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For all the Courtland fans clamoring for the next generation…Cold and sick, Seth Thompson must fight through a snowstorm to get home. Seth’s unconventional upbringing taught him to always reach out to strangers in need, and Iranian engineering student Bilal al-Mansoori is no exception. Being trapped together leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a feverishly hot nigFor all the Courtland fans clamoring for the next generation…Cold and sick, Seth Thompson must fight through a snowstorm to get home. Seth’s unconventional upbringing taught him to always reach out to strangers in need, and Iranian engineering student Bilal al-Mansoori is no exception. Being trapped together leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a feverishly hot night under the covers.But Bilal needs more than simply a rescue from the weather—he’s trapped under lifetime of cultural pressures. His strict Muslim father and fellow Iranian students have no clue about his inner torment. His attraction to Seth isn’t a welcome discovery—instead he’s trapped between the existence he’s always known and the prospect of living and loving openly for the first time in his life. Note: This story stands alone—no need to have read the prior Courtland books....

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In from the Cold Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-11-23 03:17

    This is a quiet, subdued novella about two college boys who meet in the middle of a storm at a health clinic (both have a terrible case of the flu) and are forced into spending a couple days together. One MC, Bilal, is a traditional Muslim from Iran studying in America. The other, Seth, is a liberal arts major with a nontraditional family. I don't like religion in my books: Christian, Muslim, Orthodox Jewish, doesn't matter. I consider religion an (oftentimes exclusive) club; if the club doesn't want you, leave. I understand that it's often cultural, a huge part of someone's identity, but it's not an issue I want to explore in romance novels. I get enough of it living in America, thanks. Here, Bilal feels the typical shame and guilt about being gay and Muslim. His friendship with Seth is tentative. There is no sex on page and very little steam. Cat Grant writes beautifully, but I think perhaps there were too many Big Ideas in this novella: Bilal's controlling compatriot (who's mentioned twice and then dropped); Bilal's Muslim/Iranian identity, as well as his feelings for his old-fashioned father; Bilal's discovery regarding his older sister; and Seth's unconventional family situation (I'm still not sure how his biological mom fit into it all, but Seth's biological father, other father, and adopted mom are the M/M/F menage from the first five Courtland Chronicles, which I can say with certainty I will never, EVER read). It was a LOT, too much, I think. There wasn't nearly enough relationship development/tenderness/romance between the guys, and the ending was a very tentative HFN. I think this story had huge potential, but it felt incomplete.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-12-09 02:14

    Wow, this book really tried to do a lot in just 90-something pages, huh?In From The Cold is a novella in the Cortland Chronicles series (which begins with By Chance), but you don't need any knowledge of the Cortland characters to get into this story. Seth is sick... really sick. And while at the campus health clinic, he runs into equally sick Bilal while getting treatment. After seeing the doctor, Seth finds Bilal stranded as a snowstorm picks up and chivalrously invites him back to his place to weather the storm (bow chica wow wow!). Actually, the leering music belongs in my dreams because there is very little sex content in this story. What there is a lot of is angst. Bilal is a fairly religious Iranian Muslim with a very strict father, and he is riddled with guilt over his slipping orthodoxy. Also, there is that pesky same sex attraction to Seth that he can't seem to shake...Overall, this novella is pretty good. Nice writing, nice characterization, and a well edited, well conceived story. However, it touches upon some pretty heavy concepts and doesn't really delve into any of them throughly. Bilal's struggle with his Muslim identity is something that multiple books could have been written about, but it sort of peters out as the book goes on. Also, Bilal's lack of friends and his whole roommate situation could have been investigated a lot further. But for me, the biggest issue was a lack of chemistry between Bilal and Seth. They seemed to move VERY fast for a couple of guys who barely knew each other. I felt like I didn't quite understand why they liked each other and I didn't get the connection between them. Still a solid effort but not a home run. **Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**

