Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/25/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A Pennymaker Tale
Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.
Ok so this is book two in the Pennymakers tales and I am sensing a pattern. Some of the things I found hard to like in book one were repeated in book 2 but with more intent and I understood the purpose now.
Driven Snow was all kinds of over the top, cheesy, sappy fairy tale goodness. It was very much what i would expect from a Disney type story yet it was set in the real world so that over the top-ness was much more prevalent and a bit absurd. Once I realized that this story was meant to be fantastical and ridiculous in its angst, I put aside my real world expectations and just went with the story and what I found was a wild ride that I really enjoyed.
I loved Snow. I loved his insecurities, his peculiarities, his mental conversations with himself. I loved the cheesy chess, physics, and sex jokes. I loved the sappy feel of the romance. I loved the way the author worked the elements of Snow White into the story in ways that fit but were easily recognizable.
I loved Mrs. Wishus and Mr. Pennymaker. I loved that they were there in a guiding capacity to ensure all the angst was overcome. I even loved the over the top angst created simply to win a chess tournament. I mean come on! It is so outrageous you have to laugh about it.
But most of all I loved the happy ending. Even if I didn’t understand the love I enjoyed the outcome and I am curious as to which fairy tale will be twisted next. I am looking forward to more sappy romance.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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