Friday, November 01, 2019


Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.
Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family―and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?
Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business―and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . . 

Release Date: October 29, 2019
St. Martin’s Press
River Ranch #3
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

Normally I would never read a book that’s the third in a series if I haven’t read the first two. It sends my OCD into overdrive. But I decided to live dangerously and give it a go. I didn’t feel like I was missing pieces to the puzzle from previous books, but it felt odd. This is not the authors fault, of course. I was a rebel for once, and I’ve decided that it’s overrated! LOL!

Anyways, this was a sweet romance with some angst sprinkled in. There wasn’t as much “heat” in the sexy times department as I would have liked, but I’m a floozy for that stuff. There was definite lust simmering, and tons of chemistry. 

I like the second chance romance trope, and I really liked that these two had so much history between them. It was interesting to see how they both grew into themselves over the years that they were apart. 

Cody, the hero, was a bit too cocky for my liking. Maybe a bit smug? I was able to warm up to him after a while, but I’m still not a huge fan. Lexi was just kinda...meh. I don’t know, I guess I couldn’t connect with her character. I wasn’t all that invested in Cody and Lexi’s story. 

Overall, this book was ok, but it just fell a bit flat for me. The plot was solid, but the hero and heroine didn’t make my heart flutter. 

Rating: 2.5 Stars (C+)

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