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Driven Snow by Tara Lain

Book Info

Book Series
The Pennymaker Tales #2
Authors
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Erotic Romance, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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Publication Date
November 25, 2015
Pages
210
ISBN
1634762673 (ISBN13: 9781634762670)
Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

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Review by Christopher Stone
(Updated: January 15, 2016)
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In describing comically her post virginal, madcap, “by-sex-possessed” self, the legendary Mae West, an early
champion of LGBT Rights, famously cracked wise: “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
         
In Driven Snow, Tara Lain’s four-star rainbow-hued take on the Snow White legend, gay Norcal University student Snowden Reynaldi is Snow White, but he has not drifted; Reynaldi is driven - driven to be a chess grandmaster, compelled to have a family, hell-bent on making friends who will lovingly accept and embrace his gay geek-self, and he is most certainly possessed of a desire to find a lover with whom he can create the family he desires. 
 
Snowden is an orphan and a genius, unbeatable at chess and all things scholastic. And, as is true for the original Brothers Grimm Snow White, Lain’s Snowden Reynaldi is the fairest of them all, as everyone, even those who loathe him, remind the twenty-year-old, on practically every other page. “Prettier than all of the cheerleaders,” is the way NorCal University’s jocks frequently describe the beautiful, whip-smart nerd, who they mock and taunt.
         
The jocks may acknowledge Snow’s physical beauty, but his remarkable looks do not stop them from abusing and shunning him. Among the student body, Winston is Snow’s only friend. As it happens, Win is the only other “out and proud” man on campus. Like Snow, Winston is a brain, but apparently not quite egghead enough to know that his not-so-secret crush on Snow is unrequited.
 
You see, Snow only has eyes for NorCal’s star quarterback, the stunningly handsome, beautifully built Riley Prince – That’s right, Lain has named Snow’s Prince Charming, Prince. Not so subtle, but it is a fairytale. So what the hey!
 
Lain’s fairy tale for “fairies,” sustains interest, start to finish, but it really kicks into high gear after Snow’s chess mentor, Professor Kingsley, is rushed to the hospital, unconscious and near death, scant moments after announcing his marriage to Anitra, yes, that’s Anitra with an “r,” a young, mysterious beauty who aspires to chess stardom - and to all of the big money endorsements that come with a major championship win.
         
To Snow and Riley, Kingsley’s sudden illness doesn’t seem kosher, given that the prof has always been fit and healthy. Adding to their suspicion, suddenly one disaster after another befalls Snowden.
         
Reynaldi and the quarterback suspect that Kingsley bride is somehow responsible for her groom’s near-death status, and also for the chess whiz’s sudden, unexplainable misfortunes. After all, if Snow is unable to compete in the upcoming chess competition, Anitra may have a shot at winning all that her rotten to the core heart desires.
         
By the way, lest I forget, we needn’t turn too many pages before learning that the handsome, brick house that is Riley Prince is gay – not only is Norcal’s star quarterback gay, out only to his coach, but Riley is over-the-moon infatuated with Snow, watching the chess virtuoso practice at every opportunity. 
 
So, lickety-split, the guys are in the Express Lane to love until yet another misfortune, this one direr than what came before. When the chess master is anonymously and unfairly accused of prostitution, Riley doesn’t act so princely. Instead of rejecting the absurd claim, he accepts the false accusations as true, and shuns his beautiful boyfriend.
 
The author’s high gear storytelling shifts into overdrive when a serious attempt is made on Snow’s life, and he awakens to find himself drugged, under water, and trapped in an automobile. Eventually the chess whiz escapes, but to whom can he turn? Professor Kingsley
is near death and hospitalized, and Riley Prince, believing Snow to be a gay for pay boy who has played him, is long gone.
 
As it happens, Snow is rescued and championed by, who else, seven frat brothers (read seven dwarfs) from Grimm College (get it?)– jocks whose
frat house is owned and operated by Carstairs Pennymaker, the impish wonder introduced in Lain’s first fractured fairytale, Sinders and Ash, and the namesake of the author’s Pennymaker Tales, of which this is the second installment.
 
Lain is a firm believer in giving readers what they want: a happy ending. But she makes them work for the H.E.A.; before finding it, one must first untie a myriad of seemingly impossible twisted plot knots  – almost enough storytelling snarls and tangles to make the immoral and villainous Anitra Kingsley resort to poison apples.

As ever, Tara Lain’s writing is simple, but rich, precise, but detailed, with nothing extraneous or wasted.
 
All in all, I’ll recommend, in sing-song fashion, of course, “Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to buy Driven Snow you should go.”
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