  • Jewel
    2018-12-16 00:12

    Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the review copy of this book. Though I have read books by Cat Grant before, and generally have enjoyed them, I had not read any of the Courtland series. Thankfully, this novella doesn't actually require reading the other books beforehand. I had no trouble following along. But, after reading In From the Cold, I have decided to give the whole series a try, so I call that a win. Well for everything except my ever growing TBR list..In From the Cold is about two college seniors, Seth and Bilal. Where Seth has had a rather unconventional upbringing, he was raised by two dads and a mom, who are all one unit, he has the support of his family to be who he is. Gay, straight, bi..doesn't matter. He has the unconditional love of his family and he's never felt the need to hide, nor was 'coming out' a big deal for him at all. This is the way things should always be.Balil hasn't had it nearly so easy. He has been raised strict Muslim since his mom died and his father took him and his sister to Iran. Balil is gay, but has tried very hard to just not think about it because it could get him put to death at home. He was allowed to go to college in the US, but his father cautioned him against hanging out with Americans and being corrupted by us. Sad, that. HI think if people spent more time getting to know one another we may just see that we have more in common than is generally assumed. Religion is quite divisive, though, no matter where you are or where you're from. Balil is expected to finish his degree, while not socializing with Americans and afterward, he is expected to go back to Iran, marry a biddable young woman and raise a family. Doesn't matter what he actually wants. I felt so bad for him.Seth and Balil get to know one another when they both come down with the flu and Balil gets turned around trying to make it back to his dorm. Seth offers his hospitality while the snow storm rages on and they get to know one another and find out they have more in common than Balil's father would approve of.In spite of the potential for it, In From the Cold was pretty low on the angst scale and the sexytimes are pretty light, too. This book is really about finding your way in an uncertain world and learning to accept who you are. The ending is more HFN than HEA, but these boys are young, so I'm good with that.

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2018-12-16 04:18

    I received a copy of this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.Seth is a college senior at Cornell, an art major, and a probable gay man. I say "probable" because he's never had a relationship and had sexual encounters with both men and women which were not particularly satisfactory. Seth is ill and in the health clinic at college when he meets Bilal--an Iranian student who is also sick. They exchange a few words--commiserating over their illness--before Seth grows home. On his way he stops for groceries and then finds Bilal fever-struck and half-hallucinatory, swaying on a bus bench. Realizing that the weather and their conditions are worsening, and with no strength to get Bilal to his dorm, Seth invites him to stay at his apartment. Bilal cannot believe the concern and compassion he is experiencing from his American. He's been in the country three years and never made an American friend. He's been slighted many times, and sticks with his fellow Iranian students, isolating to reduce the chance of injury. Of course, he also,sacrifices the chance for connection, too. Bilal has been warned by his father not to adopt a Western life, and. I'll believes this is because his father suspects his homosexuality. Bilal has strived to contain his urges all this time--as,is sure that returning to Iran would sentence him to a loveless marriage, or death if he expresses his true desire. The men are ill, and nothing happens for a bit except the exchange of kindness and pleasantries. A snow storm keeps them housebound over the weekend--and as they recover health there is an undeniable attraction. Tentative steps toward a connection are made, with the plan to spend more time the following weekend on a trip to NYC. Seth gets Bilal's reticence to acknowledge his homosexuality, but thinks he should experience more of the US than his sheltered life on campus. This is a slow burn of a romance novella, with good characterization and an intriguing couple. Seth and Bilal set the groundwork for what promises to be an interesting relationship and grand complications, religion and cultural expectation being paramount in that mix. The smexytimes are subtle and brief, with the weight of the story being the emotional connection between these very different men. There is a cameo by Seth's father, Nick, a man in a polyamorous relationship that must have been described in a previous book I have yet to read. Seth's unconventional family is a point that Bilal (and I) struggled to understand. (The math didn't add up for a bit, for me, whereas Bilal simply couldn't comprehend a woman with two husbands.) Still, it didn't detract. This novella stands on its own, and will spawn a Seth/Bilal novel based on the author's notes. I'm looking forward to more of their story!

