Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen

Title:  Her Mistletoe Cowboy
Series:  Montana Born Christmas #3
Author:  Alissa Callen
Published:  October 20/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  122pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Corporate analyst, Ivy Bishop, intends spending Christmas holed up in an isolated Montana ranch house with only an abandoned puppy for company. When the festive season ends her broken heart might just have had just enough time to heal.

Ex-rodeo rider, Rhett Dixon, has put his playing days behind him. He has something to prove. Despite being the first son in three generations of ranchers, he is determined to succeed in ranching on his own merits.

But when Rhett’s new neighbor proves to be far-too-pretty and far-too-compassionate, his single-minded focus deserts him. And the more time Ivy spends with the workaholic, blue-eyed cowboy next door the more she realizes her heart isn’t actually broken – yet.

My Review:

This is a very insightful novel. Callen takes what could be an ordinary Christmas romance and transforms it into something more, while keeping all of the magic and romance of the season. She brings Marietta to life in a vivid manner that will draw you into the heart of the tale. Her down to earth narrative combined with vivid descriptions will plunk you down in the middle of this ranch and you won’t want to leave.

I loved getting to know the characters in this novella. Callen takes the time to develop both as individuals with complete pasts and hopes for the future. We’ve met Rhett in previous stories from Marietta, but I was so happy to see him in so much of a better place in this one. Getting to know him as an individual, and getting to know his background better made everything so much more clear.

Overall, this was a sweet, funny, & emotional Christmas novella that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to read more from this author, or from this series.

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