One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

by Jill Shalvis

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One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella by Jill Shalvis

First Time in Print!

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062463562
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Series
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 7,219
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website, ww.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet. Dont let the page count fool you. Its only 69 pgs long. Sweet story. Worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story. Slightly confusing, still sweet though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella is packed with all the wonderful things we expect...likeable characters, a sweet dog, and lots of romance. Ms. Shalvis never disappoints!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Truly one of my favorite series of the year, the Heartbreaker Bay stories can be read on their own, but you’ll benefit from starting at the beginning. The holidays have arrived, and our little group of friends at the Pacific Pier Building are preparing for their Christmas. One of Willa’s strays at the South Bark Mutt Shop, Rory, is heading back to visit her home near Tahoe for the first time in years. Max works for Archer’s Security firm in the building, and has been asked by Willa to give Rory a ride home, since he lives in the same town. Neither is thrilled by the prospect. The bonus in the ride is Max’s dog Carl, thoroughly enamored of Rory and able to receive all her affection freely. These two are adorable together: Rory is slowly coming in to her own with gentle acceptance and caring from Willa, she’s working, going to school and planning for the next chapter. She’s got an inner strength that she can’t see, and her continual no-shows at Christmas have her mother, step-father and half-sisters disappointed. But she left for good reasons (at the time) and while things aren’t easy, they are offering her opportunities. Max never knew the extent of Rory’s story, believing the rumors about her, blaming her for his own subsequent troubles. The snowy and slow ride offers them a chance to talk, ok first they sniped and osnapped at one another, then they talked. But moments and revelations in the confined space, combined with Rory’s willingness to search for Carl in knee deep (or better) snow, refusing to take a ride to town with a passing motorist when the battery in Max’s truck died, and her refusal to allow Max to brush off her questions, or refuse to hear her apology showed her growth, strength and innate goodness. I loved the connection between these two: one that started in high school that neither acknowledged, and has managed to slow burn through the years. Shalvis has brought two secondary characters and an adorable 100 lb. dog that wants to be in the middle of everything (dog owners will surely recognize this behavior) who uses every ounce of his doggie personality to impress himself on Rory and Max, not to mention readers. These are people that you wish the best for, that you want to know, and most of all – their tales, while occasionally heartbreaking in the past, bring plenty of present smiles. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Mommaleena More than 1 year ago
Be Brave I just finished reading an ARC of ONE SNOWY NIGHT, as well as the excerpts for the stories that go along with this book. I canNOT wait to read SWEET LITTLE LIES (Heartbreaker Bay#1), TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE (Heartbreaker Bay #2), and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE(Heartbreaker Bay #3). They are all stories that pull you in from the start. ONE SNOWY NIGHT was a short, quick read that I couldn't put down once I started reading it. It had me outright laughing at the characters banter, my husband just shook his head at me. Talk about two stubborn characters that don't think the other one likes them, but yet the each secretly have the hots for the other, and have since high school, while simultaneously thinking the other hates them. This ends with a HEA on many levels, after one snowy night of traveling. I look forward to reading the other stories as soon as book 3 is available, so I can read them as a completed storyline. Although this is book 2.5 of the Heartbreaker Bay series, I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything by reading it first, each story could be read on its own, but the stories have a crossing storyline and characters. I LOVED IT! Although this was my first Jill Shalvis book, it won't be my last. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This novella is book 2.5 from the acclaimed Heartbreaker Bay series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading these in order. Rory has wanted Eve since he can remember. He was kind of a tool in high school, but he feels like that was a missed opportunity. Now, he thinks she hates him. Eve wishes she could hate Rory, since he is the subject of many a nights dream. He is a very strong, virile figure who is very capable. Can they confront the past and move on? I was surprised by this story arc, if I am honest. I loved that the characters dug in and hashed everything out, even though they did not want to. The honesty, the sparks that flew, and the crazy banter makes this a very attractive read.
