Monday, June 29, 2015


Title: Snow Boy
Series: X-Treme Boys #5
Author: Kay Manis
Genre: Sports Romance

Geneva Barton was a bitch—until the threat of criminal charges forced her to confront the demons from her past. Two years later she’s worked hard to overcome her vindictive ways. Everyone has given her a second chance. But does she deserve it?

Maybe a gorgeous stranger on a tropical island, 4,000 miles from home will help her find out.

After suffering heart-breaking loss, Berk Rigby has left his career as a professional snowboarder and returned to his native island home in Kauai, Hawaii. The last thing he deserves is absolution. But when a beautiful guest at his family’s resort forces him to confront his past, he’s suddenly thinking about a future again. A future with her. But does he deserve it?

A chance encounter.
A leap of faith.
A vacation that will last a lifetime.

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 4- Stars

I had heard great things about this series, so when the opportunity to review this book came, I took it. Plus, the blurb is very well-written and gives the idea of a very intriguing story.

So, here I am, about to write a review on this novel. It’s little perplexed about this one, to be honest. And here’s why:

First of all, the book is indeed well-written. No questions asked about it. The story has a nice flow and it centers on great characters who are very different from each other -in many ways. I was intrigued by the story and I definitely want to read the ending of Geneva and Berk.

But there are many things I loved about it and many things that didn’t feel right to me.

For one, the characters were well-developed and the author has created beautiful details about them, like the story about Berk’s name! I enjoyed those details, because they shone a different light on the characters and made the story more vibrant.

So, they were well-developed, but I just didn’t feel connected to them. It was like reading about their story but not being part of it. I felt like an outsider who was seeing everything but not actually living it. I liked Geneva and her ambiguous personality, because we all have many sides; we’re not confident all the time, we’re not sweet all the time, etc. I enjoyed how her one side blended into the other. Berk...He’s ambiguous, too. He has his issues that are a lot, I may add. He has this mysterious aura around him, but he is so honest at the same time. But I didn’t love-love him.

The story was intriguing, like I said. The characters’ backgrounds made it more interesting rather than where the story was actually heading. It was like two very interesting and different rivers of events met at a not-so-original place. I’m not saying it was dull. Not at all. It’s just that I was expecting more, because the characters were so cleverly created and their backgrounds were so unique.

Then, there’s the ending… On the one hand, I liked the twist, the subtle innuendos throughout the book that led to it and I agree with Geneva’s decision, and I actually felt like she found her strength in her own weak moment. She was crushed and hurt, but still found the strength to do what was right for her. So, I did a High-5 there! But then, the other thing comes up and the original, intriguing twist becomes not so original.

I am so confused about how to express my opinion and emotions about this book, because I want my words to reflect the truth but at the same time stay kind and objective. It’s true that I have high expectations of the books I read from now on. I want to read something spectacular, something that will stay with me, something that is more than the usual, typical stories and sexy scenes. So, my not so bright review could be due to this fact, because this book has very high rates on both Goodreads and Amazon -as does the entire series. So, maybe it’s just me. But this story could be more…

In the end, Snow Boy receives a 4- because it was well-written, with great characters.

Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named "Tiny." When not writing or researching you'll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping. 

Kay's biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she's done that for you then she says she'll always consider herself a success.

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