• Ginger Snapping All the Way

  • By: Gabbi Grey
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Maddox

I’m not a fan of Christmas. I’m happy to stay up in my mountain cabin and let the silly season pass me by. But when a friend asks for a favor, I can’t say no. Now I’m stuck in my cabin during a snowstorm, trapped with the most beautiful man I’ve ever met - who can’t wait to get away. He just might break my heart when he goes.

Ravi

I’m racing to get home for the birth of my goddaughter when mechanical troubles force my plane’s emergency landing. There are no beds at the inn due to a horrendous storm, but a friend says she knows a guy who won’t mind putting me up until the bad weather passes. Now I’m trapped with that man, and I must decide if I stay, hiding from the rest of the world, or go and face my past to earn a shot at my happily ever after.

This is a 72,000-word, hurt/comfort, lumberjack/nurse, grumpy/sunshine, forced-proximity MM romance novel with a moderate amount of angst.

©2021 Gabbi Grey (P)2021 Gabbi Grey
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Adorable!!

I absolutely loved this sweet opposites attract holiday romance.

Such a great book with a solid storyline and great characters.

I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author.

A definite recommend

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Grumpy lumberjack love

✅ Ginger lumberjack bottom
✅ PTSD
✅ Loss and tragedy
✅ POC MC
✅ Smaller top
✅ Forced proximity
✅ Snowed in
✅ Sassy Dog

I think this book needs a trigger warning which I will leave at the end of this review. Feel free to read it if you want to or not, it is a slight spoiler.

Ravi suffered a tragedy 2 years ago that led him to a decision to leave his life and everyone he loved behind and try and deal with the pain. But a promise to his best friends and a early birth has him coming back to Canada months earlier than he planned. But between the weather and a mechanical failure he's stuck a few hours from his destination. With all the hotels full and the airplane shutting down there's not a lot of options, but his sister knows someone who knows someone.

Maddox is a former search and rescue member who had one mission go terribly wrong costing him almost everything. The only thing that kept him alive that night was his friend and teammate. So when she calls and asks him to pick up and take in her gf's brother he immediately agrees even though he's becoming more reclusive everyday. He lives his life in his cabin with his little dog and works from home. Only venturing out when absolutely necessary or when his sister makes a fuss. After picking Ravi up from that airport Maddox never knew how much was about to change.

I would call this book pretty close to insta love considering the book takes place over about a week. they make a cute couple and there's very little drama between the two of them besides the whole will he stay or will he go issue.
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Spreads a bit of holiday magic

Ginger Snapping All the Way, by Gabbi Grey, spreads a bit of holiday magic when Mother Nature provides a generous heaping of snow, combining one grumpy ginger lumberjack, an outwardly effervescent nurse and a sassy pooch with an attitude. By forcing this trio together, years of emotional baggage is unpacked, revealing that life is worth living with the one who absconds with your heart.

This review is based on the audiobook, narrated by Michael Dean, who does a first-rate job of animating these personalities. He puts a lot of energy into his narration, so much that you feel like a voyeur on the sidelines. With Ginger Snapping All the Way, this intensifies the heat during the drool-worthy intimate interludes.

Former search and rescue guru, turned grumpy ginger lumberjack, Maddox Baker, is living isolated in his mountain cabin with his snarky pooch, Princess Sofia. Events five years earlier left him with a chronic knee injury and unresolved emotional strain. Maddox is going through the motions, but stagnating. He’s bitter and remorseful, short-tempered and a bit of a recluse… a Scrooge.

Outwardly effervescent nurse, Ravi Laxamana, is on the run from a past that is too painful for him to confront. Two years ago, Ravi suffered a tragic loss and instead of dealing with the loss, ran to the Philippines to work with a children’s charity as a surgical nurse. The premature birth of his goddaughter forces him to make an expeditious trip home to Calgary, Canada where his past lies in wait.

