One Snowy Night by Louise Lyons

4.20 out of 5
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Release Date: 13 March, 2015

One snowy night, Keith Brambles learns that appearances can be deceptive.


KEITH BRAMBLES shifted his brand new Audi TT Roadster into gear and drove out of the car park. He pressed his lips together in a thin line and scowled as he peered through the windscreen. It had begun to snow while he was in the pub, and he didn’t relish the idea of driving over thirty-five miles home in bad weather. He lived in the small market town of Alford, in the UK, and at that moment, he wondered what on earth had possessed him to travel all the way to Lincoln for a date with someone he’d met after a gig the week before. Gig hook-ups were always going to end the same way, but he continued to hope.

Keith’s date had turned out like so many others—a man who wanted to get close to him because of who he was so he could boast to his friends. This latest guy had been worse than most. The majority of their conversation had been about Keith’s music, and he’d quickly realized he was wasting his time. After two hours, he’d told the man it wasn’t going to happen, and left the pub, frustrated and angry.

Keith turned his car onto the A158 and accelerated away from Lincoln. Already the snow was coming down thickly, and his annoyance caused him to drive too fast for the conditions. The white stuff hadn’t begun to settle on the roads yet, and he thought he could probably get home before it became a problem. He turned the volume on the CD player up louder, and Adam Lambert’s voice filled the car. Lambert was an American singer whom Keith had loosely modeled himself on, and he sang along to the tune as he drove.

Keith covered twenty miles without incident. He passed only two vehicles coming the other way, both crawling along, with their windscreen wipers going at full speed. The snow was falling more thickly, and had settled on the tarmac. Rather than easing up on the accelerator, Keith maintained his speed, wanting to get home. He passed the small town of Wragby and continued for another few minutes, still singing along to Adam Lambert. He wondered if his hero had the same trouble with dates only wanting him because he was famous. Not that Keith was particularly famous. He doubted anyone outside the UK had heard of him. He had his face in a few music papers, and his first album was available for download, but the biggest show he’d done so far was Nottingham Rock City. Rock City was one of his favorite venues. He’d been there many times to see other bands before he started performing himself.

“Shit!” Keith came upon the bend much too fast, and did the worst thing he could do, given the conditions—he stomped on the brake pedal. The Audi lost what little traction it had and continued in a more-or-less straight line. He tried turning the wheel, but nothing happened. Keith could only watch in horror as the dark shape of a tree loomed out of the snowy cloud and headed for the bonnet of the car at frightening speed. He clutched the steering wheel, knuckles white, and yelled out again as the impact with the tree trunk killed the car.

ONE SNOWY NIGHT is also a part of the STRANDED Anthology

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5 reviews for One Snowy Night by Louise Lyons

  1. Hearts on Fire Reviews
    4 out of 5


    “I admit I had to look up the term “white van man” because I didn’t know why Keith would assume Mike would be homophobic, so I particularly loved the stereotype breaking. And that Keith readily admitted it.”

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  2. MM Good Book Reviews
    4 out of 5


    Reviewed by Tams for MM Good Book Reviews

    Keith Brambles gets stranded in a snow storm after yet another disastrous blind date and accidentally parks his car in a tree. When a large, brooding man in a van picks Keith up and dusts him off, literally, he’s a little wary but not wanting to be stuck out in the freezing weather, he accepts the strangers offer for help.

    It takes Keith about five minutes to figure out the big man with the beard and all the tattoos is no danger to him, in fact, the air around them is ripe with desire. And just maybe his savior will give him a nice, warm body… I mean bed, a nice warm bed to sleep in!

    Short, sexy and so, so, so steamy! And for such a short story there was a lot of content and conversation between the men, before they let their body language take over. I loved the ambiance of the story, the stranger coming to the rescue and the getting to know each other. That instant connection and mutual attraction that was pretty much at the boiling point from the minute Keith got in the van.

    If you are looking for a deliciously naughty little snack, this read is certain to curb your appetite. Or wet it, either way!

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  3. Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess
    4 out of 5


    Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess give ONE SNOWY NIGHT a B+

    “These early stages of their romance put a smile on my face and the promise of more left me with dreams of my own regarding their future. I wished their story could’ve gone on and on as it wrapped me in a warm blanket of heartwarming and sweet moments that I thank Ms. Lyons for crafting!”

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  4. Saguaro Moon Reviews
    4 out of 5


    “Louise is an amazing author who definitely brings a story to life. I’m highly recommending One Snowy Night as a fun short story to read.”

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  5. Rainbow Gold Reviews
    5 out of 5



    “You can’t help but feel sorry for how Keith Brambles evening turns out…… he goes on a date, but yet again this is with someone who only wants to be with him due to him being an up and coming singer. It gets worse when he manages to have an accident driving home, totally his fault for not taking notice of the changing conditions. He is on a quiet road, and his date clothes are totally inappropriate for the conditions outside. He finds his mobile doesn’t have any signal, and knows that he will freeze to death if he steps foot outside the car.”

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