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Melanie Ting’s Snowballed ARC Review

Thank you to Sierra Hill, Sarina Bowen, Jenn Gaffney and the rest of the World of True North team for the advance reader copy of Playmaker, the eighth story in the Moo U series.

I am so excited to be reading a story from Melanie Ting. She is a local author, and I love supporting local and provincial authors. Read all my World of True North reviews here.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

She needs Prince Farming . . . but she got me instead.

Sure, life’s been easy for me. Growing up in an oceanside house in SoCal, playing top-level college hockey, driving a luxury car with a generous allowance—sounds like the dream, right? Turns out what I didn’t have was freedom. And when I decided to transfer to Moo U for my last year of hockey, my controlling father cut me off.

No money, no car, no friends. I’m just another student struggling to make ends meet. The only place I can afford to live is the Meyers’ farm, where I’ll work in exchange for room and board. Farm work is so exhausting that I don’t even have time to wallow in the crappy turn my life has taken. Zoe Meyers is a hot blonde Amazon with all the energy of a chipmunk on crack. And her positivity is making me realize how lucky I really am, even though I’m broke. Too bad she’s not impressed by a guy who can’t figure out which end of a goat to milk.

Because suddenly I want to impress her. I want to do a lot more with her too . . . if I can get her out of the barn and into my arms.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Zoey puts up this hard exterior and it is all to hide her more broken side of herself. It was refreshing to mix it up, as more often than not in romance novels it is the woman who heals the broken man. This time it was the man who helped the woman seek the tools to begin to heal herself. I will not spoil the extent to which Zoey is broken, just know this girl has some major self-doubt, especially when it comes to her hockey-playing abilities. And how can we not all relate to that? Noah is our male lead and he is the son of an NHL veteran and an Olympic figure skater. His mother is Japanese American and Noah is quite in tune with his heritage. It was nice to have a peek into the world of Japanese cuisine and culture through Noah.
  • Setting: The setting is of course Moo U, or more formally Burlington University in Vermont. It had been quite a while since we had a story set on a farm so I was excited when Noah began to live on Zoey’s family’s farm. The side characters were really rich and interesting in this story. Especially the girls, I loved Rocky and I loved to hate Helen. Melanie Ting gave us one of the best looks into the dynamics of the girls’ team.
  • Pacing: The pacing was really good. I really loved that this romance started with them establishing a great camaraderie, a really great friendship was such a nice foundation to build upon. When they had their struggles I found that nothing was resolved too fast or too easily, a perfect depiction of how hard it is in life to fix things.
  • Romance: This romance creeps up on our characters and the reader. Zoey cannot help but make assumptions about Noah and everyone around her feeds into them. But really he is thoughtful, kind, and charming. Not some coastal elite snob, rich boy. His love language is definitely acts of service because he continued to be the best farmhand her could be. I found myself much more invested in the romance than the steam factor of this story. Yet don’t let that dissuade you, this story is important and meaningful. It is one of my faves from Moo U and one of the best in the entire World of True North universe.

Snowballed receives five out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…

Thank you again to Melanie, Sarina, Jenn and the rest of the team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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