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Let It Snow

(Minnesota Christmas #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,148 ratings  ·  469 reviews
The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality
ebook, 228 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Samhain
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book was like a big, steaming cup of marshmallow-fluffy, gay hot cocoa. It was just smiles the whole way through, and it made me want to snuggle down with a blanket and a big bear-man of my own. Too bad my husband is more twinky than bear... maybe a beard and some bench pressing... I digress...

This book will make you happy. It made me happy.

I'm not usually one for really effeminate MCs. I always want to like books with these kind of men, but I tend not to connect with them as much. Here, I
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

I get grouchy when retailers start pushing Christmas on us too early.

I don’t really love the effeminate male lead character.

I was in a mood recently and if I read another cheesy M/M romance book, I was going to give up!

Thus, it was with great surprise that I SO ENJOYED THIS BOOK! I’m reading about Christmas the day after Halloween? Frankie is a sassy, self-proclaimed wanna-be-princess, hair stylist? This book is awwwww-inducing? Yes! Yes! Yes! …and I just was taken to my happy place and brought
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Big Cuddly Bear Stars - snowy sweet and just adorable cute - you really need some big cozy lumberjacks sometimes

I've been looking forward to read Let It Snow after seeing some positive and happy reviews. A few days ago it suddenly landed in my Kindle. ~ May it be some romantic gay guys and a lot of yummy manloving in a snowed in cabin? I hoped and started with great anticipation to read.


...if you also need a big cuddly Male Bear (like this one: (view spoiler)
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

“Let it snow” is an opposite attract story about two men who are learning together how to enjoy every moment, how to really live, not only exist.

Frankie is a 27 years old gay man, who’s a little effeminate. He works as a hairdresser in the big city. He has a nice life, loving his job and having some nice friends. Frankie knows how is to be judged by others because you are different. He wanted all his life to be accepted and not to be judged because he’s gay. He's scared that people will hurt hi
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Oh boy, I’m gonna say I’m not a big fan.

The first half was pretty hard to stomach for me. It didn’t work as a romance and it wasn’t erotica, either. It was more or less just awkward. But I stayed with the story, because the gay Goldilocks and the Three Bears theme does have a certain appeal…


Tell me it isn’t so, LOL.

Frankie Blackburn is a city stylist (which seems to be the political correct way to say ‘hairdresser’) who visits his parents in the countryside at the beginning of December. A snow

Ack! Another one to add to my everyone liked it but me shelf, which is very sparse.

I wasn't able to connect with this one. I didn't enjoy the characters, especially secondary characters Arthur and Paul. The setting was all wrong. There was no privacy, no intimacy. It creeped me out. It completely brought me out of the moment(s). The only reason this book even got 3 stars was because the HEA payoff at the end deserved a star of it's own.

That being said, I suggest folks look to all the other revi
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Awww that was really lovely. Five Xmas stars for giving me not only the warm and fuzzies but also for surprising me with how tender and at times poignant enough it was to actually bring on a little misty eyed, weepy moment or two but in a satisfying way... If you know what I mean!

Frankie just up and stole my heart alongside his grumpy papa bear Marcus, the other cuddly bears Arthur and Paul and the rest of the cast of engaging characters, who all managed to worm their way in there as well espec
I’m just going to put it out there, the burly bearish older man with an effeminate flamboyant younger man trope works on me LIKE A CHARM. I love the dynamics that can come from this type of love story. The older, more jaded man, finally finding someone that deserves his devotion, someone who brings out in him all the tenderness he’s forgotten he has to give. And then that younger man finding someone who cherishes him JUST THE WAY HE IS…That makes all those things that everyone branded as wrong i ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. Sweet & sexy! 5 Stars ♥
I suspected I wouldn't much like this book (based on my past experience with Ms Cullinan's work), but it's a Christmas story so I thought I'd try it. No time like the present, right? Boy, was that a mistake.

I won't dwell on the porno-movie-worthy setting of the cabin where the two snowed-in couples engaged in marathon sex sessions. I won't elaborate on how the distressing effect the secondary couple's exhibitionistic sexual activities had on the unsuspecting, terrified Frankie bordered on abuse.
You know how you have different friends? Friends that you can spend time with even in a large group and you still get that connection regardless of who is around. But there is that other friend. The one that is special, so special that they need your undivided attention. It’s not that they demand it, it is just who they are. The one on one time, the alone time is how you connect, how they touch you so deep that the moments you share together become part of you. For me, with books, that friend is ...more
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

...a small town in the middle of a snowstorm, the place that had made him feel good and right and centered for no reason except that somehow it simply had.

This was so much more than I expected it to be! I love when that happens! Equal measure of sweet and sexy.

Frankie and Marcus were such endearing characters. I loved both men's vulnerabilities. They had the same fears, but unique to their experiences.

Frankie was afraid to live...constantly paranoid about his "swishy" appear
Kaje Harper
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-reread, m-m
This story just fit my mood, something sweet but not too much sugar, with fun characters, and just enough holiday cheer for the season, without causing santa-overload. I really loved Marcus (and all the three bears, actually.) And Frankie was a man with more depth and complexity than it seemed at first. A great choice for a holiday read, and maybe a reread. And the Minnesota setting was a bonus for me. (Although seriously, Heidi - a moose? :)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-holidays

This book is all kinds of adorable and I loved everything about it. I'm so glad that Heidi couldn't find a snowed-in story and wrote this one. Merry Christmas indeed. Now I'm just waiting for book 2 in the series, I just hope I don't have to wait until next Christmas to get it.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was sooooooo cute, I loved it! I want more, when is book two coming out. Soon I hope, I don't think I can wait until next Christmas!

So no pressure.

