Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or 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 be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…
With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall 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—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?
Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy!
OMG, Grant’s story–loved!!!
Watching Grant drink his way through his brothers’ stories was painful. I hoped against hope that his journey toward his own HEA would be worthy of his backstory, and oh, boy–was it ever. McKenna was exactly the heroine he needed. She didn’t know his tragic history for a large portion of the book, and certainly didn’t know the secret that no one else knew–he got to tell her both of those things, if not exactly on his own schedule, then at least in his own way. She had her own less-than-ideal upbringing; in a twisted sort of fashion it was their individual crappy histories that helped to make them prefect for each other. Though of course it’s not going to be easy, Ms. Yates makes sure of that 😉
OMG, you guys–I cried some pretty ugly hopeful/happy tears in the last 10% or so of this story. It. Was. So. Good. I’m afraid I’m going to be good for pretty much nothing for the rest of the day…
A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas should work just fine as a standalone if needed–really, it’s Grant and McKenna’s story, and everything you need to know about how their pasts influence their present is revealed in due course here. Because it’s a Maisey Yates book, though, there’s all kinds of secondary characters with equally wonderful and awkward relationships on the pages too–if you’ve read previous series books, you’ll love seeing them all again, but if you haven’t, that’s fine too. There’s all kinds of delightful hints at future stories here too (Bea and Dane! Jamie and Gabe! Gabe’s brothers!) that are going to make sure that Ms. Yates’ books are going to be playing an active role on my TBR for quite some time to come…
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.