  • Stephen
    2018-11-15 22:06

    As a huge blizzard makes it's way toward Ithaca, Seth Thompson heads to Cornell's campus clinic to see a doctor about the serious flu that he's picked up. At the clinic he encounters Bilal al-Mansoori apparently suffering from the same thing furiously working away on his laptop while waiting for treatment. On the way home from the clinic Seth encounters Bilal again, apparently a bit disoriented, as the storm grows worse. Seth invites the man inside and as the two men weather the storm, they share more than just Seth's prescriptions. Though Bilal is an Iranian Muslim, he's fallen from the faith a bit and has some other issues as well...This novella is a lightning quick read and clearly an intro piece for some new characters for the Courtland Chronicles series. Given the "getting to know you" aspects of this short tale, there not a lot of sex to be had here but what there is, is well handled. The writing is well done and both men are charming and left me ready and willing to read more about them. The POV switches from Seth to Bilal and back again in a clear manner that allows us to see the key points of this tale from both men's perspectives. Seth's father, Nick Thompson from the earlier books even makes a cameo appearance of sorts when the two MC's make a trip to New York City toward the end of the story. This tale will probably be best enjoyed by those that have read the other books in the series but it's not necessary to have any knowledge of them for this story to make sense on it's own.Note: I was given a copy of this as part of the M/M Romance Don’t Buy My Love Program in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • blub
    2018-12-11 03:23

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.Seth and Bilal meet at the health center they've gone to seeking treatment for their cold. Seth is being friendly toward Bilal, who warily returns pleasantries. After getting his meds and groceries Seth heads home only to run into a very sick Bilal sitting on a bus bench. Seeing that Bilal is very sick and hasn't correctly made it home, Seth invites him home and shares his meds with him.I pretty sure this is the first story I've read by Cat Grant. I enjoyed reading it. I liked that readers got both sides of how the characters felt and what their predicament was. Reading a little about their back stories made it easier to understand both characters behavior. Bilal upraising made him wary of others and I liked that the author focused on the type of prejudice Iranians (or in general people who have a particular skin tone or practice a certain religion) go through. Seth was such as sweetie for being so trusting and being a good Samaritan.

  • Christy
    2018-12-04 01:02

    College, especially those final two years, can be nothing but work, work, work. So coming down with the flu right before midterms during fall semester can really shut you down. That's how Seth and Bilal meet, at the campus clinic, both of them barking their lungs out and running fevers. When Seth finds Bilal, a little later, slumped at a bus stop, having plodded along a mile past his dorm, and it's starting to snow, Seth invites him to his apartment to rest for a bit. A bit turns into two days, when they get snowed in.Seth is in the arts department. Bilal is an engineering student. Bilal is Iranian, born in Oxford, England to a British mother and Iranian father. When his mom died in an accident, his father took him home to Iran to be near family. Seth's mother also died when he was young, but he was raised by his dad, his adoptive mom, and his other dad. It doesn't take very long for them to realize the huge differences that each of their respective cultures have imposed upon them. It also doesn't escape Seth's notice that Bilal is gay but very ashamed of that fact. Spending time together reiterates for Bilal that he doesn't feel Muslim and perhaps staying in America is where he should be.I'll admit that I haven't read the 'Courtland Chronicles' by this author, as it indicates that this novella is separate from those and can be read as a stand alone. On the one hand, I agree, it's not necessary to read that series first. However, on the other hand, I feel as if there's backstory I'm missing and it didn't get adequately explained here. Regardless, I did enjoy this story, although I would've loved for it to be longer so I could get a better feel for the characters. I can recommend it as an easy read.NOTE: This book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Shirley Frances
    2018-12-01 01:03

