"Trilogy of wonderful novellas for the season"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted January 5, 2017
Holiday | Romance Western
A trilogy of novellas by three authors who demonstrate
their talent for romance with just the right touch of
humor. SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS is a really well done
addition to this season's booklist.
First up is CLOSE TO PERFECT part of the Montana
series by Jennifer Ryan. Small town living sounds idyllic
and but reality is pretty far from that. Gossip and
innuendo are one thing to live with but danger, envy,
jealousy and rage -- well that's another story. Abby lived
with a strict unyielding, uncaring father where saving
face was more important than caring for his daughter. Abby
found the love, caring and warmth missing from her folks
with Dex. Young love but for Abby so much more -- until it
too became a dark place for her and their unborn child.
Many years later circumstances prevail and Abby returns
to her hometown knowing that unfinished business needs to
be resolved especially between her and Dex. Unfortunately
it looks like the political climate of the town has
remained unchanged. Now Abby has to decide whether to stay
or run again.
Next in line is HOT WINTER'S NIGHT by Lia Riley part of
series. You seldom think of hot and steamy
in the same breath as blizzard conditions but that's the
reality of Goldie and Kit. Goldie of the stubborn, strong-
willed variety of women who makes Kit, now the town
sheriff, crazier than anything. He calls Goldie -- Cookie --
as in tough cookie -- kind of says it all.
Goldie was known as the Ice Queen but her friends saw her
in a very different light and to Kit -- well she was it.
The one. But time and circumstances had driven a wide
wedge between them. Kit held onto to good memories but as
a realist he knew Goldie had not. Hey can't fault a guy
from using any opportunity to relight the flame.
Third novella in this collection is SNOWED IN AT COPPER
RIDGE LAKE by Maisey Yates part of her Copper
series. Mia and Devlin's story is destined to melt your
heart along with any snowfall. Mia's been a rather
constant guest at the Grayson's -- best friend with Faith
Grayson she has been pretty much accepted as one of the
family. Faith's older brothers have become sort of
surrogate brothers to Mia and treat her pretty much the
way they treat Faith. You know -- brotherly love and
annoyance -- it goes hand in hand.
But over the years Mia has begun to notice Dev more and
more. She's pretty sure it's all one sided but when faced
the spending time alone at the Grayson family lodge Mia is
beginning to feel more than she expected and certainly
more than she would truly acknowledge. The Grayson's were
family to her and she wouldn't do anything to affect that
relationship. But unknown to Mia -- Dev is also battling
his own growing attractions to her baby sister's best
friend. Seems like they both need an awakening and this
might be an unexpected opportunity.
I never miss a chance to read anything by Jennifer Ryan
and Maisey Yates and with SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS I got the
opportunity to meet Lia Riley. SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS is a
lovely composite of three rather random novellas that
although are part of ongoing series carrying their own
weight. All face the same battle between the sexes during
the season of love and miracles.
When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country,
three couples find once off-limits love just in time for
Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from
bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia
Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan
At sixteen, Abigail gave Dex the gift of a lifetime, but
the cost of it was more than he ever knew. Now she’s back
in town with a secret that has been ten years in the
making and this time it’s Dex’s turn to make the ultimate
sacrifice or risk losing her forever.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by
Mia Landry has always had it bad for brooding cowboy
Devlin Grayson. Too bad he’s her best friend’s older
brother. But when they find themselves snowed in at
Copper Ridge Lodge, Mia finally has the chance to tell
the man of her dreams exactly what she wants… him.
Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley
While Brightwater is being covered in snow, Goldie Flint
is stuck in her flower shop. She never expected her hero
to be Kit Kane, the former love of her life. Kit knows
that what he had with Goldie isn’t just in the past and
with the help of a little bet, an ornery grandmother, and
a lot of snow, he’s ready to show her that what he really
wants for Christmas is a second chance.
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