Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (Gold Valley #4) by Maisey Yates

"I've never had anyone look at me the way that you do." - McKenna Tate

A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas
Author: Maisey Yates
Series: Gold Valley #4
Publisher: HQN
Published: September 25, 2018
Source: Publisher

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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?

It's not a secret that I absolutely adore Hallmark Christmas movies. Two people finding love... Discovering new friendships... Families fighting the odds to come together... To me, there is something special about them and I'll watch as many as I can each year.

Reading A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas was like stepping into a Christmas movie. This book had everything I love. Grant and McKenna falling in love despite their wounded pasts. McKenna finding friends and family in the small town of Gold Valley. Classic holiday romance themes.

Growing up in the foster system, McKenna Tate always felt unwanted. Her mother left her when she was two years old. She doesn't know who her father is. So when she turned 18, McKenna was left to survive on her own. Years later, she arrives in Gold Valley in hopes of finally having a family. She didn't expect to find Grant and his family. They welcome her into their arms with no hesitation. However, Grant is a difficult nut to crack and it takes longer for him to welcome her.

After the death of his mom, Grant Dodge went on a downward spiral. In school he turned into a bully. He started flunking classes and generally couldn't care less. That all changed the day he met Lindsay and she changed his world. After losing her years later, Grant regressed into his darkness than developed him as a teenager. Merely going through the motions until he finds McKenna sleeping in one of the Dodge's unused cabins. Little does he know that she's about to open his world to the possibility of love again. 

I loved A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas. I'm still new to Maisey Yates and I'm having fun meeting her characters. I love her writing style. She made me swoon and tear up in the matter of a few chapters. Something personal happened to me while I was finishing up the book. Watching McKenna overcome everything stacked against her to find family and love made me cry. During my tough couple of days and reading A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas, it definitely reminded me what is most important during this time of the year. Be with the ones you love and live every moment to the fullest. And if I take anything away from this book, it's that. Thank you, Maisey.

New York Times 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.

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