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A Ranger For Christmas

A Ranger For Christmas, November 2018
Men of the West 40
by Stella Bagwell

Harlequin Special Edition
Featuring: Sawyer Whitehorse; Vivian Hollister
224 pages
ISBN: 1335466169
EAN: 9781335466167
Kindle: B07CVHXKZB
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"Enjoy a warm Christmas in Arizona"

Fresh Fiction Review

A Ranger For Christmas
Stella Bagwell

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted February 11, 2019

Romance Contemporary | Holiday

Arizona park ranger Vivian Hollister has been stationed at Lake Pleasant State Park for several years. She's annoyed at having a new partner thrust upon her. Sawyer Whitehorse is filling in while her regular partner mends a badly broken leg. On first meeting, his good looks warm even Vivian's heart, making the December day feel like spring.

A RANGER FOR CHRISTMAS starts briskly as the two rangers swap shop talk while driving. Vivian is an attractive fit redhead in her mid-thirties, while Sawyer is not quite thirty. They discuss previous parks and partners. Eventually, Vivian explains that she's got an ex and a daughter. The rangers really don't have much in common, other than work and the love of nature. And work romances are not approved of, as they can cause tensions. So there's no chance at all of a relationship in the short few weeks of Sawyer's stay. Anyway, they have more important things to do, like track down the creeps responsible for assault and robbery of a hiker.

We get to see a cattle ranch at Three Rivers, where Vivian's brother Blake lives, a big homey sprawling house and set of barns. By contrast, Sawyer stays with his grandmother, who lives modestly on the nearby reservation. I enjoyed seeing how these disparate families spend Christmas, a season which does awaken memories but also promises a fresh start.

A RANGER FOR CHRISTMAS is part of a series called 'Men of the West' and amazingly this is book number 40. Other series by Stella Bagwell include 'The Fortunes of Texas' and she has also had individual titles aplenty since the 1990s. This author clearly takes both her men and her women seriously and writes them modern, responsible roles while talking a look at the structure of extended families. I admire the culture contrast shown in Arizona, and I will be looking out for more of Stella Bagwell's works.

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SUMMARY

No romance on the job—

Until she meets her new partner!

Arizona park ranger Vivian Hollister is not having a holiday fling with Sawyer Whitehorse—no matter how attracted she is to her irresistible new partner. Not only is a workplace romance taboo, she has a daughter to raise. So why is she starting to feel that the Apache ranger is the one to help carry on her family legacy? A man to have and to hold forever…


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