Author ~ Tara Lain
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 25th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Pennymaker Tale
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.
When I first started reading this, I thought it would be a typical Nerd/Jock story. There are aspects true to that cliché, but, they fit right in with this style of story which gave me a nice comfort zone. Then, there was a twist in the plot that ripped my comfort to pieces and made it different to others that I’ve read and totally worth buying. Who knew chess could be so intense, dramatic and colourful. I certainly didn’t. And as the tournament organisers say in the story – it’s all helps up the viewing figures.
We start off with the young chess master, Snow, and his mentor Professor Kingsley. Both are immediately likeable, and I found myself in their corner as a staunch supporter. Snow is adorably shy, who reminds me of a black haired, shorter version of Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds – a definite plus in my book. Enter quarterback, Riley, and a few others who shall remain nameless for fear of spoiling the plot.
What followed were events that made me go aww, what the hell, you bitch, oh my god, niiiccee and woohoo. They all evolved around the cutthroat shenanigans of a chess tournament, physics and college football. Snow and other characters undergo life changing experiences, brought on by not wanting to die, realising what is important in life, and making sure good triumphs over evil.
There is some technical talk that only chess players and physics lovers will understand, but it is written beautifully and adds depth to the story. I don’t believe I lost anything by lacking the requisite knowledge but knowing, I think would have added an extra dimension to its overall ambiance.
As with all good fairy tale style stories the characters include an excellent mixture of the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright outrageous. If possible, imagine elements of Snow White and Cinderella, meets Entourage, with a dash of Holmes thrown in.
Driven Snow, is a novel that you’ll put a marker in and pick it up the next morning to continue. Beware, though - once you pass a certain point, you will keep reading until the wee early hours.