JosephinesLibrary More than 1 year ago
Rory was destined to be one of those small secondary characters that you fell hopelessly in love with but knew in your heart would never get her own book. Doesn't mean you didn't pray to the book gods and beg them to give her her own HEA. Of course I did, and when I stumbled upon One Snowy Night, I knew that my prayers had been answered. Although I'll readily admit, a novella is not what I prayed for. I was quite set on a full length novel just so you know. But after having read Rory's story, I can say that even though it was only a novella, I thought it the perfect HEA. It was short, sweet and straight to the point. It was all sexy angst and sweet moments. I adored it and if you give Jill Shalvis's Heartbreaker Bay series a chance I'm pretty sure you'll adore it as well !
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
One Snowy Night is book 2.5 in the Heartbreaker Bay series. This is a novella and quite a quick read but was a great way to see a secondary character's story. I will say you need to have read these books in order, or at least book two before this one to understand who both of the characters are since there isn't really a background in the novella. Rory Andrews is needing to head home to see her family for the holidays and winds up getting offered a ride with Max Stranton and his dog Carl. They have mutual friends and even know one another from high school but are nothing more than acquaintances, much to Max's dismay. I could tell in book two of the Heartbreaker Bay series that Max wanted to date Rory, but she is not exactly the most trusting when it comes to men so nothing really became of it. The duo hits the road only to have their trip delayed a bit by bad weather but during that time a sweet romance blossoms. One Snowy Night was a delightful novella with engaging characters. I enjoyed Rory's character in book two so I was really happy to see she got her own novella. Max is a no nonsense have to look after those I care for type man and I just loved them together. I wish the story was longer but pacing-wise it didn't feel rushed. If you've read the previous books in this series I think you'd love this novella. I'd recommend this series to anyone who loves a heartwarming Contemporary Romance.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
How wonderful to find your future at the end of a drive through the snow.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
One Snowy Night was a fun winter themed novella. It's not a full length book like the other books in this series, but I was happy we got to see a bit more from Rory. Although at the same time I wish it had been longer as it was a tad short and some things happened a bit fast. The plot of this one is that Max and Rory don't like each other, but also have this attraction between them and now they are forced to spend Christmas eve together in his car while driving back to their home town. Overall this was just a fun read, a bit too short to really get to know the characters, but it helped we already saw a bit of Rory in book 2. And I liked getting her point of view in this novella. Things did progress a bit fast due to the short length, but I think it is a good addition to the series. The forced proximity of the two characters brought all their issues to the surface and it was nice to see them have the chance to talk things through. And there's a pet as well in this book that places a role, Carl. Carl was a fun addition, he added some comedy to the scenes at times and he just seemed adorable. I didn't quite care for the conflict in this book, it's a bit similar to the conflict in book 2 at the start. Max still sorta blames Rory for something that happened while they were in high school, but Rory didn't realize the consequences her actions had and doesn't know why max is angry at her. The conflict didn't drag on too long luckily and I was glad when they got it resolved. Although they did went a bit too fast from trying not to like each other to being in love, but I guess that's the downside of this being a novella. I wouldn't mind having to spent a bit more time with these two. The focus is pretty much on Max and Rory and ofcourse Carl. There are a few side characters, but they don't play as big of a role. But that's also because of how the story is set-up with them stuck in a car together for the drive home. Both Max and Rory were interesting characters, they both had enough personality to get a view of them. They both had been gone through some difficult times and it was nice to see them find some happiness. To summarize: this is a fun and quick read. It's a nice addition to the series and I am glad I read it, although it was a tad short and I wouldn't have minded spending a bit more time with these characters. Due to the shorter length a few things got resolved a bit quickly. And it was nice to see these two forced together for the ride home and finally get everything out in the open. And Carl, the dog was such a cutie and I liked reading about him. I would recommend this to fans of the series or those looking for a fun Christmas themed novella.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I love this new series by Jill Shalvis. This was a quick read -- a Christmas novella -- but for me, it packed a lot of heart and punch. Rory and Max have a backstory, which is the main point of the book, so I won't retell their story. However, your heart will break for both of these characters and then just absolutely melt at Max's big, goofy dog Carl. Can't wait for the next book!
