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True-Blue Cowboy Christmas (Big Sky Cowboys) Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Nicole Helm writes down-to-earth contemporary romance specializing in people who don't live close enough to neighbors for them to be a problem. When she's not writing, she spends her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and two young sons in Missouri.
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True-Blue Cowboy Christmas is the third book in the Big Sky Cowboys series; it worked okay as a standalone, but I did wish I had read the first two books not so much for their main characters (Summer's brother and sister and their significant others) but to get more of Summer's backstory early on--I did feel a bit like I was playing catch up at the beginning of this one, not quite knowing what her story was. It wasn't a major issue, I just felt out of the loop early on.
That said, I really liked Summer, Thack, and Kate (Thack's seven-year-old daughter)'s story. Ms. Helm did a great job digging into the emotional state of a guy who's been a widower since his daughter was tiny; it was hard not to feel for both him and Kate as they struggled between his need to keep her safe and protected and her need to find a friend. Summer's mental state was a bit trickier to fully understand, because we don't truly "get" what living with her mom must have been like until we near the end of the book, though she does give us clues along the way. It's a freaking miracle that she's managed to turn out as sunny and upbeat as she has, let me tell you--her mother is truly something else.
But back to the main story...I thoroughly enjoyed watching Thack and Summer go from two people who didn't much like and definitely didn't trust one another to friends to something more. Little Katie was a refreshing mix of sweet and snarky 'tude--all I can say is Thack better watch out when that girl gets to her teen years! Good thing he's got Summer now, because he's going to need all the backup he can get. ;)
The ending of this one really ramps up the intense factor; I had to go to work in the middle of it and it kept me distracted all morning long until I could finally finish on my lunch break. The holiday setting of the story is nicely balanced with everything else that's going on (we actually see the characters go from Halloween to Christmas as the story progresses)--it's there and a part of what's going on, especially for Summer who's still trying to find her own place in the family she'd never had before--but it doesn't hit you over the head with holiday spirit.
Now it's time to back up and read Mel and Caleb's stories :)
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I was glad the author shared their past history, not to depress me but because it helped me to understand why the characters made their choices. That history, shocking in an uncomfortable kind of way, is what helped me to develop empathy for all the characters. Well, actually not Summer’s mother. That character was despicable and the author did a great job of making me think unspeakable things about her. Summer’s mother kept you turning the pages just waiting for vindication. This part of the plot is what made it a bit suspenseful. The ending left me feeling justified.
Despite Summer’s past history I found it easy to relate to her because of her natural love for children and the need to be accepted and belong to a family. Thack, the hero, was written as a loving and devoted father to his daughter, Kate. The type of husband I’d want for myself and my children. Kate was an entertaining 7 year old. I enjoy stories that incorporate a bit of humor and make me chuckle, and with Thack and Kate, I had quite a few giggles. My favorite new saying, thanks to Thack is, “Sweet Pickles”.
It was a unique and interesting plot that is plausible. It moved at an acceptable rate which is reminiscent of something I’d see on a soap opera or on the Hallmark channel versus real life. True-Blue Cowboy Christmas was an enjoyable read that met my expectations.
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Thack lost his daughter, again. She continues to take off while his dad is supposedly watching her. Thack is a single dad running a ranch. He has no one to watch Kate except his dad. When he finds her talking to a stranger, he's not happy at all. Kate thinks the world is all glitter and fairies and Summer looks like one of the fairies in one of her beloved books. Thack has got to protect her.
Summer thinks Thack is hot, but that attitude kills the hotness. Thack doesn't want Summer around Kate, but his dad has other ideas.
What happens when Summer is employed by Thack's dad and around Kate all the time. Will he let his guard down and maybe be interested in Summer? He lost his wife years ago and doesn't want a relationship with anyone. But, Summer is so good with Kate and his dad really likes her as well.
This was such a sweet book! I loved Thack, he was such a hard worker and a great dad. He definitely needed Summer in his life. His dad was hilarious and sneaky! Everyone that reads this book will fall in love with Kate. All my favorite subjects in one book...hot cowboys and Christmas!!
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True-Blue Cowboy Christmas was a lovely addition to the Big Sky Cowboys series.
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