Review of paranormal romance mystery Meringue Snowflake Magic by Tena Stetler
After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Wynter Dahl finds herself with a new name and new home. Whisked into the Witness Protection program she finds herself in the Podunk town of Raven’s Hollow, Colorado. She has more than one secret to keep and is not sure who she can trust, though the deputy sheriff is hard to resist.
Braydon “Blaze” Nightwing, owns Dragon Fire Pizza and takes his job as deputy sheriff seriously. He means to protect his town and its residents, including the mysterious newcomer. He rescues her after a tumble and finds himself in over his head. He senses she’s more than she seems but so is he.
When her cover is blown and her life is in danger it will take the whole town to save her and their annual holiday festival and cookie contest. What is Christmas without a little magic?
Excerpt from Meringue Snowflake Magic
After toting the last cardboard box into her new cottage in Raven’s Hollow, Colorado, she kicked the door shut with her foot and collapsed into the purple recliner. She’d bought the chair along with its matching sofa at a thrift store before falling off the grid. Both pieces of furniture were in perfect shape. She pushed the button, and the footrest came up. She sighed. Guess the color was off-putting to some. Resting her head against the soft back pillow, she glanced reassuringly at the 9mm pistol she’d taped under the coffee table next to the chair and closed her eyes for only a moment.
An insistent pounding startled her out of an impromptu nap. She kicked the footrest down and bounded out of the chair. Who the hell is at my door? A door belonging to her that no one should know existed. Silently padding to the door, she grabbed the weapon and stared out the peephole. You got to be kidding! She rubbed her eyes, peeked again, snapped the tape from under the table, and then tucked the gun in her waistband.
A large woman in a floral dress holding a basket stood on her porch. The woman peered over wire-rim spectacles at the door. Her dark hair wound up in a towering bun on top of her head. Glancing to the right, then to the left, she paused for a moment to glare at the pickup truck parked in the driveway, then pounded once more.
“Wynter Dahl, you in there?” The woman scooched to the left and peeked in the large bay window, and pressed her nose against the pane steaming the glass.
My Review of Meringue Snowflake Magic
This was a very cute, short read. I love the idea of an entire town dedicated to supernatural life, which also has a highly competitive cookie baking contest. This had a bit of a holiday vibe mixed with a bit of a danger vibe that all came together in a cool way.
While I did enjoy this overall, it felt like it went by too fast. I didn’t feel like I got to know the main characters or the plot before everything was resolved. I love a short read, but this just felt too short and not fleshed out enough to really engage me. The romance was very condensed, and some of the more, ahem, adult moments didn’t feel like part of the romantic arc so much as an after-the-fact thing. Overall, I didn’t feel like I saw enough of the romance developing to really get the sense these characters should end up together.
All in all, a feel-good story with some magic. Recommend for fans of mostly lighthearted paranormal romance.
About Tena Stetler
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance/mystery with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.
Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure,magic, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
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13 thoughts on “Review+Giveaway: Meringue Snowflake Magic by Tena Stetler”
I love the cover! It sets the tone for the book.
I loved the cover the moment I saw it. Reflected the story perfectly!
Thanks for stopping by Jeanna!
Great excerpt and book cover.
I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt and cover! Thanks for stopping by Anita!
Thanks for hosting!
Thanks for hosting KIT ‘N KABOOKLE! I appreciate your efforts. Thanks for reviewing. The book was a limited by publisher word count, so it was a fast pasted novella.
I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.
Great excerpt and giveaway. 🙂
I love the gorgeous book cover, it made me want to read the story before I’d even read the book details or the review! Thank you for sharing your bio and book details, I am looking forward to reading your story
The book sounds romantic. Love the cover!
I also love the book cover!! Great choice!! It seems very fitting for the story!!
Tena Stetler is a favorite author of mine. I always enjoy reading her books.