Edit: 10.29.14

YAY! Book two is coming out next month. So excited!
R * A Reader Obsessed *

An easy, overall feel good story of opposites attract and how they find love and happiness.

A fortuitous (?) snowstorm to rival all snowstorms hits, and poor Frankie is stuck in the outskirts of a small town, car wrecked with danger looming ever closer and closer. Luckily he finds his way to a cabin where he can wait out the weather, but there’s one caveat. There's a particular grump living there that he can’t resist despite all signals telling him to back off.

Both Frankie and Marcus have issues
Mandy*reads obsessively*
What a great read.
I love Frankie. He's easy to like, I thought. He's pretty clear about his shortcomings, he's aware how his surroundings perceive him. He has an image of himself, or rather an image he believes others have when they see him, but there is so much more to it.
Marcus is also a lot more than he appears. Sure he's grumpy and he's definitely more a doer and shower when it comes to his feelings, it takes a bit for Frankie to see that.
But that big grumpy bear has a really soft and vuln
I love holiday stories -- maybe because I'm yearning to read anything with snow since I live in tropical country. And I love holiday romance stories. This one just fits the bill and perfect for what I want to read at this time of year. It's cute and irresistible. It is Goldilocks and Three Bears MM style.

I can't really add anything more that has been said by other reviewers. So I probably going to repeat what has already been said and try to keep it rather short. I think swishy blonde hairstyli
Rosa, really

I think there may be something wrong with me--why else would I wait so long to read this sweet novel? Not just sweet, but written well, which I've come to expect from Heidi Cullinan.

I really liked the two main characters, Frankie, the innocent but strong Goldilocks, & Marcus, the grumpy but vulnerable Papa Bear. Cullinan did an excellent job revealing their back stories & disclosing their respective inner conflicts that combined in such a way that made them perfect for each other. Man,
Hmm, not really a fan of this one.

I read Sleigh Ride last November. It was a great mix of holiday feels and kinky smut. I gave it 4 stars, and was looking forward to backtracking and reading 'Let It Snow'. But book 1 of the Minnesota Christmas series just fell flat.

The snowed-in storyline didn't work for me. I got bored with the snowstorm pretty quickly. At a certain point, I felt like I was the one eating leftover chili for every meal for a few days. I'm a fan of small-town romances, and I real
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
Fun holiday story with great characters.

As per usual, Cullinan's characterization rocks this book. Frankie and Marcus, their respective weaknesses and strengths are surprising. Add in Marcus's mother and roommates Arthur and Paul and there is a strong contingent to carry this story.

The setup is the good old fashioned snowed in plot device, but where it goes from there is a bit unexpected. Love the humor. Really love Frankie's reaction to Arthur and Paul. Adored his reaction to Marcus' mom. And
A perfect Christmas story. I really enjoyed it.
It started a little slowly for me, but once they were all shacked up together in the cabin things started moving along nicely.

Not too much angst, but enough to keep things interesting.

Oh, and a beautiful HEA too ;)
Lumberjack? 'nuff said!
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Heidi Cullinan has given us two characters that yearn for so much more than life has so far given them, this book is the fairy story we all dream of, where what their hearts really desire is realised, and as with all good fairy tales… there is always a happily ever after, one that will warm your heart and curl your toes… I loved this book!!! …and unlike the snow that had them secluded in a cabin in the woods, my heart was melting.

Once upon a time…. there was a golden haired boy, Frankie, who whe

4.5 stars

Can you say Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

There’s a big ’ole winter snowstorm blowing through the northern Minnesotan backwoods. Frankie Blackburn gets lost easily, he just can’t figure out the GPS. It’s almost Christmas, and he’s on a short holiday, heading home just when the storm hits. Lost and alone on an isolated country road through the big, bad forest, he drives into a ravine to avoid hitting a moose.

Yes, all THAT and three bears.

Let It Snow follows a lost in the woods, ‘Goldilo
Lilia Ford
I adore Heidi Cullinan's books and this was a sweet, feel-good read with engaging leads, solid secondaries, and an unusually strong, effective sense of place. I'm a sucker for healing-and-cleaning plot lines, and I liked the way Cullinan ties those into Frankie's job as a stylist.

The main reason I gave it three instead of four stars is that I found the story talky and at times even tendentious. Like Dirty Laundry and some of her other stories, Let it Snow is interested in exploring an unexpecte
Denise H.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Frankie is stranded, and needs shelter, so he walks til he finds a cabin. It's unlocked. Luckily when the owners come home, they are more accepting of him than he expected. Grumpy bear, Marcus, is the one who draws his attention, and being snowed in helped them get to know each other.
Frankie is a sweet man, very pretty, feminine, and a hair stylist, as he says a "typical swishy" gay. But deep down he not swishy, he's a man who happens to look that way. Marcus is a Lawyer who left the city to wo
Vanessa North
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect holiday story. I loved every minute of reading this. I loved Frankie and Marcus and just everything.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
Wow, this was good. What was I thinking to have not read it sooner...

I really should have known better I mean honestly Heidi Cullinan that right there should have told me I wanted to read it way before now. I liked 'Let It Snow' so much that I've pushed back my planned reading of Amy Lane's book 'The Bells of Times Square' so that I can read the second book in this series before it.

I loved both Marcus and Frankie theirs was a really sweet and heartwarming story and I'm so glad I didn't wait an
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun, sweet, sexy winter/holiday read, featuring one of my favorite pairings bear with effeminate man.

Three bears (lumberjacks no less) give shelter to stylist Frankie after his car goes off the road in a blizzard. Arthur and Paul are friends with kinky benefits and Marcus is their grumpy friend just out of a bad relationship and crashing on their couch. To make Marcus even grumpier, Frankie reminds him of that bad ex. Since they will be stuck together for days Frankie confronts Marcus on his b
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Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she ...more

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