    Seth is sick and trying to get checked out at the campus clinic when he meets Bilal, who is also sick and miserable. They go their separate ways once they've been seen by the doctors only to find themselves together again in the middle of a snowstorm.Little did Seth know how much his life would change when he invited Bilal to weather the storm at his apartment.A bisexual comfortable with his sexuality, Seth has never had to face the kind of conflicting emotions Bilal seemed to be struggling with. A Muslim with a strict father, Bilal's sole focus since arriving in the US has been studying. Although he's about to graduate in the next term, he hasn't allowed himself the freedom to explore--the city, friendship of any kind nor his sexuality.Can these two different individuals come together and make something of the attraction they share?In From the Cold recounts how Seth and Bilal met at the university clinic while fighting a hell of a cold.The novella does a great job of introducing the characters and establishing the conflicting emotions both Seth and Bilal carry with them i regards to them being together. It also gives a glimpse into what draws them to one another. It was a sweet story that helped me to connect to the characters a great deal, which ultimately increased my enjoyment of the main full-length story A Year in the Life.

  • Ines Johnson
    2018-12-14 01:02

    This was a brave book to write. A Muslim man coming out of the closet. I was clutching the ereader at times! I didn't realize that it a continuation of a saga story. It features the second generation -the previous characters' son. I didn't feel that I missed anything, and these heroes were well developed.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2018-12-01 02:19

    4 star review by DanHow do I start? I know….I’ll start with a direct quote from Cat Grant from the author’s Afterword. “I know what you’re all thinking right now. ‘But, but…we’ve been waiting for a new Courtland story for ages, and this is it? Twenty-three thousand words? That’s all we get?’”My reaction was a little different than her prediction. I burst out with “WHAT, that’s it!!!” and a few other non-repeatable mumbles and grumbles. The feline that lets us live with her is still giving me the stink eye for scaring her with my outburst!Humor aside, let’s get down to the review. I very much enjoyed this story. Two university students from very different backgrounds meet at the university health center, where they both are seeking treatment for the flu.A huge storm hits the campus and when Seth finds Bilal on his way home, far outside the area where Bilal’s dorm is, Seth takes Bilal “in from the cold” and they are thrown together in Seth’s apartment to ride out the storm and hopefully get past the worst of the flu. What follows is a story of discovery, as they both learn things about each other and about each other’s culture, background and families. One of the young men, Seth, comes from a very well to do American family, the other, Bilal, is a Muslim from Iran, a country that executes gay men. Though they are both students at Cornell, their worlds are diametrically opposed. In addition, there are severe prejudices from both cultures towards the other which are highlighted by the actions of various individuals throughout the novella.Take this novella, as I did, as a bridge into the next generation of the family in the Courtland Chronicles. I’m expecting we will see more of Seth and Bilal soon. I’m truly hoping so, I like these characters and want to see what happens next. What happens with the big mean Aziz guy in Bilal’s dorm, what happens with Bilal’s father….I could go on and on…..I have so many questions!I can’t honestly tell you much more without this review becoming a “CliffsNotes” version of the novella! In her Afterword, Ms. Grant goes on to say that we should calm ourselves, and that another novel is on its way in late 2014 or early 2015. I hope so! I’m rating this novella a 4.0. I like it, I would have loved it if it was about 200 pages longer! I recommend you read this novella so that you’re ready, like I will be, for the continuation.A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  • Jody
    2018-12-05 01:10