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
This may be my first time reading Jill Shalvis, but it’s not going to be my last. Though, a little on the short side (there are some previews , as to be expected with an ebook novella, in the back of the book), I feel that Shalvis gave me a good taste of her writing and brought me into Heartbreaker Bay enough to make me want to visit it again. The story had everything I wanted from this romance trope. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Rory. Her character was almost too much to be contained in this short format, but I think it worked in the end. I liked Max too. And without his dog Carl, well, who would want a story without a lovable dog? Again, it may have been a little short. And because of that some aspects of the story may have felt a little rushed. Overall, though, I feel like this was the enjoyable holiday read I was expecting. I am holding out hope that Rory and Max get a book of their own, or even just another novella. I’d really like to see the rest of their Christmas and young relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was december. Finally! It was the time of snow and my favorite because christmas is here. And it is a very special holiday. The best gifts are the ones you give." Honey! Are you ready to wrap presents for others?"" Coming mom!"" Now, Sandra, please get me the teddy bear over there. It is for your younger sister Kathy."" Sure mom, whatever you say."" Great, now,please get the I-pad. That is for your big brother, Vincent."" Sure thing mom." And I have a very special present just for you. And l want to give it to you right now."" It's a robot! Just like l wanted! Thanks mom!"" My pleasure." So we wrapped all the presents and decorated for the party. We made cookies. We dusted the shelves. We got the radio set up. We put the presents in labeled buckets. We had done a lot of work. People finally came. The first one to come was my cousin Freddy. He walked in and set presents down. Then, Patrick came and he had presents too. When everyone got here. We played guess which presents are yours. I won that game. Then we opened presents." This one is from freddy. Open it!"" Wow its an Xbox!" I opened all of my presents. When we opened the last present, we were so excited we danced all around. Then we had a dancing contest. I won. It turned out to be a christmas with lots of joy. I will never forget this christmas as long as l live. THE END HOPED YOU LOVED IT
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
We were introduced to Rory and Max in The Trouble with Mistletoe, the second novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Rory works for Willa in her pet store, and Max has a dog who he brings in for grooming a lot more than a dog probably needs to get groomed, just so he can talk, or stare broodingly at Rory. In this short novella, We learn that Max and Rory have a past when he offers to drive her home for Christmas. The weather creates a lot of complications for the two of them, and they discover things about each other that helps them heal a past rift. I grew to love Rory in The Trouble with Mistletoe. She is a little hard because she left home at seventeen, but she has a soft gooey inside. I love that Max see's through that hard outer layer and dives right into her warm gooey center. Too much? Lol. Maybe, but I can't help it. I loved One Snowy Night, it struck the right chord, and felt more like a novel than a novella. This short story was told well, and had a beginning, middle and a very satisfying end. Great job Ms. Shalvis!
