Review: Snowflakes and Silver Linings (The Gingerbread Girls #3) by Cara Colter

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Review: Snowflakes and Silver Linings (The Gingerbread Girls #3) by Cara Colter one-half-stars
Snowflakes and Silver Linings by Cara Colter
Series: The Gingerbread Girls #3
Published by Harlequin Romance on December 3, 2013
Genres: Category - Harlequin, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: Paperback
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A wedding guest from her past…

After a rocky year, Casey Caravetta pulls herself together and puts on a smile for her best friend's Christmas Eve wedding. However, she hadn't expected to see Turner Kennedy, the first man to break her heart.

Special Forces commando Turner is now hard, dark and dangerous, tortured by his experiences of war. Coming face-to-face again with beautiful Casey is a painful reminder of the path he might have taken.

Back then they were living on borrowed time, but now—with a sprinkling of holiday magic—they have a another chance...if only they're prepared to believe it!

I hated this book. No, seriously. I really, really hated this book.

I started reading this in May but I didn’t finish it up until now because…I was ready to be done before I got to the end of the first chapter.

I should have just thrown in the towel then. But noooooo, I just had to force my way through…and I am not better for it.

When I picked up Snowflakes and Silver Linings from the library I hadn’t a clue what it was about nor that it was book 3 in a loosely connected series. I would have left it in library if I had known. I have no plans to read the rest of the books in this series.

Snowflakes and Silver Linings starts with the heroine, Casey, talking with her two best friends (heroines from the previous books in the series). They have gathered together to prepare for a Christmas wedding (from book two) and they are discussing their lives. Heroines 1 & 2 from the first books are all agog about their love(s) and ask Casey about dating, etc. Casey tells them that she has given up on love and dating and has decided to become a single mom via invitro fertilization.

Cue the dismay and claims that a woman cannot be fulfilled without a man. Cue the proclamations that Casey will get over whatever hurt/trauma she has suffered…just as soon as the right man comes into her life.

Cue me being disgusted.

I get it. This is a romance book – and it’s a Harlequin meaning it’s a pretty traditional line. But come the fuck on! Why can’t Casey be happy and fulfilled AND get a man? Why can’t she have a happy life prior to the man? Why can’t he be a perfect addition instead of the only ingredient?

So I was done before the book ever really got started.

Eventually I did pick Snowflakes and Silver Linings back up. And there are few words to describe the way I felt about the rest of the book besides hated it. It all felt forced to me and I never became attached to any of the characters. To be honest, I was just relieved that the story was over.

Snowflakes and Silver Linings has a pretty high rating on Goodreads so I’m sure this novel will appeal to more people than it turns off. I am just far, far away from the target audience for this one.

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