    After witnessing the tumultuous and oftentimes epic journey to HEA between Eric, Nick, and Ally in previous Courtland Chronicles books it's now time for the next generation to take center stage. Nick's son Seth is making his way on his own as he doesn't want others to know he comes from money or of his unconventional upbringing. He's not ashamed of it he just doesn't want others to view him differently. He's also very comfortable with his sexuality that has him enjoying both sexes but recently dating has made him disillusioned and tired of one-night stands. They say you always find love when you least expect it and with his memorable introduction to Iranian student Balil the way he views life and love will never be the same. It's an eye-opening experience both in and out of the bedroom in a sentimental and thought-provoking start to a new generation of lovers. Seth is a confident and kindhearted young man with a rosy colored view of the world that sometimes frustrated me. Being in college I expected him to be more aware of the world with all it's good and bad beliefs. Being with Balil is a shocking entry into certain truths and promises a future just as tumultuous as what his parents went through.Balil had a very strict upbringing, especially after the death of his mother. His father taught him to be leery of Americans while his culture taught him that being gay was a death sentence. Since coming to America he's devoted himself to his studies, making virtually no friends, and hiding the forbidden thoughts going through his head even more often after meeting Seth. He's suspicious of everyone and everything which is why he's so shocked by Seth's helping him when he was sick. Their relationship evolves slowly but surely over a few days with sexual tension weighing heavily on them both. There's not much actual sex to be seen though as Balil is still very uncertain in choosing to live his life freely with a lot of foreboding feelings courtesy of the few Iranian students he associates with. The only time the burden of expectations leaves him is in Seth's arms.This is a quick read with two likable but very different people. It's a sweet and sentimental read as well as thought-provoking as Ms. Grant seamlessly incorporated political issues into the narrative to emphasize the freeing relationship burgeoning between Balil and Seth. With an ending that's satisfying but clearly leaves room for more readers will be happy to see the return of the Courtlands and counting down the days to see where life and love takes Seth and Balil next.

  • Ali
    2018-12-15 05:01

    ***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review ***This is probably a bit less than 4 stars, but I rounded up.I'm glad I didn't know that this was part of the Courtland Chronicles series when I picked it up. There was an element to those books that I couldn't get past and I never completed the series. This book, however, I was able to get into and enjoy, and then... it was over. More of a tease than anything else. This book touches on a lot of things, but never really delves into anything.Seth and Bilal meet at a clinic, both suffering from the flu... Seth a down-to-earth rich kid, Bilal a biracial Iranian/English student with a strict Muslim upbringing. The interactions between them are relatively brief: a weekend snowed in, a night in New York... mostly "getting to know you" time, with just a tiny bit of steam...While I must admit my ignorance beyond the general facts of the Iranian culture, this book paints it on a whole in a negative light. Besides Bilal's sister, the other Iranian characters are portrayed in a borderline villainous way... And while there is no denying that there are some laws/beliefs/acts that are unimaginable and unforgivable, i.e. the killing of gay men, there surely must be some beauty... yet it seemed as though Bilal felt as if being Muslim was a burden more than anything else. It got in the way of his studies... None of the positives were ever mentioned...That being said, I was relieved when (view spoiler)[Bilal decided to stay in the US(hide spoiler)]. The book wraps up, but still, it felt very open ended, and left me wondering... (view spoiler)[what about Bilal's father... and did anything happen because of Aziz?? (A character that popped up menacingly a couple of times but never long enough to influence anything). (hide spoiler)]It was a good story, and I'll probably read the next book if it focuses on these two characters... (view spoiler)[though i hope the next book cover doesn't use a model with chest stubble... I love me some stubble, just not on a guy's chest... (hide spoiler)] =)

  • T.M. Smith
    2018-11-22 01:13

    Seth Thompson lives an open and accepted lifestyle, completely opposite from the life Bilal is forced to lead. Seth was raised by a very unconventional family that is comprised by two dads and one mom, as a threesome. So to say Seth and his family are open minded would likely be an understatement. In contrast, Bilal was born and raised as a practicing Muslim. His family would disown him and his country would see him dead if they knew his secret. None the less, Seth reaches out and offers assistance to Bilal when he sees him first at the clinic, then at the pharmacy and finally stuck in the early falling snow at the bus stop.Seth offers Bilal a warm place to stay and wait out the storm outside, not knowing about the storm raging inside the young man. Soon enough the mutual attraction and being trapped inside due to the storm, in a small confined space, brings the feelings Bilal fights so hard to supress to the surface. But once the storm clears and Bilal goes home, will he maintain the new found friendship? Or go back to living a shadow of a life, being everything that is expected of him, and nothing that he wants to be.Opposites attract is the heir apparent in this short story that is all about finding your way and being who you are. There was a decent amount of back story for so few pages, and though brief, you do get a glimpse into the lives of each young man. I haven’t read the series this story stemmed from, but I still easily followed along and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Not necessarily a HEA ending, more of a HFN, and the ending was a little abrupt. Overall a really good story that kept my attention throughout, I hope there is more to come for these two from Ms. Grant. * I received a copy of this novella through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

