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. 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!
At first glance, as different as can be...but at soul depth, a match like no other.
I've adored ALL my ventures to Gold Valley, but getting to the heart of Grant's story felt like a privilege. No, not because he supposedly deserves sainthood, but because he's always been a man of little words, hanging around the sidelines, there when needed, but unobtrusive, and when we discover what's been hiding in those depths, there's no turning back. My heart fell so hard for him as his past was revealed, and, in a third-party-haven't-actually-experienced-anything-close-to-that sorta way, I get why he shut himself off from the world. It was easier to bear being the one left behind, to deal with all that had happened as well as all that hadn't, and to protect his ever loving cowboy heart. Hey, they may be stubborn, but they can be bruised too...as can cowgirls, or those trying to get the hang of being one.
McKenna was such a full character. She had strong survival skills with a no nonsense attitude that helped to shield a tender heart of gold. Now don't get me wrong, she's no saint either, but she tries to do what's right, tries to be fair, even to her own determent at times. Her sudden appearance in Gold Valley seemed strange, what with her hiding information and all, but her mission wasn't one of great deception, but rather to find the best way to discover the truth without upsetting numerous lives. All she wanted was a place to belong, a place she could be part of a whole...to love and be loved. Too much to ask? Certainly not...but while the familial love may be hard enough to gain, the cowboy she's get her knickers in a twist over is just as much if not more of a hurdle. Even as their barriers begin to break down, even as they bare more than just their skin to one another, it's one relationship that wasn't planned...that may simply be not meant to be...unless some concessions are made on both sides and real acceptance, bone deep, is achieved.
All in all, I LOVED THIS BOOK! From start to finish, there was always something to discover, feelings to immerse yourself in, and friendly faces to reminisce with or look forward to. (SO looking forward to Jamie getting a story...and I'd love Bea to as well!) It's not a quick and easy romance, but a much heartier tale of what happens when love is all you have versus all you need. Sometimes there is another once in a lifetime, and as unexpected as it may be, it doesn't make it any less REAL.
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