with Rob and Marisa getting stranded for hours on the roof of their high-rise office building in a snowstorm, which I thought lacked credibility as well. They were supposedly doing a live video feed for the evening news, so one would think that someone who had been working on that broadcast would have noticed them being missing much sooner. Also, in this technological day and age, it seems likely that one of them would have been carrying a cell phone. While I guess neither scenario is impossible, they were improbable enough to give me pause. In addition, the love scenes lacked the heat of some of the other novellas in the Merry Christmas, Baby anthology in which this story is found. In my opinion, there just wasn't enough build-up of sexual tension to create the necessary steam. The Christmas theme was really just a token as well, with the events merely occurring on Christmas Eve. Overall, Let It Snow wasn't a terrible story, but it wasn't a great one either. This was my first read by Nancy Warren, but since it seems this may not be the best example of her work, I'll reserve my full opinion on her writing style until I've had the chance to check out more of her books.


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