True-Blue Cowboy Christmas by Nicole Helm
Series: Big Sky Cowboys #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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BIG SKY CHRISTMAS
Thack Lane has his hands full. For the past seven years, he's been struggling to move on from his wife's tragic death and raise a daughter all by his lonesome. He doesn't have time for himself, much less a cheerful new neighbor with a smile that can light up the ranch.
Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.
With Christmas right around the corner, Summer Shaw is searching for somewhere to belong. When her neighbor's young daughter takes a shine to her, she is thrilled. But Thack is something else altogether. He's got walls around his heart that no amount of holiday wishes can scale. Yet as joy comes creeping back to the lonely homestead, Summer and Thack may just find their happily ever after before the last of the Christmas miracles are through...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sometimes I go crazy and pick up a book in an ongoing series. This either works or blows back in my face. In True-Blue Cowboy Christmas‘s case, it was a mixture of the two.
Thak has been raising his daughter and keeping the ranch running with only the help of his sick father. After losing his wife tragically and swearing to her to keep their little girl safe, his only focus is keeping his baby out of danger. Any and all types of danger, but a seven-year-old fairy reading girl can’t be kept under lock.
Summer has finally found a place to belong. Kind of, as her family is all moving on and they don’t really need her anymore. So when the little girl from the neighboring ranch keeps showing up at her door without her father’s consent she sets to helping them out.
At first, Thak is completely opposed to having Summer, some hippie unknown woman around his daughter. Soon, though her starts to see all Summer is capable of, and how she is exactly what his little girl needs. So what if she is the first woman he seems to be interested in after he became a widow and single father? He most certainly doesn’t have the inclination nor the time to do anything about it.
As the story moves along, we begin to learn about Summer’s past and it’s not pretty. Her feelings for Thak keep leaving her off balance, especially when he seems to feel the same way but fights it tooth and nail.
Thak was a really great dad, he was also an upstanding kind of guy and when he started to let his guard down and let Summer warm his heart, he was downright perfect.
Summer had a little bit of a need to please everyone, this was a result of her upbringing, and as we kept learning more about it I kept feeling more and more for her. I did wonder how could she have stayed for so long seeing as she was not a girl there at the end, but I can’t even imagine what it’d be like to grow up in an environment like that.
There’s a little mystery and suspense surrounding Summer and her family situation, a slow-burn-ish romance and an adorable fairy-wings-wearer little girl. While I enjoyed Summer’s and Thak’s story and I could perfectly keep up with it, Summer’s family dynamics kept me feeling I should have read the series in order to better understand what was going on.
So though I can’t say it was a problem to pick up this one first, I strongly suggest reading this series in order.
Rating: 3.5 “Fairy Queen” Stars
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