Miami Snow

Miami Snow

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by Darcia Helle
     
 
One day, Nick Donovan had it all; a beautiful, pregnant wife, a nice house, a great job. The next day he is on his own, starting from scratch with nothing but a few suitcases and his old truck.

Nick flees to the opposite coast of Florida, trying to leave his ex-wife and the memories behind. But that couldn't happen. Soon Nick finds that he is tied to Shelley in a

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One day, Nick Donovan had it all; a beautiful, pregnant wife, a nice house, a great job. The next day he is on his own, starting from scratch with nothing but a few suitcases and his old truck.

Nick flees to the opposite coast of Florida, trying to leave his ex-wife and the memories behind. But that couldn't happen. Soon Nick finds that he is tied to Shelley in a way that he hadn't expected. And, in her bitterness, she does everything she can to ensure his misery.

Brandy is Shelley's opposite; wild, sensual, free-spirited. With Brandy, Nick is able to rebel against all that Shelley stands for. Brandy quickly leads Nick into a world of sex, drugs, and cash. And now Nick finds himself caught between the two worlds, desperate to stay afloat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449911652
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/06/2010
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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Miami Snow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Aik More than 1 year ago
Nick was a good man, but his wife, Shelley betrayed him by having a clandestine affair with his best friend, Jimmy. He was planning for a romantic getaway with his wife when he returned from work one day, but found out his wife was having sex with his best friend in his room, on his bed. He was crushed entirely. As a result, he ran to Tampa in hopes of starting new, and leaving the sad memories behind. But he soon finds out that there is still someone who connects him to Shelley. He also has to get himself and her new girlfriend Brandy out of the world of drugs, before it consumes them entirely. This book actually gave me a surprise. I felt Nick's emotions as if they were my own; I hated Shelley for many reasons: She is bitter, mean, selfish and unfaithful. And I disliked Jimmy because he was so fake that I wanted to yell at him. He still acted as if he was Nick's best friend when Nick dropped by to sort out certain matters. Nick's girlfriend, Brandy is a party girl who deals drugs and never think about her life seriously. She is always in debt and lack of money. Her best friend, Jenna is the opposite of her. Jenna has a good job and is a good person, but her boyfriend is a drug junkie who is seriously addicted to weed and cocaine. I kept wondering why did she fall in love with such a man? What did she see in him? He even hit her once. Each character in this book has his/her own story, and their lives intersect one another to make up Miami Snow, which is what makes it so interesting. I would recommend this book to readers who prefer to read about things that happen in real life, and how people make choices to become who they are.
splatpunk More than 1 year ago
I noticed the words, "quiet fury," upon first reading this novel (on the copyright page, not within the story itself). Actually, a quiet fury seems to run through the characters/story--like a golden thread of intensity, quietly simmering under the surface, which holds the story together. Speaking of intensity, I noticed the line "Nickelback blasted from her speakers" on one of the book's pages, as I was pondering over this whole element of intensity. Everyone who knows Nickelback's music knows how intense those guys can be, heh! Ms. Helle has a great, unforced writing style. Nothing makes me more tired than variations of purple prose, which thankfully do not feature throughout this book. For instance, here is the opening paragraph of Chapter 33: "...Dante watched as Kiera effortlessly cut through the water, swimming with easy strokes. The white bikini she wore covered as little as possible. He liked that she wasn't shy." Less is more--and I'm referring to both the white bikini, and the style of writing. Brandy, oh man, I liked Brandy, lol. I liked the portrayal of her sexuality, and that the drug aspect is part of the plot (not there for "sensationalized" purposes or to "glam up" the storyline). Actually, I felt a little bit like a voyeur (having a look into the characters' lives), despite the disclaimer at the start that it is a work of fiction. I'm left with the feeling that these were real people I was reading about--fact combined with fiction usually is a necessary thing for characters to come alive. Ms. Helle has this down pat.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Big house, great job, beautiful wife - Nick has it all...or so he thinks... Arriving home early from work one day, Nick's life of idyllic perfection is suddenly shattered when he discovers his wife in bed with his best friend. Left in utter shock and disbelief, the only thing he can think to do is pack up and leave, sending him fleeing to the opposite coast of Florida, where he meets the irresistible Brandy Alexander. Every bit as sweet and addictive as the drink for which she's named, Brandy is the complete opposite of Nick's wife, Shelly, giving him no better motivation to wipe the old slate clean and start a new life with her; however, when Nick learns that Shelly is pregnant not with her lover's baby - but rather his - he soon finds himself caught in-between two vastly different worlds, unsure of which of his priorities matters more: indulging in a carefree life of sex, drugs, and cash - or taking responsibility for an innocent life dependent upon him to survive... In standout fashion, author Darcia Helle makes her indelible return to the literary scene with Miami Snow. Backed by a powerful cast of characters and plotlines ripped straight from the pages of everyday life, Helle's gripping tale of a man divided against himself is a highly compelling page-turner. What man in Nick's position couldn't identify with his desire to indulge himself in carnal, fleeting passions after years of toil and sacrifice suddenly blew up in his face? Likewise, what father wouldn't feel similar pangs of regret after learning that a new life will soon arrive that likely won't make it in this world without him? Raw, real, and lifelike to the core, Miami Snow presents readers with just the kind of inescapable reality that makes for an all-engrossing, heartrending read. The latest standout offering from what's quickly becoming a masterful scribe, Miami Snow is a thoroughly entertaining, highly recommended read. Josee Morgan Apex Reviews
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This is the second book that I've read by author Darcia Helle and I'm glad she has several other books available as I'm looking forward to more. Her knack for creating drama and compelling characters draws readers into her fictional world. I loved the title Miami Snow and thought it was a perfect title for the book. Miami Snow was one of those novels that you read through in a couple of days as you can't put it down, and then once you finish, you wish there was more left to read. The book was packed with drama and conflict. The main character, Nick, undergoes a great deal of growth during the novel and I liked seeing his transformation. The characters felt real and the story led to a suspenseful and satisfying conclusion. All in all, a great read.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
While the plot is interesting, the characters left me wanting more. Nick Donovan, down-and-out, newly divorced is forced to move into a small apartment because his wife and best friend have taken everything from him. On top of that, his wife is pregnant and he must watch his friend step in and play daddy. Nick meets the wild, porn-star-esque Brandy, and her drug dealing friends and soon gets caught up in dealing cocaine. However, most of the action comes in the last few chapters of the book, and the build-up is lacking. The characters are very flat however, and I wanted to feel more of a connection. I didn't feel too badly for Nick, despite his circumstances, and I was confused as to why he and Brandy were together. They have sex almost every chapter, but never seem to talk, or have any emotional connection. They're not human enough. It is a quick, easy read though, and I was very interested in how everything would turn out in the end.