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Cute and sweet bonus Heartbreaker Bay holiday novella! One Snowy Night is the second festive Heartbreaker Bay story this year! Thank you, Jill Shalvis! It’s a delightful Christmas treat as Max and Rory embark on a road trip in the midst of a blizzard. It’s a cute and sweet bonus holiday novella for which I have just one complaint; I didn’t want it to end! I wanted more of Rory Andrews’ and Max Stranton’s story. Rory and Max have had a love/hate relationship in this series. In One Snowy Night, we get to find out why! Max works in the same building as Rory and they see each other in passing a lot. There’s chemistry between them, but also long-held grudges. Rory had a tough time growing up in Tahoe. She was bullied in high school and ran away from home before entering her senior year. She ended up in the San Francisco Bay area where Willa found her on the streets, gave her a place to stay, and a job at her South Bark Mutt Shop. Rory has promised her family repeatedly over the years that she would return home – only to disappoint them by being a no-show. This year, Rory is determined to make amends. She has committed to transporting her father’s Christmas gift to her mother – so she absolutely cannot bail this year. She planned to take the bus – but monies are tight. Willa stealthily intercedes and asks Max to give Rory a ride. However, unknown to Willa, Max was a popular jock at Rory’s high school and Rory’s high school crush. Rory can’t handle Max breaking her heart again. Carl, Max’s loveable pooch, is an integral supporting character in this story as a passenger on the trip home too! I loved Carl!!!! AND I loved how Carl enjoyed being spoiled by Rory. Even though One Snowy Night is book #2.5 in the series, this novella would work well as a stand-alone with its self-contained romance. Since its quick and involves a road trip with just three passengers, including Carl, the story lacks the entertaining interactions between the close-knit gang that have been so prevalent in the previous full installments. While I missed the gang, this novella did exactly what it was meant to do as a focused short story. Also, even though it’s not lengthy, there’s nothing short-changed; a whole lot transpires between Rory and Max. Karen White is one of my very favorite narrators and she nails the voicing of One Snowy Night. Her articulation is natural and perfectly paced. She makes it super easy to keep up with the characters. Her performance is nothing short of vocal magic. It’s icing on the cake. She delivers a really wonderful polished job. I honestly can’t imagine reading the books as opposed to listening to them with Karen performing. This story really demonstrates how individual perspectives of the same events can be so different. As the couple delve into their pasts, they fan the flames of that spark of romantic magic that has existed between them since they were in high school. It’s a delicious second-chance-at-love story with a wonderful warm-fuzzies outcome. Now I can’t wait for Elle’s and Archer’s story in Accidentally On Purpose releasing Jan 2017! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I have loved Rory's character since I met her, and I was super stoked to see that this was her story! Rory and Max have great chemistry together and I loved they both just finally jumped in with full honesty and trust. Their banter was witty, Carl the dog was goofy and this book left me wishing it was longer! Can’t wait to read the next book… though sadly I have to, as it’s not out till January!!! At least I will get to start the new year with a great read!
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
3 Stars for One Snowy Night! One Snowy Night is a short and sweet romance perfect to get in the holiday spirit. This is a novella involving characters from the Heartbreaker Bay series which I have not read. But this was really easy to follow and now I want to read the previous books in the series. It's Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home for the holidays. Her only ride is with Max Stranton, whom she secretly had a childhood crush. But up until a few months ago, they hadn’t seen each other in years and their reunion is not a warm one. During the long drive to their hometown they confront their past and finally act on their sizzling attraction for each other. I thought the romance was rushed but given this is a novella I understand the need. Rory and Max learn from their past mistakes and their moments together were passionate. I just wished their story was longer and we spent time with Rory and her family. This was the first book I’ve read from author Jill Shalvis and now I understand her popularity. With a small town setting the focus is on the character connections which I always enjoy the most. An adorable dog Carl added an element of humor to complete the story. I look forwarding to reading more from this author.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I liked Rory a lot from the previous book in this series. She's feisty and determined with lots of spine. So I was really excited for this little novella. That being said, it can be read as stand alone. It's not at all dependent on the rest of the series. While I enjoyed this story very much, it was just too short. The first three quarters feels just right and I was really happy living in the pages. But it drew up and come to conclusion way too quickly. Max is a great guy and I really reading from his point of view. Sexy and one of the good ones. He went to High School with Rory but they weren't friends. Lab partners, yes, but not friends. That's where the problems between them developed. And that's where they needed to spend a little bit more time dealing with things. Yes, they'd known each other for a while through South Bark where Rory works but I just wish...what I really wish is that the story lasted past Christmas Day. This story takes place on Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. I just wanted a little bit more. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story. It just left me wanting more. Great characters, great writing, and a snowy holiday story - don't miss that!