I am a huge fan of Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series so when I found out she had something new coming out and was offered the arc, I grabbed it up with both hands. Ms. Florand warned me that it was very different from her series and that I would need a box of tissues. After just finishing it, I will say she wasn’t kidding!
Snow Kissed opens up with Kurt and Kai stuck in a house together. Kai is a food stylist and works with Kurt’s mother. Kurt’s mother is supposed to be at the cabin but it appears she has been kept away by the snow. That leaves Kurt and Kai alone together, something that hasn’t happened in almost two years.
They are married yet not together with Kai having left two years before. When Kai first laments Kurt being around her she talks about how she can’t believe he wants to be there after what she did to him. When I first read that my heart sank. I thought we were going into the realm of cheating and I always have a very difficult time with those stories.
There was no cheating but there is a story of grief and loss that will strike a chord with any woman. Kai has suffered three miscarriages and experienced so much grief that she couldn’t do love anymore. She couldn’t be around Kurt and she had to get out. So she left him. She left behind what used to be her happiness and went to find a way to survive without the storm of emotions.
Now they are both back in the same house and those emotions that had been pushed aside come roaring back to the forefront. Kurt is determined to have Kai back yet he doesn’t know how to go about it. How can show her they need to be together without triggering any lingering grief she might have that will cause her to run again?
Snow Kissed is a very emotionally charged book. It deals with a subject that strikes at the fear of every woman and even some men. And that is the small issue I had with the book. For most of the book we are treated to Kai saying “I’m sorry” over and over. I truly believe she was sorry. Sorry for so many things. Kai left Kurt and was given time to work through those emotions and heartbreak but what did Kurt have? I felt like Kai minimized what hurt Kurt experienced when it came to the loss of their children. She was so pulled under by what she felt that she didn’t care about him or his feelings. Kurt had times where he had flashes of rage and desperation at being left and at the loss he had to deal with yet I never saw those flashes addressed by Kai. She was sorry for leaving him but she wasn’t sorry for what he felt too.
Overall, this is a good, poignant novella that deals with loss and how a couple can find their way through it. What really made me enjoy it was though there is grief, Kurt and Kai share some happiness, laughter and serious sexy times. I might have fanned myself during one scene. It is very different from the other series I read by Ms. Florand and it made me appreciate her ability to write the heck out of just about anything. Final grade- B-
He had deserved her heart. He had deserved better.
From the very first, he had always been so careful to give her the very best of himself.
She was the one. She was the one who hadn’t been able to give him something good enough back. It had been her job to be happy, it was what she brought to their couple, it was who she was in life, the happy person, and then, and then….