Published by HQN Books on October 1, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Western, Holiday, Contemporary
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!
Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed and wondered how either you would review it or discuss it with someone else? A Tall,Dark Cowboy Christmas was like that for me. There are a few reasons for that which I will explore with you.
First, the fun reason. Readers of the Gold Valley series have likely been anticipating Grant’s book. We’ve gotten so many glimpses of him and know his painful background so of course we think we know all there is to know about Grant. For those of you that haven’t read any of the books in the series yet, Grant married his highschool sweetheart knowing she had a terminal illness, and due to some unwanted media attention he can’t ever escape the imagine of the saintly widower. Even in the moments where he is able to forget the pain of losing his wife, the well meaning members of the town bring it back up. So like I said, we’ve heard and seen so much of Grant in the other books that we assume we know all there is to know about him. Well let me tell you, there was a huge reveal in this book and it’s a doozy that I never saw coming. Here’s the bummer, I can’t tell you about it here even though I REALLY want to. While I’m not always anti-spoilers when it comes to reviews, I feel like in this case it’s something each reader should come across as the story unfolds. What I will tell you, is Grant is an even more amazing man than his backstory would lead you to believe. When you read this book, I’d love to discuss it with you so feel free to pop on over to Twitter and chat with me about it. (I’m @NE_rom)reader for those of you that don’t already know).
Now for the not so fun reason this review is hard to write. You see McKenna’s backstory had some elements that mirrored events in my own life. While that wasn’t readily apparent from the blurb, looking back I realize I should have seen it coming as the story progressed. You see, McKenna is searching for the paternal side of her family. They have no idea she exists, so she’s understandably nervous about how they will react whens he approaches them. I happened to be reading the scene where this reunion took place one morning before getting out of bed to get ready for work and to say that it would rip my heart out unexpectedly would be an understatement. When Hank turns McKenna away, I was devastated. I’ve lived that moment, although without someone trying to hand me a check to soften the blow. I thought I had worked through all of that, but when I read that scene it seemed to pick a scab I didn’t think was still there and I’ll have to figure out what to do with that wound now that it’s feeling raw again. While it was painful to experience along with McKenna, i think the fact it had such an emotional impact on me as a reader speaks to how well the author described both the event and the associated feelings that McKenna was experiencing. Luckily for McKenna, thank you romance, she found her HEA so all is well that ends well in Gold Valley. If only real life followed the same pattern.
If you’re a fan of cowboy romance or holiday romances make sure to pick up A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas. You won’t be disappointed.