Well, Calgary, Canada was the intended destination for Ravi, but due to airplane mechanical issues, he arrives in Abbotsford with nowhere to stay. That is, until Meg, Maddox’s friend, arranges for Maddox to brave the weather to retrieve Ravi, her girlfriend’s brother, from the airport. Maddox gives Ravi a place to stay for the night. Mother Nature has other plans and one night turns into several.

Forcing these two tortured soles together with no out for days is the work of divine intervention and a bit of Christmas magic. It starts out as they both recognize they harbor a pain which is slowly consuming them. Oddly enough, it is Maddox who shares his past first, while Ravi holds his tightly to his chest. Their histories are heartbreaking, that is a given, but the guilt they hold onto isn’t their fault.

Maddox and Ravi’s walls weaken through a series of shared moments, mishaps and physical pleasure. There is an innate sense that they both share a similar soul crushing pain which leaves them non-judgmental. Although this happens over the course of a few days, the fascinating part is that it doesn’t feel like instant love. It is more of a bonding that forges love, while their deep connection sneaks up on them.

I love how Maddox and Ravi had to work at their relationship in Ginger Snapping All the Way. They realized the need to correct the trajectory of their lives and acted. The fact that they each made a grand jester was so romantic and it was pure satisfaction to get a glimpse into their future.

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Fabulous mutual hurt/comfort story

M/M
Mutual Hurt/comfort
Forced proximity/snowed in alone
Grumpy/sunshine
One spoiled princess puppy
Family healing

I was given an arc copy from the author and the GRR arc team for review.

I loved this book so much that I bought a copy right after I finished reading the arc.

Be advised there are triggers. This is an emotional read with tragic back stories on both of the main characters sides. Both men have been through great loss and have closed themselves off from dating and even from their families. It is a heart wrenching but also heartwarmingly sweet story and has some pretty steamy moments. I thought that it was well written. In fact this was the 4th book I read by this author and although I loved them all, I think this is my favorite. The characters were loveable and they had amazing chemistry. I will say that for a moment I wanted to hate on Ravi for his past behavior which was horrible but everyone grieves differently and he really redeems himself so I still really liked him. Without spoiloring I will say him being the baby's Godfather was an odd choice that I didn't find believable under the past circumstances.

The story only covers 3 days (I believe with all the flight cancelations), so it may feel like instalove to some. However, I truly felt like these 2 were instantly bonded by their mutual pain and understanding and helped each other heal their hearts, so it was believable to me. They needed each other. I didn't want it to end. However I felt that the story was complete and didn't leave anything out.

Michael Dean did a great job as usual. He has a great reading voice and I could listen to him read anything. He kept a good pace and expressed all the emotions wonderfully. He brought the story to life. He did different voices for the 2 MCs that were easily differentiated and he did the women and little kids voices really well. The only thing I couldn't help but wonder to myself throughout the book is that there were many mentions that Ravi is Indian but both the voice given to him didn't express this at all so that's my only small issue.

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Love finds you even when you aren't looking.

Ginger Snapping All the Way is a beautifully written forced proximity, insta-love, emotional holiday story about Maddox, Ravi and a very spoiled dog. This story grabbed me from the very beginning and I didn't want it to end. I'd love to know more of their story. When Maddox agreed to do a favor for a friend and let said friend's girlfriend's brother stay with him because the brother's plane had mechanical problems and was forced to land before reaching its destination, he had no idea his entire world would change, for the better. Two tortured souls finding their way to each other, helping each other, and loving each other. This story had a twist I wasn't expecting and had me reaching for the tissues. I loved Maddox and Ravi together from the beginning. And I loved both their grand gestures. They really are better together than on their own. I definitely recommend this book, it's one to enjoy again and again.
Narrator Michael Dean does a fabulous job. He really has a special way of bringing these characters and story to life. Another book to add to my favorites.

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Sweet story HEA

Sweet Insta love holiday romance. snowed in, a ginger lumber jack, a nurse and a cute dog. narration was good, it's Michael after all. a lot of details bring this story to life. Complicated broken hearts fall hard and fast. well worth the credit and your time to listen.

