A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas

Maisey Yates
A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas
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HQN Books
Release Date
September 2018
Book 4 of A Gold Valley Novel
Contemporary Romance

It's Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love...

Grant Dodge didn't expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. He also never expected to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn't know Grant's a widower. There's no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it's like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might just be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs...

With only a suitcase and a broken-down truck to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley aiming to confront her birth father, then leave by Christmas. Working at the Dodge ranch wasn't planned, nor was falling for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there's no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley; love makes her want to stay. Can it be the one gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna's own wounded heart?

Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy !

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Sep 11, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
A TALL, DARK COWBOY CHRISTMAS (A Gold Valley Novel #4) by Maisey Yates is a contemporary holiday romance. This is an addition to the Gold Valley series and does have many characters crossing over from previous books in the series. The H/h romance can be read as a standalone, but I feel some of the backstory and character interactions are better understood if you have read this series in order.

McKenna Tate was given away by her mother and put into foster care at the age of two. At age eighteen, she received paperwork that could lead her to her birth father, a famous rodeo cowboy and his family in Gold Valley. After eight years of having no one to care about her, with only a suitcase to her name, she ends up in Gold Valley broke and sleeping in an abandoned cabin. She has to figure out a way to approach her father because all she has ever dreamed of is belonging to a family and having someone care about her.

Grant Dodge has been existing, but not living, for the last eight years since his wife died. He hates the pity in all of the townspeople's eyes, but he cannot leave his responsibilities at his family's dude ranch. He is shocked when he finds a woman sleeping in the abandoned cabin on the ranch's property. His brother hires McKenna and there is something about her prickly and tough exterior that begins to break through Grant's protective shell. They agree to a no-strings attached fling.

McKenna wants the Christmas miracle of a family that cares for her and just maybe a man who loves her, too because she still believes in hope. Grant believes he has no more emotion left for a new relationship, but he also does not want to give up McKenna. Can these two find what they want and need in each other or will their pasts overshadow their future?

I loved McKenna and her never ending hope, but she also would not be taken advantage of or walked all over. Grant was a great foil to her with his loss of hope. All of the family and friends made the story feel realistic because of their own situations going on around the H/h. The sex scenes were explicit, hot and appropriate to the story. I did have a problem with how many times the author returned to McKenna's and Grant's backstories. There was a continual repeat of the same internal angst and it got to be a bit repetitive and I felt unnecessary. The unexpected love, hope and letting go of the past are what made this an enjoyable holiday read.
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