It’s Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped…
Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery’s new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?
Thirteen years ago, Liam’s boss at the winery offered him a bribe—leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn’t good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he’s back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together…
Review: Christmastime Cowboy was my first time to Copper Ridge but it won’t be my last. I have a lot of catching up to do since this is the tenth book in the Copper Ridge series but my visit there. There was a novella included at the end of the book to introduce us to Gold Valley which abuts Copper Ridge. Cowboy Christmas Blues didn’t disappoint either. There was also an excerpt for Smooth-Talking Cowboy, book one in the Gold Valley series and it just whet my appetite for more.
This is Sabrina and Liam’s story and it began in their childhood but ended thirteen years before when Liam left town unexpectedly. Not having contact throughout the years didn’t mean they hadn’t thought of each other or had they? Now that Liam has returned to work with his siblings on the family ranch and their Laughing Irish cheese he and Sabrina will be in contact because of the new tasting room in town which focuses on Grassroots Wine where Sabrina works with her sister in law who now owns it and the Donnelly brother’s cheese. They both have a lot of walls built up and it was fun to watch them get knocked down but it was sometimes heartbreaking too since neither has come to grips with their past. There’s a lot of reminisces, histories shared, sadness, anger, fear, miscommunication, tears, romance, loving and love. Their miscommunication and misreading the other’s thoughts almost put them back at square one more than once.
There were family and friends along with their shared histories that kept that story moving. It flowed nicely once I got through the first couple of chapters. The descriptions of the town, the business and the mountains made me feel like I was there. I loved the town’s Christmas traditions and how all the small businesses pulled together. There was nice closure especially with the epilogue and a happily ever after too. There’s more stories to tell which is why the new series will be set in Gold Valley.
Cowboy Christmas Blues welcomes us officially to Gold Valley and is Cooper and Annabelle’s story. They have a shared childhood since their dads are friends and they grew up around each other and their siblings. Tragedy struck Cooper’s family six years before and he was never the same. He only returns to Gold Valley when his parents ask him too. Annabelle always had a crush on Cooper but they had a big age gap – at least when they were younger. Not so much now but can they be more than friends with benefits since Cooper doesn’t plan to stay around for long and Annabelle is a business owner in town. Are they doomed to be apart or can they work through their differences?
There was a lot packed into this ninety-three page novella and had a nice flow to it. There was closure with the epilogue and a happily ever after too. I can’t wait to be back in Gold Valley over and over again.
Favorite Quote: A flame that had been smoldering for years, never effectively put out. So why not let it burn? Why not see how bright, how hot it could get? Instead of simply letting the coals sit there, refusing to die.