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Feel Good Book

it's a book about 2 men with serious issues from their past neither has faced. Just found it hard to fathom knowing someone less than a week can change that... then again that's just my humble opinion

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I enjoyed this book very much

I would have given it 5 stars all the way , but I felt the narration (not the fault of the performance) was tweaked too much in post and left a halting and slightly irritating cadence . I think it would have been much better left more natural and not overly touched up !!!

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Fabulous

I became a fan of this narrator in previous works. When you read the story it’s awesome add a voice and it’s a new level of wow.

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Heartfelt, Great Characters, and Killer Narration

I have a confession to make. While this is not the first audiobook I own that the author has written, this is the first I've listened to. The blurb caught my eye as their other books did, and the narrator sold me on it. I thought this would be a feel-good book, and that is somewhat true. There were some light, entertaining moments, but the story went deeper than expected. I'm not even upset by it. By the time I realized it was angsty, I was already invested in the storyline.

I loved the characters. They were likable, even when they didn't want to be. That's because, deep down, they are great guys. They're just hurting. They weren't where they needed to be to move on until they found each other. I liked how the author wasn't afraid to stick to the heteronormative idea of how a couple works. It was very refreshing. They aren't the first to do so, but it's still refreshing every time I come upon one.

Michael Dean is one of my favorite narrators. Over the last couple of years, I noticed that he got excitable throughout the audiobooks he was narrating. Things seemed to be fast, fast, fast, and occasionally overdramatized. With this book, he's more the Michael Dean I came to know and love. He put a lot of depth and care into each character and their voices. He didn't rush anything. He nailed their emotions perfectly. You can see his talent in his more recent audiobooks and definitely in this one. I was glad to see it return because he's exceptionally talented at what he does.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 11-29-21

Emotional story and great narration

Ginger Snapping All The Way is an emotional story about two men carrying a baggage from their past.
I like Gabbi Grey's writing style which is very enjoyable. I got into the story quickly and enjoyed listening to this story.

After a tragic incident during a rescue mission, Maddox has withdrawn from almost everyone and now lives alone with his dog in a cabin in the mountains after his boyfriend at the time left him. The fact that he unexpectedly gets company is because his best friend asks him for a favor. Her friend's brother, who is just passing through, is stranded at the airport due to the weather and can't make it.
Maddox picks up Ravi and the two spend time together at Maddox's cabin. This goes rather silently at first, but gradually the two thaw out and slowly open up. And then there is a certain attraction that they both can't deny. Things get really hot and Ravi is soon torn between flying on and getting to know Maddox better. I liked how they both face their past, although I think it's a pity that Ravi doesn't tell his story until so late. Both men carry scars from hurts in their past and have to face that.

I enjoyed the setting in the cabin in the mountains immensely. And Maddox's dog Sofia was a little highlight of this story.
Ginger Snapping All The Way is heartbreaking because of Ravi and Maddox's past. At the same time, the story is heartwarming, emotional, and sweet. I found both characters likable.

Michael Dean did a great job as always. His pacing is comfortable and he expresses the emotions well. He is a talented narrator who gives different voices to the various characters, making for a great listen.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and this is my honest opinion.

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  • Magnus
  • 12-17-21

Great

Another great story by Gabbi Grey. Maddox and Ravi are great characters to get to know and their journey needs to be told. Michael Dean did a super job with the narration.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 12-11-21

Fantastic!!

This has got to be one of my favourite Christmas stories!!! It's witty, heartbreaking, healing, poignant, powerful and so much more!!! I loved Ravi and Maddox. The grumpy and sunshine personalities were perfect together and added to the banter but also hid the pain and trauma these two men were holding onto.
The story is fast paced and the chemistry is off the charts! This is going to be in my re-reads I just loved it so much!!!

