Author: Christi Snow
What I’m Talking About:
Jamie Vaughn, the only known gay man in the quiet mountain village of Snowcroft, New Mexico, has secretly been in love with his best friend for years. But, all that time spent watching the utterly straight, extremely promiscuous man wasting his time on one pretty, yet vacuous, woman after another has taken its toll, and Jamie needs out. His heart just can’t take it anymore, and leaving town for good seems like his only option. But, when Trevor is injured, Jamie’s plans change in ways he never expected, and the future he’s always dreamed of may finally be within his reach.
Trevor Mayne has always been the life of the party: funny, seductive, and completely unwilling to settle down. Sure, things have become tense with his best friend lately, but overall, he’s fairly content. At least, until an accident leaves him hurt and stripped of all his memories. Now, he can’t remember who he is, and he doesn’t like the man everyone else is telling him he’s supposed to be. The only thing that makes sense is Jamie. But, will he be able to hold onto his new life as his old memories resurface? Or, will they lose everything as all his secrets are finally revealed?
While second chances are central to many romances, Snowcroft Lost takes that premise in a unique direction. And although I’ve seen amnesia used as a device in suspense novels before, I don’t recall it being done quite like this. Trevor’s loss of memory serves a dual purpose here; the more obvious one being that those memories hold the key to solving the case he’s been working on. But, what proved most interesting to me was that Trevor’s amnesia finally allows him to live as he was always meant to. Rather than losing himself to it, he is able to discover himself through it, and finally begins to right all the years he’s spent lost because of the cruelty he experienced in his past. Though he’s often terrified, Trevor handles the situation well, and his enthusiastic exploration of the possibilities he now finds himself facing are some of my favorite parts of the story as a whole.
Jamie is a solid presence throughout Snowcroft Lost, proving himself over and over to be the perfect anchor for Trevor as he struggles through the events of the story. Physically bigger than Trevor, Jamie is all gentleness, patience, and sacrifice for much of the narrative, only losing his cool when there’s a threat to Trevor, or he’s pushed to his limits in other, much more pleasurable, ways. A growly, dominant Jamie is an extremely hot Jamie, and Trevor knows exactly how to push him over the edge.
As a huge fan of LGBTQ stories, in general, as well as having enjoyed the When the Mission Ends stories, I was very excited when I read that Ms. Snow was planning a spinoff m/m series. Snowcroft Lost is an excellent introduction into this new set of adventures, and I enjoyed getting to know Trevor and Jamie a great deal. The story’s elements of suspense kept me interested and engaged throughout, and I couldn’t help but be angry for both men when the truth was finally revealed. In the end, Snowcroft Lost was a good beginning for the new series, and, while I have my guesses, I can’t wait to see which couple gets their own story next.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Secrets and Lies…
Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.
For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.
Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.
But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.
Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Series: Snowcroft Men #1
Genre: GLBT, m/m, Romantic Suspense
Format(s): Paperback (296 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Author
Snowcroft Lost (Snowcroft Men #1)