A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates Release Date: September 25, 2018 Publisher: HQN Books Book #4 in the Gold Valley series Number of Pages: 370 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon purchase Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F Rating: XXX Read 9/26/18
I’m so happy Grant finally gets his HEA. He would hate to hear me say this, but I’ve just felt so bad for him every time he’s popped up in the previous books. And poor, broken McKenna was the perfect woman to give him his second chance.
Grant became a husband, and then a widower, at such a young age in a pretty small town. That has led to looks of pity and concern for almost half of his life. Out-of-towner McKenna has no idea why Grant is such a prickly cactus so she’s sassy and sarcastic with him from the start. That’s a refreshing change for Grant and, against his own wishes, he responds to that spunk.
McKenna has had quite a hard-knock life. She isn’t Miss Susie Sunshine, but she also hasn’t let it totally destroy her outlook on life. As much as she hates how her hopes always seem to be dashed, she can’t help still holding out for that hope of a better tomorrow. She’s more like Cynical Cindy, middle name Hope.
Regardless that both McKenna and Grant are shaking in their boots to have a “real” relationship that may fall apart, they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Even when their words tend to hurt one another. Most of the time those words are said in total innocence since they’ve kept certain aspects of their pasts under cover from one another, but still. Yet, as I said, they still find their way back with together over and over.
This story also introduced the Dalton family a bit more than the bits and pieces we’ve heard of them previously. Since I’m sure they’ll be part of Jamie’s story, it was nice getting to know them a little more. And I can’t help but swoon over the thought of smoke jumping cowboys…yes, please!
McKenna and Grant will surely break your heart, but they also patch each other’s hearts up and give each other a future to look forward to.