  • Michelle Rae
    2018-12-17 02:04

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When an act of kindness brings two men together, can attraction grow into something more? Although practically strangers, Seth Courtland offers fellow student Bilal a warm place to stay as they both recuperate from illness. As a winter storm rages outside, an intimacy and connection grows between Seth and Bilal. But in the the broad light of day, and out in the real world, can they can they forge something meaningful? Bilal, facing ostracism and worse for being gay, must decide if he can be true to himself or if he will continue to deny his attraction to Seth. Seth, open and caring, must decide if he will risk his heart and pursue a relationship with Bilal.This is a sweet, short story and I enjoyed it. But I feel it had the potential to be so much more. I was left wanting more growth to the characters, more insight into their struggles , more depth to their evolving emotions... just more. This is a novella, so perhaps there wasn't room for more, but it left me vaguely dissatisfied. But then I read the author's Afterword and realized this is just the beginning and Seth and Bilal will continue their journey together in a novel coming out next year. So treat this like an introduction rather than a complete story... I plan on picking up the next book when it comes out, so I can watch their relationship grow.Oh, and while this book continues the Courtland saga, it is a stand-alone story. I haven't read any of the previous books but after meeting one of Seth's Dada, I will probably be picking up the first book.

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    2018-12-17 03:09

    Okay, so I have to start off with telling you how hard I laughed - and then coughed to death - when I started reading a book with a main character diagnosed with bronchitis...the day after I was diagnosed with bronchitis. And I can tell you that the author clearly has her facts correct because the medication Seth is given is the same medication that I am on. Moving on. This story was so close to five stars but for one thing: the ending is so abrupt. I flipped to the next page to find it was the end and was so upset. The book could have, and in my opinion SHOULD have, gone on more. The story was great, Seth and Bilal are fascinating characters, and I wanted more. What is Thanksgiving like? What happens when Bilal is seen with Seth around his fellow Iranian students? What about when he tells his father? There are so many questions left unanswered. I also felt like the external conflict was a bit lacking. There's some short run-ins around the other students that makes Bilal nervous, but nothing ever comes of it. I was a bit let down. I wanted to see Bilal really stand on his own feet and put them in their place. The internal conflict is strong, though, so that part is not lacking in the least. Overall a good book. You don't have to read the other books in the Courtland series to understand it. I didn't. But will I go back and check them out? Most likely at some point.

  • Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
    2018-11-26 02:23

    Bilal and Seth see each other in the waiting room at the campus health facility. It’s really cold outside and they’re both very sick. They find each other again walking home, and Seth invites Bilal to his house, just to get out of the snowstorm. To avoid the long walk home that would be near to impossible due to his fever, Bilal accepts the invitation.This is a short story, so, by necessity, the plot moves along quickly. Even with that, I was a surprised at how abruptly Bilal and Seth went from secretly longing for each other to acting on it. It was very sweet, though, with Bilal conflicted and Seth trying to understand. It was a sweet and hot story, but it definitely feels like just the beginning. It’s no cliffhanger, but Seth and Bilal definitely have issues to work through.This story is related to the Courtland Chronicles series – Seth is the son of the main characters. It stood alone very well, though. I’d recommend it for readers who enjoy a short and quick m/m romance.

