Title: Beauty in Winter
Author: Alexa Riley
First published April 21, 2017
60 pages, Kindle Edition
Lila Collins has always lived a sheltered life, but when her father’s company goes bankrupt, she’s forced to take a job as a live-in nanny for a powerful businessman. Marcus Black is known for his cold demeanor and ruthless business tactics.
But when he lays eyes on Lila, he’s unable to resist her innocent charm. Warning: This modern take on the classic fairy tale is steamy, over-the-top, and filled with possessive alpha males.
Get ready to swoon as Marcus unleashes his inner beast to claim his mate.
About the Author
Meet Alexa Riley, a dynamic duo of sassy friends who share a love for football, donuts, and swoon-worthy book heroes. As married moms of two, they have a knack for crafting short, sweet, and cheesy love stories that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Their specialty is insta-love, over-the-top romance that doesn’t require a year to read. If you’re looking for a quick, satisfying read with a guaranteed happily ever after, you’ll love Alexa Riley.
Connect with them on Twitter at @smut_sasshole and @SassNSmut.
In “Beauty in Winter,” Alexa Riley has crafted a heart-warming romance novel that will leave readers feeling cozy all over. It was published on April 21, 2017, and has since become a beloved read among fans of the romance genre.
The book takes place in a small town during the winter season. The story follows main character Winter, a lonely woman who has always felt out of place in her world.
However, her life takes a turn when she meets the town’s newest resident, Zane. Zane is everything Winter has always wanted in a man: kind, thoughtful, and attentive.
The two quickly fall in love, and the rest of the novel chronicles their journey towards a happy ending. Throughout the book, Riley delves into themes of acceptance, self-discovery, and the power of love.
The author masterfully develops the characters, drawing readers in with their emotional depth and relatability. The pacing of the plot is spot-on, keeping readers engaged from start to finish.
Riley’s prose is clear and concise, painting vivid pictures of the characters and settings. One of the book’s main strengths is its focus on characterization.
Winter and Zane are fully realized individuals with unique personalities, fears, and desires. Riley does an excellent job of developing them throughout the course of the book, making their love story all the more compelling.
Another strength is the author’s ability to make readers feel like they are right there in the town with Winter and Zane. The setting is well-detailed and atmospheric, adding to the cozy winter vibe of the novel.
However, one potential weakness of the book is its predictability. While the characterization and setting are strong, the plot itself follows a fairly typical romance formula.
Some readers may find this aspect of the book to be a little too formulaic. Additionally, there are some instances of repetitive dialogue that could have been cut down.
Despite its minor flaws, “Beauty in Winter” is an enjoyable read that will leave romance fans feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s perfect for readers who love well-written characters, atmospheric settings, and heart-warming love stories.
For these reasons, I highly recommend this book to others. I give “Beauty in Winter” a solid 8 out of 10.