ARC Review: Snow King Catches His Snowflake by A.E. Valdez
At this point, sign me up on the groupie list for A.E. Valdez because I STAN, okay! Snow King Catches His Snowflake only kept me stapled in the seats of the front row. I will admit, the title and cover made me think "this book looks like it is going to be some cheesy ass, Hallmark-brand movie in a book." Beautiful cover, but def. gave me Hallmark winter-fest vibes. But let me tell you now, Hallmark could NEVER! Not with the kind of spice up in this thing. No closed doors and I love it! And in some instances, there was no door to close anyway. Even better. Queue up the Janet, " Any time, Any Place".
Call me bias if you must. I really wouldn't care since the truth is the truth is the truth. A.E. Valdez just knows how to bring two people together and make their love beautiful. Noelle Frost and Snow King are no different. And yes, the fine, hunk of a sex on a stick's name really is Snow King. And with brothers like Winter and North, you can definitely tell their parents love(d) the Christmas season.
Noelle opens this book up and hits you with a Beyoncé "Irreplaceable" moment, taking her key back from her trifling, now ex, boyfriend and upgrading her place from ours to MINE. Once the trash has walked himself out, her bestie and sister do what all great friends and caring sisters do. Try to help her get over that idiot by getting her out the house, advise her to take a trip for Christmas and definitely hop on a new "south pole". Because we all know the saying, "the best way to get over the old one is to slide down a new one." Or something to that effect. Let's just say, even with her very slight hesitation, eventually Noelle does all three. And in succession too.
As to not spoil TOO much of the book, I will say this: The book is a grumpy/sunshine, second chance at love trope. It takes place in a small town and aside from that and the insta-love vibes, that is all I can say was ABC Family-esque. Everything else was for grown folks love and not that puppy love shit.
Even though Noelle was newly single, she didn't let it deter her from moving on to find her happiness in other things, i.e. HERSELF. Snow, on the other hand, was not able to find happiness after his devastating losses. Well, that is, until Noelle and her pepper spray came into his world. Armed with her finger on the trigger, Noelle caused Snow to trip and fall, literally. It wasn't until he recounts all the unexpected activities he'd joined Noelle on that he realizes that she has made it the best Christmas he's experienced in over 5... 10 years.
From the moment the main characters meet, the way the two met, I knew it was gonna be a wild ride. The way Noelle inadvertently slid into Snow's heart was such a heartwarming sight to see. This book made me want to curl up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spirits in it, a blanket, and a big box of condoms. Maybe I could snag some from the industrial pack Eve gave Noelle. LMAO.
I laughed, teared up, and got heated and turned on all over this book. This was the perfect example of a Christmas book. The chemistry, the banter, the non-dates, his nickname for her, and everything in between made this book 10s across the board. Well, in the case of the book-world: 5 stars. And the way that everything transpired once the vacation was over, I just know there will be more out of the crew (siblings and friends) that were heavy hitters in this book. And I CAN'T WAIT! Once again, A.E. has hit all the marks with this one. I just want to thank the author for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book for an honest review.