  • Tully Vincent
    2018-11-24 06:19

    I received a copy of this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.The way these two guys meet is defintely unforgettable & memorable . . . sick as dogs with flu in an ER and then stuck in an apartment without power for the night in a New York snowstorm!!! This was a very sweet coming out story for Bilal. The scenes in NYC of how a Middle Easterner is treated were eye opening, as were the facts of how gays are treated in his home country. Wow. . . won't say more for fear of it being spoilers, but yeah. . . I think from some allusions in the story that I would have enjoyed this even more if I'd read the past Courtland series books, but alas, I had not. I will perhaps explore them later and revisit this story then. The story was short and ended a bit abruptly for me and left me wanting more, although I understand from the afterward that a full length novel is in the works so assuming that is why.

  • Vicki Tubridy
    2018-11-30 22:27

    Yes a new book from Cat Grant and one from the Courtland books. This story had me from from the first line right to the last and even then I was screaming noooo I want more what's next. I love the dynamic between Seth and Bilal and how they come from two different worlds very different cultures yet they find each other. Cat truly wrote this from the heart and it shows through each and every words you will read. I don't want to give anything away by saying more. This is a MUST read you will get everything you love in this story.I for one cannot wait to more if THIS story and other Courland books.

  • Jennifer Tabler
    2018-12-04 01:15

    There were parts I liked and parts didn't. I like how it showed that no matter there nationality not everyone is evil. I would like to read a story about Seths parents it would be interesting. What I didn't like is that it didn't have descriptive sex or them having full blown sex. The author leads you to thinking they are going to do it and then the story stops.Also wish the story was more about the storm. Other than that likeable characters decent story.

  • Shelby P
    2018-11-24 05:26

    It was nice to read about a Muslim homosexual in the closet. This book kept reminding me of Reza from Shah's of Sunset and what his life must have been like in Iran. I'm curious to learn more about Seth's family and I see that I got that book while it was free too. YAY!!'Maybe I missed it but I wondered if Bilal's mother was white or full Iranian. How did she have such an open mind to raise such great kids but be with a man so narrow minded? I wanted more back story on that subject.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-01 01:28

    I was given this book free by the author for an unbiased review.Seth meets Bilal, an Iranian, at the clinic when they are both sick. On the way home, Seth finds Bilal sitting on a bench, disorientated and takes him back to his home.The story is one of Bilal trying to come to terms with his homosexuality and whether he wants a relationship with Seth.I enjoyed this book but it finished at 89% just as I was getting into it and would really have liked it to be longer.

  • Kristie
    2018-12-05 00:14

    A wonderful taste of what's to come! I'm a fan of the Courtland Chronicles and having a story focused on Seth is awesome. I really can't wait to see where the next book in the series goes. More of Seth and Bilal will be welcome. I love their budding friendship and intimacy. This was a great start for the continuation of these books. Excited!

  • GlamLawyer
    2018-11-16 06:12

    I couldn't bring myself to read the Courtland books after reading the first. But luckily this isn't necessary to read that short story. I expected something else. More steamy and less angsty. The themes were intriguing but they're too heavy to be handled in such a short book. The worst thing was the lack of chemistry between the MCs. It felt more like friends than lovers for me.

  • Amy
    2018-11-23 22:14

    This was a great story of being OK with who you are and working through what is expected of you. Seth and Bilal were a great couple and I could feel the tension that Bilal had regarding his heritage and family expectations. I will definitely read more by this author.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-13 03:24

    A wonderful story I can't wait to read the next in this series.

  • Eunice
    2018-11-23 01:13

    As much as I liked the story and the idea behind this book, there's so much that it was lacking, and I was left with many unanswered questions which I don't like.

