Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/23/2016
Length: 06 hours 45 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
I was very disappointed by this story. I had loved the first Pennymaker Tale, Sinders and Ash (and I recommend you read it), but Driven Snow pushed the boundaries of even fairy tales and lacked the chemistry between our main characters.
While both Snow and Riley were interesting characters on their own, I didn’t buy the too rushed feelings between them, especially after Riley was a humongous jerk to Snow. The sex between them didn’t wow me at all.
There is a huge cast of colourful characters, and I did like the way the “seven dwarfs” were integrated. There is definitely the feel of Snow White in this book but the villainess was so over the top it was ridiculous. Some parts seemed like the author tried too hard to link the two stories.
If you can suspend your reality and take it all for surface enjoyment, you may like this book. It wasn’t all bad and I did find myself laughing a time or two. However, overall, I wished it was better. I will still read the next book in the series and hope this was an anomaly.
I enjoyed this narrator’s voice; he had good characterizations with only a couple of the voices sounding a little off. His emotion was good and I think it helped me enjoy the story more than if I had read it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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