~Review by ~Simone~
Snow & Secrets (Stanford Creek #3)
by RJ Scott ,Writing as Rozenn Scott
This book can be read as a standalone.
Fame sometimes feels like a rush…
… unless there is a public scandal that puts you even more in the crosshairs of the paparazzi and leads to a media harassment without peer.
That is the story of pop star Tyler Hart
Although openly gay -, getting caught on video at the receiving end of a blowjob in a public bathroom. The only way possible for Ty, who already deals with some kind of anxiety disorder, to escape the media frenzy is to hide and lick his wounds in a remote cabin in the mountains of Vermont which belongs to the future brother-in-law of one of the former members of Ty’s boy band. The only problem? It is already taken…
Garrett Campbell works in cooperation with a seal team as a translator for a government agency, which is a closely guarded secret and not even his family knows what he does for a living. Wounded in a hostage retrieval gone wrong, he seeks revenge for the death of his partner during said operation and is intent on finding the mole who set them up. After the death of another team member, he is also forced to go into hiding and the only qualified location for him to feel safe is his brother’s cabin in Stanford Creek, where his peace and his heart is disturbed by the appearance of Ty.
And here we go again! I am not a big fan of insta-love. Although the word is a bit too strong for the situation of Ty and Garrett (at least at the beginning), it was too insta-… something for me, nonetheless. In this story both guys lusted after each other before they even met: Garrett over a poster of Ty and his boy band in his locker at college and Ty over stories he heard from his friends about their assumption of Garrett being a spy of some sorts. Furthermore, I could not really buy the fact that Ty – despite his anxiety – felt safe with Garrett within an hour, even though they exchanged just a few words. Both men just felt too young for me and their behavior too immature sometimes. There were scenes where I wanted to shake them and shout ‘Oh, come on… How old are you? Fifteen?’ We don’t get any information about Garrett’s age, but given his profession, I would have thought he being a bit more reasonable and Ty is 26, so not that young, either…
This book is the 3rd installment in the Stanford Creek series from author RJ Scott under the pen name Rozenn Scott and can be read as a standalone. The first two books are M/F romance and I haven’t read them. At first, I had some problems to sort out the names of all the side characters, and we are talking about a damn big family with siblings, cousins, spouses, girl- and boyfriends etc.here, but after a while, I just went with the flow and it was fine by me.
The story itself was okay, although nothing to write home about. As for me, I would have wished for a bit more action before it hit the 85% mark, and even then everything was wrapped up too quickly for me. Up until that moment ,there was a lot of talks , hot tub baths ,and snow scooping…
I have to admit that the solution to the mystery of the mole took me by surprise, but not even that could make me give this story a higher rating than 3 Stars