  • Tsubaki
    2018-12-09 23:18

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.-This was a wonderful example of a simple premise done right. Seth and Bilal met at the campus clinic waiting area as they waited to see a doctor about their horrible flu. They meet again and conversed briefly a little later at the pharmacy to fill out their drug prescription. And once more as Seth made his way home only to see Bilal lost and sitting on a bench having overshot his own housing area. Worried, Seth takes Bilal home and the two wound up spending nearly the entire weekend together as a storm made it impossible for Bilal to leave.Much of the story's conflict was focused on Bilal's growth as a person as he tried to grasp where he truly belonged. Being torn between familial obligation, religious beliefs, Seth, and consequently, a chance at happiness and live as he wanted. Not to mention the instant racism and discrimination he faced as a Muslim living in post war on terror States. It's pretty obvious why he wound up so suspicious of the people around him in return and I really can't say I envied the position he was in. Both characters were really sweet and just… cute. I really loved that Bilal wasn't an asshole about the whole situation and even more so that he didn't take it fear out on Seth. And Seth for his part was extremely understanding and tried very hard to help Bilal however he could. With his very unconventional family situation and upbringing, he's very open minded and accepting of everything and everyone around him. While I found it somewhat misplaced, he did mean well when he insisted on showing Bilal everything he had missing from his oppressive life back in Iran. All in all, the characters were nicely developed with quite a bit of depth to them.The pacing of the story was wonderfully slow. The issues presented in this story required a ton of character development as it progressed and I'm extremely happy that it wasn't rushed. (view spoiler)[My only complaint in this case would be that the whole thing with Bilal and his father/return to Iran was never really addressed in the end. The book didn't have the kind of closure I was expecting so I guess there's a good chance there may be a sequel…? (hide spoiler)]

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2018-12-11 02:27

    I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed quite a few Cat Grant books. When I saw this recent release I just had to grab it. I LOVE college guy gay romances. They are a favorite of mine. Seth and Bilal are both students at Cornell and they are fighting the flu that seems to be plaguing students at the worst possible time, right before midterms. Bilal is all study and no play. His Muslin upbringing and the expectations of his father has him living a dull life. He also doesn’t have the time or funds to be sick. Sitting in the school clinic waiting room is not how he wants to spend his time. He knows that he has to get through the cold and flu season thus he sits and waits for the meds to help him. The household Seth was raised in allows him to have a very open mind to others. His kind soul lets him see things differently than many. When Seth sees the very attractive Bilal suffering the same cold and flu and miserable weather that he is he sees only one option, to bring them In From the Cold. This makes for a very sweet romance. Seth and Bilal’s initial goals are get well enough to make it through midterms. Seth takes this opportunity to explore things with Bilal. He sees something in Bilal that many others never see. Bilal has to come to terms with what truly makes him happy even though it goes against everything his father expects of him and the religious beliefs that he knows he should follow. In the end I was left wanting more. I looked into the previous Courtland Chronicle novellas and see that they follow the main characters through more than one novella. I’m guessing that readers will get more page time with Seth and Bilal in other books. Had I known that going into this one I probably would have skipped it or waited until there was more than one to read. So the less than wowed level of enjoyment rests fully on me, not the author or her story.

  • Lara
    2018-11-27 04:13

    [DBML Event: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review]This novella is part of the "Courtland Chronicles" but it could be very well read alone (as I did).It was a pleasant but very short story.And that's probably the cause of my biggest issue with this novella: while the author tried to introduce many very complex themes (Bilal's heritage, Seth's non-traditional upbringing, religious and cultural hang-ups, ect.) there simply wasn't enough time to explore them all.For how short In From the Cold is, the reader learns to know very well Seth and Bilal (separately). The author did in fact a very good job in developing this two new character in so few pages but, in the end, it felt to me as if I didn't get the chance to know how they worked with each other. I didn't get to know Bilal-and-Seth as a couple. For that same reason, this story seemed to me almost incomplete...I missed the romance between those two!Nevertheless I'm a little curious about Seth's parents and their coming together so I wouldn't turn down the chance to read about them in the previous books of this series. All things considered this was an okay read to me, hence the 2 stars.At last, I'd like to thank again the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and I hope she appreciates my honest review.

  • Janie
    2018-11-17 06:27

    I can't even begin to imagine what Bilal must have felt like being a Muslim and having feelings for Seth. He would literally have to change so much of his life and beliefs to be with Seth and truly be happy. I hope in the next book they are still together and very happy. This was a nice sweet and loving short story.