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.
This is a book that I have been waiting for since I saw the title and read the synopsis. Christi Snow is not only an amazing author, she is also an avid reader and reviewer. From the time that I started reading books in the M/M Genre I have been following her recommendations. We have very similar taste in books, so if she likes it I know that I’m going to as well. I’m also a huge fan of her writing. Even though my reading taste is eclectic, it’s no secret that my preference is PNR. I have a handful of authors that are my go-to when it comes to contemporary. Christi is at the top of that list. When I found out that she was going to make the leap into the M/M genre I was more than a little excited. I had no doubt that she would nail it, and just so you know, I wasn’t disappointed. 😉
The characters in Snowcroft Lost were introduced in the last book in Christi Snow’s When the Mission Ends series – When Love Intrudes. The meeting was brief, but it was enough to give you a taste of things to come. What it didn’t do was prepare me for where the relationship between these two guys would end up. Half way through this book I was wondering exactly how I was going to review this book without giving anything away… I’m still trying to figure that one out. A lot happened in Snowcroft Lost and a lot of what happened took me totally by surprise.
One thing that I did expect was for these characters to make me feel and that they did. There were a lot of serious issues touched on in this book and the author didn’t hold back or sugar coat a thing. Abuse, bigotry, prejudice and more were thrown into the mix, along with a heavy dose of reality when it comes to danger in the line of duty. All of that was balanced with love, loyalty a strong sense of family and a healthy dose of romance. Another thing that I’ve come to expect from Christi Snow is a character driven story and Snowcroft Lost was definitely no exception. I’ve officially fallen in love with another set of characters and I can’t wait to get to know them all better.
There were times that my heart was breaking for both Jamie and Trevor. Sometimes those moments happened simultaneously. I couldn’t stop reading it, but I didn’t want it to end. I guess it’s a good thing that this is only the first book in a series because that means there’s more to come. One of the fun things about starting a series that you know is going to involve more than one main character is trying to figure out who may be featured next. Readers are clued in at the end in an author’s note, but you’ll have to read the book to find out. I don’t even want to risk giving that much away. I will say that one of my favorite ‘young’ characters from When Love Intrudes makes an appearance in Snowcroft Lost and readers are once again promised that he will eventually get his story.
Just a suggestion… reading When Love Intrudes isn’t necessary before you pick up Snowcroft Lost. I do recommend it though because it will give you a better understanding of the characters. It sets up the ‘relationship’ between Jamie and Trevor perfectly and also gives you some background into Jamie’s interaction with a couple of other characters. Of course, you shouldn’t read When Love Intrudes without reading the other books in the When the Mission Ends series. It’s totally up to you, though. I can pretty much guarantee that once you start, you’ll be hooked. You can thank me later 😉