USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings readers back to the ranch for an emotional holiday visit with The Cowboys of Cold Creek
Hardened rancher Ridge Bowman has long told himself he has no need for love—just work and his little girl are enough to get him through. But when his “cleaning lady,” Sarah Whitmore, gets injured on his staircase, well, of course he has to invite her to spend the holidays with him. It’s only the responsible thing to do.
Only, Sarah isn’t really there to work on his house. She came bearing precious artwork belonging to Ridge’s late mother, and possibly a secret that could devastate them both. But as Christmas draws closer, so does Ridge—and Sarah convinces herself that she will tell him what she knows as soon as the holiday is over. She might be the key to his past—if only he could be a part of her future…
When you read hundreds of books a year, characters and situations tend to blend into each other until almost all the time it’s hard to remember the particulars.
When you read dozens of category romances that are set in rural USA and feature small town cowboy-types, it definitely isn’t normal to remember much at all about them.
So it speaks to the quality of RaeAnne Thayne’s writing that not only do I remember pretty much everything about her annual Christmas instalments in the Cold Creek series, but that I really look forward to them each year.
This was another good one. I really love the author’s writing style; there’s nothing samey about it and she doesn’t blend into the background a few days after reading. I also like the situations she comes up with for her characters, such as this one, that starts with our heroine mysteriously turning up on the hero’s doorstep. One case of mistaken identity and a few minutes later, and she’s toppled down a flight of stairs, broken her body and is being taken away in an ambulance. With nowhere else for her to go to recover, bam! hero and heroine are thrown together in a tangle of secrets.
Yes, the love story moves astoundingly fast, but this is #1 a category romance and #2 a Christmas book; there’s not a lot of time to play with!
Christmas romances tend towards the cheesy, but I never feel that way about the books in this series. They’re really engaging romances that happen to take place at Christmastime, rather than books that turn up the sweetness factor to the point you feel sick.
I also appreciate that the author knows how to update us on previous storylines without ruining the current one. Too often with series books you have multiple moments of, here we go with the lengthy backstories again. Not the case here.
If you’re one of those readers who like to read Christmas books at the end of the year, I’d definitely recommend this one.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.