Title: Snow Falling
Author: Davidson King
Publisher: Self-Published/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 202 Pages
At a Glance: Sometimes a bit shallow on details and limited when it came to Snow’s full backstory, the plot still held together well and made sense. Snow Falling is a solid debut novel and will certainly have me returning for more from this writer.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.
Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
These are the rules of the streets.
His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end.
Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.
Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
These are the rules he lives by.
When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own.
A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?
Review: With the release of her first novel, Davidson King has given us a worthy story in Snow Falling. Part mystery, part action thriller, this novel is a fluid, well-paced romance that moves like lightning. Snow is a streetwise young man, who happens upon the son of one of the local crime bosses trying to snatch a young child off the street. Little does he know just who the boy belongs to, and how much it will change his life. But being Snow, he does exactly what he knows to be right, and saves the boy only to end up in the home of yet another crime boss, this one eager to learn his story and help him out. But Snow has a pretty dark past, and is on the run from a father who hides his corruption under the mantle of police chief. The life Snow left behind was one of endless torture and fear, and nothing, not even the love of a man Snow fears has already stolen his heart, can change his mind.
Snow Falling has some incredibly fine moments and a main character who will do a bit of thievery himself when it comes to your heartstrings. Snow has had that kind of life we hear about all too often, where all appears to be fine on the surface, only to hide years of parental abuse and neglect. Losing his mother in his teen years affected Snow and his father, greatly. His father turned to drinking and gambling—both of which landed him in a debt he could not repay, so he essentially sold his son. Snow has a remarkable gift—that of an eidetic memory that made his ability to recall and run numbers every bookie’s wet dream. When Snow failed to fall in line, the mob boss his father essentially sold him to would starve and beat him until he complied—a lovely way to live.
When Snow finally escapes, he is much older and wiser and never reveals who he really is; hence the name of Snow, which is attributed to his fair complexion. But underneath his street-smart veneer beats a heart that craves a family and love. When he is offered both by Christopher Manos, Snow falls hard, only to realize he has become more of a liability to Christopher than an asset.
Christopher is both brutal and gentle. He didn’t succeed in taking over his father’s stake in the crime world by being a nice guy. However, even though we get glimpses of that, he is nothing but kind and loving toward Snow. It’s his character that gave me the most pause in this story, as I had a difficult time with his being so openly gay in a climate where being ruthless was key. Christopher was almost too at ease showing his vulnerability toward Snow. In the end, it became a major plot point and made sense, but it still felt a bit out of character to me.
However, one cannot deny the chemistry between Snow and Christopher, nor the way in which Snow became so ingrained into the family unit. The interaction with little Simon, Christopher’s nephew and ward, was incredibly sweet and realistic. I loved their easy relationship and how they took to one another immediately. It was these moments that allowed for the softer side of Christopher to be most realistic. After all, it was much easier for him to fall in love with Snow when his nephew already had.
The story was well crafted and hooked me right from the start. Sometimes a bit shallow on details and limited when it came to Snow’s full backstory, the plot still held together well, and made sense—a pretty good feat given the number of side characters that were introduced throughout the story.
I think that author Davidson King is one to watch in the future. She crafts a good story with compelling and fascinating characters that is sure to find a receptive audience. Snow Falling is a solid debut novel and will certainly have me returning for more from this writer.
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