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…
Paperback, 224 pagesPublished November 19th 2013 by Harlequin
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in search of a good Christmas read and since I had not previously read any of Thayne's work I went in to this without any expectations and an open mind.
I have to admit that I enjoyed this read quite a bit and perhaps a little more than I thought I would. Since this was an instalment in a series of book about Cold Creek I was worried that I would not be able to read this as a stand alone novel. I was wrong.
This was a story about family, Christmas and forgiveness. I fell in love with the entire Bowman family and I can understand why there are twelve stories written around this family and town. Although the story does follow the typical formula one would expect in this type of novel I found that there was more depth in the characters and the storyline than other stories I have read in this genre. One thing I really liked was that this story did not have any sex scenes in it. While not opposed to this I do find that often the attraction between two characters is only physical and I struggle to find any other connection. This was not the case in this read. The attraction between Sarah and Ridge was an emotional one and therefore in my opinion made it a much more interesting read.
I do have to admit that it seemed hard to believe that there were so many wonderful people in one family however I suppose that is the reason this is fiction. If I wanted reality I would not have picked this book up. It was a great escape and just the Christmas read I was looking for. I am now curious about the other Cold Creek stories and I will be spending some time catching up with the rest of the series.
I am glad I was introduced to Thayne's work and I will be reading more of it in the future.