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 12-09-21

Lovely Ginger

This review took awhile to go live, but I just wanted to say that this novel touch my heart in such a way. It was cute, fun with a fair amount of good drama. Gabbi Grey is a new author to me and I'll definetly read more of her! Michael Dean as always delivered an amazing performance.

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  • Trio
  • 12-07-21

Adorable Hurt/Comfort Holiday Romance!

I've enjoyed every one of Gabbi Grey's stories so far, and Ginger Snapping All the Way is a perfect addition to the Holiday Re-Read shelf! This author has a real gift for building chemistry between the main characters, and Maddox and Ravi are a pair who are destined to be together.

Both men have absolutely heartwrenching stories, and thoroughly deserve a happily ever after. The way they bring out the best in each other, and compliment the other... a beautifully done opposites attract pairing.

Michael Dean does a great job, as always. His voice is perfect for these guys - he infuses humor into the light moments, and builds the emotion during the heavier scenes. And nobody can narrate a hot and heavy romance scene better. Nicely done!

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 12-06-21

Socially Isolated By Choice

MM, Forced Proximity, insta attraction, Christmas Contemporary Romance. Easy to listen to and great Characters, both of them having had a past tragedy that they haven't fully recovered from. Non stop action, plot twists and passion all whilst trying to deal with the past and cope with what's happening in the present time. Really great plot that keeps you guessing throughout.

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  • Sabbath
  • 12-06-21

Mixed emotions…

I found myself entranced with this book. The storyline is good, if not a bit “wobbly” at times. I found Maddox and Ravi to be interesting separately, however together it falls a little flat at times. This book does give some emotions, but again they are few and far between. All and all it is a nice narration.

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  • Gwen
  • 12-05-21

Stranded with a ginger…

Ravi is coming home to his family but weather sticks him with Maddox, a gorgeous loner who lives in a cabin. They both have baggage and have been hurt but unbeknownst to them fate has brought them together. It is an instalove story with a very short timeline that seems like longer. Well written and well narrated too. Lovely listen.

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  • Tanya
  • 12-03-21

enjoyable

this story overall is enjoyable. some parts seemed to drag on just a bit but didn't hinder my listening experience.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 12-02-21

Hurt/Comfort and Christmas

This book has everything you need and more, hurt, comfort, so much emotion, lust, love and a whole lot more.

What happens when two men, thrown together through bad weather and family, suitcases full of emotional baggage are snowed in? Well, you need to read this book.

Maddox is somewhat of a recluse, happy with his own company and doesn't need anyone else in his remote cabin.

Ravi is flying home for his godchild's birth, but the weather diverts his plane, and he ends up being rescued from sleeping at the airport by his sister's friend brother (Maddox).

For me, it was a little slow at the beginning, but then I somehow got fully on board and loved the story. There was humour and tears, but a great ending.

Michael Dean, as always, was a pleasure to listen to, clean and concise. I did speed up this narration which is usual for me.

Ginger Snapping All the Way
By: Gabbi Grey
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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  • Faye K
  • 12-10-21

A good fast romance story.

🎧 ❤ 5 stars, Narrated by Michael Dean
Beautifully voiced with different vocals for the characters.
📕 4 stars A good start as Maddox just wanted a night home but a phone call spoils that.
This is an awkward but grumpy first meeting for the MCs but both are attracted to each other.
Funny humoured moments between the mind dialogue speech had me laughing at times. Maddox had baggage of a past working relationship that still haunts him but he's lonely. Ravi is much the same and both need to heal and comfort.
A great story for these two guys but it all has an ending along with the snow storm confinement. Sexy scenes, age gap, snow trapped, Pan-sexual MC, HEA ending.

Maddox (40+ yrs) hated the holiday season and Christmas shopping and loved his cabin.
As a favour to his friend he was to have a cabin guest for the night from the airport.
Ravi (a nurse) 29 years was stuck at the airport in the middle of a snow storm, he sees the grumpy but handsome ginger as his rescuer.

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